It's a beautiful day outside. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming... On days like these, kids like you...should be playing Undertale! In this game, you play as a human who falls into the Underground, home of monsters and more monsters. The weird thing is that monsters are actively trying to take your soul. You know the best way to deal with that? Friendship! Or you can kill them. But, more importantly, friendship!
Would I recommend Undertale to everyone?
Undertale is a role-playing game, but nobody has to get hurt. When monsters attack you, you have the options of attacking back, performing an action, such as flirting, using an item, or being merciful. Regardless of which option you pick, most monsters will attack you during their turn and you have to dodge their attacks. The cool thing is that each type of monster has a unique attack pattern, so you have to learn their attacks to efficiently dodge them. Some bosses have the ability to change how you move as well, as an added challenge when you fight them. (Or flirt with them.)
Another big gameplay aspect is the idea of morality. Sure, you can kill monsters, but the game sure does a really good job at making you feel terrible for doing it. It also tries to steer you off of that path more than a dozen times. It takes a lot of determination to stay a pacifist as well. It's no wonder that most people end up on a neutral path on their first playthrough.
I like pixel art. It may be an acquired taste.
Toby Fox, the creator of this game, has made a lot of music for the webcomic, Homestuck. For those of you who are familiar with this comic, then you'll understand why I love the music in Undertale. You can listen to the first 77 tracks here. My personal favorites are "Death by Glamour," "Can You Really Call This A Hotel, I Didn't Receive A Mint On My Pillow Or Anything," and "Megalovania." But each track perfectly suits each part of the game, amplifying the emotion, or being comically out of place. I may or may not have cried when "Memory" started playing at the end.
This game is hilarious. It has its fair share of jokes, most in the form of skeleton puns, but everything is just so silly. For example, there's a dog enemy called Lesser Dog. You can win the battle against him nonviolently by petting it. And petting it. And petting it some more. This causes its neck to expand. If you continue his, its neck will eventually expand off of the screen.
Do you remember that episode of Spongebob where he entered Gary into a snail race? Well, you can enter a snail race, and just like Gary, your snail can catch on fire from too much encouragement! I was in tears when this happened. There are skele-tons of other funny things in this game, including humorous conversations between characters, text that is just plain out of context, and odd abbreviations for items. ButtsPie anyone?
Undeniably, one of the defining characteristics of this game is its charming, yet awkward characters. Where do I even begin? Well, there's your goat mom, Toriel. She's nice and does not actively try to kill you. Then there's the two skeleton font-based brothers, Papyrus and Sans. Guess what fonts they talk in! The Great Papyrus likes puzzles and spaghetti, but he is very bad at both. You can also date him if you're into that sort of thing. Sans is chubby skeleton, (How?!), who makes lots of puns. But they're funny puns! There's also a hot-blooded fish, an anime-loving lizard scientist, a sexy rectangle, a fuzzy pushover, and the world's most resentful flower. This ragtag group of monsters will most definitely touch your heart, mainly because that's where your soul is, and they kind of need it. But maybe you'll be able to touch their hearts as well.
Besides the main group of characters, there's lots of other NPCs. There's townsfolk, enemies, and shopkeepers. Speaking of shopkeepers, Burgerpants is the manifestation of resignation and stress with cat ears. If you don't have a reason to play Undertale yet, (Though you should), play it so you can meet Burgerpants.
I laughed. I cried. I fell in love with a robot. Undertale is honestly just an amazing game. I hate to be cheesy, but this game definitely changed me. It made me want to be a better person. If you can, give it a chance. You can download the demo here if you are unsure whether or not this game is for you. Otherwise, you can buy Undertale here or on Steam.
Undertale isn't simply a game. It's a feeling. It's impossible to put it into words, so the only way you can understand it is if you play it. I promise, you won't have a bad time, and always remember to stay determined. ❤️
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