Hello, long time no see everyone. I’m gonna take some time out of my rat race-y lifestyle to tell you about a game that’s different and awesome.
“Papers, Please” is a game where you play an customs officer at a border’s checkpoint in an eastern-bloc country in 1982 just after a war. People from the world over are just starting to file back into the country. Your job is to check people’s passports, entry permits, work passes and other important documents and what have you. Sounds boring? I assure you it is not. It’s wonderfully engaging.
For one thing there’ll be people who show up at the checkpoint with invalid documents, however they have a sob story to tell and you can decide whether or not your poor, cold and starving family is worth letting this poor, cold and starving chap through. (You get a pay cut if you mess up.)
It’s extremely challenging but not too much, rules are added one at a time per level so as to not overwhelm you with the game’s unique mechanics.
The Phoenix Wright bit comes in when you can start pointing out discrepancies when invalid documents come up. You can then do a body scan, fingerprint identification, interrogation etc. OR you could just deny them entry without saying anything. What they don’t know won’t hurt them right? After all you’ve got a family to feed and you’re only paid per person so as long as you’ve clocked them in before 6pm when the workday is over.
There are going to be stories in the final release of the game as well of which I believe you will be able to influence their outcomes (the headlines of the newspapers you read before each level change each day depending on who you did or didn’t let through.)
The grey morality aspect, the contradiction finding gameplay, the silly and serious characters, the dark atmosphere.
I’m sold. Are you? < Beta 5.13 here!
GLORY TO ARSTOTZKA!