Credits are currency in Papers, Please. The inspector earns credits by processing entrants and accepting bribes. Credits are needed to pay for expenses such as the rent at the end of each day. Inspector's balance is displayed daily on the end of day screen where expenses can be managed. A negative balance will end the game.
The only in-game tender the inspector encounters are 5-credit bills. They are purple, have a capital A and the Arstotzkan eagle pattern in the middle, and the number 5 in every corner but the bottom left. Text at the bottom says Arstotzka Ministry of Trade and the text at the top may say only(?) legal tender. In the game, these bills appear alone and in stacks of two and four bills (worth 10 and 20 credits, respectively). The inspector gains bills by accepting bribes and other gifts from entrants.
The game also features tokens, but they have no monetary value.
Credits can and sometimes must be spent on following things. It is possible to unselect optional items like heat and food. The game will do this automatically if there is not enough money to pay for everything.
|Mandatory, housing-related||Optional, housing-related|
|Mandatory, gameplay-related||Optional, gameplay-related|
At the end of each day, the inspector is paid 5 credits for each entrant that is handled according to immigration protocol before 6pm. Other sources of income are:
- Accepting bribes
- Selling Danic Lorun's watch
- Sister's savings on day 22
- Gift from Elisa and Sergiu on day 27
- Downgrading to a lower-class apartment
- Turning on easy mode