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:
Recent:
Very Positive (286 reviews) - 94% of the 286 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (15,135 reviews) - 96% of the 15,135 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
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Recent:
Very Positive (286 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (15,135 reviews)
Recently Posted
REAL MAN EAT RAW BEAR
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
this is a very good game its worth the 10 bucks 100% 10/10 ign whould kill a hamster again

Если вам не нравится это ваш гей
Helpful? Yes No Funny
wickedgame_666
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Got arrested for having my sons painting on wall.
Justified.
Glory to Arstotzka

14.5/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
KuyaBraye
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Initially I thought this game seemed plain especially with graphics and the concept of being a border control officer didn't seem exciting enough but as I got into the game I was suddenly drawn into it and I noticed that there couldn be different outcomes depending on the decisions you make.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
South Clock Town
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Product received for free
I've never had a more immersed experience of being an immigration officer than I have in this game.
I honestly adore playing it, I've spent countless hours online checking papers and I still haven't gotten bored.

Glory to Arstotzka~!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
erypto | twitch.tv
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
10 dollars, 20 endings.


One thing I must say is it's waaaaay more than meets the eye. an actual story to follow, and funny at times. This is for sure one of the best indie's I've played.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Hattori Hiroharu
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Played for a while.
Didn't help ESIC at all.
Boss-man came and asked if I had something to report.
Gave him ESIC paper.
Got arrested for helping a terrorist organisation.
Got achievement "Too honest"

Uninstaled game.
Other than that, great game.
9/11
Helpful? Yes No Funny
DarkLordConsuela
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA!


Awesome haven't even finishd it 1000/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
btn13270
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Bought this game on a whim. Best decision ever. Literally, play this game and mutter to myself in an accent. Good game to gather friends with and everyone help make decisions.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Keyboard Kitten [Exams]
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
"Are you a man or a women?"

*does search*

OK THEN...
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Mr. Determination
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Helped woman get to husband.

Citation

Helped two sisters.

Citation.

Debt.

Jailed.

Glory to Arstotzka
10.9/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
NiTROACTiVE
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This is a great game, and it's also amazing how you can make a game based ona boring job really fun. The story is great, the gameplay is fun, the characters are cool (especially Jorji) and the graphics are really nice too. If you want a great challenge, then this game is for you.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
GoldenKing
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Fantastic game with a great deal of charm. The addicting game mechanic is entertaining and certainly worth playing, and the story is filled with humor, excitemnent, and lots of emotion. Few games have been so simple and yet so immersive. With the achievements and alternate endings, it has some good replay value, although maybe not enough for some people. As a whole, I would without a doubt recommend it!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
stk24
( 24.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
this game s a strategy game and is very cool to play
i rate 5
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Moozackguy1
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Great story.


8.756742424/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
SNMVPTK
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Not even close to finishing it and I have a new favorite game. What really interested my about this game is the levels are completely linear, but based on your choices, whether you notice them or not, you will end up doing different things throughout the story. The challenge is great, the experience is greater, and every movement and click is satisfyingly smooth. I highly, highly recommend this game to anyone who wants a fun game to test their focus and explore a dynamic storyline.
**GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA**
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Commander Freeze
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA
100/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Cyrus
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
*Guy walks up and hands me two passports
*Accepts both passports
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Atomic_Beverage
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Glory to Cobrastan.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
TheBelgianWaffle
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
So I'm supposed to be studying for finals
but I decided to buy Papers, Please instead.
I've made a huge mistake, but service to country more important.

