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Prison Life is a prison-themed Role Play and Survival game created by the Roblox user Aesthetical. The game has undergone a lot of changes since it has been in version 2.0.2. Prison Life has approximately 1.8 billion visits (as of March 16, 2021) and was the most visited game on Roblox and still remains to be a game which has a lot more visits than many other games on Roblox.

This game had always topped the front page during v2.0 in 2016 and early 2017, with an average of 10,000-20,000 or even 50,000 players daily despite being rarely updated. Currently, in 2021 the game frequently reaches the top page and more frequently close to it with 10k players each day.

However, the creator of the game, Aesthetical, has explained that he has been in university since 2017, so he does not have much time to develop the game as other game creators may have themselves. Despite this, though he did in the Prison Life game description in recent months state he has been getting additional time off which he can use to further the develop the game and further stated he will announce when the next project comes for the game.

Updates

Prison Life's last major update was on March 7, 2019. The update changes all of the sounds in the game, except for the prison door opening. It has lost a lot of popularity because of a more innovative and modernized prison-escape game released, known as Jailbreak.

Updates had rarely been seen during the 2019-2020 time period. At the beginning of 2021, it seemed like Aesthetical was updating the game again as it was given updates two times, respectively on January 6 and 12, 2021.

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There is an unreleased gamepass for Prison life called "Mafia access". This pass is meant to be used by criminals since the description is "Join the rebellion against the prison!". This Gamepass grants you the FN-FAL Battle rifle, Bulletproof Vest [150 HP], and C4 explosives. It is unknown about the release date of this Gamepass. Aesthetical also tweeted a picture of the FN-FAL Battle rifle on his Twitter.

Gameplay

In the game, there are three teams, and each team has a different goal. The goals are as following:

Prisoner

Playing as a prisoner, the player's goal is to escape the prison. There are many ways, from brute force to sneaking out of their cell at night. The player can also kill all guards they see if they have obtained a gun; the player can get one in the armory or from a dead guard, which always drop.

It is better for the player to kill guards as a prisoner because the guards will not be able to handcuff them (unless they're in the armory area, if it's lights out, or any other area, depending on the time and place). The player can also kill the criminals that are raiding the prison. Being a prisoner while having the Riot Police game pass also gains access to the game pass armory, though the riot shield and kevlar armor are inaccessible. Players have a chance of getting a keycard from a dead guard to escape.

Note/Tip: If you reset your character before the handcuff timer goes to 0 then you can skip the 10 seconds wait time.

Guard

Playing as a Guard, the player's job is to prevent prisoners from escaping and killing the player, their colleagues, or other prisoners when necessary. They also arrest the escaped prisoners, which are known as "Criminals". Note that prisoners cannot be handcuffed when they are in an area where they can be, even if they attack you.

Killing 3 unarmed prisoners or criminals will cause the player to turn into a prisoner and will not let them rejoin the Guards team. This can get very annoying when unarmed criminals and prisoners get caught in crossfire and a prisoner has not had a weapon out recently but you know they have a weapon. The player can also make their job easier if they purchase the Riot Police Gamepass. There can be only up to 8 players at a time being a Guard. Trying to click "Kick a Random Player" will not do anything -- it is a small harmless joke the creator decided to install to trick gullible players. There are also some false guards that help other prisoners escape or get into the armory.

Criminal

This team can be connected to the "Prisoner" team. Unlike the other 2 teams, you cannot select this one as an option when entering a server. To become a criminal, prisoners have to escape or touch the criminal spawns as a Guard. As a criminal, you can either shoot guards without getting arrested, shoot prisoners or free prisoners. But be careful, some prisoners might act with hostility towards you even though you may haven't caused any harm.

If you die as a criminal, your team status won't be affected regardless of the killer was either a guard, prisoner or even a fellow criminal (though the last case is only possible via punching). However, you will get sent back to prison as a “prisoner” if you manage to get arrested. If you have the Riot Police game pass, the weapons in the armoury are still accessible, though it is incredibly risky to try to enter the armoury as a criminal.

Tip: Resetting when escaping as a prisoner will spawn you at the criminal base. You can also reset when tased to avoid being arrested.

