A dystopian document thriller.
The award-winning, critically-acclaimed border inspector game.
"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.
Various small fixes
Ratings and Reviews
It’s one thing to say you’d never take a bribe: It’s quite another when your options are taking one or missing rent or going hungry. That’s but a taste of the moral quandaries in Papers, Please, which puts you in the shoes of a border checkpoint agent in a fictional 1980s nation. Learning to master passport processing skills, avoiding fines, and making the most of your paycheck is uniquely satisfying and provocative in a way few games manage to achieve. This celebrated indie gem teaches us as much about empathy as it does time management.
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.
Great game, huge recommend!!!
Sorry, don’t know how to edit previous review - only issue I have with this game (minor issue) is the bit where player has to determine whether the applicant’s sex is matching the passport. Often difficult to tell based on portrait! So I have got many citations for this. I am doing my best to catch up, but it seems arbitrary if some portraits aren’t easily distinguished between male or female. I would not want developer to make hyper-feminine or hyper-masculine portraits to correct this, or to remove this feature completely, but maybe some small details that better indicates applicant sex? Or, if not possible, remove feature entirely. Because plenty of people don’t fit typical ‘sexual dimorphism’
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- 3909 LLC
- 64.6 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
English, Basque, Czech, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian
- Age Rating
- 17+ Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
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