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Indie puzzler Papers, Please brings its thought-provoking border control gameplay to Android

As an immigration inspector, you will be able to choose whether you are loyal to the state or willing to use your position of power for your own means.

Papers, Please began as a PC release in 2013, coming from Lucas Pope, the same indie developer behind Return of the Obra Dinn. Eventually, the dystopian puzzle game made its way to the iPad and PlayStation Vita, but a smartphone version was always missing from the lineup. Fortunately, the developer recently revealed that it would be bringing the game to Android and iOS on August 5, which is today, so just as promised, Papers, Please is finally available on the Google Play Store.

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More or less, Papers, Please is an awkward game in which you will play the role of an immigration inspector working for a communist state. It will be up to you to decide who gets in and who doesn’t, perhaps allowing bribes to line your pockets, or perhaps you’d rather do the bidding of the communists by sticking to your masters and crushing the little people. The choice is yours, which is precisely what makes the game so interesting.

Now this new mobile version of Papers, Please is a port, but there are a couple of changes worth noting. First of all, the entire game is presented in a vertical view; no landscape support. The game’s timers have also been adjusted (such as the length of the day), and since the UI is new to mobile, there’s only one stand update available, though it seems the in-game economy has only seen a slight rebalancing. for participants processed after 6 p.m. So you get a new UI that caters to touchscreens, but thanks to the format, it seems like some tweaking was necessary to better balance the game for mobile play.


Unsurprisingly, this is a premium version, available for $4.99, and no in-app purchases are seen. You get the full game and the performance is perfect, although there is no controller support; The entire game works via touchscreen, but since the game was designed for mouse input, touch controls work wonderfully on phones and tablets.

Overall, today’s release of Papers, Please is a welcome one, as it finally brings the game to smartphones after nine years. Fortunately, the title works just as well as it does on PC and iPad, ensuring that the asking price is well worth it. So if you have been itching to play Immigration Inspector working for a totalitarian government, now you can do it from the comfort of your Android device as this may be one of the best Android games yet.


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