Stamina

A blue bar at the bottom of the screen shows your stamina level. Without stamina, you are not able to jump at all, including the ability to get off of a seat or bench. All players can jump 10 times before the stamina bar is depleted.

Cars

There are car spawns located at multiple locations, including the Warehouse and the garage at the Prison. Car spawns at the Prison, in particular, spawn police cars. They have sirens that can be switched on and off. All cars are immune against bullets, but it does not prevent a player from shooting another (if both players are inside the car).

Riot Police Gamepass

This game pass grants access to all riot police-related items. When players without this game pass attempt to pick up weapons or clothing in the riot police category, the server offers for the player to purchase the gamepass on the spot, but can't grant the gamepass items until it's purchased. Criminals and Prisoners cannot pick up Riot Shield and Kevlar Armor even if they have the game pass, mainly to prevent the criminals or prisoners from becoming overpowered, or to look like the police officers with the gear. However, they can still pick up the ski mask, helmet and M4A1.

Tools

There is a small variety of tools available to each team. However, the same tool can't be picked up again if a player already has the same tool in their inventory. Some tools are guard exclusive and others are prisoner/criminal exclusive. No team can have all tools at the same time.

Chocolate bar

This is not a weapon but it does boost you. You can find this in the vending machine. In the right vending machine there is a chance to find a chocolate bar in the dispenser.

Hammer

The hammer can be obtained below a bench in the yard. It is commonly used to break the toilet and escape through the sewers. Guards cannot obtain it since they can access all parts of the prison by default. The only way a Guard can obtain a hammer is if an exploiter teleports them to another location, whether that be the location of the exploiter or to another place, such as the nexus, on the map. It can also be used by prisoners or criminals as a melee weapon, though it is risky since it is more visible than crude knives.

Crude Knife

The crude knife can be found in 2 locations: the white bleachers and below one of the 4 tables in a corner. The Guards cannot obtain it since they already have access to guns in the armoury. It is a melee weapon.

M9

The M9 is the default and only pistol every guard is given when spawned. It is the weakest gun, but most common when used upon prisoners. It can be obtained by prisoners and criminals, either by killing guards or by breaking into the armoury. You can shoot 15 times before re-loading.

Remington 870

The Remington is a shotgun that is very powerful at close range, therefore it is possible to die in 1 shot if you get close enough to the shooter. However, it has a slower firing rate than pistols and it becomes more inaccurate at longer ranges. It is located at both the prison armory where the Guards spawn and the warehouse where the Criminals spawn. You can shoot 6 times before re-loading.

M4A1

The M4A1 is an automatic rifle that only players with the Riot Police game pass can access. It is the (arguably) most powerful gun in the game given its very high rate of fire and accuracy. You can shoot 30 times before re-loading.

Riot Shield

The Riot Shield is an item that is locked with the Riot Shield Gamepass. When equipped, the user can click anywhere on the screen and the shield will switch positions to the left. Another item can be equipped and the Riot Shield will still be visible. The Riot Shield blocks damage, but only from the left and the front (partially). It is often debated if the shield is overpowered, mostly due to the fact that that the user with the shield is often given a huge advantage. The only way for prisoners and criminals to get these items is through an exploit.

AK-47

The AK-47 is an automatic rifle that is located at the Warehouse where the Criminals spawn. Although meant to be used by Criminals, Guards can also pick up one with or without the Riot Police gamepass. It is slightly less powerful than the M4A1 but still very powerful. You can shoot 30 times before re-loading.

Armory

The Armory is the Guards' spawning point. Most of the game's guns are found here. It also includes functional security cameras and a simple lounge/break room. The Armory equips the player with:

  • M9
  • Remington 870
  • M4A1 (With the Riot Police Gamepass)
  • Riot Shield (With the Riot Police Gamepass, Guards only)
  • Kevlar Armor (+50 health) (With the Riot Police Gamepass, Guards only)
  • SWAT Helmet (With the Riot Police Gamepass)
  • Ski Mask (With the Riot Police Gamepass)
  • Police Cap (With the Riot Police Gamepass)

Handcuffs

The handcuffs are a tool that Guards spawn with by default. It allows guards to arrest Prisoners (at locations they shouldn't be at) and Criminals (anywhere), but they are very short-range and have a 15-second cooldown between each arrest. It cannot be dropped.

