When you play Prison Architect on Steam Platform, you will be able to reach 18 Steam Achievements. These are as follows:
|Throw The Book At Them||Complete the story.|
|Crowd Control||Complete all optional objectives on Riot.|
|Reformation||Complete all optional objectives on Conviction.|
|Freedom||Complete optional objective on Bootstraps.|
|Stone Walls||Build a sandbox prison with 100 prisoners.|
|Iron Bars||Build a sandbox prison with 500 prisoners.|
|Confined||Build a sandbox prison with 1000 prisoners.|
|D.B. Cooper||Sell your prison and make over $1,000,000 profit.|
|Samuel Norton||Have a cashflow of $50,000 or more.|
|Spare The Rod||Stopped a riot of 50 or more prisoners.|
|Don't Put Me In The Dark||Executed a prisoner on death row.|
|Wait and hope||Unlock entire tech tree.|
|Get Busy Living||Achieve a re-offending rate of 25%.|
|It's Not What You Know...||Unlocked all Polaroids.|
|...It's What You Can Prove||Unlocked all Game Bible pages.|
|I May Have Found A Way Out Of Here||Escape from a decent prison in Escape Mode.|
|Architect||Shared a prison via Steam Workshop.|
|Warden||Loaded a prison from Steam Workshop.|
Many names of the achievements are cultural references:
- "To throw the book at somebody" is a proverb meaning punishing someone for a crime as severely as possible.
- Someone commonly called "D. B. Cooper" hijacked a plane in 1971 and extorted a fortune of $200,000 in ransom without ever getting caught or only identified.
- Samuel Norton is the corrupt warden in Stephen King's prison story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, filmed as The Shawshank Redemption.
- Also in The Shawshank Redemption (less in the book), the quote "Get busy living, or get busy dying" is repeated multiple times.
- In another prison story by Stephen King, The Green Mile, the tremendous main character John Coffey fears the dark. And so, in the movie version, he begs when being executed: "Please boss, don't put that thing over my face, don't put me in the dark. I's afraid of the dark."
- "Spare the rod and spoil the child" is a proverb originating from the Bible.
- In Alexandre Dumas' novel The Count of Monte Cristo, which also features a classic prison escape, the final thought is that "all human wisdom is contained in these two words, 'Wait and Hope'".
- In the film Training Day, corrupt LAPD narcotics officer Alonzo Harris teaches his trainee: "It's not what you know; it's what you can prove."
- In the film Escape From Alcatraz, Frank Morris surprises his fellow inmates: "I may have found a way out of here."