We bought Above and Below a couple of weeks ago and so far we really enjoy it! It seems like the sort of game that really shouldn’t work because worker placement and a choose-your-adventure mechanic are two things that shouldn’t mix but it does! We can’t wait to introduce it to different friends because it’s really nice.
That feeling of niceness is just everywhere in this game, from the colourful art and architecture, to the amount of thinking you have to do. You’re just having fun admiring each others adventures and buildings, until the scoring phase of course. 😉 It does a great job immersing you into it’s world while the play time is only an hour.
The most amazing part is that is what in the videogame industry would be called an indie game. Ryan Laukat did the design, the artwork, the publishing and only got some help on the writing. That’s probably why every detail matches the whole of the game, it’s the vision of one man.
The only downside to the game that it has some kickstarter exclusives that sound amazing! Lost villagers, extra quest books: we need it! So if you know somebody that will be able to sell or gift us these items, we might feature you in a future comic!