Dystopian document thriller game Papers, Please is now available on iPhone and Android – TechCrunch

The award-winning dystopian documentary thriller game Papers, Please is now available for smartphones nine years after its initial release. You can download the game starting today on 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 control officer faced with numerous moral dilemmas. The game challenges players to confront their own perceptual bias while also touching on real issues related to immigration.

“Your job as an immigration inspector is to control the influx of people entering the Arstotzkan side of Grestin from Kolechia,” reads the game’s description. “Smugglers, spies and terrorists hide among the crowds of immigrants and visitors looking for work. With only the documents presented by travelers and the primitive inspection, search and fingerprinting systems of the Department of Admissions, you must decide who will be allowed to enter Arstotzka and who will be turned away or arrested.”

Papers, Please was created by an indie game developer Luke Pope and released through his production company 3909 LLC. The game was released in August 2013 for Microsoft Windows and OS X, February 2014 for Linux, December 2014 for iOS on iPad, and December 2017 for PlayStation Vita.

The game received positive reception upon its release and is considered a demonstration of video gaming 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 includes an updated UI and minor improvements to make the game playable on mobile devices. If you already own the iPad app, you get free access to the iPhone app, he says. Dystopian document thriller game Papers, Please is now available on iPhone and Android – TechCrunch

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