Posted: October 19, 2014
General Thoughts / Review
Every once in a while an indie game comes along that, to me, is not a clear like or dislike. I started playing Papers, Please and go to day eight before quitting the first time. I thought to myself, "Who the hell wants to play a game based on stamping visas? I can't wait to get done working for the day at my REAL job!"
Two days later I found myself thinking about the game. I wanted to know what happened to the people I approved or denied. Was it better to deny them entry, or to be a tyrant and detain them? I mean, who doesn't know that their visa information is incorrect. LIAR! YOU ARE A CRIMINAL!
It is just a game though, why do I care? I did not, really. I played again, anyway.
The game kept my enthusiasm up as the difficulty ramped up, money was tight, and I seemed to be responsible for the lives of so many more pixel people than I anticiapted. I enjoyed it up until the very end. Good job, author.
- Amazingly enough, makes stamping visas intriguing if you are the type of player that can get immersed in pixels.
- The save system is AWESOME. Almost like a source code repository, if you start playing at an existing day, you create a branch at that day and continue playing in a parallel universe.
- Many different endings depending on choices made throughout the game. Reminiscent of Chrono Trigger, you do not have to get to the last day to trigger some endings.
- Even though simple and interactions are quick, you can feel sympathy or opposed to certain characters.
- Replayability was low for me. The game has very varied endings, but I found that after I meta-gamed the Steam Achievements out, I was not inclined to go back through and try to get the endings for which there are no achievements for.
- Certain things feel pointless in the game - although that might have been the developers intent.
- Can be frustrating and wig out your OCD.
I would recommend Papers, Please if you are type of gamer who does not need flashy graphics or rapid game play to be entertained. If you are a fan of indie game development, Papers, Please is an enjoyable title that may grow on you as it has grown on me.