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9.1 out of 10

Papers, Please

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TragicShow, Metacritic
1 January 2015
  • Summary: This is an excellent game to have a bit of fun with. Each level gets harder as you progress, and you have to be careful not to make any mistakes or else you won't be able to feed your family. It is an emotional game that forces you to make tough decisions. Should you let this man in so he can see his family, even though his papers are obviously forged? Papers Please isn't just about This is an excellent game to have a bit of fun with.
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meok91, Metacritic
1 January 2015
  • Summary: This is a really enjoyable game with plenty of charm. Everything from the graphics to the soundtrack screams eastern block. This game should not be fun, stamping peoples passports should not be fun but it is, the game is full of hard decisions, at the end of the day when you haven't made enough money should you forgo food or heat for your family, should you let someone who really needs to This is a really enjoyable game with plenty of charm.
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bernardrossouw, Metacritic
25 December 2014
  • Summary: Should have been released in 1993 seeing that it has 8 bit graphics, Limited options and even loses to candy crash. If this is the direction gaming is going I waant no part of it.
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Gamer4, Metacritic
21 December 2014
  • Summary: It is a very fun game with a lot of potential and is not boring while you do pretty much the same thing the whole game through I like everything but mostly the originallity about the game.But it is only going to last for 5-6 hours before you get bored of it but you can also make it harder if you need a challenge.
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Overall 9

Gloriously Ambitious

Patrick, Game Informer
4 December 2013
  • Summary: This is a game that warrants a double take. When you first hear the concept it seems strange. A dystopian border patrol simulator. While at first the premiss of this game may disinterest many people browsing the large selection of games on steam. Trust me this game deserves your inspection. While its not your typical simulator it does a great job of putting you in the game's world. You are a citizen of a communist country called Arstotzka.
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Overall 10

Such is Life in Glorious Artstotzka

xl9, Game Informer
23 October 2013
  • Summary: To be honest, I didn’t know what to think when I first learned about Papers, Please. A game about running your own immigration control booth in a communist nation with MS DOS like graphics and no gameplay other than stamping Accept or Deny? Little did I know that I was in for a thrilling game with surprisingly complex puzzle solving and moral choices that never boil down to just right or wrong. The gameplay seems simple on the surface, but it slowly evolves over time.
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Dcruize, Metacritic
29 September 2013
  • Summary: Based on the positive reviews and score this game has received on Metacritic, I gave PP a try. I was utterly disappointed. The gameplay is entirely based around being presented with information and then having to verify that the information matches criteria specified at the start of each day. A typical early scenario would involve being handed an ID card and a work permit.
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joe_mo, Metacritic
29 August 2013
  • Summary: I really thought that a game that involves processing paperwork repeatedly might be you know, boring. But so many other reviewers said it didn't, so I gave it a try. And it was sort of like pushing paperwork around which is, for me, boring. Sure, it has a nice art-y point (kafkaesque bureaucracy is terrible), but I knew that without having to pay $10.
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Overall 8

A Tiring, Suspensful, Something: Papers, Please

michael91890, Game Informer
28 August 2013
  • Summary: Papers, Please is a game that seems to have pulled off the impossible. It has turned the tantamount example of tedious work known to man into a creative, and sometimes exciting, piece of art worth checking out. I, like most reviewers out there, am fascinated by this game, and would suggest it to my friends. However, even though the game's concepts are great, they cannot escape the mind numbing grind it is centered on: going through checklists and filing paperwork.
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Gamer147, Metacritic
22 August 2013
  • Summary: I could see the appeal, I enjoyed the unique concept and really tried liking it. But, honestly? I think it's either you like it or you don't. Well done, yet not for me.
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