11/10 Glory to Arstotzka, greatest country.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
At the time of writing, I've played all the game's 30 days and got the main ending and some other possible endings. I have not changed my mind from the first draft of this review. In fact, I liked it even more.
This is one of those unique indie games that surprise even old gamers like me. The game world is quite convincing, the gameplay is very different and, even though it feels a bit like work and a bit repetive at times, the game has a nice challenge that makes me want to see what's next, with different variations added every day.
It's also worth noting that the fact that you also need to earn money to survive and to feed everyone at home also makes you think about how you spend/make your money and have difficult moral choices. After playing the game for so many hours, though, if you make the right choices, you won't have to worry about money (tip: never move to another apartment, unless you really want the achievements).
Hope you guys can play it and enjoy it as much as I did. Glory to "name your state capitalism country here"!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
32 of 41 people (78%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Me: "Papers, please."
Guy: Gives passport and ID card
ID Card Idnetifier: Killer Sideburns
Check with database. full match.
Denied
Detained
Would rate sideburns nice at best
Citation for expressing my opinion

10/10 Communism Simulator
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
I'm not sure why this game is so loved and praised...
It's not full of acti-
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
I haven't showered in 3 days
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
A Questioning of Morals

A fantastic idea for a game that was beautifully executed. From the drab hue of colors and overwhelming sense of desolation of the immigration booth that is your life, you are doing much more than just stamping passports. It is an endless cycle of looking for mismatch information, but all the while there are bits of other information to keep your interest yearning for more story. The constant tug of morals is ever present in the game as people from war-torn countries tell their sob stories and you have your own family to worry about in the process. Will you accept that bribe so your son can get that medicine he so desperatley needs?

With so many choices and routes, the game offers 20 different endings, so the replay value is fantastic. For a mere 9.99, it is worth the purchase.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Papers Please is game where keep organized desk space is legitimate strategy.

This is best game.

Cлава Apcтoцкa!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
An enjoyable game with plenty of replay value. Testing both your moral compass and your discrepancy spotting skills, Papers Please is a unique experience which shines when you least expect it to.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Till this day, Jorji still tries to enter Arstotzka.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Glory to Arstotzka. ‘Papers, Please’ is a game where you honour the communist nation Artsozka. In-game, you let people through a checkpoint, checking for illegal contraband and faults in provided documents.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
*Man walks into booth*
Man: puts down fake drawn passport
Me: This passport is crude-fake
Man: Ey no! It's Pre-Approved!
Me: Accepts Man

Citation printed
10/10 Fake Docs Overlord
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Best Soviet Union sim since the actual Soviet Union.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
GLORY TO ARST-

jorji please leave.

ahem...

GLORY TO ARSTOTZK-

JORJI GET OUT

one more time...

GLORY TO -

♥♥♥♥ OFF JORJI


Citation: Applicant clear for entry

jorjiimsosorry ;(

TLDR; Praise Based Jorji
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
play this game to up your iq
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
game is fun and full of deep and dark storys
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
if you wanna play a good point & click try Papers Please

Glory to Arstotzka

10/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Gets very fast paced and complicated. Every choice leaves a mark, and you might send NPC's to their death or get guards at the gate attacked. fun as hell and good way to pass the time.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
This game is amazing, replayability out the wah-zoo! Love it!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
The best FPS I have besides Half Life 2 and Gmod. But what's clearly lacking in those games is paperwork. Paperwork, paperwork paperwork! I could do it all day if it wasn't for Kolechian scum. ♥♥♥ YUO KOLECH IS WORST COUNTURY IN WORLT REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE ROMEVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE ARSTOTZKA BEST DISCREPANCY DETEKTOR POLITBURO ALIVE IN ARSTOTZKA UNITED FEDERATION IS BUNCH OF DISEASY RATS BUT MAINLY KOLECH GO DIE IN REVOLUTIONARY FIRE BUREAUCRACY ALIVE IN GRESTIN GIB WEST GRESTIN BACK TO BEST COUNTRY OR WE RAM CONCRETE APARTMENT BLOCK SO FAR UP BORDER CLAY COME OUT HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA CLASS 5 DWELLING ALIVE IN ARSTOTZKA SERGIU ALIVE IN ARSTOTZKA NO THANKS TO YUO SUCK MY BUREAUCRATIC DIK. Hooray for ficticious country racism/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Definite recommendation. It really puts you in a position where your decisions matter and affect the ending of the game. There are many ways to play this game and it can lead to hours of fun!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny