Glory to Arstotzka!: Lucas Pope’s ‘Papers, Please’ Available for Pre-Purchase

by Joseph Leray

Lucas Pope’s “Papers, Please” — dubbed a “dystopian document thriller” — is a point-and-click puzzle game about immigration, identity, and mid-80’s communism. The police state of Arstotzka has called a truce in the war against neighboring Kolechia, and it’s your our job to man the new immigration checkpoints.

Without having played “Papers, Please” yet, I can’t really speak to the quality of its puzzles or bureaucratic mechanics, but the pixelated drudgery and ominous Slavic death march on display in the trailer below suggest an emotional gutpunch: What if you accidentally let a violent criminal through? What if a Kolechian family offers a bribe?

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