Congratulations. The October labor lottery is complete. Your name was pulled. For immediate placement, report to the 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 (8,808 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 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
    • 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
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
"Papers, please." *man hands me poorly drawn picture of himself* "Sir thats not a valid passport" Man: "ok that fine I come back later" *comes back the next day with name scribbled below picture* 11/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
allahukbar!!!

death to ectoska!

69/10 IGN

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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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5 of 5 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
best indie game of last couple years.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Little known fact Papers, Please its M.Bisons favorite game i don't know why I love it. wait i mean M.Bison loves it so much mabey Becuse it is just the tone, the mood it gives you, or HOW MUCH I HATE PAPERWORK BUT IT MAKES IT FUN. i don't know i just really love it


9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
One of the most original, fun, outrageous, hilarious, challenging indoe games I've played. Gory to Arstotzka!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Serve your country and stamp all Kolechian passports with "deny"!
Glory to Arstotzka!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Suprisingly one of the best games I've ever played
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
General Thoughts / Review

Every once in a while an indie game comes along that, to me, is not a clear like or dislike. I started playing Papers, Please and go to day eight before quitting the first time. I thought to myself, "Who the hell wants to play a game based on stamping visas? I can't wait to get done working for the day at my REAL job!"

Two days later I found myself thinking about the game. I wanted to know what happened to the people I approved or denied. Was it better to deny them entry, or to be a tyrant and detain them? I mean, who doesn't know that their visa information is incorrect. LIAR! YOU ARE A CRIMINAL!

It is just a game though, why do I care? I did not, really. I played again, anyway.

The game kept my enthusiasm up as the difficulty ramped up, money was tight, and I seemed to be responsible for the lives of so many more pixel people than I anticiapted. I enjoyed it up until the very end. Good job, author.

Pros
  • Amazingly enough, makes stamping visas intriguing if you are the type of player that can get immersed in pixels.
  • The save system is AWESOME. Almost like a source code repository, if you start playing at an existing day, you create a branch at that day and continue playing in a parallel universe.
  • Many different endings depending on choices made throughout the game. Reminiscent of Chrono Trigger, you do not have to get to the last day to trigger some endings.
  • Even though simple and interactions are quick, you can feel sympathy or opposed to certain characters.

Cons
  • Replayability was low for me. The game has very varied endings, but I found that after I meta-gamed the Steam Achievements out, I was not inclined to go back through and try to get the endings for which there are no achievements for.
  • Certain things feel pointless in the game - although that might have been the developers intent.
  • Can be frustrating and wig out your OCD.

Recommendation

I would recommend Papers, Please if you are type of gamer who does not need flashy graphics or rapid game play to be entertained. If you are a fan of indie game development, Papers, Please is an enjoyable title that may grow on you as it has grown on me.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Dudes, u need to focus on the papers. FOCUS ON THE PAPERS.

and in 1920x1080 fullscreen, u can have serious blindness due to pixels. but the game rocks, however i sucks.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Rating: 9/10

Papers, Please is an indie game that exceeded my expectations in every way imaginable. A Choose-Your-Path storyline makes for a fun Story playthrough that is different each time. You are a nameless Arstotkan male who has won a Labor Lottery and now works at a border control checkpoint. You must do your job correctly, or be penalized. You need to take care of yourf amily by providing food, heat, and medicine if needed. The immigrants are quirky and often times fun to see. You must test your morality and your obedience. Overall, Papers, Please is amoung my Top 10 Favourite Games List.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Nice and challenging, very good combo!
Makes you want to keep on playing, I reccomend it!
10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
this game give you all the thrills of border control
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
surprisingly good. try it. reminds me of the good old days.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Completely Unique Game, never has this been done before.
It is extremely atmospheric, and although not much information is given, you can work out everything, it is very cleverly done.
I cannot describe this game well, I have tried in real life but people think it would be boring doing the same thing again and again, but they have not played this awesome game, so you will just have to take my word for it!

10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Good game :) 8/10
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