This one has been a very long time coming. Prison Architect, a game we've been waiting to see on tablets for at least year, has finally soft launched on iOS and Android. In case you haven't heard of this game before, the BAFTA award-winning Prison Architect has you building and managing a maximum security prison filled with all kinds of inmates—from the quiet ones to the murdering ones. In addition to the normal mode, you can also play the escape mode where you have to escape from your own lovely creations. The game is inspired by classics such as Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress, and Theme Hospital and has been very popular (and occasionally a bit controversial) on PC.

The game is being published by Paradox Interactive, which has made the game's developers very happy because they wanted someone who understands how long-term support and iteration is crucial for the future of Prison Architect (which bodes well for us). The game will be free to download with additional content and gameplay modes available through IAPs. The game has soft launched in the Netherlands, and you can go grab it here. If you don't have an account in that App Store, use our guide to get one.

  • Bunion

    Can someone explain to someone not in the loop why this soft launched in the Netherlands and not here in the UK? The team that made the PC version are based in London so why don't we get access in the UK? Drives me nuts but i'm sure there's a good reason for it?

    • Prison Architect Mobile

      Perhaps we could explain! 😉 We chose the Netherlands as it's a smaller region, but still with a great level of English-speaking. The U.K. would have been too large for the first soft-launch region unfortunately. Coming soon!

      • Jamesrooney27

        I blame brexit personally, lucky everyone has ability to make different account haha 😉

      • Bunion

        Awesome, does make sense! Thank you for the reply and good luck with the launch!

      • Bunion

        Oh one more question if you're still here, will there be a parity between the iOS version and PC version? I know you can IAP modes but if I'm willing to spend, are the full PC features here in this port?

      • Prison Architect Mobile

        Yes! 🙂 As you mention, there are some changes due to the nature of IAPs, but once unlocked it's the PC game, but mobile.

      • Bunion

        I'm so hyped! Makes me even more jealous of the soft launch location haha

      • 8tackOnTit

        Woot finally! Can't wait till it crosses the Pond!

  • Noodleboy

    Does it have female inmates?Want to make oitnb and Wentworth lol

    • Prison Architect Mobile

      Yes! 🙂

      • Noodleboy

        Were they ever added to the PS4 version?

      • ikmalmn

        Till which generation of Ipad is it compatible with may I ask?

  • boydstr

    Downloading now😄

  • TwoLiterSoda

    Only played for an hour or so but I'm digging it

    • Prison Architect Mobile

      As long as your inmates aren't also digging (for freedom!), all is good! 😉

  • boydstr

    It is an iPad game! I was thinking it was for mobile phone's.

    • skylined87

      Please dear god bring this to iPhone! I want this so bad

      • boydstr

        I doubt it but it should be great there is a lot of info while you play the game mabey it is possible on iPhones with the largest screens ore when they adjust the UI.

  • http://www.thenerdystudent.com/ Giacomo Lawrance

    This is awesome! Really looking forward to this - I wonder if it will have an escape attempt mode?

    Really excited!

  • Mrbestapps

    Looks like an awesome iPad game!

  • nicodemus82

    iPad only? I was hoping it would be universal.. would also love to be able to continue my progress on my phone while out n about.

    • Mrbestapps

      Look how many buttons there are. Doubt you'd have a fun experience on a phone.

      • nicodemus82

        Of course I understand that the "preferable" device to play on would be a tablet. That's completely understandable. However, I'd still like to have the option to continue playing on my phone while I'm out since I never take my iPad out with me.

        Anyways, I've been able to get it running on my iPhone 6 with a few edits of some files. While the text is understandably tiny, the game itself is quite playable 🙂 just hope they decide to go with a universal build for the official release!

  • Devoid21

    I got myself and iPad Pro a year ago in anticipation of this game and Rome Total War. So happy it released! Was kinda worried it was cancelled.

  • Dr.SamLoomis

    What's the free-to-play model? How are iap setup? Just the different modes or will there be an in game currency? Kind of bummed about this, I hope you surprise me. Should be premium

    • Devoid21

      It's looks like a premium unlock from what I've seen.

  • shining jade

    Cant wait it to come here to NA ...hopefully soon ..

  • Diegan

    Free to play????

    What is the IAP model?

  • MiniM

    Will there be a iPhone Version or is it only for Tablets?

  • PixelBite

    Can't wait to play on my iPad Pro 12.9 inch, been waiting for this game since I heard it's coming for iOS. I can't wait anymore, it's going to be GREAT. Now if only duelyst would hurry up and come out. Would make me such a happy camper 🙂

  • Dr.SamLoomis

    Any update on NA release?! Or silence for another 8 months?!

    • Diegan

      I wanna know also!

  • jForsythe

    Out in Australia yeah love it

  • Lord_god13

    Will you guys make it available for iPhones?

  • Artiice

    Do you get the full ipad version free if you bought the game on steam already?

  • Artiice

    OMG it'f first in the Netherlands finally a game that is! xD I'm from the Netherlands