Checkpoint area

An overview of the checkpoint area as seen in the desktop version. In the iPad version, the scene pans and the entire area is never visible all at once.

Checkpoint map

The location of the checkpoint in East Grestin from the intro cutscene.

The Grestin border checkpoint is located between West Grestin in Kolechia and East Grestin in Arstotzka. This is where all the gameplay will occur.

The checkpoint was opened on November 23, 1982 after a war between Arstotzka and Kolechia that resulted in the division of the city of Grestin. The checkpoint falls under the jurisdiction of the Arstotzkan Ministry of Admission[1] and is manned by a single border inspector and a varying number of guards.[2]

A tall wall divides the checkpoint area into two, and access into Arstotzka happens through the inspector's booth. A line with a varying number of entrants[3] trying to get inside East Grestin, and thus Arstotzka, is located on the left side of the booth. A guard post (north of the booth, off-screen) and a road (on the right) are also visible. Access to the wall from the Arstotzkan side is blocked with temporary barricades and traffic bollards.

The checkpoint is frequently attacked by terrorists and, as stated by one of the guards, has more action than Kolechia during the war.[4] Sometimes, the inspector also witnesses these attacks himself and since day 16 is tasked to handle them.


  1. As per the M.O.A. supervisor on day 10.
  2. The number goes up from one to five on day 3 and down from five to three on day 16.
  3. The number varies from day to day (from 100 to 40) but is set for each day in the game files. The smallest number of entrants, 40, occurs on day 29. 100 entrants appear on days 1–13 and 31.
  4. As per the discussion with Sergiu Volda on day 22

Start a Discussion Discussions about Grestin border checkpoint

  • Grestin Belonged to Neither Country

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    • wrote: Didn`t they say that they opened the checkpoint so Arstotzkans from West Grestin can be reunited by relatives from the Ea...
    • Maybe Grestin was shared by Arstotzka and Kolechia? As in they both control the local government there?

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