Taser 

The taser is a tool that Guards spawn with by default. It is a ranged weapon that can be used to stun prisoners or criminals to the ground for 5 seconds, although it has to be reloaded each time after firing and has a limited range of up to around 200 studs. It cannot be dropped.

Keycard

A keycard is a tool dropped as a result of a guard's death, though it only has a low chance of dropping, which can be used by prisoners or criminals, allowing them to have access to every door in and out of the prison. They can also be picked up by guards, but mainly to deny the prisoners or criminals easy access. Guards can only pick up one keycard per life.

Removed/Exploit only periphials/items

There is some removed and 'only available through exploit' items in Prison Life.

Sharp Stick

Melee weapon, it looks like a sharpened stick. This might be an early version of the Crude Knife.

Extendo Mirror

A simple gear that "zooms" your view. It doesn't do any damage and has no animations.

Sniper Rifle

Only available with exploits. However, you cannot get the weapon, because it says you already have it, despite not having it. However, in the Police Room, there is a gun called "nil", and when you click it, it does not appear in the inventory. The "nil" is believed to be the sniper rifle.

There have been rumors that the Sniper Rifle is part of an upcoming gamepass that is yet to be revealed, but this hasn't been confirmed yet. It is behind a window with a notice saying 'Coming Soon'.

An example of an exploiter who spawned in and bypassed the team selection screen, ending up on the Neutral Team (gray color).

Neutral Team

The Neutral Team is where the player chooses the team and can be accessed by switching teams. However, once you switch teams, you would only stay on the team selection screen. This team is playable with exploits, as you can kill anyone if you bypass the team selection screen.

Places

Warehouse

The warehouse is the criminal spawn point. It includes a car spawn and a warehouse with 2 weapons: the Remington 870 and AK-47. Guards can travel to the Warehouse to stage police raids and take AK-47s as an alternative to the Riot Police game pass. There are two other warehouses beside the main warehouse, but they are inaccessible as of the present time. However, the two other warehouses can be accessed by glitching, even though there is nothing inside of both of them.

The criminal warehouse.

Prison

The prison is the subject of Prison Life, and most player activity takes place here. It is situated at the corner of the map and includes the main building, yard, armory, back lawn, parking lot, walls and a garage with police car spawns.

Jail Block

The Jail Block is the room that contains the prison cells. Inside the prison cells are beds, a table and a chair, sinks, and toilets, which you can break using the hammer to escape through the sewers. Inmates can get handcuffed there at any time of the day, except during Breakfast, Free Time, Lockdown and Lights out.

Cafeteria

Meals spawn there during Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, you can pick up a tray and sit at the tables and eat. There are vending machines with "Out of order" on it. However, when the server you joined is new, potato chips, milk, and other things spawn there, and you can eat them. Inmates can be handcuffed there during Yard time, Lockdown, and Lights out.

Nexus

It is the main hallway in the prison, and it has entrances to the yard, guard room, cafeteria, and jail block. Inmates can only get handcuffed there during Lights out.

Yard

The yard contains an athletics area, a few bleachers, tables near the door to the yard, an entrance to a tower, a hammer and a crude knife. The hammer is located under a bench at the athletics area, and the knife is located on the white bleachers on the side of the yard. It is also located under one of the tables next to the yard door, you need to crawl and get into the first-person mode to get it. Inmates can get handcuffed here any time except during Yard time and Free-time.

Armory

The armory is the place where guards spawn. It contains an M9, a Remington 870, a police hat, an M4A1, a riot shield, a SWAT helmet, a ski mask and SWAT armour. Only the M9, Remington 870 and police hat can be taken without having the Riot Police game pass. It also has a break room and a surveillance room where you can watch the inmates using the security cameras. Inmates can be handcuffed at any time here since it is a restricted area.

Small overview of the armory.

Walls and Gate

The prison is surrounded by tall concrete walls with roofed towers located in between, and there's a single fence gate at the front that can only be opened by guards or others with key cards (or camera glitching). Criminals can get inside via stolen key cards at the gate or via the leaning tree, and prisoners can escape by climbing ladders at certain locations. It is also a restricted area, so prisoners can be arrested there at all times.

