Papers, Please

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  • Last update: 3 years ago
  • Version: 1.0.12
  • Size: 51.2 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
  • Author: 3909
  • Content rating: You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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Papers, please is another specific game from Lucas Pope. He started creating this game in November 2012 and it took him a little bit more than nine months to release this bizarre and incredibly fascinating game. In total, Lucas made five games and none of them is in classical genres.

In papers, please we have to try a role of bureaucrat, which is unusual for video games scenario. But there is nothing to surprise with after releases of the games about maintaining a farm or look after a virtual garden, right? The core gameplay revolves around inspecting passports and associated travel papers. Its creator Lucas Pope calls Papers, Please a "document thriller".

All the game’s actions take place in the fictional world where the biggest seven countries have a protracted Cold War. You, as a bureaucrat, live in the 1980s miscellaneous communist country, Arstotzka. The borders of this country were closed for a long time and, finally, the government removes restrictions on customs and opens a single checkpoint. Unsurprisingly, there is an endless line around it. Different visitors stand in that line: regular citizens, labor migrants, political refugees, smugglers, spies, people from terrorist organizations.

You will not be an ordinary bureaucrat, in this game you will play the person that is completely surrendered to his work. And no one but you will deal with all of these people papers. You are not going to be bored with this job even sitting for a minute behind your desk!

Graphics 4/5

Papers, please graphics is made perfectly in the minimalist pixel style. The game’s animation and all movements that appear on the screen are minimal but are highly-technical. This game is not linear; there are 20 multiple endings with different scenarios.

There is nothing more to say about the technical side of this game, but about the content, I can talk for hours.

Gameplay 5/5

As I mentioned above, in Papers, please you play as a newly appointed bureaucratic immigration officer in the fictional country of Arstotzka. As you sit behind your desk, each person steps out by turn and presents their documents. You need to check each passport, names spelling, stamps and seals and to ensure that the person matches the description from the papers and doesn’t have any contraband. To check everything is in order, you will have to use a rulebook and other tools such as fingerprint and body scanners.

If you make a mistake, you will immediately get a warning notification and eventually a monetary penalty. Incidentally, you are get paid based on the number of people that you process, but don’t expect your salary to cover much more than rent, heat and food – if you can even afford that.

During your work day, you will be faced with real stories. Some are tragic, some are comical, some are simply bizarre. You will have to choose what kind of customs officer you want to be. Each move you do can cause various consequences – not just financially but to the overall story.

Political intrigues, secret orders, corrupt officials and human dramas are needs to be solved and wait for your decisions. A wife is tearfully begging to let her go with a husband without required papers. An old seemingly innocent gaffer is trying to pass the border with a drawn fake passport and later with a perfectly forged. A smuggler appears on the custom and tries to enter with a contraband - it’s your friend from childhood.

Will you break the rules for them? Will you take a bribe to buy some medicine for your children? Will you risk your life to help a clandestine conspirator? It is up to you if you stay loyal to Arstotzka, if you are scrupulous or negligent with your job and how well you look after your family. Keep in mind, there is a variation of 20 different endings, so your every step will direct the game in a certain way and make its own ending.

Moreover, each day comes with a unique set of challenges – wanted people, unique stories, individual needs. There are new rules appear as your skills improve. One day you may not be allowed to grant entry to anyone from a particular country, the next day you might be instructed to confiscate passports from locals. A wrong name, spotted! A wrong stamp, denied! A bomb, discovered! The game passing is unpredictable and breathtaking.

Controls 5/5

Papers, please works fine on PC, but It's much better and far more intuitive with touch controls than with a mouse cursor. Therefore the game controls are simplified. You tap on items to select them or tap-and-drag to move them around your desk. Later on, you can buy the following upgrades that allow you to use a multi-touch support for faster paperwork.

Replay Value 4.5/5

Papers, please has already taken a lot of hours of my free time and I still can’t stop playing. I keep wanting to go for one more day, one more inspection. Every time the experience and story are different and exciting. This little gem is definitely worth your attention. You can pour the hours of your life – for the Glory of Arstotzka!

In-app purchases

You will be able to unlock a multi-touch support for faster paperwork for ten in-game bucks if you can afford it.


There are only a few games on the App Store that can bring you that deep into the gameplay and make such a strong emotional connection. You will genuinely feel sorry for the people and their heartbreaking stories who need to get into your country but can't. You will have to decide if you want to sympathize and help them or detain and arrest.

Papers, please may not be what you'd typically describe as a fun video game, it introduced to players the unprecedented and exceptional game idea and might even create a new game genre.

So Papers, please is something that you simply must experience.





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Well-paced, straight-forward gameplay combines with vivid storytelling to make into a fantastic game.

Pros : big amount of story elements;
20 various endings;
unique in its genre;

Cons : lack of ingame help;

Graphics 4.0

Gameplay 5.0

Controls 5.0

Replay Value 4.5

Average : 4.6

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