The live-action short film adaptation of Papers, Please is now out and available to watch for free on Steam or YouTube.
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Papers, Please – the film – is a remarkably faithful adaptation of Lucas Pope’s oddly compelling 2014 game about stamping passports in a border control station on the edge of a autocratic nation in 1982. The main change here is that this time we see the formerly faceless inspector, played by Russian actor Igor Savochkin, who lends some excellent non-verbal nuance to the film’s tight 10-minute runtime.
But it’s still recognizably Papers, Please. The oppressive music, the weird sense of anachronism, and the agonizing morality of the game are all well represented.
Directed by Nikita Ordynskiy with writing by Liliya Tkach and Lucas Pope, you can watch Papers, Please on Steam right now. And if you haven’t played Papers, Please yet, don’t worry – the film only covers the very beginning of the game’s story, so you won’t see any big spoilers.