Prisonscape Looks Crazy, in a Good Way

I can certainly appreciate the old-school aesthetic of Prisonscape, the 2D adventure roleplaying game being developed by Heaviest Matter.

Prisonscape is set in a (wait for it) prison. Other than that, we know very little, but there are some things we can surmise from the trailer, featured above, and the screenshots below (click a thumbnail to enlarge).

As you can see from the trailer, the game’s actually quite gruesome. It also seems to have a heady mix of comedy, horror, and sci-fi on offer.

Gameplay will involve stats and skills, as well as reputation meters for the various gangs in the prison. A job diary lists objectives for your character to accomplish, ranging from the farcical and convoluted (somehow get a fellow inmate’s daughter to win a beauty pageant on the outside) to the grim and simple (kill X). The XP system is rather sophisticated: points aren’t gained only through battles. Any time your character experiences more of the prison, for example by socializing or gaining new information, they earn some experience toward their next level.

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The game has already been greenlit on Steam, and it’s now available for pre-order.

Pre-ordering works a bit like a kickstarter here, in that there are tiers, and the higher ones offer kickbacks in addition to a copy of the game. For example, for $49 you can create a message that will appear in the game, for $159 you can design a job/mission/quest, and for $380 you’re allowed to create an inmate with his own background, personality, and even mini-quests. The prices for the highest tiers seem a little steep to me but if you’ve got the money and you’re interested, why not?

Prisonscape was initially planned for a December, 2014, release but is now coming in 2015.



With over ten years' experience as an editor, Dimi is Niche Gamer's Managing Editor. He has indefinitely put a legal career on hold in favor of a life of video games: priorities.

  1. Cy
    December 7, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Ahhh why are they using DOS text? ;_; This game looks cool but DOS text gives me so much eye strain :P

  2. WishiwasArcher
    December 7, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Looks awesome :)

  3. Austin
    December 7, 2014 at 3:22 am

    all i know about this game is that the guy’s been posting on /v/ for so long with status updates. seems cool.

  4. Softclocks
    December 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Game sounds great but that text is rough on the eyes.

  5. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    December 7, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Because nostalgia. River City Ransom and other similar NES and SNES games had the same deal.

  6. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    December 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Looks more like the font used in Mother

  7. artemisthemp
    December 8, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Guess you better not drop the soap :P