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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“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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Very Positive (337 reviews)
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Three Eyed Cat
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
All of my family members died of disease.

I went to jail.

Glory to Arstotzka.
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Mighty Mormon Power Rangers
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I absolutely LOVE this game. its very addciting and quite relaxing. the first time i played i sat and played for four hours straight!
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Zhivets
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
You play as an Immigration Inspector. You need to let all the minorities into your country to bang your wife. After one of them suicide bombs the gate you work at, you're also required to address them as "sir". In the end, the government murders you in order to give your job to an immigrant.
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Valentine
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Cackled like a madman when a husband had valid papers but his wife who was next in the queue lacked so much as a passport. REFUSE, REFUSE, REFUSE. 10/10. It's a great time-killer and a neat little game, once you adjust to working out the layout and realise you actually had a family to feed (unlike I did on my first, unsuccessful run) you'll have a blast. Very surprised, and impressed with this game at the same time.

My review will be heavily expanded with time.
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Alienpro Games
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
When you have to much money and your neighbors report you and the goverment takes away your money!
" DINKLE BURGE"
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Dynamic_Paul
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I only played it for 30 minutes and did not find it engaging enough to continue any longer. Perhaps it might be a good game for people who have more patience and are willing to wait longer for any kind of reward in gameplay.
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Ixen55
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Best desk organization simulutor I've ever played.
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MegaBearsFan
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Please read my full review at my personal blog:
http://www.megabearsfan.net/post/2016/06/27/Papers-Please-game-review.aspx

Exerpts from review:
"Papers, Please is a funny little game in that it is so dedicated to its theme that the game actually does start to feel almost like a real job. You have to click and drag to open up documents, sort through papers, check dates, make sure the document was issued in a valid city, and so on. It's a lot of mundane work, and if you miss any little detail, then you have an omniscient boss who will print out a citation. I quickly came to anticipate the sound of a citation being printed with a Pavlovian anxiety after sending applicants through, even for the ones whose documents I thought I had thoroughly checked. You get two warnings before your omniscient boss starts docking your pay, which keeps constant pressure on you to try to be as close to perfect as possible. Paying for this game is almost like paying for a second job that you, yourself, don't get paid for. And it's kind of a crappy job, at that."

"But even though the job you're simulating is a crappy job, the game isn't crappy by any stretch of the imagination. The mechanics are fairly simple and straightforward. You just click and drag to shift papers around on a desk surface, and click to turn pages. If you notice something in one document that violates a rule or contradicts with another document, you press a button to highlight the two contradictory items and then click another button to question the immigrant about it. You then line the passport underneath an "approve" or "deny" stamp and then drag the documents back to the immigrant to either let them through or send them away. It reminds me of the interrogation segments of L.A. Noire distilled down into an entire game. Except that it manages to avoid the ridiculous tone shifts and somehow manages to create a more natural and engaging process with the possibility of genuine failure."

"You shift from following simple procedures, to following more complicated procedures, to eventually making judgement calls and moral decisions. It's all very smoothly integrated and creates a growing escalation of tension and stakes as you have to balance your own individual budget with the demands of your government, the bribes of a mysterious insurrection organization, and the requests of the people who you are supposedly trying to serve. As you're playing this very simple, small role of checking passports at an immigration checkpoint, an elaborate story of war and political tension slowly reveals itself and escalates around you."

My only complaint is that it could maybe use a better tutorial, as the interface does take a little bit of getting used to. Other than that, this is an outstanding game that I highly recommend.
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DTC910
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Man comes in with papers.
Says he is immigrating to live with his wife
Good for him!
Check his passport
It expired a week ago
Denied

10/10 Glory to Arstotzka
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overlordzorgon
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
i got this game 3 days ago and have spen 8.3 hours on it. it is so fantastic and the fact that at first it looked boring YOUD BE SURPRISED, if you think it will be boring i tell you now it is NOT and you should give it a go!
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86 of 91 people (95%) found this review helpful
71 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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111 of 148 people (75%) found this review helpful
130 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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36 of 37 people (97%) 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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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
66 people found this review funny
17 of 21 people (81%) 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 10 people (100%) 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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7 of 7 people (100%) 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 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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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
My favorite Brexit Simulator
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