Prison Architect has earned several accolades even before the game was officially released; it was one of the first crowd-funded games off of Kickstarter and the current poster child of how to do Early Access right. Now that it’s out we can see the game in its full glory, but for those that have already played it, not much has changed.
The city builder genre has been on hard times for what seems like forever. SimCity 5 was a company closing disaster and a lot of us are still hoping that Tilted Mill will someday go back to Medieval Mayor. With most AAA developers turning away from the genre, Indie developers have picked up the slack such as Colossal Order, the makers of the Cities in Motion series who have had mixed popularity in the past.
Their latest game — Cities: Skylines represents a renovation of their design and delivers a very strong start for the new title, but it’s a bit lacking in the high end department at the moment.