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:
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Very Positive (337 reviews) - 94% of the 337 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (16,086 reviews) - 96% of the 16,086 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 8, 2013

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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
    • 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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Recent:
Very Positive (337 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (16,086 reviews)
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Ingenium
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
GOOD GOD is this game stressful! You literally have the power of life and death after a few weeks, and, I find myself acting like a DMV worker, "have an issue = no cares, DENIED".

Cannot suggest it enough, except, it sucks you in and feels like a 2nd job!!
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tightlips
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
EU border policy simulator 2016.
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Ethan&Cookies
9.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
I absolutely loved this game. It was fun and in every way lovable. It is also very addictive, it is that addictive that you are filled with sadness when the game ends. You get roughly around 10 hours of playtime in Paper Please. This game is by far one of my favourite games. It is different and unique and that is what I love about it. The music is wonderful and is perfect for this type of game. This game is great and fun.
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Mr. McMazing
17.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
Papers, Documents, Arstotzka, Foreigners, Citizens, Terrorists, The Order, The Ministry, and Family

All of these a responsibilities that you are forced to carry. So do what you perceive and make choices that matter to you. Accept and Deny at all costs. Glory to Arstotzka.
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AnoobisHD
13.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
Glory to Arstotzka!



Greatest communist country!
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CritanTheHunter
6.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
Simple, difficult, and entertaining.
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Serbirus
3.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
This game is a staple for breaking the mold of normal game genres, and my God does it work well! This pixelated stress-fest will definitely leave you on edge and enjoying ever second.

Story:
Nothing too complicated. You're a low-class citizen of the lovely country known as Arstotzka, and while living there you're a "lucky" winner of a raffle. Your prize? Working low hours as border patrol to barely sustain enough cash to take care of your family and health, and possibly make a few bucks on the side. You'll have to decide and manage betweem food and health, and making sure your family isn't dead by the end.

Gameplay:
This is definitely where the game shines. The gameplay is all about understanding what can and cannot go through the border. You'll have to scroll through books and passports to decide if they meet the correct requirements to legally pass, and the pressure is solely on the player. Over time the rules get more strict, and you'll be racing against the clock to make sure you get enough people through (without penalty) to earn some cash. There's a gradual curve, so you shouldn't be too overwhelmed in the beginning, but it can be a real hair-puller by the end when you have dozens of small penalties to find.

Difficulty:
As I just said, there is a curve over the course of each level. It'll start with simple tasks such as which countries can go through and which can't, all with their own special emblems to easily differenciate. But, as time goes on, more rules such as work passes and body searches get implemented, and this is where it gets tricky. Every new day you get two warnings for hiccups while working, but after that you get money deducted, and this can be painfully nitpicky. But, with enough focus and a keen eye, this is a really well done mechanic, even for people like myself who don't like playing games under pressure.

Graphics:
If it isn't already obvious from my profile picture, I *love* pixel art graphics, and this is no exception. The dull colors and gritty look really show the sort of sad side to this game, and it works beautifully well. Every new citizen is different, and even some continuous characters have a familiar look you'll always remember. So, if the look seems interesting to you, you'll enjoy it no problem.

Score: 4.5/5

In short, if you enjoy really simple ideas like this that ramp up over the course of the game, and are willing to pay attention to play it properly, it is an absolute joy that will be hard to put down.
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Cyber Lynx
12.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
Amazing game! What are you even doing here, reading reviews? You should be like "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!".
The game has cool story. Wow. Very borders. Much communism. Such detain.

Glory to Arstotzka
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[YT]Donmastergamer
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
I absolutly love this game! i hope this game will give me more subscribers because its really famous right now haha! i love how the world is changing around you when all you do is sit in your tiny office! thanks for to game develoupers!

My gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyrXVzWRlPA
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$TO
3.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
good
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85 of 117 people (73%) found this review helpful
114 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Yah so you're probably thinking ah yes a new review. Wrong. This is just a random pavlova recipe cos you are probably hungry after surfing the reviews.

Ingredients

4 egg whites (5 if you are using small eggs)

250g pure icing sugar or fine castor sugar, sifted

½ teaspoon white vinegar

1 tablespoon cornflour, sifted

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

2. Prepare a baking tray by placing baking paper on it. Put a little melted butter or vegetable oil spray on the tray so that the paper will stay in one place while you are spooning the pavlova mix on to it.

3. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites on a medium setting until soft peaks form.

Once soft peaks appear, add the sugar all at once and beat the mixture for a minute or so on full speed. Do not stop the machine to add the sugar. It needs to be a continuous process to trap as much air as possible in the egg whites. You'll see the mixture change texture almost immediately, from loose, soft peaks to a more glossy, meringue-style mixture.

4. Turn the mixer up to high until the mixture thickens and the sugar has completely dissolved. It needs to reach the ribbon stage – when a spoonful of the meringue mixture poured back into the bowl sits on the surface like a ribbon.

5. Slow the machine, add the vinegar and let the beaters make three rotations, then remove the bowl from the mixer.

6. Sprinkle the cornflour over the egg white mixture and, using a clean spatula, gently fold in the cornflour – no more than six folds.

