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

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Reviews

“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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Core2Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1280x720 screen resolution
Helpful customer reviews
701 of 829 people (85%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
"papers please"
*gives me all papers including id card*
*id card says killer sideburns*
*old grandma without killer sideburns*
*i arrest her*
best game ever
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359 of 444 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Arstotzka is BEST country!
Passport Not needed
Right?
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182 of 215 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Papers, Please is one of those games where you go in expecting to not like it. The graphics are retro (terrible compared to most other games available today), the controls overly simplistic, the music very repetitive. There are no voice actors; every conversation is shown by moving text bubbles. Finally, there is only one setting and you are completely stationary.

Put all of the above together and you would think that this is one of the most terrible games of the decade. But you would be wrong. Despite its simplicity, despite its repetitiveness, this is one of the most in depth, thought provoking games I've played in years. And with 20 different endings, there is plenty of replayability.

If you haven't played this game, you're missing out.
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138 of 161 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
This game actually made me break down in tears of sorrow. So much meaningful commentary on life. When I talk about meaningful games, this is always at or near the top of the list. It's hard for me to play, not only because the gameplay is actually challenging, but because of the human element. The things you have to do to continue the game, the decisions you're faced with, are all difficult and challenging. I really think everyone should play this game.
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115 of 135 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
>Hot Lady comes up to booth
(Found true love)
>Gives passport
>Gender is stated as male
>Screens her
>Very hot woman is a very hot guy

-Denied-

10/10
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62 of 66 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
A concept that is basically running immigration for an eastern-bloc country during the cold war. Sounds boring as hell, right? So deceitful it is then, because few things are more addicting. While playing, I kept finding myself thinking "Just one more day, one more then off to bed". Five hours later, it's 5AM and I'm due at work in three hours. No regrets here, either. The gameplay is simple but deep, and the story branches like a visual novel. Plus it's the only game I've ever played to truly make me actually feel -BAD- for doing what the game tells me to. Video game history teaches us that morality is black and white. Papers reveals how evoke it with more gray area than I ever thought a game could, and it's crazy how easily it does so.

There's a reason this game was voted GoTY by so many publications, and touted as simply amazing by gamers far and wide. Quirky, fun, addictive - you owe it to yourself to play this gem. GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA!
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72 of 83 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Glory To Arstotzka! If you want intense action sequences including stamping passports, shooting terrorists and x-raying people to check for contraband, then this is a game for you! Some aspects of the game become very challanging including telling apart a man from a woman, confiscating illegal paraphernalia and resisting the urge to not leave your border outpost to go to the strip clubs advertised by foreign visiters. Dont let your family die and kill all those terrorisers!
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104 of 135 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
I ruin people's lives at will.

11/10
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50 of 55 people (91%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
A "Paperwork simulator" sounds like a hard sell, but it's encouraging to see that word-of-mouth is getting people to try this wonderful little game out. It's refreshing to have something different for a change rather than another FPS, platformer or suchlike.

Your job is to give or refuse permission to enter your country to various people who come to your customs booth...... it is a hard sell, isn't it?

Okay then, your job is made more difficult in several ways. First of all, your bureaucratic government implements more and more rules as time goes on which means you have to be quicker and quicker at processing, without letting accuracy fall. Secondly, you have certain moral choices to make - you have to feed and warm your own family and that can only be done by processing people as quickly as possible. Well, unless they bribe you to let them in, or the guards bribe you to detain them or... and of course, there's always the risk of forged documentation [which you are punished for if you miss] or terrorist attack [which curtails the day].

This game is deeply engrossing. It's straightforward to begin with, but the difficulty curve is just right, adding complexity day by day - just as you master the rules something else comes along which you have to keep an eye out for. Added to the fact that there are MANY, MANY different possible endings will lead you to replay this several times in order to see what happens.

Well worth a try!
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127 of 179 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I got a cereal box decoder from a creepy dude in a hood and then i was executed in front of my family.
10/10
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67 of 90 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I enjoy this game.
This game seems like a bad idea for a game ( I mean seriously who wants to be their favorite hero the border-control-guy)
But this game was one of the most engrossing and entraping games I've played this year.


