Prison Tycoon 3: Lockdown
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The Most Outstanding thing about the Prison Tycoon series is the fact that it's made it to this, the game's third iteration.
It's a bit of a comedy cliche to imagine a whimsical development process, but it does help to imagine the devs excitedly suggesting "Let's make the prisoners even sassier," or "Let's study the mismatched worlds of extreme masculinity and Hobsons choice homosexuality with jokes in the showers". The reality is, of course, a mirthless treadmill of just-good-enough Identi-kit Tycoon rubbish, but it's more pleasant to imagine that someone, somewhere cares.
If you've played any of the budget Tycoon games, you'll recognise the template immediately. Hell, the template fits even the best Tycoon games from their '90s heyday. The only way to charm 7ycoon-sawy punters is to make the premise entertaining, and slap some playable detail meat on the poor, embarrassed bones of the genre.
Prison Tycoon 3, however, is a doctor's skeleton, held up by the inexplicable fact that the first two games sold enough to justify making this one.
Download Prison Tycoon 3: Lockdown
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP