Created for #ResistJam, Papers, s'il vous plait addresses immigration, discrimination, and cultural values in Canada. The game takes place in the months following the 2019 federal election during which the winning party ran on a populist platform. As an employee of Citizenship and Immigration Canada you are tasked with grading the newly implemented Canadian Values tests—an additional screening measure imposed by the new administration to evaluate the 'values' of prospective immigrants. Players never see the would-be Canadians whose lives they are shaping; instead they encounter only the impersonal bureaucracy of paperwork and answer keys. All the while those 'values' they are tasked with evaluating seem to shift and change to suit some larger agenda.

Papers, s'il vous plait explores the coded language of 'Canadian values' and what it means to resist in a future that is increasingly and disturbingly realistic.

Created by Steve Wilcox, Rob Parker, & Shawn Dorey.

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The concept of turning the player himself into a thinkless machine that executes orders is a very interesting experience. However on the gameplay side I agree with previous comment that the game really needs a fast forward feature, at least on the last days when there is nothing much to do. anyway congrat's on this entry.

Loved how well this was tied to real world concepts with a strong call-to-action. Would have liked a "fast forward" feature on the day, though. :)

That's a really good idea--we'll look into it! Thanks for the feedback :)

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We added a 'Log Off' button that will skip to the next day. Once again, thanks for the great suggestion! :)

Hit the same bug as Naturalbeta (it occurred toward the end of Day 2), looking forward to the fix so we can play through to the end. I'm a huge fan of Papers, Please and repetitive action... and a huge opponent of Leitch and her ilk so this game is perfect for me! :)

(Also a thing that's niggling at me is that "Security" is misspelled in the banner image)

Oof, that's a pretty prominent typo. Thanks for catching that! :)

Really good game, but I did encounter a bug. I finished grading a test but when I hit evaluate and archive, it kept saying pending, and any other test I opened after that the test answers would be at the top, and the new test would be attached at the bottom.

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Sorry about that. We'll look into it and try to put together a fix. Thanks for taking the time to let us know! :)