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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"I don't like this game, but I respect it. It made manning a passport station gripping and challenging, though it's certainly a grim tale."
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March 19

Papers, Please - Gamers Edition



Papers, Please - Gamers Edition


Welcome to your new position at Grestin Border Checkpoint. This is your inspector's kit. Study the rulebook, inspect the sample documents and use the stamps liberally. Wear the pin to signify your new status and hang the poster proudly.

In the box:
  • Papers, Please Steam key
  • Labor Lottery keyring
  • Arstotzkan passport & paperwork set
  • Set of Arstotzkan stamps
  • Glory to Arstotzka poster
  • Department of Labor suitcase
  • Approved stamp, Denied stamp & Ink pad
  • Inspector’s pin badge
  • Arstotzkan Immigration Rule Book

This is a one-off compilation that will never be offered again, so grab one while you can.

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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

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1280x720 screen resolution
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Core2Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1280x720 screen resolution
Helpful customer reviews
452 of 548 people (82%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Arstotzka is BEST country!
Passport Not needed
Right?
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227 of 271 people (84%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
>Hot Lady comes up to booth
(Found true love)
>Gives passport
>Gender is stated as male
>Screens her
>Very hot woman is a very hot guy

-Denied-

10/10
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72 of 75 people (96%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Few jobs are more soul-sucking than sitting at a cramped desk and shuffling paperwork for hours on end. Now imagine doing that in an Eastern Bloc country during the height of the Cold War, with low pay, bleak conditions and the constant threat of being fired or worse if you screw up.Tedious, boring and stressful. Ideal subject matter for a video game, no?And yet Papers, Please is an unforgettable experience. It's been dubbed a "paperwork simulator" and that's not entirely inaccurate - but it's truly a game about freedom, power and how fleeting and illusory each can be.Papers, Please is an independent game designed by former Naughty Dog programmer Lucas Pope and it casts players as a border checkpoint officer in the fictional communist country of Arstotzka. Your job is simple, at least in concept: examine the documents of people who are trying to get into the country, and determine whether they're eligible for entry or should be turned away.At first it's as easy as checking criteria like passport expiry dates, and rejecting paperwork that's invalid or forged. But before long, Papers, Please becomes a tension-filled juggling act, as you're cross-referencing work permits with identity cards, making sure the applicant's weight matches the value on their entry papers, checking fingerprint records and sometimes doing full-body scans for drugs and weapons.Every new day adds new rules to follow and new layers of complexity, from making sure applicants' vaccinations are up to date to applying a draconian extra level of inspection for citizens of a rival nation. And every time you let mess up, you lose the money you'd have earned for properly processing that batch of paperwork.To give the game a sense of grim consequence, your wages are tallied up at the end of each day, from which you must pay for rent, food, heat and medicine for your family. There's almost never enough money for everything... do you let your family go hungry in order to keep the heat on? When both your wife and son are sick and you can only afford medicine for one, who gets it?Despite the retro-flavoured visuals, the act of shuffling virtual papers is actually surprisingly tactile, and spotting a discrepancy and slamming the "denied" stamp down on a person's passport imparts an odd thrill of power.But not all decisions are clear-cut, and the game has 20 different endings depending on how things unfold. Do you let a man's pleading wife into the country, even though her paperwork isn't valid and the money it will cost you may mean you can't feed your family that night? Do you deny passage to the man who you suspect is a human trafficker, even though all his documents are in order? Who is behind the enigmatic organization that wants to overthrow the government, and do you dare get involved with their cause?With a deluge of big-budget, high-profile games on the horizon, it might be easy to overlook a quiet, unusual game like Papers, Please. But don't do that, comrade. The consequences would be dire.
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53 of 58 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Jorji is the best.

Day 3:

[Jorji]: Ok! Here we go!
[Jorji]: Glory to Arstotzka!
[Jorji]: The greatest country!
[Inspector]: Where is your passport?
[Inspector]: A passport is required.
[Jorji]: Passport!
[Jorji]: Arstotzka so great, passport not required.
[Jorji]: Right?
[Inspector]: A passport is required.
[Jorji]: Ok, ok. I hear you.
[Jorji]: I come back again.


Day 4

[Jorji]: Ok! Hello again! [gives a fake passport]
[Jorji]: Now I have passport!
[Jorji]: Arstotzka still best country for sure!
[Inspector]: This passport is crude fake.
[Jorji]: Hey now! Is not true!
[Jorji]: Is pre-approved!
[Inspector]: Cobrastan is not a real country. [Real one is named Cobrastan]
[Jorji]: Ok, ok.
[Jorji]: You no like passport, I understand.

Day 15

The second entrant on day 15 drops the bomb onto the inspector's desk, shouts "DEATH TO ARSTOTZKA!" and runs away.

Calensk: The Guard

[Calensk] What is going on?
[Calensk] Oh. Hah.
[Calensk] What is this amateur ♥♥♥♥?
[inspector] Should we evacuate?
[Calensk] For that little thing? No of course not.
[Calensk] Just disable it. Open the cover.

After opening the cover:

[Calensk] Stupid ♥♥♥♥ing terrorist.
[Calensk] Could not even add a display.
[inspector] What should I do now?
[Calensk] This is the poorest bomb I ever see. A simple mind created this.
[Calensk] Just cut the wires in order.

After cutting the wires:

[Calensk] Ok, all done. Back to work.
[inspector] We should close the checkpoint.
[Calensk] ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. I need to earn money today.
[Calensk] Give bomb to me.
[Calensk] I sell materials and give you cut.

After being given the bomb:

[Calensk] What a piece of ♥♥♥♥.
[Calensk] I doubt it is even worth much.
[Calensk] Call the next immigrant.
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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Pros:
- Best ost ever, sorry Hotline Miami
- You can random search and red stamp Kolechians
- You can green stamp people from Kobrastan
- Stealing passport to refugees who are struggling for survive
- Arstotzka best country
- Jorji is love, Jorji is lifeAnd has plenty of drugs!
Cons:
- What is passport.
- Ministry of Admission giving you a Recognition for sufficience.

Best distopian document thriller ever!
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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
53.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I was amazed at how much fun I had actually "working". It's kind of an old school graphics game,so if that's all you're into, this game is probably not for you. In this game it's all about noticing the detail and staying on your toes. The actual story of the game does not last all that long but it can be some trial and error figuring out how to get things done correctly and learning how to make things quicker for yourself so you can make more money. It also helps to memorize things as well. You also have some moral decisions to make to either help someone or make life easier for yourself. I have nearly 54 hours logged on this game although some of the time is AFK time. I also have all the achievements as well, it's not too difficult to get them all.
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30 of 30 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
East Grestin, 1982

Here comes that weird guy again. The one in the red sweater and with the crooked smile always plastered on his face. It's the third time already, this month.
I look at him through the glass as he waves at me in an oddly familiar way that makes me feel a little bit awkward.
«Old friend hello! I am back again! This time everything set!». His voice is loud and cheerful as he speaks, and I just can't help but wonder what the heck is wrong with him. There's nothing to be so happy for in this rotten place, you old geezer.
«Papers, please» I simply say, ignoring his greetings.
He grins while handing me his brand new passport. I chuckle. Definitely better than the last one, at least this one is not pre-approved.
«So this time you're from Obristan, I see, Mr... Jorji Costava? Is this even your real name?».
His grin grows even wider and he starts laughing again.
«You a funny guy. I didn't like Cobrastan that much anymore. Obristan sure is a better country». He speaks with a tick foreign accent that makes me wonder where he is really from.
«Cobrastan isn't even a real country, in the first place» I point out matter-of-factly. «Where's your entry ticket?».
His smile fades a little.
«Arstotzka so great, we don't need an entry ticket!».
«This is the same thing you said last time about passports. I'm sorry, an entry ticket is required». I hand his passport back.
«Wow, you run very strict border here». He puts his paper back in the pocket of his trousers, shrugging. «That is good. Do job right. I look for entry thing and come back».
Before leaving the booth, he stares intensely at me.
«You a good guy, but I have business in Arstotzka. I see you soon». He waves me goodbye and then disappears in the crowd, with that big careless smile on his face.

