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 (412 reviews) - 93% of the 412 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (15,822 reviews) - 96% of the 15,822 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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    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 (412 reviews)
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Daeqolax
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 31
You were contacted by resistance. They threatened to kill you, if you don't let their operative through border. The contact left a cryptic note to you. You couldn't figure out the message in the note. So afraid of getting killed you randomly let couple people go through the border. One of these people happened to be a terrorist with backpack full of explosives. He detonated explosives after passing your checkpoint. One of the border guards got killed. You were glad you weren't fired. After day of work you barely get enough money to buy food for your family or heat for your apartment.

Papers please is a memory game, where you need to go through people's passports and other documents. Then you figure out, if you let them through border or not. The game starts with simple rules to remember to check, but difficulty advances over time. You start to get multiple rules to remember and gameplay can become really hectic.

The game has two modes. The first mode is a story mode. In the story mode you live through events, which of some are scripted and some randomised. You have some choices while story advances. Occasionally people can come to ask for your help. You can either be rewarded or being penalised for helping them. The story is limited to certain length and has multiple endings depending on choices you make. The other mode is called endless. It's completely randomised. Also time is not limited in this mode. You unlock this mode after playing story.

Overall the game captures really well grim atmosphere of cold war era communistic country.

Glory to Arstotzka!
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jorji costava
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 31
I never thought that i would mistake a hand made and curdly made passport as real but i did...so you know uhh..... Glory to Arstotzka! and buy this game...
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thomasziesemer
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
I have played this game off and on and watched it twice as much. While it is an interesting idea and the story is good in its own way there are major problems with the gameplay many times do to art style it is impossible to tell gender or the like. This can be a serious problem. Also it seems to glitch and count discrepencies that i had checked before hand with the comparing mechanism in the game and also visually checked with my eyes. While some people can accept these flaws I think far more will find it to push them away.
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ThatNickGuy
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Papers, Please. Thank you. Who are you?

Ah yes, a new independent game. A Double A game, if you will. Do you have anything to declare, Paper Please?

Hm. Minimalistic graphics. I see. Arstotzka has enough of those already. At least it's not another rogue-like platformer. What makes your game different?

A checkpoint simulator?! Why would anyone play that? *hovers over the DENIED stamp* What's that you say? Surprisingly engaging gameplay? A story about an oppressive regime and a quiet build to the rebellion?

Gameplay becomes progressively more difficult as you continue, eh Papers Please? Requires a very strong attention to detail? Hm. Perhaps you do have a place on Steam, er, in Arstotzka after all.

*hits the APPROVED stamp* Very well, continue on. Glory to Steam, er, Arstotzka.

*Warning Citation prints up* What? Oh, you must be kidding. What do you mean this game was given universal approval years ago?!
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Raymond
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
My dream to stamp passports is finally here! Best simulator ever!
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mugger12321
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny deny ezic approve deny deny deny family is dead and i'm on death row glory to arstotzka
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Japnese Potat
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
I love this game more than i love my family.
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basada.bea
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
I love everything in this game
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GumbyWench
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
If you do not enjoy stamping fake passports, then you have no soul. In which case, you are perfect for this game. So play it. And SHUT UP.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
59 of 64 people (92%) found this review helpful
39 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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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
☑ Nudity

Glory to Arstotzka
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
DAN

DUN

DAN

DUN

DAN

DUN

DAN

DUN

DAN

DUN

DAN

DUN

Glory to Arztotska!
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Theres this guard i'm friendly with. we grew up in the same village.
He tells me his long lost love is finally coming to be with him and asks that i look out for her.
She arrives at my booth but she doesn't have all the paperwork.
I'll be fined if i let her in wothout the correct paperwork.
I let her in anyway and get the fine.
I watch her leave the booth and run into the arms of the man she loves.
Even in a opressive communist state there is still room for some happiness.
And it helps that she left a gift at my apartment later.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Glory to Arstotzka
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
This game is ingenious. It actually feels like you are working an increasingly tougher job, and it's really quite stressful. However, in terms of originality, and sheer innovation, it is a brilliant game.

Much like a real job, Papers, Please is best played alongside a friend or two, and it helps to delegate inspection duties within the group. Do this, and you'll have some crazy times managing Arstotzka's border. It is a game full of surprises, and it nails the dystopian, Orwellian atmosphere perfectly. The art style fits well There is a real sense of immersion, right from the start, as you start learning the things you NEED to know, to do your job. And of course, just learning your job is not enough, as things constantly change, making your job harder and less bearable. Again, just like real life!

You'll want to start by learning the game's geography: neighbouring countries, and the major cities within each one. And since everything here is fictional and fantasy, you NEED to pay attention. There are things to learn, and you really need to organise yourself to work effectively. Otherwise you soon find yourself unable to buy medicine for your child, and your mother-in-law won't like you anymore (not sure she ever did, tbh). The game is quite frankly, amazing. It feels like hard work, and it feels just as rewarding...and sometimes just as punishing...

Either way, you'll always have a memorable experience whenever you play this.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Papers, please.
What is the purpose of your trip?


Probably, the most used phrase by border workers. Everyday they have to check the same documents and approve or deny them and this game gives you an opportunity to go through this experience.
Overall, this game shows how border worked in USSR. Straightforward rules, cruel punishment for violating them and real life situations which makes you either break them or follow to the end.

I've managed to complete this game in 4 hours and I really enjoyed it (it also have endless mode with leaderboard worldwide). Simple in style yet, it requires your full attention to detailes.
Multiple choices with different endings, secret order of EZIC, sometimes shooting and a drop of humor making this game absolutely fantastic game experience I've ever had with an indie game. Totally worth it's price and time I've spent.

Glory to Arstotzka!
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