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Under the Counter is a narrative simulation in which you run a bar on a local market. Your task is to solve the mystery of missing people while serving food and moonshine to local fellows and demonic forces from a parallel world.
Manage your resources in order to run your business, help your customers by using your vast networking skills and prepare for weird events of outer world (think lovecraftian-like horror but set in Poland).
You play as Vincent, an ex-sailor who started his stall with food and drink. People still need to eat during the war, and you can cook the best stew basically out of anything. To make things fancier, your second specialty is home-made booze. [And in times like these, people drink a lot.] It is unique not only because of its sheer alcoholic content but also in the way it is served. Most people will drink just as a straight shot, but AT YOUR PLACE they can mix it with cherry juice! Simple, but genius.
The biggest problem that interferes with your business is the Great War that has started a few months ago. So, your city is now occupied, the enemies are imposing their new order, and they don't treat your people in a good way. But by some strange twist of fate, they do seem to like you and your services. It makes you the perfect double agent and you immediately start plotting with your former friends from the military.
The war is in its prime and the enemy is omnipresent. But that's not all. The market keeps getting weirder. First, you hear about the disappearances. On top of that, there are rumours about an odd military unit that has just arrived in the city. Since the day you heard about it, you’ve kept having eerie recurring dreams about a monstrous entity slithering in the darkness and gazing at you with multiple eyes. And your customers seem to become increasingly stranger each day, not to mention that mysterious woman who carries a faint, yet so easily recognisable scent of the sea...
Serve your famous stew and drinks to customers. Be careful to do it right so the payment is adequate.
Help the locals, the resistance movement, and even the invading soldiers (at least the ones who are friendly!) by using your exquisite networking skills and natural charm.
Test your senses and serve simultaneously. You know, like a good bartender who pours the pint while chatting up his guests.
Immerse yourself in a wartime story with a supernatural twist. Surely Eastern European urban folklore is not something that you can experience in video games very often?
Enjoy the alluring hand-drawn graphics and animations that reflect the strange atmosphere of the unfolding story.
Korba Games is an electronic entertainment studio from Warsaw, Poland. There are 5 of us - assembled to create artifacts that we would use ourselves. We care for a player experience that brings new ideas to the gameplay of already existing genres.
Under the Counter is our first game, but in the meantime, we have participated in Slavic Game Jam 2020. Our silly tribute to Wild Gunmen can be found here.
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