*

I keep staring at the ceiling of my bedroom. Afterall, it seems I can't really sleep at all tonight.
I can hear my wife coughing weakly beside me. The doctor said it's just a cold, but she's getting worse day after day. I'm slightly worried.
Our son is sleeping in the next room, the only one lit by the sun in the morning. He is turning 7 next week. I'd really want to buy him a special present for his birthday.
We are currently living in a small apartment provided by the Ministry of Admission, here in East Grestin. The rooms are small and the heather doesn't work half the time. On top of that, our neighbours are awfully nosy. Living here is not that great, but there's really nothing I can do about it.

*

A week has passed since Jorji Costava last showed up. Maybe he is having a hard time finding a fake entry permit. Maybe he just gave up. Quite unlikely.
The siren's ringing, another day of work is starting.
A tall figure silently enters the booth. He's wearing a green hood and his face is hidden behind a grey mask. I'm about to call the security, but he gently slides a paper note under the window and starts staring at me.
«There's no much time, be quick please». His voice sounds young- he's probably younger than me- and unusually relaxed.
My hands are shaking and I don't even know why.
There's an odd symbol drawn on top of the card, a star-shaped one. I slowly open the note and start reading. I can feel the masked guy's staring gaze on me.


ARSTOTZKA IS GREAT COUNTRY POISONED BY CORRUPT LEADERS

WAR HAS MADE GOV'T GREEDY AND PARANOID - YOU HAVE SEEN FOR YOURSELF

HELP US FREE ARSTOTZKA FROM ITS SHACKLES

+ THE ORDER OF THE EZIC STAR


I'm in a cold sweat.
I look up at the masked guy, I'm at a loss for words.
«Our agent are ready», he helds out his hand, eyeing the card. «Starting tomorrow. Let them pass».



In Papers, Please you play as an immigration inspector working for the Ministry of Admission of Arstotzka in East Grestin. Your job is to check on people trying to enter Arstotzka and decide who can pass through the border and who has to be denied or even arrested.
Most of the time, your decisions will lead to a different ending (not always a good one!).
Choose wisely, the destiny of Arstotzka, your family and many other people is in your hands.


Pros:
-Well written dystopian setting
-20 different endings
-Lovely retro graphics
-Jorji Costava
-Great plot and sub-plots
-Shooting terrorists from your inspection booth since 1982
-Did I already mention Jorji Costava?


Cons:
-Maybe old school graphics are not everyone's cup of tea (I personally love it though)
-Stamping visas and check out papers will probably sound boring to someone
-There's no "Escape to Obristan with your newfound best friend Jorji" ending

Papers, Please is hands-down one of my favorite games. Be sure to give it a try, you definitely won't regret it.
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79 of 110 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
"Passport says you are a male"
"Passport is right"
"Face the scanner please"
Zap Zap... photo comes out
This lady has a wiener!!!!!
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
The gameplay is border control tedious paperwork. Verifying if different entries are coherent, checking for frauds or typos, asking people to provide more information. And then deciding if you let them through or not.

I have very little empathy to pixels, so I thought this was going to be easy. I would just accept people whose papers are fine, and then refuse people whose papers are not right even if they are dying and need an organ transplant.

But then the game got to me. There is so much more going on than just the little story of the person that comes to meet you. One person will tell you about another. Will give you something for another. Will try to bribe you, and you need the money to keep your own family afloat. There are events going on in the game's world, and it is subtly told through short sequences or short news reports.
I have to give a file to a spy. Someone else comes, and tells me that he is also a spy, and the next person looking for the file is a bad guy. He gives me another file so I can switch for the fake. Which file do I choose to give, who do I trust?
And then I start to care. A girl tells me that her abusive boyfriend that beats her up and might end up killing her is coming. His papers are alright, but I still refuse to let him enter, and get a salary sanction for my decision. The game won, I was not just proceeding as if they were pixels and I started to make moral choices and get invested in my role.

