Congratulations. The October labor lottery is complete. Your name was pulled. For immediate placement, report to the Ministry of Admission at Grestin Border Checkpoint. An apartment will be provided for you and your family in East Grestin. Expect a Class-8 dwelling.
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Very Positive (433 reviews) - 93% of the 433 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Aug 8, 2013

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“Buy, study, and share this game as an example of video games as true art.”
BUY – Ars Technica

“..it is absorbing, brilliantly written and causes you to question your every instinct and reaction - both in the game and in real life.”
9/10 – Eurogamer

“Papers Please is a fantastic idea, beautifully executed.”
8.7/10 – IGN

About This Game

Congratulations.
The October labor lottery is complete. Your name was pulled.
For immediate placement, report to the Ministry of Admission at Grestin Border Checkpoint.
An apartment will be provided for you and your family in East Grestin. Expect a Class-8 dwelling.
Glory to Arstotzka



The communist state of Arstotzka has just ended a 6-year war with neighboring Kolechia and reclaimed its rightful half of the border town, Grestin.

Your job as immigration inspector is to control the flow of people entering the Arstotzkan side of Grestin from Kolechia. Among the throngs of immigrants and visitors looking for work are hidden smugglers, spies, and terrorists.

Using only the documents provided by travelers and the Ministry of Admission's primitive inspect, search, and fingerprint systems you must decide who can enter Arstotzka and who will be turned away or arrested.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Core2Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.4 or better
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1280x720 screen resolution
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    • OS: OSX Mountain Lion (10.8)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Core2Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.4 or better
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1280x720 screen resolution
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Core2Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1280x720 screen resolution
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The Dark Soul
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
This game is ingenious. It actually feels like you are working an increasingly tougher job, and it's really quite stressful. However, in terms of originality, and sheer innovation, it is a brilliant game.

Much like a real job, Papers, Please is best played alongside a friend or two, and it helps to delegate inspection duties within the group. Do this, and you'll have some crazy times managing Arstotzka's border. It is a game full of surprises, and it nails the dystopian, Orwellian atmosphere perfectly. The art style fits well There is a real sense of immersion, right from the start, as you start learning the things you NEED to know, to do your job. And of course, just learning your job is not enough, as things constantly change, making your job harder and less bearable. Again, just like real life!

You'll want to start by learning the game's geography: neighbouring countries, and the major cities within each one. And since everything here is fictional and fantasy, you NEED to pay attention. There are things to learn, and you really need to organise yourself to work effectively. Otherwise you soon find yourself unable to buy medicine for your child, and your mother-in-law won't like you anymore (not sure she ever did, tbh). The game is quite frankly, amazing. It feels like hard work, and it feels just as rewarding...and sometimes just as punishing...

Either way, you'll always have a memorable experience whenever you play this.
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Shoshon The Elegant
( 20.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Everything is great except for replay value, when i wanted to try to get the other win endings i found it much more boring and less novel.
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Fail Player
( 30.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Glory to Arstotzka
Glory to EZIC

10/10 would get on watchlist
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CrazyPlayZ
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
it can be difficult sometimes but it's a very enjoyable and intresting game
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Kl3rF
( 37.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Glory to Arstotzka,
This game is a lot of fun,
Perfect for those who want a challenging, thoughtful, complex gaming experience with a good story.
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JustSomeGuy
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
What, in real life, would be a monotonous and drab job, turns into an interesting and challenging experience in a game.
Search for contradictions in paperwork, arrest people with forged documentation, take bribes from people with forged documentation.
Just remember that Cobrastan is not a real country.
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ThirstyMuffin
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
I was not ready for how intense this was going to be and how perceptive you have to be to advance in this game.

However, from what I could get to, I was faced with heavy moral dilemmas. Should I feed my family, or should I save up to pay rent for a while? Are we going to starve, or get sick and die when I can't afford medication? What's going to happen next that will completly ♥♥♥♥ me over? No spoilers, but from just the small bit of story I experienced, this game really draws you in and overwhelms you. It sucks you in and puts you in this stressful situation; you will actually feel the pressure of what is going on in the story and the panic when you make a terrible choice. This game is excellent, however it was just not for me. I would easily recommend this to someone who is up to more of a perceptive challenge. Be ready for it.

Glory to Arstotzka.
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majestic faliure
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
GLOOOOOOOOOOOOORY GREATEST COUNTRY!!!!! ARSTOTZKA PROUD!!!
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stephfree
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Such a unique game, tries to test you and sees if you're able to be persuaded. Story alters slightly based on how well you do or don't follow the rules.
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guinea_pig55
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
just bought the game.

played through a bit.
yeah, yeah, fun game.

inspector came to me and asked if i saw something corredponding to a conspiracy.
me being a great arstotskan i am, gave him the the things they gave me.

got arrested for conspiracy.

restarted the game played through further.

out of f*cking nowhere i got $1000.
got investigated for a wealth peak.

restarted game, detained some people.
f*cking love this game 10/10

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Glory to arstotska!
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175 of 203 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Got screwed by twice in a row with a fake papers.
Third comrade comes in and prays that I let him pass for he has cancer and needs Arstozka's famous healthcare to fix him.
After preventing him to pass he offers me all his savings as a bribe.
I snatched his last pennies, denied his passport and commanded him to get back in the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ he came from.

Felt both good and miserable at the same time afterwards... gg 10/10.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
It's amazing how much this game is deeper than it seems at first glance.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
All of my family members died of disease.

I went to jail.

