9 Games like Prison Architect & Alternative Simulation Games

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Prison Architect is a construction and management simulation game based on private prison. It was started off by Introversion Software via crowdfunded alpha pre-order mode.  The game is pretty much inspired from those of Dwarf Fortress, Dungeon Keeper and more.

The game has a top-down 2D gameplay where the user gets to control and run the prison. The user has the right to manage the entire aspect of prison like building of cells, hiring staffs for chores like warden, guards and workers, connecting the utilities around and manage the finances of the prison. The more you recruit staff in the game, you get to unlock different new aspects of the game.

You as a player would be tasked with being both the architect and the governor of the game and can manage it all around via the sandbox micromanagement theme gameplay. You can bring different reform programs to the gameplay helping reduce the recidivism tate of the prisoner’s. You can enhance the difficulty levels by adding up elements like gangs, more.

Prison Architect further had a beta release where it added new expansion to the storyline. A new escape mode was also added on where the player acts as a prisoner and should escape the prison.

Dwarf Fortress
  • Construction simulation
  • Open end
  • roguelike
  • Squad Based
  • Turn Based

Dwarf Fortress
Dwarf Fortress

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  • Construction simulation
  • Open end
  • roguelike
  • Squad Based
  • Turn Based
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Dwarf Fortress, also known by as the Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress is one of the complete games regarding marrying a blend of adventure, fantasy, and thrill in one. It started back in 2006 after being in alpha development f...

factorio
  • Advancement
  • Real-time strategy
  • Sophisticated technology

factorio
Factorio

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  • Advancement
  • Real-time strategy
  • Sophisticated technology
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A real-time strategy game, Factorio is another one to keep a close eye on. It's part of Wube Software who started developing the game in 2012. The game went through a crowdfunding campaign and made it's way into early-access to gamers worldwide since...

gnomoria
  • Craft Workshops
  • Gnomes
  • Sandbox gameplay

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Gnomoria

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  • Craft Workshops
  • Gnomes
  • Sandbox gameplay
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Gnomoria is another one of those in-game simulation ones out there. It's a sandbox management game where you are part of a village and leads a small group of gnomes. It is part of Robotronic games and was released back in 2016 over steam. The game fe...

Rise to Ruins
  • city-building
  • stratergy
  • survival
  • Village management

Rise to Ruins
Rise to Ruins

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  • city-building
  • stratergy
  • survival
  • Village management
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Rise to Ruins, formerly known by as Retro-Pixel Castles is a strategy game based on city-building and features pixelated design, god game, and survival elements. The game is much inspired by those of Warcraft, Gnomoria, Banished and Dwarf Fortress. T...

  • city-building
  • resource management

Banished

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  • city-building
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Banished is a city-building strategy game developed by Shining Rock Software and is based on resource management and survival. It was released for Windows platform back in 2014 and is currently limited to Windows-PC only. The game features a group of...

  • Magic Spells
  • Sandbox gameplay
  • strategy game

Craft the World

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  • Magic Spells
  • Sandbox gameplay
  • strategy game
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Craft The World is one of those unique sandbox strategy games that takes inspiration from the likes of Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and Terraria. The game is part of Dekovir and offers gamers around the globe to enjoy the thrills of this strategy s...

  • Dungeon
  • Portal gems

Dungeon Keeper 2

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Dungeon Keeper 2, a sequel to Dungeon Keeper is a strategy game that was developed by the Bullfrog Productions. It was initially released for Windows platform by the Electronics Art. The game revolves around the user taking the role of dungeon keeper...

  • Construction simulation
  • Top-down simulation
  • Two-dimensional

Rim World

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  • Construction simulation
  • Top-down simulation
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RimWorld is a simulation-based construction and management game which has been part of Ludeon Studios. The game was initially known as Eclipse Colony and first made way as an alpha software. The game went through Kickstarter fundraiser and raised qui...

  • city-building
  • Exploration
  • Sandbox gameplay
  • Single-player

Towns

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  • city-building
  • Exploration
  • Sandbox gameplay
  • Single-player
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Towns is another of those sandbox based simulation games highly thought off in the gaming fraternity. It was initially developed by Xavi Canal, Alex Poysky and Ben Palgi and was launched in 2012. The game is pretty much influenced from Dwarf Fortress...

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