Award-winning dystopian document thriller Papers, Please is now available on smartphones nine years after its initial release. You can download the game starting today from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for $4.99.
Papers, Please is set in the fictional communist state of Arstotzka, where you play as a border patrol officer who is faced with numerous moral dilemmas. The game challenges players to confront their own perception bias while addressing the real issues surrounding immigration.
“Your job as an Immigration Inspector is to control the flow of people entering the Arstotzkan side of Grestin from Kolechia,” the game’s description reads. “Among the throngs of immigrants and job seekers are hidden smugglers, spies and terrorists. Using only the documents provided by travelers and the Ministry of Admission’s primitive inspection, search and fingerprint systems, you have to decide who can enter Arstotzka and who will be rejected or arrested.”
Papers, Please was created by indie game developer Luke Pope and published through his production company 3909 LLC. The game was released in August 2013 for Microsoft Windows and OS X, for Linux in February 2014, for iOS on iPad in December 2014, and the PlayStation Vita in December 2017.
The game was positively received upon release and is seen as a demonstration of video games as an art form. Papers, Please has received BAFTA game awards in the Strategy and Simulation categories, and most recently won the Peabody Award for Digital Storytelling.
Pope tweeted that the smartphone version of the game will include an updated UI and minor tweaks designed to make the game playable on mobile. If you already have the iPad app, you get free access to the iPhone app, he says.