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 (325 reviews) - 92% of the 325 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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Very Positive (325 reviews)
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JackalRelated
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Papers, Please.

... But I'm just here to give a rev-

Reason for entry?

To give a review.

Duration of stay?

As long as it takes.

Your game count does not match our database.

It's cause I just bought 3 ga-

One moment please.

What is this? I just wanted to tell you the game is great!
Glory to Arstotzka even!

NEXT!
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Nuno of Astora
( 1,557.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Glory To Arstotzka.
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Vin Dictiv
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game should be filed under 'educational'.

Ultimately this game is about the choices you make that leads to different outcomes. There is probably a lesson in there somewhere about those who are fanatical about obeying the rules are the ones least likely to get ahead.

The game gets a thumbs up for being a unique and a novel gaming experience, that makes me nostalgic for the time when games were more about good design and trying abstract concepts. (who knew checking experation dates could be interesting?)
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American Pi
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Ended up returning it. Just watch it on Youtube. Ended up disappointed with how slow and uncompelling it wasb
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Teebles
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
>Starts day
> "Use this tranquilizer gun"
>Perfect.
>First border peasent rolls into checkpoint
>"Papers, please"
>Reads Itentity Supplement
>Killer Sideburns
>instantly accepts

This is best game. Glory to Arstotzka.
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EthReno
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game is very fun. It has many endings. I enjoyed this game. The story of the game is very well done. However, the gameplay can get repetitive. That is just a bit of fair warning if you get bored with repetitive games. In conclusion, I spent a fair amount of time playing this game and it is a fun experience. Best wishes!
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TitanicJumper2016
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
PAPERS PLEASE IS ONE THE MOST UNQUICE GAMES i have evr play i like how every day the story gets harder and harded i want to see a sequel. :)
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[FeS] <Thunderfox>
( 64.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Just buy this game, do it.

It is a lot of fun, you have new things to check/new rules to follow almost every day, which just continues to expand the gameplay.

I like that there is multiple ways to play this game, for example, you can take the EZIC path, or be a good inspector and be loyal to the government.

Overall, great game.
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CoolSax
( 22.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I've become completely addicted to this realistic job simulation of what it would look like if I had a job as a TSA agent.
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Dr Schrumpf
( 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
76 of 80 people (95%) found this review helpful
63 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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92 of 126 people (73%) found this review helpful
109 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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34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
7 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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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
15 of 19 people (79%) 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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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
- "Do not touch powder"
- Touches powder
- Checkpoint explodes
- 10/10 would touch powder again
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