You have been selected to work as an immigration officer for a fictional dystopian country. As arrivals come to your booth, inspect their documents and look for discrepancies. You wouldn’t want to let in a criminal or terrorist, would you? You can also request for more information, like fingerprints or a full body scan. Sometimes, they will even bribe you or ask you to pass documents to other people.
At the end of each day, you receive your pay (less any deductions from mistakes you made). Hopefully, you made enough to pay for your family’s rent, food, heating, and medicine.
My family was grateful that I got a job with the government. I worked hard, but I was slow and I made some mistakes. After my second day on the job, we had to go without food. On the next day, we were all hungry, but I only had enough money after paying rent to afford medicine for my sick son. By the end of day 7, we were all cold, sick, and hungry and I couldn’t even afford rent. My family was sent back to their village and I was thrown in jail. I let down myself, my family, and my country. I am sorry. 🙁
Papers, Please is a surprisingly good game. Sure, it is a paperwork simulator and the graphics are terrible, but it’s thought-provoking, engrossing, and unlike any other game I’ve played. There are also 20 different endings depending on the choices you make while playing.
Glory to Arstotzka!
You might like this game if you like…
- Pretending to be a toll officer
- Crushing the hopes and dreams of pixelated people
- Looking at documents
- Tearing apart families
- Nerve-wracking desk jobs
- Turning people away from your beloved mother country