Glory to Arstotzka.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
☑ Nudity

Glory to Arstotzka
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
DAN

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Glory to Arztotska!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Many people like to argue about how "fun" a game is, whenever they rate it. It is, in my opinion, a foolish concept of game criticism, as the "level of fun" a game has is purely determined by subjectivity.

However, I can definitely say that most people out there wouldn't find Papers, Please fun. And my response to that is... that isn't the point.

I know not everyone on Steam is an adult, but if you grew up with video games, I'd certainly hope your tastes have matured. I have some conversations with 30-year-old men who still can't stop gushing about how great Super Mario Bros. is, even thought it's simply just a fun game, and nothing more. It has nothing to say about humanity, it has no high artistic value, but it is still a fun game.

But fun isn't what makes a game. I love Spec Ops: The Line, and that game made me feel like I had swallowed gravel.

Papers, Please hasn't made me feel like I've swallowed any gravel, but it has made me walk away with a new perspective on the world around me and about how video games, as a whole, can be narrated.

On the surface, Papers, Please is a relatively simple game in concept: you work for a border, check travelers' passes, and either let them enter Arstotzka, or deny then entry depending on their documentation. But it's how the game continues to expand on this gameplay and on its simple story, that things start to get more... interesting, as the game goes on.

The game, as many critics have complained, is indeed monotonous at times. I know checing the details of someone's passport to see if it matches their access pass doesn't appeal to many people, but if you ever wanted to simulate the life of a border inspector, this is a regular thing they have to do. And it helps settle in that feeling of living in a lifeless country, where the only excitement you get it from the occaisional denial of entry.

I get the same satisfaction from playing Papers, Please that I get from my day job: a box office cashier. Sure, my job isn't as detailed as the one in Papers, Please, but after processing hundreds of people to see the same movie over and over and over again, I always get some maniacal joy from telling spoiled families, "Sorry, this showing is sold out." Deep down, I grin menacingly, as I watch the passive mother turn sour, and ask if I'm joking. Like I'd bloody joke about a showing being sold out, you whiny b****.

Dark, intimate feelings aside, Papers, Please also offers a healthy dose of self-reflection on your own morality, by posing a lofty question: what would you do at your job if _____? Think of anything to fill in there, and the game throws it at you. Lovers being separated by the border, vigilantes seeking the murderer of their children, and people physically bribing you to let them in. It constantly makes you wonder where your loyality truly lies. Do you find morality in yourself? Perhaps in altruism? Or is it to the government, who gives you your daily pay, from which your family would not survive?

See, you can't just pass over every person carelessly, or accept every pass, because you'll receive citations. The first two of the day are just warnings, but after three starts pay dock. And you earn money from each person you process, so inspection is key. I've heard some friends complain about how hard the game is, but I only had my pay docked twice. I'm a very thorough inspector.

The design of the game's screens even enforces this feeling of isolation and dull monotony. Every day, you see your nonexistent family, read the paper, and walk to the same screen of work. However, the color palette isn't limited to just grey and brown. There's still some color variation in the people themselves, which is a unique design choice, as a man who appreciates aesthetic design.

I'm sure you can tell I really enjoyed Papers, Please. For a long time, I hailed The Last of Us as the best game of 2013... but now I'm beginning to have second doubts. I certainly wouldn't recommend this to anyone who wants to have "fun" (whatever that is), but I do recommend it to anyone who wants to play something totally new. This is a fine addition to my new favorites list, and I'm giving Papers, Please a well-deserved 10/10.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Cackled like a madman when a husband had valid papers but his wife who was next in the queue lacked so much as a passport. REFUSE, REFUSE, REFUSE. 10/10. It's a great time-killer and a neat little game, once you adjust to working out the layout and realise you actually had a family to feed (unlike I did on my first, unsuccessful run) you'll have a blast. Very surprised, and impressed with this game at the same time.

My review will be heavily expanded with time.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
The reactions people have to this game puzzle me.

You apparently are a border officer for what most people call an unfair communist style state, often comparing it to the brexit or trumps wall or some nonesense

But..

-2 terrorist attacks in a week AT THE BORDER and the border remains open and even lets people from the offending country in with increased security.

-The searches on these people (Who almost ALL have controband or weapons on them) Stop simply because another nation asked nicely (Now that is just stupid)

-The worker (you) can make two BIG MISTAKES daily with just warnings (How many jobs do you know of where you can screw up badly twice a day and no one cares?)

-A massive nationwide fingerprint database is kept just in case your passport has bad info, so you can get in even with a misprint as long as your identity is confirmed.

How in the name of heck is this unfair or wrong? You Millenials are Reeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaly backwards and idealistic yanno.

Ok, im done poking fun at the stupidity of most modern gamers, now that youve flamingly downvoted this for not going along with what the gaming society thinks, lets talk about the game!

Its great! A puzzler about trying to check as many pieces of info as you can while compromising (Because you need to make enough money to stay alive at the end of every day) and keeping in mind, you get two mistakes daily before losing money, so if you have a desire to be charitable and take bribes, you can do it twice scot free, as long as you dont screw up anything else on that day, meaning perfection is something to chase as long as you possibly can (Because a 5 dollar bribe may have saved your son, but if its your third mistake, it will only pay for the citation you just earned)

Also, not often mentioned, this game is not a "play once, die, repeat", you can go back to any previous day to retry it or retry your current day if you are messing up alot, its not "permadeath"

A great way to stay sharp and give you some moral choices to think about.
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