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 (520 reviews) - 93% of the 520 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (15,764 reviews) - 96% of the 15,764 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

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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 (520 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (15,764 reviews)
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Hush
( 1.3 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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Hoshino Yumemi
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Obristan Above All.
lololololololol just kidding
Glory To Arstotzka.
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NotTooHidden
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Game is godlike with decision making stress it puts on you
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Selection
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Cool game, but too hard for me mainly because im not very smart (im guessing its the reason).

This will be a shorter, "crappier" review.

PROS

cool gameplay

its fun when you play correctly

CONS

too hard for me

too complicated

gameplay seems like the same every time


thats about it. This is one of my crappier reviews, mainly because at the time of writing this, im super tired.


7/10 would recommend if your smart i guess

ya liked this pile of trash review? plenty more where that came from! if ya liked it click the like button thing and check my other reviews out, they are a ton less ♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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thomas the dank engine
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
10 penaltys out of ten
would sent to prison again
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PeTrAk0S | kickback.com
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Product received for free
Oh my god ... this game ...

At first glance this game is very simple , when in reality it's actually really complex .
20 total endings , with only 2 being good , which one will you get ?
One thing i can say is that if you don't get one of those 2 good endings you'll feel like ♥♥♥♥ for the next couple of days .

Worth every penny especially if you can get it free from family sharing like i did .

I would have bought it cause i love it so much and because i wanna support the developer , but welcome to greece where we have capital controls now ...
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☭ ƸӜƷ ☭
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Yet another wonderful indie title. Papers please strangely is immersive and will put you on an emotional rollercoaster.

Indie developers are so incredibly talented. Thank you for a fantastic game.
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Michael Rosen
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
You stamp passports, violate other peoples rights and watch your hole family die because you're awful at your job and because your lazy ♥♥♥ for an uncle can't get a job.

On a serious note though, it's a masterpiece! Buy it!!
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The Dark Soul (#TeamPyro)
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
PROS:
Jorji Costava
Cobrastan
The power to deny people entry into your great country
Arstozka
The power to reunite familes
Sergiu Volda is swag
Calensk is badass
You get to disarm a bomb
You get to shoot people
You are a desk jockey

CONS:
Cobrastan is not real country :(

10/10
Glory to Arstozka.
NEXT!
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Squirt eats COOKIES
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Left my sick son and hungry family first chance i got. I went to live in old villege not knowing if my families ok
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Recommended
317.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Haven't played that long, good game though
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206 of 310 people (66%) found this review helpful
270 people found this review funny
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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89 of 127 people (70%) found this review helpful
83 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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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
22 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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27 of 29 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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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
23 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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19 of 21 people (90%) 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 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
☑ Nudity

Glory to Arstotzka
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