Various TV shows have had their own video games, and not all of them have enjoyed great success. Prison Break, being one of the best-known series on television nowadays, was bound to get one sooner or later – and many fans of the show were worried if the game is going to be worthy of having its name, or it’s just going to try and profit from the show’s success.
And even though Prison Break: The Conspiracy didn’t turn out to be the huge hit everyone had hoped for, it still holds its own ground and leaves a strong impression.
The game makes some changes, or rather additions, to the storyline of the series, by introducing a new character for the protagonist, named Tom Paxton. Tom works for the Company, a secretive organization that fans of the movie are surely familiar with. The Conspiracy is mostly an adventure game with some action elements thrown in for good measure, and it follows the story of the show’s first season, though from a different perspective – you’re going to meet some characters from the series and observe some of the events from the episodes in that season.
The gameplay has the tendency to get slightly monotonous at times though, and figuring out how to solve the next puzzle becomes more of a chore than an interesting gameplay element. This is a common problem with games of this type – concentrating too much on developing a strong plot, developers push the gameplay slightly to the back and the result is a game that is captivating mostly on the premise of its storyline, but feels rather generic in its gameplay.
Graphics and System Requirements
Prison Break: The Conspiracy looks good, with a modern engine used to represent the virtual world. All of the characters have been modeled true to their original counterparts, and fans of the show will instantly recognize all of them when they see them – their voices are kept in line with the original characters, too, so the experience is a complete one and the game makes you feel like you’re truly in an episode (or rather, a whole season) of Prison Break.
It’s been optimized more or less well, as you don’t need that strong of a computer to run it properly – you shouldn’t notice any slowdowns if you have a 2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and at least an ATi X1800 – the video card requirement may seem a bit too high, but there are some fancy special effects that the game needs to render and needs Pixel Shader 3.0 for.
You may notice some problems with the controls of the game, and you certainly won’t be alone – they can get a little clumsy from time to time. If you want to stay relatively problem-free, try to stay away from walls and complex objects, as your character has the tendency to get stuck on those from time to time.
Maybe only fans of the TV series will see the game’s true beauty – for others, it will probably be nothing more than another action/adventure combination with a linear story.