As an immigration inspector, you will have the option of remaining loyal to the state or abusing your position of power for personal gain.
Papers, Please began as a PC release in 2013, created by Lucas Pope, the same indie developer who created Return of the Obra Dinn. The dystopian puzzle game eventually made its way to the iPad and PlayStation Vita, but a smartphone version was always missing from the lineup. Thankfully, the developer recently revealed that he would be bringing the game to Android and iOS on August 5th, which is today, so Papers, Please is now available on the Google Play Store.
Papers, Please is a tense game in which you play an immigration inspector for a communist state. It will be up to you to decide who gets in and who doesn’t, perhaps accepting bribes to line your pockets, or perhaps you prefer to do the bidding of communists by sucking up to your masters and squashing the little people. The choice is yours, which is what makes the game so intriguing.
This brand-new mobile version of Papers, Please is a port, but there are a few differences worth noting. To begin with, the entire game is presented in portrait mode; there is no landscape support. The game’s timers (such as day length) have also been adjusted, and because the UI is new for mobile, there is only one booth upgrade available, though it appears the game’s economy has only seen a minor rebalance for entrants processed after 6 PM. So you get a new UI designed for touchscreens, but due to the format, it appears some tweaks were required to better balance the game for mobile play.
This is a premium release, priced at $4.99, and there are no in-app purchases to be found. You get the entire game, and performance is excellent, despite the lack of controller support; the entire game is controlled via touchscreen, but because the game was designed for mouse input, the touch controls work beautifully on phones and tablets.
Overall, today’s launch of Papers, Please is a welcome one, bringing the game to smartphones after nine years. Thankfully, the title performs just as well on PC and iPad, ensuring that the asking price is well worth the investment. So, if you’ve been itching to play as an immigration inspector for a totalitarian government, you can now do so from the comfort of your Android device, as this may be one of Android’s best games yet.