Papers, Please
Elvis II Aug 27, 2013 @ 12:33am
I like the idea of the game, but..
So I just played through the demo and found it surprisingly engaging and fun, but I have decided against purchasing the full version for one simple reason - THE DESK IS TOO DAMN SMALL.

By the end of the demo, I was really starting to struggle with how tedious it was getting to move all the documents around so that I could see the relevant bits of info. I assume that the bits after what is covered in the demo will only get more and more tedious in this regard, and it simply turns me away from wanting to play it.

I know that it would require a complete retooling of the engine to provide better resolution options, but as someone who would like to enjoy the game but simply cannot do so given this simple limitation, I simply want to make a humble suggestion that something be done about it.
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Arucard Aug 27, 2013 @ 12:40am 
It's fine for me, but you may want to look at some other posts. It seems people with higher resolution moniters have had this problem, and there are some workarounds (like playing in windowed mode). Mine is 1920x1080 and it's true the desk takes up only a small portion of the lower right screen, it's not frustratingly small or anything.

See if there's a way to make it better for you, it would suck to miss out on this game for such a small (no pun intended) reason.
BananaJane Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:17am 
That's how working with documents is, you always run out of room and shuffle stuff all over the place.
It's fun! :o
kârim Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:50am 
Keep in mind ur working a job thats below minimal wage and for a nation thats extremely small and poor. So of course the working conditions will reflect that. So to me thats even more realistic than having a big new desk with everything sorted in a very organized fashion. The working conditions are not there to please you, you literally have no other choice but to do the hard work to support the family and that includes as I said putting up with bad working conditions. To me - the desk reflects the whole storyline.
Last edited by kârim; Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:52am
Twelvefield Aug 27, 2013 @ 12:09pm 
At the very beginning of the game, before the job lottery, you had no desk at all.
A_Harmless_Fly Aug 28, 2013 @ 2:44am 
It's a desing element... the goal of the game is to do stuff quick and a big ol mess ♥♥♥♥s that up nicely.
A_Harmless_Fly Aug 28, 2013 @ 2:44am 
lol theres a profanity filter on steam :p you learn something every day.
snowhawk17 Aug 28, 2013 @ 11:17pm 
You can drag stuff back over as you examine things.. I have done this a few times when it piled up really high.. I will look over something, decide its legit, and drop it on my desk instead of the inspect desk.
Jasan Quinn Aug 29, 2013 @ 1:30am 
This is done on purpose. The trick is to learn how to handle your paperwork. Here are my tips:

1) Have your rulebook out on the left of the desk at all times.
2) When you receive a passport, place it on the desk on the right, under the approve / reject stamp. Leave the rest of the documents in the middle of the booth.
3) Take the documents one at a time and compare them to the passport, check their details, etc. If it looks right, put it back on the booth over on the left.
4) When you approve, give back the documents first and the passport LAST! That way, if you suddenly realise there is something wrong you can stamp "Denied!" and you're safe. If you give the passport back first, you can't change your mind.
5) When you unlock any other items, such as keys, put them on the right of the booth so they don't get buried under rulebooks and passports.
6) If all else fails, tough it out; Arstotzkan government eventually redesigns the documentation to put as much information as possible in one place, making your life a lot easier.

I hope this helps those of you who are struggling with your work lottery assignments.

Glory to Arstotzka!
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Date Posted: Aug 27, 2013 @ 12:33am
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