Below the Root

DOS game, 1984

Genre:
Adventure
Year:
1984
Developer:
Dale Disharoon
Publisher:
Windham Classics
Perspective:
Platform, Side-view
Theme:
Puzzle elements, Fantasy

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Below the Root, released in 1984, stands out in the landscape of DOS games for its innovative design and captivating gameplay. Developed by Windham Classics, this game offers players a unique adventure set in an imaginative treehouse world on the brink of destruction. …read more

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Below the Root, released in 1984, stands out in the landscape of DOS games for its innovative design and captivating gameplay. Developed by Windham Classics, this game offers players a unique adventure set in an imaginative treehouse world on the brink of destruction.

Players embark on their journey with the choice of one of five characters, each endowed with varying skills and levels of magical powers. This choice significantly impacts the gameplay, offering varying degrees of challenge and shaping the player's experience throughout the game. Despite the character selection, the core gameplay remains consistent, providing a cohesive experience across different playthroughs.

Windham Classics earns commendation for its originality in creating a game world that is largely independent of the book series it draws inspiration from. The game's environment is vast and invites thorough exploration, setting it apart from other titles by the developer. Players navigate through a richly detailed world, interacting with unique non-player characters (NPCs) and following a non-linear path that adds depth and replayability to the game.

However, the game's originality is somewhat overshadowed by its execution. Players might find themselves seeking more direction, as the game demands extensive exploration and patience. The endgame, in particular, poses a significant challenge, requiring a substantial investment of time and effort to reach a fulfilling conclusion. The game's appeal, therefore, may be more pronounced among younger audiences or those who appreciate a leisurely and exploratory gaming experience.

Despite these challenges, Below the Root is highly regarded for its vast and unique gameworld, atmospheric setting, and the sense of adventure it evokes. The game's non-linear progression and the richness of its world make it a title that is not just played but experienced.

Below the Root is a testament to the creativity and innovation of its time, offering a gaming experience that is ripe for rediscovery. With its compelling world and engaging gameplay, this title is indeed deserving of a modern facelift to introduce it to new generations of gamers. For those with the patience to delve into its depths, Below the Root offers a rewarding journey through a world of imagination and magic.

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