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Aug 30, 2023

Prison City, the retro sidescrolling platformer is out now on PC via Steam and Epic Games Store

From Press Release:

Philadelphia, PA – 8/29/2023 – Retroware (publishers of the upcoming Iron Meat and Toxic Crusaders games) teams up with developer Programancer to bring you Prison City!! It’s a dystopian, action-packed side-scroller with tight mechanics and intricate level design. Battle Techno-Terrorists with your chakram and grenades, eat hot dogs for health, and locate contacts to help take down bosses.

A group of Techno-Terrorists have infiltrated Prison City (formerly Detroit). The outsiders quickly indoctrinate the criminals and supply them with weapons to build an army. Each security zone is overtaken by an appointed Techno-Terrorist Warden. Not much is known about the leader of the Techno-Terrorists or their motive, but the group has been in power ever since. As former cop Hal Bruzer, take on the Chief’s request to raid Prison City’s security zones and bring an end to the Techno-Terrorists’ reign.

You are the only one qualified for this mission. Will you accept it??

Key Features:

  • Retro-style gameplay comparable to a late NES game
  • Discoverable secrets and upgrades
  • 8+ diverse zones, like a Freeway, Factory, & Nature Preserve
  • Customizable difficult and gameplay experience
  • Boss Rush Mode and Bomb Mode for extended gameplay
  • There’s a talking dolphin!!!

Lead developer Programancer is a Michigan-based dev, artist, and programmer behind several retro-inspired titles such as Dumpy and Bumpy and The Transylvania Adventure of Simon Quest. They are also the host of the yearly itch io RetrogradeJam — and in July 2022 Prison City’s development started. Programancer has kept two goals in mind during Prison City’s development: First, to reuse systems and packages from their other games to make a killer gameplay experience as quickly as possible. And second, to make a game that feels heavy, but kinetic, and aesthetically inspired by seminal NES games such as Shatterhand and Power Blade.

Prison City is available NOW on Steam and the Epic Games Store. The console ports (Nintendo Switch, Xbox One/X/S, and PlayStation 4/5) will be out at the end of September or early October. For more information about the game, please visit

About Retroware: “We make damn good modern-retro games. The games we THOUGHT we played as kids. The ones that were hard-as-nails, and at the time, fun-as-hell… those 8 and 16-bit games that defined our childhood. As a developer and publisher we’re bringing back these retro experiences, BUT with all the conveniences of modern gaming. (We also help creator’s with cool merch and run our own Physical Arcade in Lansdale, PA.)”