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:
Recent:
Very Positive (300 reviews) - 94% of the 300 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (14,989 reviews) - 96% of the 14,989 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
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Very Positive (300 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (14,989 reviews)
Recently Posted
NoName
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
YOU ARE DENIED, DETAINED

GLORY TO ARSTOTZKAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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GarrettTheGrey
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Honestly fantastic. Never thought paperwork could be so engrossing, not to mention actually fun!
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campilla12
( 20.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Loved this game so much. I want a second one, or another game like it because I felt like it was too short.
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рукавморя
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I fap everytime I do a body scan! 5/5
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megatruck
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
The best FPS I have besides Half Life 2 and Gmod. But what's clearly lacking in those games is paperwork. Paperwork, paperwork paperwork! I could do it all day if it wasn't for Kolechian scum. ♥♥♥ YUO KOLECH IS WORST COUNTURY IN WORLT REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE ROMEVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE REMOVE ARSTOTZKA BEST DISCREPANCY DETEKTOR POLITBURO ALIVE IN ARSTOTZKA UNITED FEDERATION IS BUNCH OF DISEASY RATS BUT MAINLY KOLECH GO DIE IN REVOLUTIONARY FIRE BUREAUCRACY ALIVE IN GRESTIN GIB WEST GRESTIN BACK TO BEST COUNTRY OR WE RAM CONCRETE APARTMENT BLOCK SO FAR UP BORDER CLAY COME OUT HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA CLASS 5 DWELLING ALIVE IN ARSTOTZKA SERGIU ALIVE IN ARSTOTZKA NO THANKS TO YUO SUCK MY BUREAUCRATIC DIK. Hooray for ficticious country racism/10
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star
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I'm obsessed with this game!
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Donald Trump
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I eventualy just gave up on looking for discrepancy and just stamped randomly because hey, its a 50/50 chance to get it right and who needs a family anyways?

10/10 who needs a family?
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MrEmperorSir
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Glorious, glorious bureaucracy!
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Dat
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Glory to Arstotzka
The greatest country
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NateTheRad
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I haven't showered in 3 days
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virotti
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
At the time of writing, I'm in day 16 after getting one of the possible endings already, and I do feel like at least playing the game until the last day (day 30). I will update this review as I play more.
This is one of those unique indie games that surprise even old gamers like me. The game world is quite convincing, the gameplay is very different and, even though it feels a bit like work and a bit repetive at times, the game has a nice challenge that makes me want to see what's next, with different variations added every day.
It's also worth noting that the fact that you also need to earn money to survive and to feed everyone at home also makes you think about how you spend/make your money and have difficult moral choices.
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MouseMichaels
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I definitely recomend this game for anyone with a lot of patience. watching someone play leads you to think the game moves rather slow. It doesnt. Your in game job performance determines everything about your life and the comfort and lives of your family. Your job? screen for undesirables trying to enter your beloved country. Failure is unacceptable and will be punished.
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pablogps86
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
GREAT GAME.

So simple, yet so deep. So innocent, yet so profound. As a border-checkpoint employee you will find heart-breaking moments and choices, some of which you won't even realize you are making.

Go play it. For Arstotzka!
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Profeten
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30

Mmmhhh....Mmmmhhh....Yeah, this is so good. Mmmhh....*gulp*...Mmmhhh...Wooo...!....Wooowoowooowooo!!!ppppprrrtt

I rate this four out of five.
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Jorji Costava
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
They let me in without passport! I thought illegal drug trade going to be hard! VERY EASY!! Jorji winning!

Play this game! Help Jorji! Maybe Jorji help your family too ! Glory Arstotzka!
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LegoLink11
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
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[GLORY TO ARSTOZKA]


(actual review)
You work as the only customs officer in Arstozka, trying to process as many people as possible. Everyone you process successfully gets you money. But the rules get more complicated as the game goes, and too many screw-ups will get you fired. You have to feed your family (who have the worst immune systems in the world), keep them warm, and get them medicine if they get sick (which is every other day). I like the setting, and because it's pixelated and has nothing fancy to process, it will run on pretty much anything. It's not for everyone, but I really liked it.
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Señor Krabs
( 20.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
A good game can create a unique environment that the player takes part in. Papers Please is one of those games. Although Papers Please barely ever leaves your small inspection desk in the corrupt communist country of Arstotzka (glory!) Lucas Pope is able to create an expansive universe where you feel fully involved. The game itself doesn't have much to it; it is beautifully simple and at some times annoyingly challenging. The overall goal is to make enough money inspecting travel papers to feed your family. You can do this by following every regulation, taking bribes, catching criminals, letting criminals through, or secretly leading a revolution. It doesn't matter, play the way you want to play. What really makes the game great is the setting. From East Grestin to the United Fed, the politics and controversy in the world surrounding your low-paying job is what makes Papers Please feel different from most games. Although it takes place in a large, complicated world with 7 giant countries, you hardly ever see the game outside of your work station. Instead, you get word of what is going on through immigrants and emmigrants coming and going through your inspection booth. Terrorists and secret societies demonstarte conficts outside and inside countries. You may not directly see the universe Lucas Pope creates, but you definitely feel like you're living in it.

