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.
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Release Date: Aug 8, 2013

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“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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klutzedufus
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
It plays a bit like a restaurant owner type game, in the sense that people are in a line, the more people you process the more money you make, tips (or bribes), etc.
But it adds a very powerful story to this concept, in which you struggle to support your family, and face difficult decisions whether to accept or deny entry. There are 20 different endings you can reach based on your choices, so I'm interested to see what they all are.

I have only 2 complaints about this game.
1. the keyboard shortcuts cost in-game money. At least it's not real money, but still. It feels like something that should be available all the time, without cost.
2. Some of the more obvious discrepancies should be easier to select. For example, if someone has a gun taped to their back, you have to flip to the rules page, move everything else out of the way, and highlight the gun and the rule for not allowing weapons.

Still a great game overall, and the best out of the games I got in the summer sale that I've played so far.
Glory to Arstotzka.
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LadyMeru
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
DUN dun DUN dun DUN dun (dodododo) *DUN* dun *DUN* dun *DUN* dun (dodododo)

10/10 would fight for communism again
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Corelle
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game is charming and sweet, some of the choices I had to make really hurt me. Keep these two people together or earn money to feed my starving son? Help this strange organization and risk being arrested, or be the goody twoshoes?
Needless to say, I enjoyed everymoment of it, I only wish there was more.
Which there's not...
I'd give this game a 7.5/10
Would accidentally poison myself again
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etrim94
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Great game! Fairly simple to play but it does get more complicated as you progress. The real key is the different moral decisions you have to make. Love the number of different endings you can achieve!
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Alesha
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Overpriced for a game with horrible graphics
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Yorper
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Fantastic game!
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Overdose
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
5 years in gulag for you. 5 years in gulag for you. 5 years in gulag for everyone.
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Geez3r
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I'm not even through my first month, but so far I've busted up a human trafficing ring, caught a murderer, engaged in espionage, joined the revolution (maybe), got a commendation, and watched my family slowly die of hunger and disease. 10/10--Would again cackle maniacally as someone gets a rifle butt to the face.
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thorm81
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
In story mode time goes way too fast for the amount of papers you have to look at and compare.
Endless mode needs to be unlocked, so not sure if I'll get there or not.

Still fun though.
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ElusiveM00se
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Most games are a distraction. This game is an experience. Go have yours. Very well played. 9/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
133 of 140 people (95%) found this review helpful
132 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
The Administrative intelligence inspector came by and told me im not allowed to hang items on the back wall except plaques of accomodation from them. They fined me $20. So i took down my soccer banner. A few days later it was my sons birthday and i had scrounged up enough money to buy a $25 crayon set for him. The next morning he drew a picture of me. I forgot about me not being allowed to hang items on wall and i did it anyways. It was a cute picture after all, maybe id get some kind comments from immigrants. One morning, the inspector came back and had me arrested and put to a labor camp. I lost the game because of a child's drawing. glory to artotzka
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44 of 46 people (96%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Played with a mate while drinking.
Made a replica rule book on scrap piece of paper to process faster.
Reached 18 Checks in one day.
Realised East/West Grestin = East/West Germany.
Played as fascists.
Son is sick far too often.
Did not pay for his medication.
Died on his birthday.
Had enough money for level 5 apartment.

10/10
Glory to Arstotska.
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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I just finished Papers, Please a few minutes ago, and it's left quite an impact. For a game made by a single guy, this is outstanding work. The concept of having to face a constant struggle of economic issues, terrorism, forgery, and even keeping your family healthy and well fed is innovative, and it keeps the GOOD bit of Pheonix Wright.

The world of Papers, Please is absorbing, and makes you feel as if you are genuinely affecting the lives of the peopl who you Deny, and Accept. There were many, many moments in Papers, Please where I was conflicted on whether to Accept or Deny someones Passport, as sometimes it would essentially ruin their entire life if you denied it, or accepted it.

Although I do adore this game, if you're not quick with your fingers, I personally wouldn't reccomend it. The game, from my playthrough, requires fast movements and a keen eye, as some of the "forgery" is just a single letter in a name, or an extra +3 to the weight of the passport holder. If however, you're looking for a fun, innovative and absorbing game, buy Papers, Please. You will not regret it.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
"Papers, please."
[See a discrepancy]
[Ask to the owner of the papers]
"That is new to me."
"Denied!" * pop *
[Person goes away]
"NEXT!"


Papers, Please is the one of the best game I've ever played. You and your family are moving to Arstotzka, a fictional country in the east Europe, and you are responsible for monitoring the border.

With the 'simple' premisse to verify fake passports, you must to be attentive, any miss and you will be notified and after two notifications, the next will be deducted from your paycheck. Still, you need to pay the bills, like the house rent, heating, food for your family and, if necessary, medicines.

The best part of the game is the immersion, you feel like you are in the game. At any time, a unexpected event can happen and you must to do something - will you let pass a woman that, if she returns to her home country, she will die? Or how you react if a misterious guy needs your help? The game has several endings. Any choice that you do, it will influence throughout the history.

Papers, Please is a unique and indispensable game.
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45 of 62 people (73%) found this review helpful
49 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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
I must congratulate Lucas Pope for being able to turn a mundane task into an entertaining experience. Never in my life I would have guessed I'd someday enjoy to examine passports and permits.

However, I am probably one of the few people not able to see a deeper message to this game. Ok yeah, dictatorship sucks, but we all know that. It doesn't really give you another point of view in the matter. Also, I did not feel some sort of conflict. If I deny someone, so what? There's one point in the game where you know that if you deny the woman ahead of you, she will be killed in her country. That's the only time you may feel a dilemma. I never thought I'd say that and I'm really sorry to do so, but the problem here is the graphics. There's just a bunch of pixels in front of me, not displaying any emotion whatsoever. I don't know what's wrong with me since everyone seem to be able to feel empathy toward those characters, but I really didn't care about her. It was a spoiled opportunity to make me infringe the strict rules of my country.

Also, the other side of the dilemma is supposed to be your family. If you don't do well your job, like if you accept someone that you shouldn't, you won't provide enough money to make them survive. This would be great if I felt attachment toward my family. The thing is that the only time you "see" your family is between two days, on a static screen that displays "Mother-in-law", "Uncle", "Wife" and "Son". Yeah, you don't get to see them, and you don't even know their name. So what if "Uncle" die? Will I grieve?

As much as I love minimalism and believe graphics are not what make a game good, this game really would have benefit from better aesthetics. Regarding its emotional impact and its political statements, there is room to improvement.

In the end, I still recommend it because I love it very much as a GAME; sadly, it will not be more than that for me.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4

--PROS--
' Way more fun than I had anticipated.
' Replay value is quite high.
' Great for those who want to focus.
' Perfectly executed.
' No glitches/bugs.
' Requires a keen eye at all times.
' Bulletin changes daily, so expect everything.
' Decisions are hard to make, such as: money, working with EZIC, granting access or denial, and some others.
' Music fits the atmosphere like a puzzle.
' 20 different endings which require being careful/aware.
' Terror attacks and checking those for weapons and/or contrabands.
' Wanted criminals add another element of alertness.

--CONS--
' The 'Unlimited' mode is extremely boring.
' The only persuasive story was the man and his murdered daughter - everything else left no impact.

9.5/10.0
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Damn fun game! Believe it or not you will need to make some important decisions that will seriously affect the future of your story, and the game gets more difficult as you progress, as your passport check agends grows ever larger.
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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Not a very long game, but it has alot of different endings to add to the fun. Worth the money, and is loads of fun for a while.
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