Prison Architect Wiki

Analogue Clock

The Clock window is located in the top right of the screen. You can change its position by clicking on the Clock and dragging it around. It's also possible to re-size it, by clicking on the white corner in the bottom right and dragging it.

After Alpha 26 it is now possible to use a digital clock, and also has the option of using 12 hour or 24 hour version. In the Main Menu go to "Options", then to "Game" to change the setting.


Digital Clock

At the top is the clock's location. It provides you with the in-game time. Every hour you will get a part of your income, and by the end of the day you will have received all of your daily income which is obtained by having Prisoners and/or Workshops. You will also get a default of $2000 Federal Grant money per day.


In the middle of the display is where the current Regime is listed. You can change the schedule of the Regime in Reports under the appropriate tab, provided you have hired a Warden .

If you click on it, the Report tab will open and it will automatically select Regime.

Speed Options[]

There are 4 different speed options:


This setting will pause the game making everything stop. You can still queue tasks during this, and it is very useful when designing and managing your prison.


This is the normal speed of the game which it starts in as default.


This will speed up the game to approximately 2 times the normal speed.

Very Fast[]

Further increases game speed. This is very useful when you're waiting on your Workmen to finish their jobs. This is 5 times the normal speed.


Occasionally, when running at high speeds, workers, janitors, and gardeners will become "trapped" in a sense and unable to reach the spot they are standing near because they overstep it. Whether this results in lower efficiency or not is unknown.


  • Alpha 26 introduced the digital clock as said above.
  • The overall speed of your game ultimately depends on your PC and the number of characters on the map you're playing.