App Review: Papers, Please

Papers, Please is a certified hit on the PC platform, and this gripping game is now available for you to enjoy on mobile devices, albeit as an iPad exclusive. One that has been flawlessly ported to the tablet.

If you’re unfamiliar with the hit title, then read on.

The idea is all about working on border control. You check over the papers that people submit, and make decisions to either allow them to the country, or rejecting them. It may not sound so fascinating on the surface, but the game really shines through in terms of the storyline.

More on that, after the official description.

“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.”

The story draws you in bit by bit. And while starting out you only have to check the passport of the applicant to make sure everything looks right, new rules are soon added, which make things interesting.

Sometimes names might not match up, and you’ll be required to interrogate the applicant to see if they are lying or just confused. Mysterious travelers may arrive, offering you bribes, or divided families might want admittance, with the ultimate decision residing on your shoulders.

You gain a sense of satisfaction, and even a hint of guilt in a fascinating story that is as bleak as it is interesting. The game retails for $7.99, and is well worth the price of admission.

Click here to check out Papers, Please on the App Store.