Above and Below*

Above and Below combines the elements of town-building with an enthralling storytelling experience. Players are tasked with rebuilding their lives and creating a new village after their last one was destroyed by barbarians. The game is set in a unique world where a network of caverns lies beneath the surface, ripe for exploration and adventure.

Gameplay Overview

  • Player Count: Suitable for you and up to three friends.
  • Game Mechanics: Town-building on the surface and exploring underground caverns.
  • Villager Management: Assign villagers with specific skills and abilities to various tasks.
  • Exploration: Expeditions to the underground caverns, each with its own story-driven encounters.

Special Features

  • Storytelling Aspect: A book of paragraphs brings the underground exploration to life with unique encounters and choices.
  • Personal Village Board: Manage your villagers and resources on your own board.
  • Decision Making: Choices about who to send on expeditions and how to react to encounters.
  • Kickstarter Version: Includes exclusive items like Villager Tool tokens, Lost Villagers, Creature Villagers, and more.


Above and Below offers a captivating blend of strategic village-building and immersive storytelling. It encourages thoughtful decision-making and resource management, while the narrative elements add depth and excitement to the exploration. This game is perfect for those who enjoy a combination of strategy and narrative in a beautifully crafted game world. Whether you’re constructing buildings on the surface or delving into mysterious caverns below, Above and Below promises a unique and engaging experience for all types of players.

Nominated for 9 awards.

  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 90 Minutes
  • 13+ years old
  • Medium difficulty

We like Above and Below so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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