Pros

  • Grim, effective, and occasionally startling story.
  • Excellent save-forking system makes it easy to replay levels and try new options.

Cons

  • System for reporting discrepancies could be more intuitive.
  • Occasionally hard to tell if pixelated “photograph” on the passport matches person's face.

At A Glance

Papers, Please is proof that a great story married to great mechanics can be a powerful tool for storytellers, transforming the simple life of a border official into a must-play game.