Other buildings

There are a few skyscrapers, houses, trees, empty shops, car spawns and roads scattered throughout the map, with many providing hiding locations for criminals on the run, although not usually used. Criminals are rarely chased into a building.

Bugs

There are many bugs present in the game. It is unknown when all of these will be fixed.

Corner glitching

This is the most annoying form of glitching. It is considered cheating. It is considered annoying for guards, as criminals/prisoners can escape and hide easily. This can also be used to gain access to the room with the windows (see Glitch Room) near the garage (There are some comfy seats and flying mirrors that don't work in there).

Criminal glitch

When you kill a criminal, the game can sometimes think you're killing innocent inmates and proceed to give you warnings. This has been found to be actually when you kill a criminal that isn't brandishing a weapon right after they escape the prison, as the innocent inmate script is the exact same with criminals.

Legal room glitch

A prisoner wielding a gun in legal rooms such as the prison, cannot be arrested. It is unknown why this happens.

Armor spam glitch

If you have the SWAT gamepass, you can keep spam-clicking on the SWAT armor in the armory which can stack on your avatar (though you don't see it), overload the server and crash/lag out players with low-tier PCs (or mobile devices).

Accessory/bundle glitch

Players with big accessories on them (such as wings) can be very hard to arrest as the game tells you "That is not a player!" since the big accessory they have might be covering half or most of their body. Their body parts also can get in the way, such as the Woman bundle, said bundle being slim and the game thinking there is no player. People with bigger body parts, such as 1.0, can be arrested easily also with accessories but the game can still think, "That is not a player!".

Aftershot glitch

Players who wield guns that were killed can sometimes shoot one shot from the dead for unknown reasons. Many players say this is the worst bug in the game because it gives a disadvantage to players who are prisoners, guards, or criminals close to dying and their (opponent's) gun shooting them from the dead eventually resulting in a death on the latter.

Near-death warning glitch

Whenever you bring down a prisoner's health to about 0.1 or 0.9 (an estimate of the range of those numbers, specifically) you can receive a warning even though they have not died yet. The player's name tag shows that their health bar is empty, but still alive. This happens very rarely though.

After-arrest glitch

Whenever a cop dies near you (in places you aren't allowed to go to as a prisoner or criminal) with their handcuffs selected in their inventory at the perfect time, they can still arrest you even after death.

Criticism

Before v2.0, the game was criticized for having abusive cops in the game, buggy cars, bad weapons, and also for the poor design. It later turned over to the exploiters for appearing in most servers destroying the game as this game does not have any type of anti-cheat on it.

Some days after Jailbreak released in public BETA testing, a lot of people falsely criticized Prison Life for being a copy of Jailbreak. Some people have also criticized Prison Life for "copying" Redwood Prison. Prison Life has also been criticized because of the lack of activities when players escape. Players who are on mobile cannot crawl, punch, and run, which has also lead to criticism from mobile players. There is also an exploiter issue in the game itself as exploiters are in almost every server of the game, due to a lack of an anti-exploit script. The game has also been criticized for it's "toxic" fanbase.

Another example of an exploiter in Prison Life

The creator of the game, Aesthetical, has also been criticized for almost never updating the game. People have noted that he is online everyday but never works on Prison Life. People are also calling him "lazy" since he hasn't added an anti-exploit script into the game yet. Some people have also said that he doesn't care about his fans anymore because of the game being very rarely updated. At one point, it had taken 1 year and 4 months (August 20, 2019 - January 6, 2021) to push out an update. He had yet to say anything about the game for not receiving major updates (excluding the fact he said he was still in university).

However, in January 2021, Aesthetical had finally updated the game for the first time since 2019 but for unknown reasons. It was most likely to fix a bug where exploiters would set it so that all users in a server could not use a gun after shooting it once or twice.

As time progresses on and on without important updates, Prison Life is slowly degrading because of scripts starting to break due to (possibly) new Roblox updates. The advent of exploiters in Prison Life have also contributed to the ongoing degradation of the game.

Schedule

  • 6:01am - 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 8:01am - 12:00am: Yard Time
  • 12:01am - 2:00pm: Lunch
  • 2:01pm - 6:00pm: Free Time
  • 6:01pm - 9:00pm: Dinner
  • 9:01pm - 10:00pm: Lockdown
  • 10:01pm - 6:00am: Lights out
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