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: Overwhelmingly Positive (14,239 reviews) - 96% of the 14,239 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 8, 2013

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Papers, Please

 

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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
1,091 of 1,149 people (95%) found this review helpful
1,058 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
One day a woman came to my booth
She said a man was following her and I must not let him through or she would be forced into slavery
The man came through with valid papers
I denied him
I was told that the man had valid papers and was charged 5 credits
I am now 5 dollars in debt to the great state of Arstotzka
I come home to find my child and wife have been taken by sickness
I hear knock at door
I answer, two soldiers arrest me, and take my surviving family members away from me
I am told that delinquency is not tolerated in Arstotzka
I am thrown in jail until I can pay my debts
I cannot because I am in jail
I die in jail

Such is life in Arstotzka
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
510 of 541 people (94%) found this review helpful
688 people found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2015
Man comes up And gives me passport only.
man: I dont have all papers, but I can come back in 3 days, ill give you five bucks and this watch to approve my entry
me: *takes watch and money, denies entry*
Man: What? Bull! give me my watch back at least.
me: *Doesnt give watch back*
man: im not leaving without watch!
Me: *detains man. sells watch on way home*
me: *doesnt pay for heating or food for family*
me: Glory to Arstotzka

11/10 would deny again
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
395 of 432 people (91%) found this review helpful
217 people found this review funny
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
Two years ago I was detained on my way into America. I was taken away from the line, seperated from my passport and dumped in a bleak empty room filled with lines of chairs and people in various states of distress. Nobody told me what was happening. Occasionally an agent would appear at the back of the room and give passports to some of the people waiting, who left quickly and quietly. At one point an elderly man went up to the desk and begged to be let through, to be met with ice-cold condescension.

After about half an hour I was called through into the back room. There I was told to sit down in front of a man called Keane, on a desk filled with papers. Keane never looked at me. He asked where I was going and why I was going there. When I said I was visiting my girlfriend he leered and asked me if it was "true love". When I asked him whether I'd been pulled out of the line for a reason or if it was a random check, he told me it "wasn't random". When I asked him if I would make my flight in 20 minutes, he told me that it depended how fast I could run.

Eventually Keane gave me my passport back and told me to "lift my heels up". I missed my flight by minutes. I waited for an hour for the next flight and then another hour on the plane for it to take off.

This game made me feel sorry for Keane.

10/10, would feel empathy against my will again
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
676 of 803 people (84%) found this review helpful
1,174 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
*Starting a new day*
*Calls first guy up*
*Gets handed papers*
*Checks name, DOB, work permit, etc*
*Sees name is 'Ivan Bae'*
*Immediately accepts into country*
*Gets ticket*

I did it for Bae.

10/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
235 of 277 people (85%) found this review helpful
304 people found this review funny
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
Communist simulator 2013. 10/10 would detain again.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny