Video Game / Undertale

"Long ago, two races ruled over the Earth: HUMANS and MONSTERS. One day, war broke out between the two races. After a long battle, the humans were victorious. They sealed the monsters underground with a magic spell. Many years later... Legends say that those who climb the mountain never return."

Undertale is a Role-Playing Game by Toby Fox, released on September 15th, 2015. Its development was the result of a Kickstarter campaign that raised $51,124. The game and a demo are available at http://undertale.com/ and trailers are here and here.

It tells the story of a young child who investigates a mountainside cavern and falls down a deep hole, awakening on a bed of flowers in a dark and mysterious place. Now the child must find a way back home, encountering all manner of creatures along the way.

Undertale draws heavily from Earthbound and Mother 3, but instead of using statistical values to resolve enemy attacks, battles play out more like a Bullet Hell game where you must dodge enemy projectiles and protect the heart-shaped avatar representing your SOUL. The game changes significantly depending on how you deal with the monsters you encounter: you can fight and defeat them as normal to earn LOVE (LV) and EXP, or figure out how to befriend and show them mercy.

Compare and contrast other indie RPGs with a MOTHER flavor: Lisa, OFF and Space Funeral. And Iji, which also has a pacifist option.

Before reading the tropes section, please note that by its very nature, Undertale is very difficult to talk about at length without spoiling it. Read with care.

(Seeing all these tropes present in Undertale... it fills you with determination.)


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