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.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (513 reviews) - 93% of the 513 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (15,749 reviews) - 96% of the 15,749 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 8, 2013

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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
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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
    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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Recent:
Very Positive (513 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (15,749 reviews)
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SüZë
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
100/10 would deny for no reason again!
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letterboxmusic
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
At first I thought... this game is making me do paper work. When has paperwork ever been fun?! But then it get's so complex and you make mistakes and think..."OMG... I had to check what now??" and just when you think you're getting good, they change the rules.... and your wife and kids and extended family are dying of the cold and starving and sick... so you have to take bribes... and...
I love this game. It's really cool.
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Frobob
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
It's a fun adicting game. It's worth the money.
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Twosday
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Papers, Please is a very unique game. I don't think there is anything quite like it out there. It is a great idea with fantastic execution, and a fairly high replay value.

But I can't play it at all. I have a terrible memory and eye for detail and as this game gets more and more complicated I do so poorly that it loses its enjoyability.

I would recommend this to anyone who has a good short term memory and can spot little details easily. For the rest of us, I recommend waiting for a sale.
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KingDom #TeamHoovey
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
"U.S.S.R. Customs Simulator"
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dunno465
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Quit reading this and buy the game.
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moxin
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
It is entertaining, sometimes funny and ends up being satisfying. I don't like the fact that it doesn't have much replay value, and that it can be a bit monotonous at some point, but I really like the subplots (even though there weren't so many). Sometimes the decisions can be hard.
Only recommended for patient players ;-)
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41nd
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Excellent pixel art game with solid & funny gameplay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZJoP1x2dfU
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Bob Ross
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
It is very good gam
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GoldFishie
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
At first I was like well this game is going to give me an hour of fun then be bored with it but no it's never ending. You always do something one way or another to get different out comes and it's always fun no matter which way you play. 10/10 If your thinking about getting this game you should!
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239 of 298 people (80%) found this review helpful
355 people found this review funny
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Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I imagine this is where the UK is headed after the Brexit. Too soon?
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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
Recommended
317.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Haven't played that long, good game though
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84 of 118 people (71%) found this review helpful
78 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I came here for trump jokes.
I got a post brexit UK sim.

10/10 still politicaly relevant
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
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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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
-Sister dies, leaving niece an orphan
-Doesn't have enough money to adopt her that day
-Works really hard the next day
-Finally has enough money to save her
-Niece has dissapeared
-Gets really mad and upset
-Says screw you
-Let's everyone into this stupid country
-Gains a ton of penalties
-Goes into debt
-Gets thrown into jail and loses the game.

10/10 would screw over again
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
☑ Nudity

Glory to Arstotzka
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