Papers, Please is a game created by one-man machine Lucas Pope. It places you as the lucky winner of the labor lottery in the fictional communist country Arstotzka. Your new position as a border inspector is expected to keep you and your four family members fed and warm.
Your rulebook is your best friend. It details all the requirements for the necessary paperwork. Each day, you receive a notice that contains the newspaper headlines and a brief message from the Ministry of Admission. Often, these messages contain updates about new required paperwork such as labor passes. With each notice, your rulebook updates with another respective page.
Each new immigrant must provide the required documents: passport, admissions pass and whatever else the Ministry requires on that day. After checking all the required fields, the player is able to make a decision: approve or deny.