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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    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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Supercockroach
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
One of those games that makes you stop and think. Not an easy play by any means, but one so immersive and memorable that I still recommend it to friends despite having played so little of it myself.
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Tardasaurus Rex
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Despite its simple premise and presentation, 'Papers, Please' is extremely captivating. The observable impact of your decisions and mistakes, coupled with societal, familial and monetary pressures, adds a lot of depth to this game.

Papers, Please demands an eye for detail. If you couldn't get through the 'Spot the Differences' section of your doctors office Highlights magazine, steer clear of this title. If you REALLY get into the game and work towards seeing all of the endings, getting achievements, etc. you will definitely get your full-priced, $10 worth. On sale, this game is a no-brainer. Pick it up and play it on a rainy day. You'll be surprised how quickly you're hooked.

Side note: Don't play this game before bed. I literally had dreams about phony passports, entry passes and diplomatic documents. Terrible night's sleep.
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Fillbert
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I played this game all the way back in free open alpha, when there was only 7 days in the game so far. I love thisgame and my mission is to get all ending completed by the end of summer. 10/10.
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ja451nsomnia
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
-Sister dies, leaving niece an orphan
-Doesn't have enough money to adopt her that day
-Works really hard the next day
-Finally has enough money to save her
-Niece has dissapeared
-Gets really mad and upset
-Says screw you
-Let's everyone into this stupid country
-Gains a ton of penalties
-Goes into debt
-Gets thrown into jail and loses the game.

10/10 would screw over again
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fairytaleforhire
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This game is fantaatic. I always find myself coming back to it and thinking about the choices I've made, the people I chose to help and the people I didn't.
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jlewis1492
( 74.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
One of my all time favorite games.
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TheNeanderPaul
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A fun game that requires a keen eye to play!
Could do with a Union Rep however... The pay is atrocious.
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Hastalavista
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Hastalavistagaming played it and its AWESOME
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stfmnsl
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This game is proof that story telling, interesting game mechanics will always outweight graphics.
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Your Internet Is Now Broken
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Papers, Please is a wonderfully constructed experience detailing both the banalities and the terrors involved with heavy-handed bureaucracy in a former Soviet Bloc satellite nation.

Pros:
  • Simple, yet challenging
  • Delightfully grim setting
  • Coherent and engaging plot
  • Thwart terrorist attacks, human trafficking, and smuggling
  • Pleasant 耽美的 a e s t h e t i c 耽美的
  • Fail to thwart terrorist attacks, human trafficking, and smuggling
  • Upward mobility
  • Let your anemic son succumb to his cold because Class 5 dwellings don't pay for themselves
  • Ogle people's supple naked bodies against their will
  • Jorji Costava™

Cons:
  • Gulag
  • Can't actually visit the Pink Vice
  • Days are too short to adequately ogle
  • Your useless, anemic son
  • Immigrants

If you're a fan of JRPG's, first-person twitch shooters, or racing sims, this is definitely a game you'll grow to love as much as I have. However, if you're looking for relatively authentic recreation of day-to-day bureaucratic tedium, sprinkled lovingly with a carefully realized, thought provoking plot and a distinct art style to match, you may want to look elsewhere.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
138 of 146 people (95%) found this review helpful
138 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 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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46 of 49 people (94%) found this review helpful
38 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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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I just finished Papers, Please a few minutes ago, and it's left quite an impact. For a game made by a single guy, this is outstanding work. The concept of having to face a constant struggle of economic issues, terrorism, forgery, and even keeping your family healthy and well fed is innovative, and it keeps the GOOD bit of Pheonix Wright.

The world of Papers, Please is absorbing, and makes you feel as if you are genuinely affecting the lives of the peopl who you Deny, and Accept. There were many, many moments in Papers, Please where I was conflicted on whether to Accept or Deny someones Passport, as sometimes it would essentially ruin their entire life if you denied it, or accepted it.

Although I do adore this game, if you're not quick with your fingers, I personally wouldn't reccomend it. The game, from my playthrough, requires fast movements and a keen eye, as some of the "forgery" is just a single letter in a name, or an extra +3 to the weight of the passport holder. If however, you're looking for a fun, innovative and absorbing game, buy Papers, Please. You will not regret it.
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56 of 76 people (74%) found this review helpful
68 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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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
6 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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 6 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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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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Not a very long game, but it has alot of different endings to add to the fun. Worth the money, and is loads of fun for a while.
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