11 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.

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 year within the corporate world of Human Resource Machine. Each year you’ll be promoted to a new level which adds additional complexity and rules to the game. While being promoted players also uncove...[Read Review]

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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 every single customer visit and can prove tricky even for a veteran Papers, Please player. It doesn’t have the additional features and same depth though, making it only worth a few hours of play. To a...[Read Review]

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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 Republia the game takes place just after the war with neighbouring Antegria and the crushing of rebel forces that attempted to rise up against the government. The public though is still uneasy about their leade...[Read Review]

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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 the hardcore restaurant sim Cook, Serve, Delicious! delivers on that promise with players running all the cooking and various tasks in order to keep the restaurant running at peak efficiency. This restauran...[Read Review]

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St. Orchint’s Orphanage

St. Orchint’s Orphanage is set deep in war time where the ongoing conflict sees a dramatic rise in the number of orphans. Not content with standing to the side as the number of orphans grows each day the war continues the player opts to establish and operate their own orphanage which brings with it all the dark and harsh realities of war time. Similar to other games from the same developer St. Orchint’s Orphanage does not shy away from tackling these issues head on and provides a game that is in...[Read Review]

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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, which is randomly generated with each game, ensuring you always have a challenging experience. While one player can see the bomb the idea of the game is that a second player (or several other players) lo...[Read Review]

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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 name that was released for free and playable on a number of online game websites (still online today). This serves as a great introduction to the sort of gameplay you’ll experience before taking the p...[Read Review]

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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 of Papers, Please as this game was created in 48 hours for Ludum Dare Game Jam 33. Despite this short development cycle though it’s worthy of a few playthroughs of your time particularly if you are a ...[Read Review]

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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. In doing so you’ll have to solve various subtle hints, test out different assumptions and ultimately press the big red button. After a colleague steps out to take a bathroom break your Please, Don’t ...[Read Review]

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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, for better or for worse while dealing with the associated consequences of those actions. The game kicks off the with Loyalist Party being elected into power and sending out a bulletin regarding the Public Culture ...[Read Review]

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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 single dollar you can out of the war though and will make you look deep into the messy nature of war and consequences of your own actions. Ultimately though its a game of fine balance as you want to keep th...[Read Review]

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