Below the Root
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Below the Root is based on Zilpha Keatley Snyder's fantasy book series "The Green-Sky Trilogy". Following the events in those books, The Kindar and the Erdling societies have joined together. However unrest and distrust still remains. An old woman, D'ol Falla has heard the words "The Spirit fades, in Darkness lying. A quest proclaim, the Light is dying". Choosing one of five available people (of different ages and of either Kindar or Erdling descent) either she believes can help, D'ol Falla assigns the quest of discovering what these words mean and how to quell the racial and political tensions building between the races.
Below the Root is a adventure game and a platform game. Choosing one of five characters (each very different from one another), the player explores the tree-based lands Erdling and the underground-based lands of the Kindar. As an adventure game, goals are primarily accomplished by talking to people (though each character is treated differently by others) and finding the right items to use in specific situations, but also dealing with the challenges of level design in a platform game.
Each character can obtain different items to help with their movement as well as psychic abilities such as pensing (telepathy), kiniporting (telekinesis) and grunspreking (plant manipulation). Violence is abhorred among the Kindar and the Erdling and violent actions tend to harm the player's reputation. Kindar or Erdling factions may kidnap the player's character if they wander into the wrong areas, throwing them into a local "prison house" from which they must escape. The player must eat constantly to retain their energy, however Erdling characters do not eat meat.
Credits (PC Booter version)
Average score: 65% (based on 2 ratings)
Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 29 ratings with 6 reviews)
Below the Root was absolutely enchanting. I played this on my Commodore 64 computer, and was totally into it. The game included a cool fold-out map where you could plot out your movement in the game environment. Like someone else, I was never able to finish it. I got to a certain part "below the root" where I couldn't progress any further.
After moving on to the IBM environment, I got rid of all my Commodore stuff. Now that I've repurchased a Commodore 64 on ebay, I would love to get a hold of this game again!
Very warm and fuzzy memories from my childhood.
Difficult to complete the entire game.
The Bottom Line
This game really made you think your way through, while providing a great background fantasy/myth world within which to play. It was a lot of fun, as I remember it.
PC Booter · by Kat_Girl (7) · 2002
It's been almost 20 years since I played this game on my Tandy 1000SX computer off of floppy disk. While I can't remember everything about it, I do recall that it totally absorbed me.
The imagination on which the game was based surpassed anything I had played previously. I was enthralled with the story and thrilled with each success that carried me further into the plot.
It was hard to understand exactly what you were supposed to do. In fact, I'm not sure I ever finished Below The Root. When I upgraded my computer, it would no longer play, and I was really sad that I could not continue the quest.
The Bottom Line
Below The Root is truly a classic fantasy adventure. One step above a text adventure, it was released at a time when the original Zork games came out. I would welcome the chance to play it again, if it could run on a Windows 98 system.
PC Booter · by Jeanne (75308) · 2001
Well, like everyone else, its been years since I've played it, on my good ol' Commodore 64, which I still have, so I'm reviewing off childhood memories here. =) Anyhow, the graphics for the time were pretty good, and the general theme of the game was great, as well as the game play itself.
The plot was somewhat sketchy, I couldn't always figure out what I was supposed to do next.
The Bottom Line
Unlike the rest, I have finished it. =) The main goal is to rescue a guy named Rammo from the tunnels underground, Below the Root, as it were. There's either, a few large trees you have to traverse, or just one big one with some rather large limbs, I couldn't tell you without seeing the fold-out map again.. But you have to save a few people, help out some others, gather items, and get below the trees to save Rammo... what I'm not sure of, however, is who he is really, and why he's stuck under the roots...
PC Booter · by Joe Jackson (2) · 2002
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Below the Root is adapted from the original 1978 'science fiction fantasy' novel written by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and is the first in Green-Sky Trilogy, Followed by the books: And All Between (1979) and Until the Celebration (1980).
The game was a direct result of readers' dissatisfaction with the ending of the books. Agreeing with a lot of the criticism, author Zilpha Keatley Snyder decided that a computer game might be used to continue the story and provide a better resolution to the series' events. Much of the game focuses on discovering the hidden truths behind some of the events described in the final novel.
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Game added by Andy Roark.
Apple II, Commodore 64 added by The Red King.
Game added December 19th, 1999. Last modified August 14th, 2023.