Yesterday, I talked about the film adaptation to the game Papers, Please, so it only seems fitting that I talk about it as a game I recommend. While on the surface, the game looks boring, what lies underneath is a gem filled with an interesting world, a great story that plays out by your choices, and a surprisingly fun game that gets more complex as time goes on.
Normally, I would talk about the time before I got the game to the time I actually got the game and what reason I bought the game, but I honestly can't remember any of that. I only know that I bought the game late 2014 because that is what it said in my Steam purchase history. Anyways, let's get into why I recommend this game.
From the surface, this game looks incredibly boring. I mean, you're just checking passports and accepting or denying people into the country you work for, right? Well, this is true, but as time goes on with this game, things get more complex on all fronts. This is where the beauty lies in the game. It's how you deal with these complex situations and how the world changes because of your decisions is what makes the game so great.
Let's start with the story. You are an immigration inspector for a fictional communist country called Arstotzka whose duty is to check passports and allow or deny entry to those trying to enter the country. Now this is what is at the beginning, but where the real story lies is through the people you meet in your little checkpoint building. It is with these characters and the choices you make with them that shape the story and the world. This is seen when each new day starts with you looking at a newspaper and the article titles are events that are sometimes caused by you. These stories will lead you to one of twenty endings in which some of them are incredibly varied. I won't say what are the endings, but I will say that when I did play the game I was going back to see more of them. At the very least, Youtube helps with that.
But the story isn't the only thing that evolves as time goes on. The gameplay does as well. At the beginning of the game, you are given a very simple task: allow Arstotzkans in and nobody else. But as time progresses, the gameplay gets increasingly challenges. This comes from both the government putting more requirements into entering the country and the people finding better ways to forge papers. It's not long before you are overwhelmed with the amount of things you need to check and double-check to make sure everything is correct, and I actually found this to be fun. The game has a good sense of progression in its difficulty, and I enjoyed my time with the gameplay.
I'm not going to say that this is a game for everyone. But if you are in the mood for a puzzle game, then look no further. Papers, Please is a great game filled with great characters and surprisingly fun gameplay. Because of all of that and more, Papers, Please is a game I recommend.
P.S. A couple of things I have to say. First, I will not be doing a game I recommend next week because I am out of town. The second and much more interesting thing is that I am going to do a giveaway of the Steam version of Papers, Please (North American, if it matters).I am only giving away one copy, and it starts now and will end at 11:59 P.M. pacific time Sunday (so about thirty-four hours from the posting of this until the end). The way to get in is to send me a private message. It can be on anything, it doesn't matter. Then I'll take all the names and choose one at the random to win. I'll announce the winner the winner on this entry shortly after and get in touch with the winner. If you have any questions, feel free to comment on the blog or send me a private message.