Charming RPG Undertale Released

Just another day in the land of monsters.

Many games nowadays are keen to tell you they’ll remember your decisions, but the old demo for Undertale [official site] is one of the few games I’ve seen that remembered everything – across all playthroughs. It’s a surreal and charming RPG about a human trapped in a world of monsters where, sure, you could battle ’em, or you could chat and cheer and flirt with them instead. And, in the demo it least, it remembered and offered a few unpleasant twists on later playthroughs.

Two years after its Kickstarter, Undertale launched today. What surprises await?

I’ll lazily call it the flipside of Lisa, in that it’s an RPG taking strong EarthBound influences in a strange direction, only it’s lovely and bittersweet rather than brutal and bittersweet. Well. It’s not quite as brutal. It does have a delightful sense of humour and playfulness, that’s for certain. Its turn-based battles have some neat tricks too, with bonuses for timing and letting you dodge attacks by playing teensy bullet hell minigames. Oh, and the whole conversation thing – you can get out of every battle by talking your foe out of it in some way. Or I guess you could fight them, if you want.

Undertale is out on Steam for Windows and Mac, priced at £6.99. Developer Toby Fox also sells it DRM-free with a bonus Steam key from the game’s site. The old, old demo is still up here. I would be surprised if one of the others here at RPS doesn’t have more to say about it soon. Here, have a launch trailer:

4 Comments

  1. geldonyetich says:

    This looks like it’s far from another RPG Maker newbie effort. More along the lines of Cave Story-like novelty and creativity on display. Top the top of my Steam wish list it goes, awaiting for life to kindly give me some space.

  2. Baf says:

    For what it’s worth, Toby Fox, Undertale’s creator, is also known for his hack of Earthbound, and in particular for its final boss music, which he subsequently arranged for use in Homestuck, which is also significantly influenced by Earthbound.

  3. Kaeoschassis says:

    Soon as I have some cash I’ll be grabbing this – didn’t realise it was releasing just yet. To be honest, Toby’s given me enough enjoyment for free that I’d be buying this even if I weren’t big on the premise, but everything about Undertale looks like exactly what I want to play. Good stuff.

  4. JFS says:

    Very nice. Did they change the graphics? I remember a sort-of GameBoy style from that campaign.