Undertale (also stylized as UnderTale or UNDERTALE) is a role-playing video game developed and published by indie developer Toby Fox.
The game was written, designed, and composed for by creator Toby Fox, with additional artwork by Temmie Chang, and was released for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X on September 15, 2015.
Sony announced during its E3 2017 press conference that Undertale would be released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on August 15, 2017. These include a Japanese localization by 8-4 Ltd., and physical releases were produced by Fangamer. On March 8, 2018, a port for the Nintendo Switch was announced with an undetermined release date.
Long ago, two races ruled over the Earth as equals: humans and monsters. One day, a war broke out between them and, after a long series of battles, the humans were victorious. Seven of their greatest magicians sealed the monsters to the Underground with a magic barrier, while the humans took control of the surface. However, the barrier is not a perfect seal, and the only point of entry to the Underground is through Mount Ebott.
Many years after the war, a human child falls through Mount Ebott and into the Ruins—a small section of the Underground. They soon encounter Flowey, a sentient flower who attempts to kill them for his own amusement. Flowey is stopped by a motherly monster named Toriel, who teaches the child how to solve puzzles and survive conflict in the Underground. After a boss fight with Toriel, she allows them to exit the Ruins.
The child ventures through the Underground in order to reach the barrier located in the castle of Asgore Dreemurr, the king of the monsters. They learn that to destroy the barrier and free the monsters, the king needs seven human souls—of which he has six. Throughout the game, they meet many monsters, which they may kill or try to resolve the encounter peacefully. Among the monsters that the player encounters are Sans, a wisecracking and slothful skeleton; Papyrus, Sans' enthusiastic yet incompetent brother; Undyne, the boisterous head of the royal guard; Alphys, the kingdom's reclusive royal scientist; and Mettaton, a robot with dreams of super-stardom.
Why it Rocks
- The game has a unique concept where you can choose to spare enemies instead of killing them, which is actually heavily encouraged. The game is even referred to as "The RPG where you don't have to kill anyone".
- The combat system also has you dodging enemy attacks in a manner reminiscent of top-down shooters.
- Decent plot, which is affected by the choices you make and whether you kill some enemies, all enemies, or none at all. The three possible routes you can take are referred to as Neutral, True Pacifist, and Genocide respectively.
- Awesome character designs.
- Excellent soundtrack. This is only natural, as Toby Fox has composed for other projects, such as his Earthbound Halloween Hack (which the song MEGALOVANIA was originally composed for) and Homestuck.
- Another reason the game is as popular as it is is its numerous memorable characters, each of them having distinct personalities. Examples include Toriel, Sans, Papyrus, Undyne, Alphys, Mettaton, Flowey, and more.
- The game gained a massive cult following shortly after it's release, spawning numerous pieces of fan art as well as remixes of the game's music. It got so popular, in fact, that it managed to beat out many of the classic games in GameFAQs' "Best. Game. Ever." Poll, including Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow, and even Fallout 3. This video sums the whole situation up nicely
- The PS4 and Vita versions include a "Dog Shrine" where you can donate in-game money to earn Trophies and add cosmetic decorations.
- Sans and Papyrus both provide lots of humor, especially since you can call them in most of the game’s rooms and have them provide backstory or a funny comment.
- The game is coming to the Nintendo Switch!
- The background story about humans and monsters is extremely similar to the one in Fire Emblem 7.
- Despite the soundtrack is excellent, a lot of songs have recycled parts from other songs from the game. For example, one of the most recycled parts are parts from Undyne's theme.
- Several people find the game's cast to be annoying.
- It's shorter than other RPGs, such as Final Fantasy or Mario and Luigi.