Papers, Please PC

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  • Summary: 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 ofThe 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. Expand
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  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
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  1. Aug 12, 2013
    100
    A true game, with a base gameplay that gets more and more complex as we play, with subtle touches and ruleset changes. But it's so much more as well : a deep dive in a terrifying dystopia, brilliantly crafted, that will put your life into perspective and awaken your political consciousness with both violence and humor.
  2. Aug 14, 2013
    90
    Evil is performed by men in suits, golden pens in their chest pockets, and stamps in their hands. With a single move with their wrists, they sign death warrants, never seeing the consequences of their actions, maybe not even caring about them.
  3. Aug 31, 2013
    90
    Papers, Please manages to make the apparently boring profession of border guard incredibly engaging and thrilling. Music, graphics and writing all contribute to an oppressive atmosphere that pulls the player in and holds them captured.
  4. Sep 9, 2013
    85
    Well-paced, straight-forward game play combines with vivid storytelling to make into a fantastic game. More than a tale of bureaucratic spot the difference, Papers, Please is a game of intrigue and excitement balanced by fear for your family.
  5. Oct 3, 2013
    80
    It's a tribute to the Cold War. An addictive game that's full of sarcasm and social commentary. A game that you should definitely try.
  6. Sep 18, 2013
    80
    Papers, Please is anything but a standard adventure, but beneath the seemingly unappealing premise of bureaucratic drudgery and human misery lies a fascinating game of choices, surprises, and intrigue.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 9, 2013
    60
    A novel, stylish game taking advantage of its minimal design more than you would believe, and it succeeds in arousing your emotions, which is the thing other game titles could dream of. [Issue#233]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 228
  1. Aug 30, 2013
    10
    Beatiful game, that never let you out, before you complete it. You must solve for yourself: approve or deny entry. Woman can be withoutBeatiful game, that never let you out, before you complete it. You must solve for yourself: approve or deny entry. Woman can be without passport, but her son and husband is waiting... The war changing people... They changing you... You should buy it Expand
  2. Sep 15, 2013
    10
    Papers, Please is an original title that really shows you the meaning of 'indecisive'. The concept at first may sound quite boring, but oncePapers, Please is an original title that really shows you the meaning of 'indecisive'. The concept at first may sound quite boring, but once you get into it, you can't turn back. The immersion is amazing, no matter how pixelated the game is, and really gets to your empathetic side once the big decisions come in. You basically choose whether to be the good border officer, that falls for the sad stories or the bad border officer, that strictly follows the rules. But at the end of the day, you just need to keep your family alive and get through the struggle of being an Arstotzkan citizen. Well done Lucas Pope, well done.

    Glory to Arstotzka.
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  3. Aug 8, 2013
    10
    This is an AMAZING game. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, I thought it'd get boring after a while, turns out, it doesn't. So manyThis is an AMAZING game. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, I thought it'd get boring after a while, turns out, it doesn't. So many things are added that keep it fun and exciting, and some of the smaller things are great too. This game really brings me to think about morals, when do you break the guidelines? What do you risk, letting someone with a weapon through, and being able to feed your family from a bribe, or do you be a good guy by the book and detain him? This is an amazing game, and I hope everyone else enjoys it as much as I do. Collapse
  4. Dec 22, 2013
    9
    An astonishing gaming experience, 'Papers, Please' delivers on its premise and then some, managing to be entertaining, addictive,An astonishing gaming experience, 'Papers, Please' delivers on its premise and then some, managing to be entertaining, addictive, thought-provoking and funny at the same time. True, it's not a game that will suit the impatient (the Michael Bay's of this world will be confused at the lack of mindless explosions and FPS style of gameplay) but for the rest of us it's a unique game that is thoroughly worth the price of admission. Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2013
    8
    This is great game! Congrats to developer who focuses on gameplay more than Graphics!This game is like serving your food to customers. ItsThis is great game! Congrats to developer who focuses on gameplay more than Graphics!This game is like serving your food to customers. Its great game!Worth the buy! But, when you progress, new features you get confused and dont exactly know what to do. Overall, worth the game to buy. Expand
  6. Sep 1, 2013
    8
    [From The Global Marketeer]

    Papers, Please is a game that has you play the role of a border agent. That translates into having absolutely
    [From The Global Marketeer]

    Papers, Please is a game that has you play the role of a border agent. That translates into having absolutely no fun allowed, being paid a lousy wage, and having to deal with plenty of people relying on you to get them through, even if in vain. Largely influenced by Soviet/communist undertones, the opening theme is the Arstotzka national anthem a boorish blare of brass, and your primary objective is to scrape what you can from your job to provide for your family.

    The beginning of the game outlines the basics for you and lets you do your thing; but increasingly becomes more complicated and vigorous as the game progresses. You will need to finely inspect each document (and eventually, person) for inconsistencies or contraband in the six minutes they give you. You are paid 5 credits per person correctly admitted, and it’s quickly spent at the end of the day on utilities such as rent, food, and medicine.

    The hand-holding in this game is minimal; after the rules are outlined for you, you are allowed to screw up twice a day without a penalty, After that, the penalty is 5 credits and goes up from there. With all these bills to pay, fighting the clock can be difficult. If you aren’t expeditious with processing each immigrant or expat, they’ll have to go without food and/or heat for the day.

    Besides family business, the emotional impact the player receives from the game is extremely subjective. You could get all emotional and illegally allow a man’s wife across the border as easily as you can refuse her entry for having no valid passport. Apart from a few specific moments, there is no reprisal against you for following the rules against your own values.

    In that regard, you are given a wide assortment of choices to make throughout the game, especially in the later days (levels). The legal option is not always the best choice, but neither is the humanitarian one. Everything beyond what has been spelled out in the rulebook is a grey area left for you to decide, and often someone else’s to deal with. Above all else, you must provide for yourself and your family. Failure to do so results in a game over, but you’re always able to retry the same day again, or start anew if you wish.

    Sound and graphics aren’t necessarily given a emphasis in this game. It’s not necessarily a bad thing; the visuals are minimalist (similar to that of the early SNES era) and the audio for dialogue is composed of little more than a few unintelligible soundbytes, but they both serve their purpose in purporting a bland atmosphere for a game whose mood is purposefully bland.

    Papers, Please is an anti-fun simulation of an occupation; somewhat like Hilton Ultimate Team Play. Your ability to be swift, accurate, and conscientious is constantly tested, and your fate is ultimately decided upon these three attributes. You are bound to slip up one way or another on your first run through, but your ability to compensate for it and excel all depends on your willingness to do your job well. After all, there is no room for slackers in Arstotzka.
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  7. Jan 21, 2016
    0
    I heard it was fun but it looked terrible so I waited till a good Steam sale to pick it up. Still feel like I got ripped off. This game isI heard it was fun but it looked terrible so I waited till a good Steam sale to pick it up. Still feel like I got ripped off. This game is worth nothing. Please if you think this game is fun I have an even better game for you to play called cleaning my house. Probably the worst game I have ever played! If you are having fun playing this game there is something missing from you life called a job! Expand

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