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Papers, Please Review: A Boring Concept Turned Fun
Title: Papers, Please
Release Date: Aug 8, 2013
Papers, Please is an Indie game recently released by 3909. The game’s story is about a immigration inspector whos job is to decide who gets into the communist country of Arstotzka. The game starts out with you winning the labor lottery and getting a job position that allows you to feed your family and pay the rent. the first “level” I was denying people access to the country left and right and that’s when I got my first citation. Which is basically the government telling you that you messed up. You can get a max of 2 citations before you start getting penalties and losing credits (money). In This game if you get more that 2 citations your probably not going to make it. I don’t want to spoil the endings
(which there are a lot of) so I’ll talk more about the gameplay. The gameplay is pretty much you just opening a rule book checking where the people trying to get into the country are from and looking at their visa/passport/documents. This may seem pretty boring but it gets fun and challenging as you progress in the game. At one point during the game my son got sick so I had to pay his medical bills which made it harder to feed my family. Another time the same guy keeps coming back with a fake passport trying to get into the county. Once I even let a man enter the country and then his wife was next but she didn’t have a entry paper so I had to make the choice of either letting her in and get a citation or tell her no and make her leave so she can’t be with her husband. I choose no because I didn’t want a citation.
Papers, Please I felt, was one of the best Indie games I have ever played (top 10 definitely) because it surprised me. It gives you a story about a man trying to support his family, It gives you choices some of which were hard to make. The game lets you decide how things will happen (sometimes even deciding whether or not someone will die or go to jail!). which is why I am giving it a score of 8.5 the game truly is a model indie game. It doesn’t need a high price tag to give its players the same enjoyment of a AAA game. I would have given it higher if the price tag wasn’t ten dollars, but nonetheless it is an amazing game and anyone who enjoys indie games should buy it.
Buy it here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/239030