12 Games Like Papers Please

Games Like Papers Please
Our list of games like Papers, Please features other thought provoking games where players will be completing real world tasks as part of the core mechanics.

Papers, Please is a highly praised and unique indie game that follows the emotional toll that war and ever changing regulations have on an immigration officer in the dystopian country of Arstotzka. The primary mechanic of the game revolves around players inspecting the required documents for entry and then deciding if the documents presented are legitimate or fake. Each day new complexity is added to your daily routine, adding new rules to entry requirements, defending yourself from attackers, defusing bombs and more.

For players that aren’t diligent they’ll find the government levy penalties against them which directly impacts on the livelihood of their family and may result in their death if players cannot bring home enough money each day. To earn extra money players are often faced with moral dilemmas of breaking the rules or helping the resistance movement which all have their own varied outcomes. These outcomes end in one of twenty possible endings and have a direct link to player actions (or inaction).

The games like Papers, Please found below offer a similar experience to that described above. From multiple endings, direct consequences for your actions, dystopian societies, constantly evolving mechanics, cross referencing of information or realistic tasks as a primary game mechanic our list of titles has it all.

Games Like Papers Please

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The Westport Independent

The Westport Independent is a unique simulation title about censorship, corruption and the newspaper. Playing as the editor in one of the few remaining independent newspapers in the country you’ll be faced with a number of decisions as to how you present the government to your readers, fo... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
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Limbs Repair Station

What would happen if you took the mechanics from Papers, Please but added a science fiction element and limbs to the equation? The result would be Limbs Repair Station, a game about repairing futuristic hands for customers. This simple free to play browser title has a large amount of depth to e... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(3 votes)
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The Republia Times

From the same brain that brought you the popular Papers, Please title, The Republia Times was created nearly 2 years earlier. With a similar style and theme you’ll step into the role of editor-in-chief and choose the articles that will appear in the daily paper. Set in the nation of Repub... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(2 votes)
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St. Orchint’s Orphanage

War is not a good situation for anyone to be in, especially those that are orphaned because of the ongoing conflicts. This harsh reality is one that St. Orchint’s Orphanage explores with a simple free to play browser title. In St. Orchint’s Orphanage players operate their own orphanage during w... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(3 votes)
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Unsolicited

Continuing the theme of paper coming from Lucas Pope is Unsolicited, a game about filling in various junk mail forms and sending them out into the world. As a typical Lucas Pope title there is a darker undertone to all the paper pushing although don’t expect the depths achieved in likes o... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(2 votes)
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War Agent

War Agent sticks you in the middle of an incoming war, you’re role though is likely one you haven’t experienced before. In this Android game you’re objective is to make as much profit as possible off the warring nations. War Agent is more than just a game about drawing every s... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
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Human Resource Machine

Human Resource Machine features programming like puzzles that uses a corporate office worker as a metaphor for assembly language. With constantly evolving concepts the player will tackle several puzzles in order to complete each level. With around 30 programming puzzles each takes place over a ... Read More »

User Score
9.3
(13 votes)
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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a game about defusing randomised bombs with the help of your friends. The unique premise of the game has captivated an audience quickly and ideal for group or partner play. Each game starts with one player inside a sealed off room with a bomb in front of them... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(1 votes)
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Please, Don’t Touch Anything

Can you resist the urge to not touch a big red button right in front of you? Please, Don’t Touch Anything challenges that assumption with a puzzle game with real consequences. Please, Don’t Touch Anything is a cryptic game title that will test your brain as you try to find the 25 game endings. ... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(5 votes)
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Cook, Serve, Delicious!

Cook, Serve, Delicious! originally started as a mobile title but eventually came across to the computer. Focused on the mundane tasks of serving food, drinks and managing a restaurant players need to serve customers among a number of different days with evolving mechanics. Marketing itself as t... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is a mixture of visual novel and crime fighting. Coming in as the fifth main adventure in the Ace Attorney series it also marked the first game for Nintendo 3DS which was eventually ported over to iOS devices. Dual Destinies takes the game int... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
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Detective Grimoire

Detective Grimoire is a high quality murder mystery that utilises point and click gameplay and combines it with a wealth of impressive characters. It’s an amazing game of mystery, dialogue, detective work and lovable characters. The game serves as a reboot/sequel of a game with the same n... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(2 votes)