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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (8,987 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 8, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"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 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Ever wanted to be an immigration officer at a border? Well this game will give you that chance! The game mainly focuses on you looking at documents and trying to find incorrect information. The game becomes more complex with new types of documents and rules changing throughout the story due do the politics. The game also has a pretty cool story that will have you making decisions on how things will turn out in the future by the power of your stamp!
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Glory To Arstotzka! If you want intense action sequences including stamping passports, shooting terrorists and x-raying people to check for contraband, then this is a game for you! Some aspects of the game become very challanging including telling apart a man from a woman, confiscating illegal paraphernalia and resisting the urge to not leave your border outpost to go to the strip clubs advertised by foreign visiters. Dont let your family die and kill all those terrorisers!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Personal Rating: 8/10

A lovely story with multiple endings. It's a very compelling game, however a lot of stuff is thrown into the game after about six days on the job. It's quite difficult to cope with so many mechanics being thrown in at once. It is managable though and once you get the hang of it it's very fun. Lot's of things to do, storyline is great, graphics are original and the music is top notch! You also have to take care of your family, but as more mechanics are added, the less people you can get through in a day, ending with less money.

Definitely worth picking it up because of how fun it is.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Papers, Please is one of those games where you go in expecting to not like it. The graphics are retro (terrible compared to most other games available today), the controls overly simplistic, the music very repetitive. There are no voice actors; every conversation is shown by moving text bubbles. Finally, there is only one setting and you are completely stationary.

Put all of the above together and you would think that this is one of the most terrible games of the decade. But you would be wrong. Despite its simplicity, despite its repetitiveness, this is one of the most in depth, thought provoking games I've played in years. And with 20 different endings, there is plenty of replayability.

If you haven't played this game, you're missing out.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Papers, Please!
The real work is on the border of the Iron Curtain.
Simple in appearance, but monstrously complicated and interesting.
Will serve as a great Arstottska!
In the meantime, show your DOCUMENTS!
9.8 out of 10 caps
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
It's a very fun game. It takes monotony and finds away to make it fun and you feel invested in what you're doing. You're scanning people's passports for errors using various tools as an immigration officer for a fictional Russian-like country.

For the most part it's pretty stright forward but as time goes on the things you have to look for become more numerous and more subtle raising the difficulty as time goes on. For every day you complete you get money. And with that money you decide which necessities your family can afford. Maybe today they get to eat. Tomarrow they may get some heat in your apartment so they don't freeze to death. Maybe your son needs medication or he won't make it through the night. Rarley will have enough to do everything and if you don't manage your funds it's very likley that some or all of your family will die.

But it's not all just checking passes and hoping your family doesn't die from having their basic needs to unforfilled. There is a bigger story happening and while you're never outright told if you fulfill certain requirements the story will turn down one of a handful of paths.

It's a very interesting game and I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
A "Paperwork simulator" sounds like a hard sell, but it's encouraging to see that word-of-mouth is getting people to try this wonderful little game out. It's refreshing to have something different for a change rather than another FPS, platformers or suchlike.

Your job is to give or refuse permission to enter your country to various people who come to your customs booth...... it is a hard sell, isn't it?

Okay then, your job is made more difficult in several ways. First of all, your bureaucratic government implements more and more rules as time goes on which means you have to be quicker and quicker at processing, without letting accuracy fail. Secondly, you have certain moral choices to make - you have to feed and warm your own family and that can only be done by processing people as quickly as possible. Well, unless they bribe you to let them in, or the guards bribe you to detain them or... and of course, there's always the risk of forged documentation [which you are punished for if you miss] or terrorist attack [which curtails the day].

This game is deeply engrossing. It's straightforward to begin with, but the difficulty curve is just ride, adding complexity day by day - just as you master the rules something else comes along which you have to keep an eye out for. Added to the fact that there are MANY, MANY different possible endings will lead you to replay this several times in order to see what happens.

Well worth a try!
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This game is a social commentary about life as a border agent in a communist dictatorship/oligarchy. It can show you the struggle that people can go through when they live in an area that is oppressive. This game is not for people that want variety in their gameplay, it has 0 variety. This is a linear game that hardly changes from start to finish. There are many different paths, and depending on how you go through the game, can change in length a lot. I enjoyed this game myself, but you should only buy it if you wish to view social commentary of this type, and not for variety or flamboyant things in the gameplay. I think this is a great game that many people can enjoy.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I copy edit for my campus newspaper. Basically it's spell-checking, grammar-checking, and fact-checking since staff writers are too lazy to check their own work. Papers, Please is much harder, not just because it requires much closer attention to detail (even staff writers usually don't get a person's gender wrong), but also because when you're correcting a mistake in a newspaper article, you don't have to worry that you're separating a woman from her husband, or allowing an abusive pimp to kidnap two women, or giving an assassin an opportunity to strike at your local mom 'n' pop terrorist cell. And when you're copy editing, you also don't need to worry that when you screw up, you might get sent to the gulag or your son might die of pneumonia.

It's great practice, though.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I enjoy this game.
This game seems like a bad idea for a game ( I mean seriously who wants to be their favorite hero the border-control-guy)
But this game was one of the most engrossing and entraping games I've played this year.


8.5/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
I got a cereal box decoder from a creepy dude in a hood and then i was executed in front of my family.
10/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Glory to Arstotzka!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
A game for the ages, and seemingly made ages ago. Plain graphics with pixels a plenty; Papers, please is the simple, and yet addicting game that will separate itself from others. You micromanage by approving or denying citizens through passports and other documentation. Worth a try once you time the steam sales right.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Never thought I'd enjoy repetitive paper work. Glory to Arstotzka
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
"Is pre-approved!"
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
My Grandfather smoked toothpicks whole life. I was about 10 years old when my mother said to him, "If you ever want to see your grandchildren graduate, you have to stop immediately." Tears welled up in his eyes when he realized what exactly was at stake. He gave it up immediately. Three years later he died of cancer. It was really sad and destroyed me. My mother said to me- "Don't ever smoke toothpicks. Please don't put your family through what your Grandfather put us through." I agreed. At 28, I have never touched a toothpick or even a bean. I must say, I feel a very slight sense of regret for never having done it, because this game gave me autism anyway.

8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
A fantastic game with simple mechanics but very complicated game play.

The way I see it is that many unnescessary elements of the game play are removed in order to focus on the actual experience, as the word simulation often reminds me rag dolling and silly physics. The attention to detail of this game is unbelievable. These elements redefines simulation type games for me, as the aim is to feel the same rather than look the same.

On the other side, the highlight discrepancy mechanic does take some practices to get used to.

Overall, a game that is one of its kind.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Very enjoyable game! Have played this a lot and plan to play more, more games like this please!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
It says that you're a male.
-The passport is right.

10/10
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