7. Spoon the mix on to the prepared tray and mould it into the shape you want. Kabboord prefers to leave it pretty heaped. Don't mess with the mix too much, though, as you want to get it in the oven quick smart. The other option is to use a preheated and lined tray. Speed is the key here.

8. Place the tray in the middle of the oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 120 degrees Celsius. Don't use the fan.

9. Cook for 80-90 minutes but don't let the pavlova colour. You may see a little sugar syrup seep out of the bottom but the crust should be firm. Inside, it will be soft and marshmallowy.

10. Cool to room temperature and decorate using quark, Meredith goat's curd or mascarpone (cream is boring!) and your favourite toppings, such as chopped summer fruit or passionfruit custard.

Enjoy! (And the game)

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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
You were contacted by resistance. They threatened to kill you, if you don't let their operative through border. The contact left a cryptic note to you. You couldn't figure out the message in the note. So afraid of getting killed you randomly let couple people go through the border. One of these people happened to be a terrorist with backpack full of explosives. He detonated explosives after passing your checkpoint. One of the border guards got killed. You were glad you weren't fired. After day of work you barely get enough money to buy food for your family or heat for your apartment.

Papers please is a memory game, where you need to go through people's passports and other documents. Then you figure out, if you let them through border or not. The game starts with simple rules to remember to check, but difficulty advances over time. You start to get multiple rules to remember and gameplay can become really hectic.

The game has two modes. The first mode is a story mode. In the story mode you live through events, which of some are scripted and some randomised. You have some choices while story advances. Occasionally people can come to ask for your help. You can either be rewarded or being penalised for helping them. The story is limited to certain length and has multiple endings depending on choices you make. The other mode is called endless. It's completely randomised. Also time is not limited in this mode. You unlock this mode after playing story.

Overall the game captures really well grim atmosphere of cold war era communistic country.

Glory to Arstotzka!
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
This game is ingenious. It actually feels like you are working an increasingly tougher job, and it's really quite stressful. However, in terms of originality, and sheer innovation, it is a brilliant game.

Much like a real job, Papers, Please is best played alongside a friend or two, and it helps to delegate inspection duties within the group. Do this, and you'll have some crazy times managing Arstotzka's border. It is a game full of surprises, and it nails the dystopian, Orwellian atmosphere perfectly. The art style fits well There is a real sense of immersion, right from the start, as you start learning the things you NEED to know, to do your job. And of course, just learning your job is not enough, as things constantly change, making your job harder and less bearable. Again, just like real life!

You'll want to start by learning the game's geography: neighbouring countries, and the major cities within each one. And since everything here is fictional and fantasy, you NEED to pay attention. There are things to learn, and you really need to organise yourself to work effectively. Otherwise you soon find yourself unable to buy medicine for your child, and your mother-in-law won't like you anymore (not sure she ever did, tbh). The game is quite frankly, amazing. It feels like hard work, and it feels just as rewarding...and sometimes just as punishing...

Either way, you'll always have a memorable experience whenever you play this.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Papers, Please, is an indie game published in 2013 by Lucas Pope, which sees the player take control of an immigration officer at the border of the fictional country of Arstotzka, a country based on the slew of authoritarian dictatorships that popped up in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. Set in 1982 after the conclusion of a six-year conflict between Arstotzka and neighboring Kolechia, the player, an immigration officer for Arsotzka, has to decide based on varying rules who is or isn't allowed to enter Arstotzka.

Throughout the game, the player will be faced with tasks largely based around morality: Should this poor old woman be allowed to enter despite her expired passport? Should this refugee be allowed despite his criminal record? Is Cobrastan a real country? The game isn't vague with things and makes it clear the differences presented to the player: Money or Morality? With a family of five (and a sixth possible to adopt) to feed, shelter, and heat, the stakes are much higher and less personal and more interpersonal; it becomes logical to deny the masses illegally trying to enter Arstotzka as long as you're able to keep your family alive.

The rules for who can get into the country tend to change daily in the story mode, and the game makes sure to not keep the player too tired or too familiar with a single rule setup; One day people from the United Federation will be barred due to a Polio outbreak there, another day they'll be allowed in as long as they bring a certificate that they were vaccinated. The game keeps the player on full alert, and tosses in new mechanics (terrorist attacks and rifles players can use to stop them, armed revolutionary groups willing to sneak through the border to overthrow the regime, etc) to keep the player both on edge and entertained, not allowing itself to fall flat or get boring during the 31 days the game has as its story mode.

In addition to story mode, there exists an endless mode which allows the player to compete against others internationally via Steam in regard to how many people they can get across in a period of time or other factors, such as how quick they can get through people correctly.

The game is a masterpiece in storytelling and narrative, and provides a great deal of stress and emotional impact with the player, along with excellent gameplay which is sure to keep your brain on high alert for a period of time after you finish up. I strongly suggest you buy this game if you enjoy 1984-esque worlds, or if you enjoy puzzle games in general.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Do job.
Cause no trouble.
Glory to Arstotzka.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Papers, Please is a mindblowing game, so deep yet so simple. It's a demonstration of what makes videogames such a beautfiul medium.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
I rate this a GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA/10.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
66.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
This is fine. :bbtcat:
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Arstotzka still best country for sure!
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