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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (8,765 reviews)
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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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 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
    • 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
19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Welcome to Arstotzka, a country that has recently opened its border after a war with Kolechia and thanks to the labor lottery, you are the newest immigration inspector in this tumultuous region. Bluntly stated, 'Papers, Please' is a job simulator that has you checking for discrepancies between information. You'll look over permits, IDs and passports. Reading to what the people say vs what is in the information. After you look over everything, you will either approve or deny them. If you find anything questionable, you can have the game check for dependencies, by clicking on two specific things, such as their photo doesn't match their face and then ask them about it. Later in the game, you will unlock things such as searching people and finger printing them.

Each day will have a new issue that you need to check for. Another layer that you look for. The game first starts out by only letting your own citizens back into your country. Then opening the borders to everyone with a ticket, then people need a permit, then a work permit for those working and an ID for your own citizens. You'll see the issuing city that you'll need to check your rulebook to see if its really an issuing city, a gender that you'll get to search their gender even if it looks like a woman, they could be a man, detain people with contraband, question identities and fingerprint them, look at the date of entry vs the expiration date of their passport, look at when their work permit says they'll leave vs how long they told you they'll be in the country vs what they told you. Eventually, forgeries will happen that will force you to see correct official seals are there. It is a lot of information you need to look over.

The major controls are just mouse clicks and drags. You have a rulebook that you can click and drag onto your desk. All information you are given from people needs to be click and dragged into your work desk to look over. Then approving or denying requires you to click to take out your stampers, then move the passport into place and click the approve or deny, then give everything back to the person, by clicking and dragging it back to them. Once you've approved or denied them, then its time to click the speaker to call up the next person in line. Its a very click heavy game, but as time goes on you can purchase booth upgrades that lets you click space or tab to call up things you'd normally just click and drag.

Each person that you process earns you $5. If you make mistakes and approve or deny someone that you shouldn't you will receive no penalty the first two or three times. After that, you start losing $5. Why does money matter? You have 4 people at home with you, your wife, your son, your mother in law and your uncle. You spend money on rent, heat, food and medicine. If you don't have enough money you have to start sacrificing things. If you don't have heat, your family will start getting sick and need medicine. If you don't have food, eventually your family will die. When your family dies its game over. You need to be both thorough and efficient in the game, because you only have so much time in a day. Some days get stopped short with unavoidable terrorist attacks and bombings that cause new rules such as searching every Kolechian.

There are other game over states, like doing something incorrect in front of the wrong person. If you get a game over, you can restart from any previous day. This makes the game pretty forgiving.

As the days go on, a stories will unfold and you'll be responsible for the course of mini stories. You'll meet interesting characters such as diplomats, soldiers with bribes, inspectors, angry people cursing you out, human trafficers, secret agents, mysterious men.

In all, this is a very unique game if not job simulator with a good story, good art style and music that matches the game and back story. I can understand if this game isn't for everyone, but if you can get into it, Papers, Please will keep your attention in a lot of ways. Once you get endless mode unlocked, you have 3 categories: timed, perfect and endless complete with leader boards.
Posted: September 27
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Long live Arstotzka!
10/10
Posted: September 29
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
These things seem obvious to anyone who has lived in a post-soviet country, but apparently Americans are shocked by this game. Very good indie game, though it's more of a story actually. It's hard to imagine, but processing papers can get boring at times, I know.

Nevertheless the creator has done a fantastic job. The effect on me wasn't as strong because I've actually seen it first hand in places like Ukraine.
Posted: September 25
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Sooo it was a normal day at work in Arstotzka. I was denying passports like a boss. Then a woman came to the counter. "Papers, please." I said. The woman gave me her papers and I looked for anything that wasn't right. I see that "Sex" says "M" instead of "F". I told the woman and was about to put a "DENIED" stamp on her passport, when she confirms that it is indeed correct. To avoid any complications, I did a search. "Face the scanner", I told her. Then the pictures came through. She had a ♥♥♥♥♥.

That was the weirdest "APPROVED" stamp I had ever given.
Posted: September 26
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
best indie game of last couple years.
Posted: October 15
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
One of the most original, fun, outrageous, hilarious, challenging indoe games I've played. Gory to Arstotzka!
Posted: October 14
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Papers, Please is an indie game developed by Lucas Pope, in which you play an immigration inspector whom is working at a border checkpoint in a country named Arstotzka . The goal of the player is to inspect documents using a set of tools and in some occasions to inspect the individual per se, in order to keep criminals out of the country . Everything is a bit unknown, until it will be disclosed , the more you play .

