“Papers, Please” is a “Dystopian Document Thriller” by Lucas Pope. I played it yesterday and it really gives you a sort of feeling what it must be like to live in totalitarian state. Here’s the description from Pope’s page:
The communist state of Arstotzka has ended a 6-year war with neighboring Kolechia and reclaimed its rightful half of the border town, Grestin.
Your job as immigration inspector is to control the flow of people entering the Arstotzkan side of Grestin from Kolechia. Among the throngs of immigrants and visitors looking for work are hidden smugglers, spies, and terrorists. Using only the documents provided by travelers and the Ministry of Admission’s primitive inspect, search, and fingerprint systems you must decide who can enter Arstotzka and who will be turned away or arrested.
You are basically a hardcore TSA Agent. Also, you have a family to care for, rent to pay, food to buy and heat your apartment. Your income is dependent on how many people you process in a day’s time. And I must say, working under pressure and being faced with the decision to help a total stranger while thinking about what the government might do to you family in return… Whoa. The family members are displayed as mere icons. If there were pictures … it’s not even necessary.
No matter what you try to do, even if you know what the right thing to do is, you start thinking twice about it and it’s terrifying to watch yourself make these decisions.
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