A downloadable Bureaucracy Sim for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux

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UPDATE: Until further notice, all proceeds from sales of this game will go towards funding US passports for those in need.

In Brief

Here's Your Fuckin' Papers is like Papers, Please from the other side of the counter: as the poor hapless person having to keep up with visa requirements to enter any country. Through minigames and ever-changing requirements the player gets a sense of the arduousness of the visa process - one faced by many populations worldwide without much attention or understanding.

Credits

Concept, Text, Questions, Overall Design, almost all images (inc passport scan): Creatrix Tiara

Coding in Unity, Minigames Concept, the reason this game exists at all: Charlotte Tan and Patrick Laban

Gameplay Structure

The game has a few phases:

  • The entry interview
  • The requirements, with minigame checkpoints
  • The final approval or denial process

Along the way random factors either based on the input of the player (stretch goal) or chosen by the computer affect the gameplay options as well as the final result. There is also an option to "expedite" the visa process monetarily.

Entry Interview

The entry interview starts off with the player being asked for the name, gender, and country of origin. All answers are open-ended. Sometimes the player's answer is challenged by the bureaucrat (determined at random).

A stretch goal would be to have the player's answers determine the rest of the gameplay - the minigames and/or the end score.

Requirements

Once getting past the bureaucrat's interview, the player has to fulfill certain "requirements" - different minigames exploring a facet of the immigration process. Completing each minigame adds a certain amount to your "success rate" - the likelihood of your application being approved.

In this downloadable we have two minigames:

  • Escort Your Paperwork: The player escorts their paperwork through a maze, avoiding obstacles along the way, and lands on different types of entry visas (such as green cards and tourist visas). The paperwork is very slow so players end up waiting for it to catch up with them to proceed.
  • Invisible Wall Maze: The player faces a seemingly open space and needs to get from one end to another. However, as the player travels through, they realise that there are invisible walls, and the player needs to navigate through these walls to get to the other side. Along the way they collect different parts of paperwork that throw up another requirement, such as "You need a copy of every page of every passport you've ever had!" and "You need police records from every country you've lived in for at least a year!" - all actual requirements for visa applications.

Some other minigames we wanted to include but didn't have the time:

  • Wait For The Stars To Align: A match-3 game where the only important match is three stars in a row. However, it takes a long time for all three stars to appear on the board.
  • Photo Perfect: The player has to align a passport photo the right way. Any small mistakes render the photo invalid and the player has to start again.

Final process

The scores from the minigames (and possibly the interview questions) are calculated in addition to a randomized luck score. If the total score reaches a certain threshold, the visa is approved; if not, it's denied and the player starts over.

Randomness plays a huge part both in this game and in the real-world visa process. Even with the most perfect applications/gameplay, the player still may not succeed in winning/obtaining a visa.


More information

Published1 year ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, Mac OS X, Linux
AuthorCreatrix Tiara
GenrePuzzle
Player countSingleplayer

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Here's Your Fuckin' Papers - Windows and Mac 4 MB
Here's Your Fuckin' Papers - Linux 23 MB
Here's Your Fuckin' Papers - Alpha Version 14 MB

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