Papers, Please: indie border control sim out now


By on August 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Everyone’s talking about Papers, Please this weekend, and with good reason. The indie sim has players as the lucky winners of a labour lottery, reporting to the Ministry of Admission at Grestin Border Checkpoint. It’s a job with a future – and a means to provide for your family in a struggling, war-torn state.

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.

In practice, you’ll be carefully checking papers, which sounds dull but it actually pretty challenging, and provides interesting commentary on border and airport security, a subject of much controversy – especially in the US, where post-9/11 measures are frequently called into question.

Check out the trailer below; Papers, Please is available on Steam and GOG for USD$9.99.

7 comments (Leave your own)

Don’t forget you can also get it direct from, giving both a DRM-free copy and a Steam key and give more money to the dev, which is always nice, right?


Anyone comment on how different it was to the demo?

Also, if you’re an extreme prude, there’s nudity later on.


I wonder if our politicians have played this game yet.



If the $2.25 million raised from the latest Humble Bundle is anything to go by (all Steam-only games, nothing DRM-free), people give lip service to DRM-free but ultimately when it comes to their principles, they really don’t give a shit.


this game is surprisingly addictive, few hours lost already


This game is really quite fun!


yeah im enjoying it
keeping your family fed and warm is hard

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