A dystopian document thriller.
The award-winning, critically-acclaimed border inspector game, now for your iPad.
"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."
◉ Best Game of 2013 - The New Yorker
◉ Best Game of 2013 - Wired Magazine
◉ Top Indie Game 2013 - Forbes Magazine
◉ Best Strategy & Simulation Game 2014 - BAFTA
◉ Grand Prize Winner 2014 - Independent Games Festival
◉ Excellence in Design Winner - IGF 2014
◉ Excellence in Narrative Winner - IGF 2014
◉ GameCity Prize Winner 2014 - GameCity
◉ Cultural Innovation Award 2013 - SXSW
◉ Best PC Game 2014 - LARA Game Awards
◉ Innovation Award - GDCA 2014
◉ Most Innovative 2014 - Games For Change
◉ Best Gameplay 2014 - Games For Change
◉ Best Game of 2013 - Ars Technica
◉ Best Game of 2013 - PC World
◉ Best PC Game of 2013 - Destructoid
◉ Best Story of 2013 - Destructoid
... and more
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.
Includes the complete original game with all 31 days and 20 endings. Also adds unlockable multitouch support for faster paperwork, an enhanced inspection mode, Game Center achievements, leaderboards, mid-day resume, and more.
This game contains mature themes, non-photographic nudity, and brief moments of pixelated violence.
This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.
Fixed startup crash on iOS 10.
Ratings and Reviews
An Arstotzkan Masterpiece
In the world of mobile gaming, it’s getting increasingly hard to find decent content in an ocean of user-created slop and profit-driven monopolies. This one continues to be one of the best experiences on any platform, and will keep you entertained for hours. Papers, Please is very reminiscent of chess, it’s easy to pick up and very hard to master. You’ll find the initial processing of applicants a fair challenge and enjoyable, and will quickly master noticing minute discrepancies in traveler data. As a border enforcement agent, those discrepancies will get you fired if you miss them. The game evolves, though, and the amount of documentation you’ll need to check grows significantly. You’ll evolve with the game, and you’ll note that it’s a satisfying challenge to continue to improve yourself as you navigate it. A satisfying story mode is accompanied by assorted endless challenges once you’ve beaten the game, making sure you still have plenty to entertain you once you’ve passed the main portion. Pick this one up, give it a try, and take notice after you’ve started playing that an hour’s passed and you didn’t even know it.
Very good and engaging - Needs a Landscape Mode
I love Papers Please, and I loved this game since the PC and playing it on the iPad is alright and good fun. You still get the same story and the same characters. The interface is alright, but it just makes me wish this was in landscape like the original game. The portrait mode feels forced and I think they’d have more usage of screen real estate by giving a landscape option.
Overall though, this is a fantastic must have for the iPad.
Great game - needs modern updates!
Needs an update for landscape mode, at the bare minimum. Portrait mode on an iPad is doable, but not very comfortable for long sessions, especially with a keyboard case and Apple Pencil holder. It also repositions things so it’s completely different from the PC version, making it jarring to switch between the two. Also, like others, I feel it won’t be supported on newer versions of iOS soon or possibly on newer, bigger, higher resolution iPads, as has happened to other games I’ve purchased in the past - needs a compatibility update! An iPhone version would totally complete the package as well, but I can see how that would be difficult on such a small screen.
But as for the game itself, super fun, and SUPER ADDICTIVE! Saw Pewdiepie and Jacksepticeye revisit this game, never heard of it, almost blew it off due to old graphics, but MAN what a fun game once you get into it. Love it, just needs proper modern iOS/iDevice support!
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- 3909 LLC
- 51.4 MB
- Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
- Age Rating
- 17+ Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © 2016, 3909 LLC
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