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Based on Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green Sky books, Below the Root offers a choice of three characters and sets players on a quest to gather the needed items and skills to defeat cruel overlords who have run roughshod over your people. There's more exploring than fighting to be done, but the world laid out before you to explore makes that a worthwhile tradeoff. Combining elements of the RPG genre with a healthy dose of climbing games (the "universe" of this game is a series of structures built into and onto trees), Below the Root's rich, colorful graphics more than adequately convey the fantasy setting and otherworldly atmosphere. There's practically no sound to speak of in the Apple II edition, and yet somehow the game's puzzles and seemingly endless vertical world is captivating and engrossing. ~ Earl Green, All Game Guide