Hard Time

Contains adsIn-app purchases
368K reviews
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About this game

The toughest prison sim in the yard - now celebrating over 10 MILLION downloads!!!

Create your own inmate and attempt to survive in a prison where every sentence is a "death" sentence. Rub shoulders with up to 100 fellow inmates in a sprawling jail of 12 unique areas, each filled with fully interactive furniture and props. Plus a life beyond the jail populated by real civilians, with wardens enforcing dozens of different laws to stop you from making a break for it.

Each day, you will find your health and mental state slipping away. Both can be restored by sleeping - which is also a good way to pass time. You won't always be permitted to sleep, though, so consuming food and drink bridges the gap. These, along with many other activities such as reading or watching TV, can also help to improve your mental state. If you "lose your mind" you will break down and will temporarily lose control of your character (almost certainly getting into trouble!).

Your character also has a set of attributes that you are challenged to improve:
- STRENGTH indicates how much damage you can inflict or absorb. You can improve it by fighting or lifting weights.
- AGILITY determines how fast you move. You can improve it by jogging in the yard or scoring baskets.
- INTELLECT reflects your knowledge - including fighting skills such as counters. You can improve it by reading books.
- REPUTATION is how much other prisoners respect you. It can be improved by accomplishing tasks or intimidating others.

There are also opportunities to earn money - whether you work for it with a broom, trade items at a profit, or run with a gang. Having money increases your opportunities to grease the wheels and make your life inside easier.

You may find that you need to go to the toilet from time to time, in which case you must race to the bathroom! Alternatively, you could find a toilet to sit on or grab some toilet paper to spare your blushes. Failing to do so will damage your reputation and mental state.

I regret that there is more to this game than I could ever explain here, so I hope you enjoy figuring some things out for yourself.

Upgrade to "VIP" to enjoy the full experience without ads - plus access to the editor that allows you to customize your character and every other.

(*Look out for tutorials within the actual game)
The game uses buttons where letters like GTA represent what they do:
G = Grapple / Throw weapon
T = Taunt (interact with handheld props)
A = Attack (on its own to kick, with a direction to punch)
R = Run
P = Pick-Up / Drop

- Press ATTACK and RUN together to launch a powerful attack.
- Press any button with any direction (or none) in a grapple to trigger different moves.
- Press RUN and PICK-UP together to set fire to a small object (which can then be used to set fire to a large object).
- Touch the clock to pause the game and bring up options to exit.
- Touch any speech bubble to speed through conversations.

- If you find your device struggles to display lots of characters, considering keeping the "Population" option low.
- "Speed Up Frame Rate" sleeping will require good performance at the default frame rate.
- Head to the "Display" options to tone down other features.
Updated on
Apr 13, 2021

Data safety

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This app may share these data types with third parties
Location, Financial info and 3 others
No data collected
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Data isn’t encrypted
Data can’t be deleted
368K reviews
November 6, 2020
It's been a few years since I last played this game when I was a child, and I decided to try it out again to try to get some nostalgia, and I was really disappointed in what the game brought. For starters, 40% of the game consists of unskippable ads that last for 30 seconds to a minute long. On top of that, you also can no longer pick your character design, its move set, or it's attributes. It's all random, and the only way to get around this and the ads are by paying 3 USD for it. To top it all off, if you pay those 3 dollars, you still get a buggy product. Randomly I loose control of my character (beyond just when my character goes insane) and I randomly get control back at random. I don't know how well the PC version still holds up, but the Hard Time on mobile is garbage and there are better prison simulators on the market.
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A Google user
March 1, 2019
very good! Very minimalistic concept done to the T. It's a very engaging experience for the player, and the insanity it brings makes it truly a HARD TIME. The Wrestling Engine used on this game makes NPC's easily agitated and aggresive, causing the experience to take an interesting turn when you accidently kill someone and go insane and lose control of your character. Overall, a pleasant experience
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Fayth Marie
September 10, 2021
I used to love this games. The ads were around then but this new pay to edit thing is new. In the old hard time I could choose to be a female and it made me excited that females were getting included. Now we can't choose our characters so we must be what they put they as or keep resetting. This game and Pop scene have really upset me. I know 2.99 isn't a lot but it's still sad that I don't get to at least choose a gender. 😭 I've been playing since I was like 12. Wish we could fix this.
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What's new

- Wider display for enhanced compatibility with modern phones in either landscape orientation, whilst still retaining support for older 32-bit devices.
- Faster frame rate recommended by default (130%).