Papers, Please is a simulation game developed by Lucas Pope and is published under 3909 LLC. It is available for purchase on Steam for 9.99 USD.
In light of the recent world events that has struck the Middle East like a flaming ball of misery- Papers, Please provides an interesting contrast to the real world. You may know about the Syrian refugees running away from their homes in search of safety, perhaps you may have heard about the crazy debacle going on in the USA on whether the refugees should be let in. Well, should we? What if they turn out to be terrorists? What if they take all our jobs? What if…they hurt my friends and family at home?
On the other hand, imagine if everything you know around you gets destroyed. No seriously, just humor me, imagine it. You and your family, in desperation, runs to the neighbouring country but the citizens there hate you for taking up space. You get shunned and your kid sister or brother or mother or father gets bitched at and hated for trying to get that can of food to feed your family of 5. That, dear readers, is the reality of the situation for Syrians.
Games like Papers, Please reveal a fictitious autocratic world where you as a visa officer have to decide whether to let these people into your country or not. The changing world landscapes means the criteria for letting people in also changes. Playing as the officer you are constantly on edge wondering whether the person you just let in is going to bomb the citizens of your country. You would feel responsible so of course, sometimes being cold-hearted and turning suspicious people away is a necessary evil. You also have a family to feed in this game and the amount of money you receive every day is directly affected by the amount of people you screen at work. This game is dark, very dark and so very real.
There are multiple endings to the game and your decisions on who to let in will change which one you get. Are you a logical, apathetic officer who goes by the rule book? Or will you judge by your emotions and feel that there is a far higher justice than what the law dictates?
This game got 10/10 on Steam, 5/5 on Apple and it will receive 5/5 from theSebie.
This review is short because the full one will be published in Project 40’s magazine. Stay tuned for a more in-depth review of this fantastic game!