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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Very Positive (363 reviews) - 93% of the 363 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (15,475 reviews) - 96% of the 15,475 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Mac OS X
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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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Recent:
Very Positive (363 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (15,475 reviews)
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yrml
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Product received for free
Glory to Artstotska! (or however it's spelled...)
Bought this game at random. Didn't know what to expect. Got hooked. Played the entire weekend. Truly enjoyed every minute of it.
This is one of the rare gems of Computer Games Past. Graphics... shtonk! Sound.... shtonk! Action.... shtonk! Gameplay.... is ther best in Tomania!! See shtrafen! See shtrafen meet ther best army in ther world!
(Okay, I will now contiue in non-Tomanian-language)
This is one of the rare gems which remembers what computers games should be like. It has an addictive gameplay and a very simply yet effective idea. You are a border guard at a fictional country in the 80s. Are you corrupt? Are you a fascist? Will you support a terrorist group?
All the while you have to concentrate and check everything.
I recommend this game 100%
Glory to Artoska! (I still don't know how it is spelled...)
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UnEthical
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Too hard, and just plain old boring.
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treeman503
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This is not part of my replay review series, if you want more of those, check out my Glitchspace review.

Overall, this game looks like it is the most boring possible game in existence. I LOVE IT. This game is a great game with new gameplay that looks boring, but they somehow manage to make it fun to play. I wasn't going to buy this game, but I read some reviews on it, and one of my friends wanted me to get it, so I bought it. That was a great decision. Not quite as great as when I bought Kerbal Space Program, but still very great. Overall, this has great gameplay (even though you never leave the room), and they manage to sqeeze a story, funds management, upgrades, and unique personalities into this game. It is great all around, and it is a nice challenge to try to make it all the way through.

tl;dr I love this game, and they manage to squeeze a story and many extra aspects into this game.

Pros:
+ Good Story
+ Unique Personalities
+ Unique Gameplay
+ Great Soundtrack
+ New and imaginative ideas

Cons:
- Steep learning curve

8/10
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Confetti Terrorist
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Surprisingly addictive for such a simple task.
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Yablko
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
A good video game.
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Kim Jong Llama
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
"Please I need to see doctor in Arstotska"
Denied
"Please my family is in Arstotska"
Denied
"I am journalist, give me green stamp"
Denied

Arstoka Hero Papa defends Arstotskas border with an Iron fist, Good game must buy 10/10
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[53e]SoD_aShotOfJameson
( 20.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I've come back to this game a couple times and marvel at it every time. I've still only gotten 3 or 4 of the 20 possible endings.

The first day is just another day at the office. You stamp passports, and that's that. However, soon your character must carefully walk lines between family and country, morality and legality, etc.

There are actually many decisions you'll have to make, and people can die or be saved, politics can go one way or the other, based on who you admit or deny. You may just want to be a little loyal Arstotzkan statist servant, but everything seems to be tearing down that simplicity. You pretty much have to get into corruption to support your family, taking under the table kickbacks from border guards, civilians with interests, and alluring bribes from subversive elements in Arstotzka.

Your little unassuming admissions booth can become a hub for people's under the table business and interests, including those subversives. Can you remain a statist robot and strictly follow the regulations, do you play morally, or do you serve the revolution?

But hey, Glory to Arstotzka and all that.

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Kho
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Overrated, simplistic dull gameplay. Usually dull gameplay can be fixed with good story but you won't find that here either. The story is trying to tell you something, to not buy the game. I bought it due to the outstanding reviews but it was a ploy.
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=TRUE GERMAN HERO=
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
LOVE the game but it just lscks content for its price when you finish the game theres nothing left to do i love it but you have to keep in mine of the content and the price.
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adolphin flipper
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
amazing story and very original game mechanics, I love it!!!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
94 of 99 people (95%) found this review helpful
81 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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125 of 164 people (76%) found this review helpful
150 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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39 of 40 people (98%) found this review helpful
9 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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51 of 59 people (86%) found this review helpful
94 people found this review funny
18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I came here for trump jokes.
I got a post brexit UK sim.

10/10 still politicaly relevant
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8 of 9 people (89%) 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
1 person found this review funny
5 of 6 people (83%) 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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