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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“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
    • Storage: 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
    • 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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Very Positive (270 reviews)
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crowcawer
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Very fun game that can offer a little break from the normal.

The puzzles of this game make the user think and adapt.
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oceanman135
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I recommend the game, but suffers of ADHD/ADD/Dyslexia beware
Papers please is an interesting game, with a great central idea, and interesting mechanics. It is definitely something that people can enjoy. But, if you are like me and suffer from a severe case of ADHD/ADD/Dyslexia, this game may not be for you.
The focus of the game is checking paperwork of immigrants coming to a communist country. It makes for an inserting setting, and sets up some very real feeling drama. The primary gameplay revolves around looking at the immigrant’s paperwork, and deciding if they are permitted to enter. Many times the difference between admittance and denial is a single out of place letter buried in paperwork. This is fine for most people, but if you suffer from any form of reading disability, or attention issue, then this game may be nearly unplayable. I personally suffer from severe ADHD, and I could not focus enough to play properly for more than 30 min. The small details I was supposed to be looking for just disappeared among everything else, becoming white noise. I was only able to get 3 people’s paperwork properly filed, out of about 50. Probably 95% of people who play this game will have little problems with this, but if you know that you have these conditions please think before you buy.
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Bill Nye The Cipher Guy
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
GLORY GREATEST COUNTRY!
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DaCowGawd
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
My whole family was sick. I spent the majority of my money on medicine for my son. The next day my whole family died. Screw you Arstotzka.
The game is fairly good though.
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TGAP Trixie
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
The game that somehow makes bureaucracy fun. One of the most original game ideas I've ever played. Simple gameplay forms the basis for a surprisingly engaging and nuanced story with 20 different endings
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Schokodoc
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
<Got elected by a labor wheel as a passport checker dude
<Helped a shady organisation to take over my home country

No regrets
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Luiz
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game is relaxing and awesome. Everyone should buy it!
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iiNight
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Love This Game :)
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Zynocron
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Great and addictive game!

Papers, Please is a point & click game in which you are an immigration inspector at Grestin border checkpoint in the communist state of Arstotzka.

You must check the documents of people who want to cross through the ckeckpoint.If you notice that the document(s) contain invalid information(or if they don't provide a necessary document),you must inform the person by highlighting the discrepancy with the inspection tool,then clicking on the interrogate option.Then,depending on the case,you can either deny access or detain them.Or if they have valid papers,you can allow them in the country.

The game is divided into 31 days.After you finish a day,you must manage your home expenses(like rent,food,heat,medicine and some booth upgrades).At home you have your wife,son,mother-in-law,uncle,and niece(if adopted later in the game).They get cold,hungry,ill,or die, if not provided with the above home expenses.

The game has 20 different endings,which can be achieved by making choices like helping/ignoring a mysterious organization,working dutifully,and other ones that I don't want to spoil.During the game you'll also be required to do some moral decisions,for example denying or allowing in the country a mother with invalid papers who is excited to see her son.

Pros
  • Good soundtrack
  • Addictive gameplay
  • Nice pixel-graphics
  • Many outcomes based on choices
Cons
  • Multiple playthroughs can be repetitive
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Caminon
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
glory to arstotska

something about a hammer and a sickle
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
76 of 81 people (94%) found this review helpful
77 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
The Administrative intelligence inspector came by and told me im not allowed to hang items on the back wall except plaques of accomodation from them. They fined me $20. So i took down my soccer banner. A few days later it was my sons birthday and i had scrounged up enough money to buy a $25 crayon set for him. The next morning he drew a picture of me. I forgot about me not being allowed to hang items on wall and i did it anyways. It was a cute picture after all, maybe id get some kind comments from immigrants. One morning, the inspector came back and had me arrested and put to a labor camp. I lost the game because of a child's drawing. glory to artotzka
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I just finished Papers, Please a few minutes ago, and it's left quite an impact. For a game made by a single guy, this is outstanding work. The concept of having to face a constant struggle of economic issues, terrorism, forgery, and even keeping your family healthy and well fed is innovative, and it keeps the GOOD bit of Pheonix Wright.

The world of Papers, Please is absorbing, and makes you feel as if you are genuinely affecting the lives of the peopl who you Deny, and Accept. There were many, many moments in Papers, Please where I was conflicted on whether to Accept or Deny someones Passport, as sometimes it would essentially ruin their entire life if you denied it, or accepted it.

Although I do adore this game, if you're not quick with your fingers, I personally wouldn't reccomend it. The game, from my playthrough, requires fast movements and a keen eye, as some of the "forgery" is just a single letter in a name, or an extra +3 to the weight of the passport holder. If however, you're looking for a fun, innovative and absorbing game, buy Papers, Please. You will not regret it.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Played with a mate while drinking.
Made a replica rule book on scrap piece of paper to process faster.
Reached 18 Checks in one day.
Realised East/West Grestin = East/West Germany.
Played as fascists.
Son is sick far too often.
Did not pay for his medication.
Died on his birthday.
Had enough money for level 5 apartment.

10/10
Glory to Arstotska.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
"Papers, please."
[See a discrepancy]
[Ask to the owner of the papers]
"That is new to me."
"Denied!" * pop *
[Person goes away]
"NEXT!"


