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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Release Date: Aug 8, 2013

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"I don't like this game, but I respect it. It made manning a passport station gripping and challenging, though it's certainly a grim tale."
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March 19

Papers, Please - Gamers Edition

Welcome to your new position at Grestin Border Checkpoint. This is your inspector's kit. Study the rulebook, inspect the sample documents and use the stamps liberally. Wear the pin to signify your new status and hang the poster proudly.

In the box:
  • Papers, Please Steam key
  • Labor Lottery keyring
  • Arstotzkan passport & paperwork set
  • Set of Arstotzkan stamps
  • Glory to Arstotzka poster
  • Department of Labor suitcase
  • Approved stamp, Denied stamp & Ink pad
  • Inspector’s pin badge
  • Arstotzkan Immigration Rule Book

This is a one-off compilation that will never be offered again, so grab one while you can.

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

“ 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

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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Core2Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.4 or better
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1280x720 screen resolution
    • OS: OSX Mountain Lion (10.8)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Core2Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.4 or better
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1280x720 screen resolution
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Core2Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1280x720 screen resolution
Helpful customer reviews
265 of 271 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Few jobs are more soul-sucking than sitting at a cramped desk and shuffling paperwork for hours on end. Now imagine doing that in an Eastern Bloc country during the height of the Cold War, with low pay, bleak conditions and the constant threat of being fired or worse if you screw up.Tedious, boring and stressful. Ideal subject matter for a video game, no?And yet Papers, Please is an unforgettable experience. It's been dubbed a "paperwork simulator" and that's not entirely inaccurate - but it's truly a game about freedom, power and how fleeting and illusory each can be.Papers, Please is an independent game designed by former Naughty Dog programmer Lucas Pope and it casts players as a border checkpoint officer in the fictional communist country of Arstotzka. Your job is simple, at least in concept: examine the documents of people who are trying to get into the country, and determine whether they're eligible for entry or should be turned away.At first it's as easy as checking criteria like passport expiry dates, and rejecting paperwork that's invalid or forged. But before long, Papers, Please becomes a tension-filled juggling act, as you're cross-referencing work permits with identity cards, making sure the applicant's weight matches the value on their entry papers, checking fingerprint records and sometimes doing full-body scans for drugs and weapons.Every new day adds new rules to follow and new layers of complexity, from making sure applicants' vaccinations are up to date to applying a draconian extra level of inspection for citizens of a rival nation. And every time you let mess up, you lose the money you'd have earned for properly processing that batch of paperwork.To give the game a sense of grim consequence, your wages are tallied up at the end of each day, from which you must pay for rent, food, heat and medicine for your family. There's almost never enough money for everything... do you let your family go hungry in order to keep the heat on? When both your wife and son are sick and you can only afford medicine for one, who gets it?Despite the retro-flavoured visuals, the act of shuffling virtual papers is actually surprisingly tactile, and spotting a discrepancy and slamming the "denied" stamp down on a person's passport imparts an odd thrill of power.But not all decisions are clear-cut, and the game has 20 different endings depending on how things unfold. Do you let a man's pleading wife into the country, even though her paperwork isn't valid and the money it will cost you may mean you can't feed your family that night? Do you deny passage to the man who you suspect is a human trafficker, even though all his documents are in order? Who is behind the enigmatic organization that wants to overthrow the government, and do you dare get involved with their cause?With a deluge of big-budget, high-profile games on the horizon, it might be easy to overlook a quiet, unusual game like Papers, Please. But don't do that, comrade. The consequences would be dire.
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266 of 286 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Until this game, I never believed I could be racist towards countries that don't exist.
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194 of 200 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
East Grestin, 1982

Here comes that weird guy again. The one in the red sweater and with the crooked smile always plastered on his face. It's the third time already, this month.
I look at him through the glass as he waves at me in an oddly familiar way that makes me feel a little bit awkward.
«Old friend, hello! I am back again! This time everything set!». His voice is loud and cheerful, and I just can't help but wonder what the heck is wrong with him. There's nothing to be so happy for in this rotten place, you old geezer.
«Papers, please» I simply say, ignoring his greetings.
He grins while handing me his brand new passport. I chuckle. Definitely better than the last one, at least this one is not pre-approved.
«So this time you're from Obristan, I see, Mr... Jorji Costava? Is this even your real name?».
His grin grows even wider and he starts laughing again.
«You a funny guy. I didn't like Cobrastan that much anymore. Obristan sure is a better country». He speaks with a tick foreign accent that makes me wonder where he is really from.
«Cobrastan isn't even a real country, in the first place» I point out matter-of-factly. «Where's your entry ticket?».
His smile fades a little.
«Arstotzka so great, we don't need an entry ticket!».
«This is the same thing you said last time about passports. I'm sorry, an entry ticket is required». I hand his passport back.
«Wow, you run very strict border here». He puts his paper back in the pocket of his trousers, shrugging. «That is good. Do job right. I look for entry thing and come back».
Before leaving the booth, he stares intensely at me.
«You a good guy, but I have business in Arstotzka. I see you soon». He waves me goodbye and then disappears in the crowd, with that big careless smile on his face.