This game is not exactly "fun", but it is Art and worth trying to anyone that wants to see maturity in the video games medium. Very original, meaningful, and really well crafted.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
- Terroist Goes over border to throw bomb
- Gets No-scoped by Inspector
- Glory to Arstotzka Mother-truckers

second Senario:
- lady shows up to Border with a ID card
- Passport says she is male
- *interogated* "Are you male or female?"
- "It is what Passport says"
- *Searched*
- Girl has a Dong
- Accepts Passport
- Glory to Arstotzka

10/10 It was ok
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
You shall not pass !!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Do I recommend this game? Does the pope ♥♥♥♥ in the woods?? I got this for my daughter, mainly, expecting crap. In fact, I'd had it for quite some time but nobody has ever bothered with the game....after all, how good can a game that cost (probably) about £100 to create be?

Well, me and my daughter fired this up tonight. We'd just put my lad to bed, at 9pm, after playing LEGO Marvel and was looking through what I had installed, so I could give my daughter the same amount of time on the PC as he did, to make it fair. I suggested she try it out as there was no point putting on a massive game for the sake of 60 minutes. Holy 'nards, was I wrong?? Before we knew it, and even bothered to look, it was 11:45pm. The time, literally, flew by.

I'm disabled and I was stood up at the time, (wife took all furniture when she left), because I have very limited seating, at the moment, that can cater to my needs and am usually getting fed up about 15-20 minutes of not being sat down with agony in my back as well as my legs. Admittedly I gobbed a high dose of morphine first but I didn't even get fed up of standing. I was stood over her shoulder watching her play and it ended up with us both doing it, asking each other to choose option A or option B or just to arrest the scumbags that were trying to get through!!

10/10 DEFINITELY recommend this game. I expected fossilized mammoth crap and was rewarded with the Hope Diamond.....So much ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ed fun!!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
"Papers, Please!" is a weird game. At first you will say that the game is lame and boring. That developer wants you to work non-stop and just mocks you. But... "The cowl does not make the monk" as they say. If you try it, or watch a good review - you will see that the game is not only interesting, but helpful. It will test and train your attention, memory and managing of chaos. In small working area you must keep a bunch of different papers and find on them different errors. Know what city is in that country and how it is written, remember the rules. But don’t be afraid. The game is novice-friendly. You start with small and grow day by day.

Game is in retro style and looks awful from the side, but it has some charm and an interesting and a branching story. You can finish the game with 20 different endings and a bunch of interesting meetings. Some moments can be funny, and some abusing. But still it can make you enjoy every single minute of gameplay.

For Achievement lovers there are 13 of them, and they are not so hard to take. Store doesn’t says it, but game was updated with Collection Cards.

I work in such direction and have enjoyed it. So I think you will enjoy it too. For me it’s a brilliant project. Have fun!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Great game! Runnable on all pretty much all pc's. Great fun but diffacult if needed. The communist theme and fantasy world this game introduced was fantastic! The team did great work with this one and i highly recommend buying it. Its also pretty funny at times :)



~Glory to Arstotzka
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Overwhelmingly Positive 97% of the 9,580. Stamp of quality.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Until this game, I never believed I could be racist towards countries that don't exist.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I let in a man but sent away his wife.
I denied passage for a woman to see her son.
I arrested about 50 people.

Rating: 10/10 - Not a single blemish on the face of Arstotzka
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Denied a foreigner access because he didn't bribe me... 10/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
If Soviet-Era Border Checkpoint Guard Simulator Games are your thing, then buy this one
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Paperz pls
11/10
like Russia with arstotzkans
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