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Sometimes... When I close my eyes...
When I left my mind drift...
I can feel a world beyond my own.
Escaped Chasm is a short RPG Maker game, created in 2019 by Temmie Chang, the artist and illustrator of Undertale and Deltarune. It is a prelude to a larger game she hopes to make one day. It can be downloaded for free over here.
A recluse girl with a sad disposition and artistic skills waits for her parents to return from a trip. Meanwhile, she dreams of a world, drawing glimpses she has of it. Of course... it couldn't be real.
In 2020, Temmie released an indirect sequel called Dweller's Empty Path.
This game contains examples of the following tropes:
- Author Avatar: The true ending leads to bonus room where you can talk to Temmie herself.
- Blunt "Yes": In the developer's room, if you ask Temmie if the man had to be a handsome demon man, she doesn't even punctuate her "Yes" answer.
- Color Motif:
- Blue for the Lonely Girl and her home.
- Orange for Handsome Demon Man.
- Red for the Corruption.
- Come with Me If You Want to Live: The demon man explains that taking his offer is the only way for the girl to avoid the corruption.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Not part of the actual story, but featured in a cartoon the girl tends to watch.
- Dream Sequence: A major part of the backstory is told in the dream sequences.
- Fisher Kingdom: If Lonely Girl accepts the Demon's offer to escape her world, she transforms into a demon upon entering the new world.
- Hikikomori: Lonely Girl, likely. She is shown distancing herself from others in one of the dream sequences and has been mentioned to have low self-esteem.
- Multiple Endings: It's a short game, but has four endings nevertheless, where the girl takes or refuses the boy's offer, walks into the corruption despite his warnings, or interacts with the doll without taking it, which ends poorly.
- Point of No Return: If you refuse to pick up the doll on the fourth day, you will be locked into one of the bad endings.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: If the secret room movie is anything to go by, the girl does lose her memories of her old life anyway. However, we don't have the full context, and she is content with the new life regardless.
- The Lonely Door: How the man helps the girl escape.
But maybe one day
I can still become the girl I see in that place.