I keep staring at the ceiling of my bedroom. Afterall, it seems I can't really sleep at all tonight.
I can hear my wife coughing weakly beside me. The doctor said it's just a cold, but she's getting worse day after day. I'm slightly worried.
Our son is sleeping in the next room, the only one lit by the sun in the morning. He is turning 7 next week. I'd really want to buy him a special present for his birthday.
We are currently living in a small apartment provided by the Ministry of Admission, here in East Grestin. The rooms are small and the heather doesn't work half the time. On top of that, our neighbours are awfully nosy. Living here is not that great, but there's really nothing I can do about it.


A week has passed since Jorji Costava last showed up. Maybe he is having a hard time finding a fake entry permit. Maybe he just gave up. Quite unlikely.
The siren's ringing, another day of work is starting.
A tall figure silently enters the booth. He's wearing a green hood and his face is hidden behind a grey mask. I'm about to call the security, but he gently slides a paper note under the window and stares at me.
«There's no much time, be quick please». His voice sounds young- he's probably younger than me- and unusually relaxed.
My hands are shaking and I don't even know why.
There's an odd symbol drawn on top of the card, a star-shaped one. I slowly open the note and start reading. I can feel the masked guy's staring gaze on me.





I'm in a cold sweat.
I look up at the masked guy, I'm at a loss for words.
«Our agents are ready», he helds out his hand, eyeing the card. «Starting tomorrow. Let them pass».

In Papers, Please you play as an immigration inspector working for the Ministry of Admission of Arstotzka in East Grestin. Your job is to check on people trying to enter Arstotzka and decide who can pass through the border and who has to be denied or even arrested.
Most of the time, your decisions will lead to a different ending (not always a good one!).
Choose wisely, the destiny of Arstotzka, your family and many other people is in your hands.

-Well written dystopian setting
-20 different endings
-Lovely retro graphics
-Jorji Costava
-Great plot and sub-plots
-Shooting terrorists from your inspection booth since 1982
-Did I already mention Jorji Costava?

-Maybe old school graphics are not everyone's cup of tea (I personally love it though)
-Stamping visas and check out papers will probably sound boring to someone
-There's no "Escape to Obristan with your newfound best friend Jorji" ending

Papers, Please is hands-down one of my favorite games. Be sure to give it a try, you definitely won't regret it.
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87 of 100 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
- Terroist Goes over border to throw bomb
- Gets No-scoped by Inspector
- Glory to Arstotzka Mother-truckers

second Senario:
- lady shows up to Border with a ID card
- Passport says she is male
- *interogated* "Are you male or female?"
- "It is what Passport says"
- *Searched*
- Girl has a Dong
- Accepts Passport
- Glory to Arstotzka

10/10 It was ok
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59 of 64 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Be me
Average Arstotzkian citizen
Get selected to work the border
Family and I are given a decent apartment
First day at work
Only aloud to let other Arstotzkian citizens across
Man walks up to desk
Doesn't have any paperwork
Says Arstotzka is best country
Send him away
Day goes by
Get two citations for letting invalid citizens into Glorious Arstotzka
Go home with decent pay, family is happy
Next day all people are allowed, as long as they have proper documentation
Guy walks up to desk
It's the guy from yesterday
"Hello freind, i have passport now!"
Take on look and see it's obviously homemade
"Sir, this is fake."
"No no, it ok."
Have to get him on something else
Skim passport to see that it was issued in a city that doesn't exist.
"Sir, this city doesn't exist"
"Ok ok, i get real passport next time."
Nearing end of shift when a man jumps the border an flings a grenade into the gaurd, is promptly shot
Too late
Grenade explodes killing the gaurd and scattering visitors
"Oh yeah, forgot to mention that this happens on a regular basis"
Have to cut heating bill to make ends meet
Family is cold and my son is sick
Next day
"All foreigners need a visitor's pass."
"Also, security has been ramped up"
Get to check-point
Six security gaurds
S*** just got real
Man walks up
Oh no
It's the man from yesterday
this time he has a valid passport
But unfortunately he does not have a Visitor's Pass
Actually starting to like this guy
"Sorry bud you need a Visitor's Pass."
"You run strict border, that good, it mean you do your job."
Send him away for the third time
Day wares on
Approached by a woman who slips me a bussiness card
It's for a strip club
"Ask for Ava."i'd
Not enough to make ends meet, family is hungry, cold, and critically ill.
Next few days go by
Approached by the same man every day, always something in correct with his paperwork, it's a shame because i really like him
He brings a sense of light to my otherwise bleak and boring day
Family's condition is slowy declining
Mother-in-Law dies first, suspiciously, she died of food poison
Another day goes by
My friend approaches me again
This time with the proper paper work
I let him through
As i watch him go, a man runs over the border shoving guards out of his way
He shouts "FOR REPUBLICA!" as he lobs a grenade
It lands right next to my friend
It's to late to warn him
I watch in sheer horror as the grenade explodes and he is blown to smitherines
My family succombs to illness and i am fired
such is life in Arstotzka

This is a great game, would highly reccomend to anyone 10/10
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