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Congratulations. The October labor lottery is complete. Your name was pulled. For immediate placement, report to the 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.
Release Date: Aug 8, 2013
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$9.99

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 the Game

Congratulations.
The October labor lottery is complete. Your name was pulled.
For immediate placement, report to the 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.

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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

Linux System Requirements

    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
1,303 of 1,382 people (94%) found this review helpful
217 products in account
10 reviews
4.5 hrs on record
Papers, Please has no right to be as fun as it is. Papers, Please has no right to be as poignant as it is. Papers, Please has no right to be possibly the best PC game of 2013 I've played. Papers, Please is all of these things.

The gameplay of Papers, Please is more or less a tedium simulator. It's Paperwork: The Game. And yet, you know that you need to process as many of these poor people as you can so that your family won't starve. You know that the old lady who you just denied will probably never see her son again; you know the young man you just let through has less than glorious ambitions in your city. Will you support the rebels? Will you toe the party line? Will you let the young lady through, even though her passport is clearly fake, because her fiance was just before her and bribed you to do so? The choice in this game is staggering, and the simplicity of the game itself allows for complete assimilation of your mind into the mind of your character. You feel bad when your child gets sick, but you know that food is sometimes more important than heat.

Papers, Please is a work of video game brilliance - a work of art. I give it seven out of seven stars.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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519 of 565 people (92%) found this review helpful
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22 reviews
16.3 hrs on record
Papers, Please is one unique snowflake in the massive ammount of Indie Games that is turning up lately on Steam. If you get to pick one Indie game to play, make it this one.

While playing it you will not only be confronted with moral dilemmas and unexpected inspections, you might also be encouraged to think about oppressive regimes and what they mean for the people that have to live in them. Bonus points to you if you start pondering about what a state should do for its citizens and what not.

And even if you are unable to grasp the deeper facettes of this game, you will have still a great time stamping "Denied" or "Approved" into Visa markings.

The game gets more and more complex the longer you play it. Discovering all the endings and unlocking Achievements also add to the fun. I also enjoyed the music in this game, its suprisingly nice.

You should plan your next holiday in Arstotzka, make sure you get your Papers in time.

Glory to Arstotzka!
Posted: October 24th, 2013
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121 of 126 people (96%) found this review helpful
680 products in account
16 reviews
5.2 hrs on record
I had no idea what I was getting into with this game. From what I'd heard you just sit at a border checkpoint and decide if people are allowed to enter the country or not. And that's exactly what I got, but Papers, Please is so much more than that. It's not just a job simulation, it's a story of moral choices and corrupt government. It's not just about a border guard, it's about a man who struggles to provide for his family, who must work for the smallest of wages to make some of the toughest choices. You sit in your little checkpoint booth. A man comes up and hands you his passport. You skim over the information and stamp a big green "APPROVED" for him. He thanks you and starts to walk away, but before he does he says, "my wife is right behind me, please be nice to her." Sure enough, up steps a nice young woman. There's her passport. You look down and see an expiration date of last month. "This document is expired" you say. She stares at you, eyes wide and pleading: "Please, if I go back to my country they will kill me. Please let me in." What do you do? Do you risk losing your paycheck and therefore leave yourself unable to buy medicine for your sick son? Or do you abandon all morality and turn the woman away?

Papers, Please is not an easy game, nor is it free of consequences. Not only does it become insanely difficult to reivew piles of papers and make sure every little details is accrate and correct, but every choice you make determines who you are and the path you take. Will you work tirelessly for the glory of Arstotzka, or will you join the Order and be a part of the uprising against the tyrannical, corrupt government?
Posted: December 28th, 2013
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247 of 304 people (81%) found this review helpful
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1 review
16.9 hrs on record
This game is great for those who like games that requires high concentration and reflex. It requires you to look at small details and work fast in the given time. Definitely recommend this game.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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176 of 208 people (85%) found this review helpful
168 products in account
8 reviews
11.0 hrs on record
"Papers, Please" fulfills the promise of indie game development as something original in both genre and execution, challenging the way other games have taught you to play, surprising you at various turns and involving you emotionally when you were least expecting it.

The game is short and while I'm not completely comfortable recommending it at full price, it's just too good to NOT recommend. If anything I've said in the previous paragraph intrigues you even a little, you should definitely give this one a go.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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