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Below The Root

DOS - 1984

Also available on: Apple II - Commodore 64

Released in
United States
Fantasy, Licensed Title, Platform
Windham Classics
Dale Disharoon, Inc.
Dosbox support
Supported on 0.65
4.22 / 5 - 37 votes

Description of Below The Root

I discovered this game on a Commodore 64 site about 13 years after its release, but I sure am glad I did! Below the Root is an epic fantasy adventure with some RPG flavor that is truly one of its kind.

As one of three possible characters, you must save the "treehouse" world from certain destruction. From Matthew Murray's thoughtful review of the game:

"As another interesting game from Windham Classics, Below the Root is far more original than Alice in Wonderland, since the story is devised completely from scratch, with few real ties to the series of books on which it is based. You can choose one of five characters, each of whom has different skills and levels of magical powers, which make the game easier or more difficult. Each of the games is otherwise the same, however.

For originality, Windham Classics deserves high marks, though the execution is far poorer. There is little direction in this game, and the series of books it is based on, unlike the other games from Windham Classics, are hardly famous reading material. The endgame is also very difficult, and requires too much time and exploration to be the exciting ending it should be. A good game, but designed primarily for the young and patient who are willing to replay the game the numerous times that may be required."

My impression of the game is a bit more impressive than Matt's, since I believe that the vast and unique gameworld that requires intensive exploration is one of the game's strongest points. But it does require a lot of patience to solved, so be warned. With unique atmosphere and NPCs, non-linear path, and a truly vast gameworld, this is really one of the games dying for a facelift. Two thumbs up!

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Tom 2015-10-03 0 point

Here's a similar game Phoenotopia. The sleeping music reminded me of Below The Root.

Hoytman 2015-05-03 0 point DOS version

Wow, played this game back in school. Great find!

Skully 2015-03-03 -2 points DOS version

Is there anything around on modern consoles that mirror this, loved, loved, loved this game as a kid on the good old 64

Ty 2014-07-29 -1 point DOS version

Thank you, thank you, thank you.....this was the first game I every purchased as a kid and played it through to the end countless times.....what a blast from the past!! Love this game!

Jackie 2014-06-15 -1 point DOS version

I played this game when it came out. Loved it!

Eyal 2014-04-15 -1 point DOS version


Boleros 2014-02-20 -1 point DOS version

To play this game and many of the " ancient" Dos Games in modern computers, you need to use a softwsre calle DosBox, It emulates the MS-DOS Operative System.

You only need to download it from:

You install It, the there will be an DosBox icon in your Dektop, then You only need to open your game directory and drag the main file exe to the DosBox icon in your desktop.

Some keys:
Control+F11 to decrease the cycles or the Mhz of the emulated Ms-Dos

Control+F12 to increase the cycles or the Mhz of the emulated Ms-Dos.
Alt+Enter to fullscreen.

Read the FAQ in tho Dos Box web page.

valdecir 2014-01-27 -1 point DOS version


wolf 2013-09-23 -1 point DOS version

This was the first game I bought when I was a kid. Very much ahead of its time. An obscure but noteworthy classic.

Notes: Win7 x64: You may need to launch the LOADER.COM file instead of the default BTROOT.EXE.

misery 2013-09-01 -1 point DOS version

what os does this run on and is this a pc version

admin 2013-06-05 -1 point DOS version

@rigo or read the "how-to" ? ;)

Rigo 2013-06-05 -1 point DOS version

This freaken awesome. Now I just have to find a non-64bit pc.


guest 2012-10-03 -1 point DOS version

Review of Below the Root for DOS:

CheshireCat 2012-04-28 -1 point DOS version

Played it on the C64. It was way ahead of it's time and it's still fun. A classic.

Naz 2012-01-14 -1 point DOS version

Loved this game when I was a kid

whitehorizon08 2010-07-28 -1 point DOS version

Looks a bit like IronSword (Wizards and Warriors 2) of NES fame. I wonder if it plays similiarly.

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