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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 and trailers are here and here. A port for the PlayStation 4 and Playstation Vita was released on August 14, 2017. A Nintendo Switch port was released on September 18, 2018.

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 borrows heavily in atmosphere from the MOTHER trilogy, and uses combat mechanics similar to Bullet Hell games, where you must dodge enemy projectiles and protect the heart-shaped avatar representing your SOUL. The game's story changes significantly depending on how you deal with the monsters you encounter: you can fight and kill them to earn EXP and increase your LV, or figure out how to befriend them and show them mercy.


On Halloween 2018, three years after the initial release, the first chapter of a follow-up game titled Deltarune was released for free for Windows and macOS, and can be downloaded here.

Before reading the tropes section or other sections, 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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