Prison Architect, Introversion’s top down construction and management simulation where the player takes control of the running and building of a maximum security prison, is now available on Steam as part of Valve’s “Early Access” program, which allows players to purchase and immediately begin playing select games that are still in development.

“Prison Architect is currently in Alpha, which means we haven’t finished it yet – it’s full of bugs and glitches and you’re not going to get a polished experience if you buy it at the moment. What you will get is early access to a bullfrog-style Prison Management Sim that over 30,000 gamers have already thought is worth a look at”, developer Introversion motes on the game’s Steam page.

In Prison Architect you are charged with the role of both architect and governor and you will build every detail of the Alcatraz of your dreams. You start with an empty plot of land you must construct a holding cell with basic water and electricity to house your first batch of prisoners, to buy you enough time to create a proper cell block. You’ll need to hire some guards, get some showers built and unless the kitchen is up and running with chefs working away you’re going to end up with a riot on your hands. From there you take your prison in which-ever direction you like.

Those interested can purchase Prison Architect from here.