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Undertale (also stylized as UnderTale or UNDERTALE) is a role-playing game developed and published by indie developer Toby Fox.
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.
- It has numerous memorable characters, each of them having distinct personalities. Examples include Toriel, Sans, Papyrus, Undyne, Alphys, Mettaton, Flowey, and more.
- 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 a good amount of humor, especially since you can call them in most of the game's areas and have them provide backstory or a funny comment.
- The story goes into serious issues like anxiety, depression of losing a loved one, and more.
- There is a lot secrets and Easter eggs throughout the game, especially the "Sans's room" secret where you encounter Sans in the judgement hall, and if you reload multiple times, he will give you a key to his room.
- Really emotional moments.
- The Nintendo Switch version adds a secret mini-boss called "Mad Mew Mew", it comes with Nintendo Switch controls too.
- Even though the soundtrack is excellent, a lot of songs have recycled parts from other songs in the game. For example, one of the most recycled parts are parts from Undyne's theme. (While this can be considered bad because it is lazy, each character has their own tune making songs very meaningful and tell a lot about the characters they represent.)
- It's shorter than most other RPGs, such as Final Fantasy, Tales, or Mario & Luigi.
- We don't get any information on the game's main protagonist, Frisk. Though this is probably intentional since the player shapes the Frisk.
- The overworld sprites aren't that great, and might not appeal to some.
- Movement speed in the overworld is rather slow, and a run feature is only available via Debug mode.