New release: UnderTale

Word has it that surreal jRPG UnderTale (previously covered here) has now been released. Created by solo developer Toby Fox, UnderTale is a bit of an odd bird, with loads of minigames governing various mechanics and the ability to eschew combat entirely, instead making friends with your enemies.

The narrative premise is pretty short:

In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out… or stay trapped forever.

The release trailer, however, is decidedly more informative:

According to the developer, UnderTale includes the following features:

  • Killing is unnecessary: negotiate out of danger using the unique battle system.
  • Time your attacks for extra damage, then dodge enemy attacks in a style reminiscent of top-down shooters.
  • Original art and soundtrack brimming with personality.
  • Soulful, character-rich story with an emphasis on humor.
  • Created mostly by one person.
  • Become friends with all of the bosses!
  • At least 5 dogs.
  • You can date a skeleton.

You can get UnderTale for $9.99 direct from the developer or on Steam; Windows and Mac. There’s also a free demo available if you want to try it out before purchasing.

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