8.5/10
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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Ever wanted to be an immigration officer at a border? Well this game will give you that chance! The game mainly focuses on you looking at documents and trying to find incorrect information. The game becomes more complex with new types of documents and rules changing throughout the story due do the politics. The game also has a pretty cool story that will have you making decisions on how things will turn out in the future by the power of your stamp!
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47 of 59 people (80%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
This game is a social commentary about life as a border agent in a communist dictatorship/oligarchy. It can show you the struggle that people can go through when they live in an area that is oppressive. This game is not for people that want variety in their gameplay, it has 0 variety. This is a linear game that hardly changes from start to finish. There are many different paths, and depending on how you go through the game, can change in length a lot. I enjoyed this game myself, but you should only buy it if you wish to view social commentary of this type, and not for variety or flamboyant things in the gameplay. I think this is a great game that many people can enjoy.
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48 of 61 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
"Passport says you are a male"
"Passport is right"
"Face the scanner please"
Zap Zap... photo comes out
This lady has a wiener!!!!!
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
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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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
53.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I was amazed at how much fun I had actually "working". It's kind of an old school graphics game,so if that's all you're into, this game is probably not for you. In this game it's all about noticing the detail and staying on your toes. The actual story of the game does not last all that long but it can be some trial and error figuring out how to get things done correctly and learning how to make things quicker for yourself so you can make more money. It also helps to memorize things as well. You also have some moral decisions to make to either help someone or make life easier for yourself. I have nearly 54 hours logged on this game although some of the time is AFK time. I also have all the achievements as well, it's not too difficult to get them all.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Pros:
- Best ost ever, sorry Hotline Miami
- You can random search and red stamp Kolechians
- You can green stamp people from Kobrastan
- Stealing passport to refugees who are struggling for survive
- Arstotzka best country
- Jorji is love, Jorji is lifeAnd has plenty of drugs!
Cons:
- What is passport.
- Ministry of Admission giving you a Recognition for sufficience.

Best distopian document thriller ever!
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
The gameplay is border control tedious paperwork. Verifying if different entries are coherent, checking for frauds or typos, asking people to provide more information. And then deciding if you let them through or not.

I have very little empathy to pixels, so I thought this was going to be easy. I would just accept people whose papers are fine, and then refuse people whose papers are not right even if they are dying and need an organ transplant.

But then the game got to me. There is so much more going on than just the little story of the person that comes to meet you. One person will tell you about another. Will give you something for another. Will try to bribe you, and you need the money to keep your own family afloat. There are events going on in the game's world, and it is subtly told through short sequences or short news reports.
I have to give a file to a spy. Someone else comes, and tells me that he is also a spy, and the next person looking for the file is a bad guy. He gives me another file so I can switch for the fake. Which file do I choose to give, who do I trust?
And then I start to care. A girl tells me that her abusive boyfriend that beats her up and might end up killing her is coming. His papers are alright, but I still refuse to let him enter, and get a salary sanction for my decision. The game won, I was not just proceeding as if they were pixels and I started to make moral choices and get invested in my role.

This game is not exactly "fun", but it is Art and worth trying to anyone that wants to see maturity in the video games medium. Very original, meaningful, and really well crafted.
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14 of 15 people (93%) 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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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Jorji is the best.

Day 3:

[Jorji]: Ok! Here we go!
[Jorji]: Glory to Arstotzka!
[Jorji]: The greatest country!
[Inspector]: Where is your passport?
[Inspector]: A passport is required.
[Jorji]: Passport!
[Jorji]: Arstotzka so great, passport not required.
[Jorji]: Right?
[Inspector]: A passport is required.
[Jorji]: Ok, ok. I hear you.
[Jorji]: I come back again.


Day 4

[Jorji]: Ok! Hello again! [gives a fake passport]
[Jorji]: Now I have passport!
[Jorji]: Arstotzka still best country for sure!
[Inspector]: This passport is crude fake.
[Jorji]: Hey now! Is not true!
[Jorji]: Is pre-approved!
[Inspector]: Cobrastan is not a real country. [Real one is named Cobrastan]
[Jorji]: Ok, ok.
[Jorji]: You no like passport, I understand.

Day 15

The second entrant on day 15 drops the bomb onto the inspector's desk, shouts "DEATH TO ARSTOTZKA!" and runs away.

Calensk: The Guard

[Calensk] What is going on?
[Calensk] Oh. Hah.
[Calensk] What is this amateur ♥♥♥♥?
[inspector] Should we evacuate?
[Calensk] For that little thing? No of course not.
[Calensk] Just disable it. Open the cover.

After opening the cover:

[Calensk] Stupid ♥♥♥♥ing terrorist.
[Calensk] Could not even add a display.
[inspector] What should I do now?
[Calensk] This is the poorest bomb I ever see. A simple mind created this.
[Calensk] Just cut the wires in order.

After cutting the wires:

[Calensk] Ok, all done. Back to work.
[inspector] We should close the checkpoint.
[Calensk] ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. I need to earn money today.
[Calensk] Give bomb to me.
[Calensk] I sell materials and give you cut.

After being given the bomb:

[Calensk] What a piece of ♥♥♥♥.
[Calensk] I doubt it is even worth much.
[Calensk] Call the next immigrant.
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