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After Apple censorship, award-winning Papers, Please finally headed to iPad

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Developer Lucas Pope went to Twitter to announce that his award-winning indie game Papers, Please will be available Dec. 12 on iPad. The title will be available in the App Store for $7.99, with a discount to $5.99 at launch.

Papers, Please tells the story of a border guard along the edge of a fake country called Arstotzka. Throughout the course of the game players must make decisions about who they allow to cross the border, a mundane task that eventually leads to an emotional story. The game won numerous awards including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the 2014 Independent Games Festival Awards and Best Simulation Game at the 2014 BAFTA Video Games Awards.

In order to pass Apple certification the game did require a change in that full nudity was removed from the game after it was rejected for containing pornographic content. Pope says that he may appeal the decision at a later time. The game is available on the iPad only, Pope said, mainly for reasons of screen space.

There are no current plans for an Android version.