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:
Overwhelmingly Positive (278 reviews) - 95% of the 278 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (15,143 reviews) - 96% of the 15,143 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

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
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Recent:
Overwhelmingly Positive (278 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (15,143 reviews)
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rafael.lau
( 20.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
When I first played the demo I got instantly hooked by it, I recommend it to people in the likes of simulation games, if you get in the shoes of the principal character you'll find out how hard it would be to make some of the decisions made in the game.
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Hal Moore
( 6.4 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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i.fogg
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
it is a good game, but the lack of good mods availible and situations really hurt this game
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Ethan Bradberry
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Got a citation for saving a woman from being sold into prostitution.

10/10 would loose money again.


In all seriousness, this game is amazing. You should get it. It questions your morality by forcing you to make tough decisions.
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einerisu
( 16.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
One of the best and unique game I've ever played. I'm totally addicted to it!!
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Snow_cookie23
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
PAPERS, PLEASE
If you're into checking papers and DETAINING people, this is the game for you! ^_^
The first time I knew about this game was from my favorite youtuber. I wasn't interested on watching it at first, but then when I gave it a try. I wasn't disappointed at all :D.

Pros:
1. Great choice of graphics, perfect for the setting.
2. Cool characters like Jorji :D.
3. Has multiple endings, each one is interesting.
4. The EZIC is awesome!
5. Has a challenging part, especially when you don't want to get Citations XD.
The whole concept is really enjoyable and impressive.

Con/s:
1. Gets repetitive after sometime

Other/s:
1. When you encounter an immigrant that looks like a guy, but is actually a woman or vice versa. Don't be surprise XD
2. Sergiu and Elisa = ^_^ <3
3. When they're mean, you just DENY! HAHA but when they are stubborn, you just have to DETAIN! (Though you may get a citation if there's nothing wrong with their papers) LOL

Overall: 9.5/10
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA!
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mako
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
I truly aspire to become a good beurocrat, to miss no discrepancy, and to process my documents quickly. Glory to Arstotzka.
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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
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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
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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.
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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~!
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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.
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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
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DarkLordConsuela
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA!


Awesome haven't even finishd it 1000/10
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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.
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Keyboard Kitten [Exams]
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
"Are you a man or a women?"

*does search*

OK THEN...
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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
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NiTROACTiVE
( 12.1 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.
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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!
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stk24
( 24.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
this game s a strategy game and is very cool to play
i rate 5
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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"!
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34 of 43 people (79%) found this review helpful
37 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
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34 of 46 people (74%) found this review helpful
46 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
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
I haven't showered in 3 days
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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.
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11 of 11 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!
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8 of 8 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.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Till this day, Jorji still tries to enter Arstotzka.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Best Soviet Union sim since the actual Soviet Union.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
14 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
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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.
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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
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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
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
if you wanna play a good point & click try Papers Please

Glory to Arstotzka

10/10
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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
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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.
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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!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
54.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Like real life but more cooler!
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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
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