TL;DR - Papers Please may be a simple game, but it creates a vast universe that you feel like you're taking part in, even if you don't see it first hand.

Side note: Many people seem to dislike this game because it wasn't what they expected it to be. You have to know that Papers Please is a PUZZLE GAME. It has a good storyline and a unique playstyle, but when it gets down to the basics, it is essentially a "spot the difference" sort-of thing.
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hootster
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
my game wouldnt play so i deleted local content and now its not in my inventory its fun but i guess i have to buy it again
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
At the time of writing, I'm in day 16 after getting one of the possible endings already, and I do feel like at least playing the game until the last day (day 30). I will update this review as I play more.
This is one of those unique indie games that surprise even old gamers like me. The game world is quite convincing, the gameplay is very different and, even though it feels a bit like work and a bit repetive at times, the game has a nice challenge that makes me want to see what's next, with different variations added every day.
It's also worth noting that the fact that you also need to earn money to survive and to feed everyone at home also makes you think about how you spend/make your money and have difficult moral choices.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Me: What is the purpose of your trip?
Visitor: It is not my choice, i hate this damn country
Denied entry.

10/10 Glory to Arstotzka.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
lol if donald trump gets elected this game won't be relevant
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
removed kolechian scum

ministry gave me citation for denying kolech ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ even though he had proper papers

ministry is run by kolechian sympathiser scum

8.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
I'm not sure why this game is so loved and praised...
It's not full of acti-
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Glory to Arstotzka
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Papers, Please is one of the best games I've ever played.
It makes me feel like everyone in Arstotska (A part of Soviet Russia) is counting on me to keep them safe.
You'll come across a couple of interesting characters during your time playing. Espically Jorji.
I've done at least 5 of the endings, and I want to do all 20. Yup. There's at least 20 endings to this game.
I'll always put this game in my Hall of Fame.

Now go and buy it. GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Glory to New Arstotzka and Glory to The Order of The Ezic Star
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
After packing more than six hours into this game, I believe it is safe to say that I can stamp this game with an entry visa.


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Well anyway, basically, this game somehow turns a mundane job into a thing of pure interest. Instead of you waiting in a line, you are in charge of making the line go. You approve visas and deny problems. Sometimes you detain people at a press of a button. It's quite entertaining. While this all sounds rather boring and tedious, I often find myself drawn to the dystopian version of russia that is Aristotzka. Seeing all the strange politics go down and try so hard to earn barely decent pay to support your family as such is nothing more than an odd thrill. The rules constantly update and you need to learn how to adapt and identify without screwing up. or... well... that happens. You make both friends and enemies, both equally lovable. You talk with them and you make deals and you get help. Never forget that you are not alone in this Aristotzikan world.

oh, and do yourself a favor.

[Save Sergiu]
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
This game is amazing!
Entertaining. Challenging. Unusual.
For a week or two, my evenings were spent WORKING as a customs officer.
Even has a branching story line depending on the decisions the autonomy of your job allows.
I will never look at customs at the airport the same way again.
10/10 would recommend to anyone with an interest in games outside of popcorn-COD clones and a brain!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Papers, please is, in my opinion one of the best examples of games as art. though the majority of the game play is doing the same thing multiple times in each level, the gameplay comes to life with the consequences of making a mistake. the consequences of your actions are what make this game as every decision and mistake you make have extrodinarily dark consequences as no matter what you do you are screwing over somobody's life, whether it be your family or some random person you encounter. highly recommended espectially for those who want a unique experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Great game! The concept of the game is so weird but the game it self is so fun!! I recommend this game to everyone!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Papers, Please is a simple idea but it made perfectly.
It is a great game to play when you're bored
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
73.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Totally AWESOME! That's all i can say! AWESOME! I LOVE it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Good game.. good game. GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Fun for 1 day
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
WE WANT PAPERS, PLEASE FOR HTC VIVE!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
This game makes me like the TSA.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Me: "Papers, please."
Guy: Gives passport and ID card
ID Card Idnetifier: Killer Sideburns
Check with database. full match.
Denied
Detained
Would rate sideburns nice at best
Citation for expressing my opinion

10/10 Communism Simulator
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
10/10 would not feed family again







Glory to Arstotzka
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