Papers, Please is the one of the best game I've ever played. You and your family are moving to Arstotzka, a fictional country in the east Europe, and you are responsible for monitoring the border.

With the 'simple' premisse to verify fake passports, you must to be attentive, any miss and you will be notified and after two notifications, the next will be deducted from your paycheck. Still, you need to pay the bills, like the house rent, heating, food for your family and, if necessary, medicines.

The best part of the game is the immersion, you feel like you are in the game. At any time, a unexpected event can happen and you must to do something - will you let pass a woman that, if she returns to her home country, she will die? Or how you react if a misterious guy needs your help? The game has several endings. Any choice that you do, it will influence throughout the history.

Papers, Please is a unique and indispensable game.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
PAPERS, PLEASE
If you're into checking papers and DETAINING people, this is the game for you! ^_^
The first time I knew about this game was from my favorite youtuber. I wasn't interested on watching it at first, but when I gave it a try. I wasn't disappointed at all :D.

Pros:
1. Great choice of graphics, perfect for the setting.
2. Cool characters like Jorji :D.
3. Has multiple endings, each one is interesting.
4. The EZIC is awesome!
5. Has a challenging part, especially when you don't want to get Citations XD.
The whole concept is really enjoyable and impressive.

Con/s:
1. Gets repetitive after sometime

Other/s:
1. When you encounter an immigrant that looks like a guy, but is actually a woman or vice versa. Don't be surprise XD
2. Sergiu and Elisa = ^_^ <3
3. When they're mean, you just DENY! HAHA but when they are stubborn, you just have to DETAIN! (Though you may get a citation if there's nothing wrong with their papers) LOL

Overall: 9.5/10
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
I must congratulate Lucas Pope for being able to turn a mundane task into an entertaining experience. Never in my life I would have guessed I'd someday enjoy to examine passports and permits.

However, I am probably one of the few people not able to see a deeper message to this game. Ok yeah, dictatorship sucks, but we all know that. It doesn't really give you another point of view in the matter. Also, I did not feel some sort of conflict. If I deny someone, so what? There's one point in the game where you know that if you deny the woman ahead of you, she will be killed in her country. That's the only time you may feel a dilemma. I never thought I'd say that and I'm really sorry to do so, but the problem here is the graphics. There's just a bunch of pixels in front of me, not displaying any emotion whatsoever. I don't know what's wrong with me since everyone seem to be able to feel empathy toward those characters, but I really didn't care about her. It was a spoiled opportunity to make me infringe the strict rules of my country.

Also, the other side of the dilemma is supposed to be your family. If you don't do well your job, like if you accept someone that you shouldn't, you won't provide enough money to make them survive. This would be great if I felt attachment toward my family. The thing is that the only time you "see" your family is between two days, on a static screen that displays "Mother-in-law", "Uncle", "Wife" and "Son". Yeah, you don't get to see them, and you don't even know their name. So what if "Uncle" die? Will I grieve?

As much as I love minimalism and believe graphics are not what make a game good, this game really would have benefit from better aesthetics. Regarding its emotional impact and its political statements, there is room to improvement.

In the end, I still recommend it because I love it very much as a GAME; sadly, it will not be more than that for me.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Damn fun game! Believe it or not you will need to make some important decisions that will seriously affect the future of your story, and the game gets more difficult as you progress, as your passport check agends grows ever larger.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
When I first played the demo I got instantly hooked by it, I recommend it to people in the likes of simulation games, if you get in the shoes of the principal character you'll find out how hard it would be to make some of the decisions made in the game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
At first, I thought this game would be boring but I was totally wrong. It is not just a game that you sit in your chair as an inspector and check people's passport.

I don't want to spoil much about the game but there are 20 Endings. As you can see, it is not a simple game. There are more things you can see than those screenshots.

Game involves a mysterious plot and it actually carves its story based on your decision.

!SPOILERS!
You can either help a mysterious group to take down the government alongside with the wall that divides the city's entrance and assassinate specific people or you can work against them with denying their orders.
There are also little interesting stories such as a father's arrival at your desk and his wish to you to get his daughter's killer.
!SPOILERS!

The developers tried everything to carve a good storyline for Papers, Please and they successfully did. The minor plots in the game also makes game more interesting.

There are many things you have to check and with each day passes a new rule appears, changes or gets deleted.
With each day passes, you will be required to check many details on many types of papers.

This game is an excellent decision to spend time. It is long enough (especially if you want to reach every ending) so there is no conflict about how long it is.

I couldn't find anything to give this game a negative comment so it is a 10/10 from me!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4

--PROS--
' Way more fun than I had anticipated.
' Replay value is quite high.
' Great for those who want to focus.
' Perfectly executed.
' No glitches/bugs.
' Requires a keen eye at all times.
' Bulletin changes daily, so expect everything.
' Decisions are hard to make, such as: money, working with EZIC, granting access or denial, and some others.
' Music fits the atmosphere like a puzzle.
' 20 different endings which require being careful/aware.
' Terror attacks and checking those for weapons and/or contrabands.
' Wanted criminals add another element of alertness.

--CONS--
' The 'Unlimited' mode is extremely boring.
' The only persuasive story was the man and his murdered daughter - everything else left no impact.

9.5/10.0
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