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Prison Break: The Conspiracy is an action-adventure video game based on the first season of the Fox television series Prison Break, released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

It was released on March 19, 2010 in Germany, March 26, 2010 in the United Kingdom and Europe[1], and March 30, 2010 in North America[2]. The game had been in development for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for release in February 2009, but was canceled when Brash Entertainment closed down. However, ZootFly continued the development and self-funded the project for 13 months. Once the game was polished and nearly finished, it was picked up by new publisher Deep Silver[3].


The protagonist of "Prison Break:The Conspiracy" video game is Company agent Tom Paxton, a ZootFly-developed new character for the video game plot.[4] He is sent to the Fox River State Penitentiary to unravel the mystery behind Michael Scofield (the hero of the TV series) being in the same prison as his brother Lincoln Burrows. Paxton's boss, Jack Mannix, sends him undercover in Fox River Penitentiary to observe Michael Scofield. He does this and reports back to Mannix multiple times. Paxton records his thoughts and one of his conversations with Mannix as his insurance. Paxton manages to become acquainted with C-note, T-Bag, and John Abruzzi (which gets him onto the PI crew). Parallel to the time of the riot in the first season, Paxton fights his way through inmates and gets into a fight with T-Bag. He observes Lincoln killing an inmate named Turk (in self-defense). Paxton investigates Turk's body and finds a note that says "kill Burrows and Paxton". Paxton is confused by this and wants to get to the bottom of it. He gets back to the cell block and is about to catch up with Lincoln, but gets into a fight with a guard. After the riot, he calls Mannix and Mannix asks him if he's alright. Paxton says yes and Mannix tells him to get back to his mission, observing Scofield and making sure Lincoln stays alive until he is executed. Paxton asks Abruzzi if he can help dig up something on Turk. Abruzzi asks a favor and in return he would look up info on Turk. When Paxton asks what Abruzzi found he tells him that his men were beat down just for asking about him and that he was a ghost. Paxton asks if there is anything else he can do for him and Abruzzi says if he can get his hands on the phone records he could find out who Turk had called. Paxton gets the records and Abruzzi gets the info after a couple hours. In the boiler room Abruzzi confronts Paxton, asking if he was a cop. Abruzzi tells him not to deny it but he does anyway. Abruzzi confirms he is by saying he used to do business with a cop he called "Jack-lying-sonofabitch-Mannix" and tells his men to kill Paxton. Paxton takes them both out and proceeds out of the building. Two men arrive at Fox River saying they are from the Department of Corrections, but actually they work for The Company. They confront Paxton asking his why he hasn't killed Lincoln yet and that they even sent in Turk to help him. Paxton realizes Mannix set him up. Later, parallel to the real story-line, Abruzzi's throat is cut (by T-Bag) which gets him out of the prison and keeps Paxton safe. Bellick then tells Paxton he has a visitor from the FBI. The visitor is Aldo Burrows, Lincoln's father. Aldo says that the entire thing with Lincoln was set up because he left The Company. Aldo makes a deal with Paxton that if he helps Michael and Lincoln escape, he will delete his Company records. During the night, while Sucre continues digging the tunnel, Paxton sneaks out of his cell and deletes his Prison records. He makes a memo saying he's the ghost now. The next morning on the new prisoner bus, Abruzzi (according to the story-line) returns from the hospital. Off the story-line, Abruzzzi confronts a new prisoner, Mannix. Paxton knows that Mannix is there to kill Lincoln. A guard escorts Mannix to the SHU area. Paxton sneaks in himself and eavesdrops on their conversation. He hears the guard asking about his daughter. Mannix says that the child will be okay if he does what he's told. Mannix goes off without the guard. Paxton follows him and outside Lincoln's SHU cell Paxton and Mannix get into a fight and, in the chaos, Mannix gets Paxton's recorder. Mannix knocks Paxton down and runs off. Lincoln tells Paxton his father told him he was on his side and says he can't let Mannix get away. The guard then comes and tells Lincoln he's being transferred to the infirmary (parallel to the story-line on the night of the escape). Paxton returns to A-Wing and sees the to-be escapees disappear into Michael's cell (parallel to the story-line). Paxton goes to the cell and sees that Trumpets found the hole. Paxton knocks him out and proceeds inside the hole. He sees Mannix and they begin to fight. Mannix manages to knock down Paxton. Paxton stays in hot pursuit. He picks up the guard's uniform he stashed in the sewers earlier. When he gets out of the tunnels he sees Mannix on the roof. He tackles Mannix and they get into a rumble. Paxton tells him he knows everything and wanted to know why he set him up. Mannix said it was because he knew too much. While they are fighting the alarm goes off and Mannix sees Lincoln getting over the wall. Paxton taunts him about this. The helicopter overhead has a sniper scope on Mannix, but Paxton (in the guard uniform) is in too close of a vicinity for it to be a safe shot. Paxton backs up and the sniper takes out Mannix. One of the guards runs over to Mannix to see if he's dead. Paxton walks over to Mannix's body and takes the recorder of his memos and calmly walks out of the hectic prison that is gearing up for the manhunt.

The storyline runs parallel to the first season of Prison Break: Paxton encounters several characters from the series and experiences key events from his own perspective.[5]


ZootFly meticulously recreated the Fox River State Penitentiary and the majority of the show's characters, including Michael Scofield, Lincoln Burrows, Brad Bellick, Fernando Sucre, Theodore Bagwell, C-Note, John Abruzzi, etc.[6].

With such fan-sensitive development by ZootFly, Deep Silver decided to engage directly with worldwide fans from the hugely successful award winning TV show. Inviting one of the key actors from the TV show Prison Break, Robert Knepper[7] who played Theodore Bagwell aka T-Bag, to a special game day in London to meet his fans and play the video game. Fans entered various competitions to win the chance to play "Prison Break:The Conspiracy" before worldwide release in March 2010 and sit with Robert for a private interview on this special day. Interviews with Robert Knepper from this day can be found on the Deep Silver YouTube channel [8] Discussions about the Robert Knepper day and the video game launch, together with screenshots and information about the video game can also be found on the official Facebook page "Prison Break: The Conspiracy".


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 47% (PS3)[9]
39% (360)[10]

47% (PC)[11]

Review scores
Publication Score
IGN 3.5/10[12]
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) 3/10[13]

The game has received generally unfavorable reviews with Metacritic scores of 47%[9] and 39%[10] for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions respectively. The Daily Telegraph described the game as "an abject failure on all counts," rating it 2/10.[14] GamingXP said "For gamers who don’t have problems with linearity Prison Break: The Conspiracy offers an interesting adventure. Especially fans of the TV-series will enjoy the story that is based on the first season."[15] Gaming Evolution said "There are very few licensed games that have been able to live up to expectations of the movie/TV show/comic book/novel counterpart. While there is indeed so much to look forward to with Prison Break: The Conspiracy, it just seems there wasn’t enough time and money in the budget to make this an experience that’s truly worthy of the hit series. On its own, it’s a solid gaming experience worth playing."[16]

Tom Mc Shea of [17] says Prison Break: The Conspiracy suffers from "horribly inconsistent AI" and "sluggish controls," among other problems, while the staff at Official Xbox Magazine UK[18] comically concluded their review of the game by saying “If you're a fan of Prison Break, why not consider assaulting some strangers and being sent to a real prison? You'll end up feeling marginally less violated than if you played this dog turd tie-in," ultimately giving the game a score of 3/10.


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