Every work day, you receive a document with informations about particular things you have to notice about, the arrival of important people and/or if you have to take some measures if a specific occasion happens, like having to do body scanning to all civilians who belong to the country of Kolechia . We also have a rule book all the time, so we can know what is allowed in the documents we inspect and if there are any discrepancys, you have to reject the entry to the person and later on, if you want, arrest them . A situation with a spy, terrorists and smugglers with not be uncommon, and you will decide if you will let them pass, because you can bribed and even threaten .
After a day of work, you receive a wage, which depends on how well you did your job, and you will have to decide where your wage will go, some option include 'food', 'medicine' and 'heat', also as you progress in the story you will be able to choose to move to a better house, but it will also have bigger expenses . You also have freedom of will in basically everything since the game changes with your decisions .
Be careful too, this game will play your emotion and will play mind games with you, sometimes you must choose between doing your job or doing the right thing sometimes, there will be families slip apart because of you, but if you decide to let someone passe the border without the correct documents so he or she can be with her/his family, you will face the consequences . Your gaming experience with this game could end in 20 different ways, each occur depending on what decisions did you take in a certain way because you actually have a lot of choices throughout the story, some of them may include, being part of a conspiration group named EZIC against the government of Arstotzka, accepting bribes and even saving money on medicine or food, which will let to the starvation of members of your family .

This game is worth all your attention, since its incredibly addicting, has a great plot and the gameplay its really original, you will not regret it .



Glory To Arstotzka!


~ 10/10
Posted: September 27
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Papers Please is a fun Indie game with puzzle elements and is great fun.
Watch my review here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJTN8S-aznM
Posted: October 3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
...Wow.

This is like rapid-fire Phoenix Wright. You have to check dozens of immigrants for contradictions in their paperwork, and determine whether they’re accepted or rejected. You’re paid (poorly) for however many passports you stamp correctly. If you don’t perform well, your family will die of sickness or starvation, or you’ll get arrested for going into debt. (Yes, going into debt is illegal now.)

But it’s a game that’s less about how well you check papers, and more about why you’re checking papers. You won’t get very far before the story starts getting really complicated, and you’ve got to start making some tough ethical decisions. Are you a true patriotic Arstotzkan, willing to uphold the law to the letter? Are you only in it for your family, willing to take juicy bribes from illegal smugglers? Or are you willing to help the shadow cult overthrow the Arstotzkan government?

This game files in the face of everyone who’s ever said that story and gameplay can’t be the same thing. It really makes you feel like you’re shaping the fate of a nation, or succumbing to it, just by sitting in a booth and deciding who gets across the border.
Posted: September 28
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
extremely realistic. its like i was actually there stripping people naked
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
This is the most gripping bureaucracy simulation game I can possibly imagine. I've never played anything like it. It's so simple and so elegant, and it still manages to have one of the most compelling non-traditional narratives I've experienced.
Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Little known fact Papers, Please its M.Bisons favorite game i don't know why I love it. wait i mean M.Bison loves it so much mabey Becuse it is just the tone, the mood it gives you, or HOW MUCH I HATE PAPERWORK BUT IT MAKES IT FUN. i don't know i just really love it


9/10
Posted: October 11
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Papers Please...





Glory to Arstotzka
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
More than a border guard simulator, Papers, Please is a pleasantly unique game that forces the player to make difficult decisions.

The game-play sounds boring compared to the sheer number of action games; however, the game-play is actually quite addicting. That being said, the multi-branched storyline of Papers, Please is the biggest selling point. With various endings, players are encouraged to replay the game, and experience other possibilities.

YOUR DECISIONS MATTER. When pitted against hard decisions, players must decide what is more ethically important to them. Do you believe the government or the pleas of individuals? Do you purposely make a mistake to ensure the safety of others? Your actions greatly changes the outcome of the game.

It's not by mistake that Papers, Please grabbed the attention of many gamers. It's a big change from typical games, but it's a change worth taking. Glory to Arstotzka.

Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Immigration officers could use this as a simulator! 10/10 xD
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
i let a stripper through that turned out to be a man terrorist
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
This game was made with brilliant concepts and if the monotomy settles in, you'll get caught off guard and lose money. It keeps your mind alert.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.8 hrs on record
REVIEW HAIKU

Read documents twice

Check foreigners thoroughly

Glory to Arstotzka
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Good game :) 8/10
Posted: October 20
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