Papers, Please Gets Demake to Mark 10 Years of Border Control

LCD Please is a demake to mark ten years since the launch of Papers Please.

As if Papers, Please wasn’t lo-fi enough, creator Lucas Pope has today launched a demake, cheekily called LCD, Please. The new game is available to play for free via Pope’s page, celebrating ten years since the original released and had an indelible effect on the indie games sector.

You can likely assume from the name that LCD, Please uses Game Boy-style visuals to punctuate a stripped-back version of the original’s document-checking gameplay. In it, you have to match the applicants with their passport photos exactly. A hard mode adds a couple of extra wrinkles in the forms of wanted characters, banned countries, and VIP applicants. There’s also an endless mode in case you just want to cycle through all of the faces that are included in the game.

It’s always fun to see developers offering fresh spins on classic (or not so classic) games, and Papers, Please isn’t the first to get the demake treatment. In the last couple of years, Dead Space and Bloodborne are among the titles to receive them, though its worth noting that neither of those involved the original creators, unlike LCD, Please.

Since Papers, Please, Pope has gone on to launch Return of the Obra Dinn and is currently working on Mars After Midnight for the Playdate console.

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Editor and Contributor of The Escapist: Damien Lawardorn has been writing about video games since 2010, including a 1.5 year period as Editor-in-Chief of Only Single Player. He’s also an emerging fiction writer, with a Bachelor of Arts with Media & Writing and English majors. His coverage ranges from news to feature interviews to analysis of video games, literature, and sometimes wider industry trends and other media. His particular interest lies in narrative, so it should come as little surprise that his favorite genres include adventures and RPGs, though he’ll readily dabble in anything that sounds interesting.