YMMV: Papers, Please

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is the EZIC a heroic group of freedom fighters seeking to liberate Arstotzka from its oppressive regime? Or is it just another group of radicals who simply want to seize power for themselves?
  • Demonic Spiders: There are some characteristics that are fairly rarely contradictory, but often enough to result in a good number of citations in the long run if you don't look for it. Probably the worst is height, which is sometimes off by as little as 10 cm (which looks like less since they move up and down a few cm). It's a good idea to align those wall-hanging objects to provide a quick reference for height without having to read those dark little numbers on the side of the wall all the time.
    • Thankfully, it's easy enough to just use the investigation system to compare a person's height to the one listed in their papers (once you've bought the first booth upgrade).
  • Ear Worm: The game's droning theme song is surprisingly catchy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Jorji Costava, a real Cobrastani hero!
    • So much so that in the final game, he can potentially save you and your family with the fake passports, no matter how many times you've sent him away.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The game proved quite popular among the Russian internet users, for obvious reasons.
  • Goddamned Bats: Anyone who gets something wrong verbally (length of stay, reason). If you miss it, boom, citation. If you question them, they will Verbal Backspace 100% of the time, so you have to go through this short rigmarole and it's never a free denial/detainment afterwards.
    • Incorrect Passport Numbers, which started off as being very obvious, will become extremely deceptive near the end of the game. (Example: Entrant Passport has FCL2X-R89ME as the ID# but another document shows FCL2T-R89ME instead. Or it could alternatively show the same number but with a missing digit: FCL2T-R89M.)
  • Good Bad Bugs: At least in some versions of the game, smuggling something under their clothes can cause people to be lighter than their passport states.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The dot matrix printer that issues citations when you make a mistake.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: A woman who is 181 centimeters tall and weighs at 73 kilograms can have "overweight" listed as a notable characteristic in her ID along with a face that resembles a puffer fish.
  • Memetic Mutation: Glory to Arstotzka! (Said in best Ruritanian accent of course!)
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound of a token clanking on your desk the same moment the matching Steam achievement is unlocked.
  • Narm: A rather unfortunate example for anyone who's played No More Heroes: the voice filter used for the Kolechian suicide bombers is almost identical to the Synthetic Voice Actor used for the splash intros to said game's bosses. It can be rather silly when you're expecting that epic guitar riff after hearing "FOR KOLECHIA!"
  • Paranoia Fuel: It won't be long before you spend the first few seconds after approving/denying someone cringing in anticipation of a citation, especially after you get two that day since any more will carry a penalty.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Sometimes, people will come through with the right documents, but won't give you all of them unless prompted. This does nothing but waste time.

Glory to Arstotzka