Conclusion: really shouldn’t work as well as it does, given it’s mostly a lot of busy work, but it’s gripping stuff. A plentiful supply of different endings, as well as an Endless Mode, means it’s great value for money, too.
Summary: Papers, Please is an addictive puzzle game that also works as a strong social commentary. Although it has a few problems associated with the story, the gameplay is fast and it's unlike anything you've ever seen before. Definitely worth your time!
Summary: Developer Lucas Pope has brought something very unique and original with Papers, Please. If you don’t approach it with the right expectations then you will be severely underwhelmed. I’ll admit that this is how I felt for about the first 30 minutes.
Conclusion: You’ll feel stress as you rifle through people’s paperwork, your rules, maps, and have to make judgement calls all the time. I’d definitely recommend playing it, but if you don’t want the stress or to deal with the bureaucracy in your leisure time, at least watch a Let’s Play video or two.
Excerpt: The core idea of the game is simple: the player is a citizen of a communist country called Arstotzka (despite its difficulty, players will get to recognize the name) which is opening its borders and he has been selected to be the one who checks documents and decides who does and who does not enter...
Pros: + Passport checking mechanic, + Story evolution, + Atmosphere
Cons: - Learning curve, - Graphics might be unacceptable to some players
Conclusion: It’s certainly far from a traditional adventure, but with Papers, Please Lucas Pope has combined an enjoyably refreshing gameplay idea with story and characters that, while occasionally thin, combine to create a satisfying, rich whole.
Summary: It’s difficult to write a short, punchy headline about Papers, Please, because short and punchy wouldn’t do it justice. I could tell you that it’s a passport check simulator, but that’s neither punchy nor interesting. And yet, it’s accurate.
Summary: Despite the fact that I’ll never play the game again, I must still say that Papers, Please is worth the $10 it costs. The basic gameplay is challenging and rewarding, and Endless mode is a lot of fun, once you have it unlocked.