Deltarune is a 2018 indie RPG made by Toby Fox, known previously for Undertale. Right now only the first chapter of Deltarune is out, meaning there is more to come! Chapter 1 can be downloaded for free on Windows, Mac, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
The story follows Kris, a human living in a town of monsters, though the town is very similar to the towns in our world. Near the beginning of the game, Kris goes to school and together with Susie, a classmate, delinquent, and purple monster, falls down into the Dark World. They encounter Ralsei, a prince with no subjects but also an adorable fluffy boy, and learn that they are heroes destined to restore balance to the world by closing the newly appeared Dark Fountain. From there, the trio journeys towards the new Dark Fountain and Card Castle surrounding it, meeting many lovable characters along the way, like Lancer, Seam, and Rouxls Kaard. The story is surprisingly emotional and never boring.
The characters are really the shining point of the game. They’re all pretty weird, but that’s what makes them great. Kris’s reputation as the creepy neighbor kid in Hometown and his role as the silent group leader in the Dark World are equally interesting. Susie’s character development in what is only the first chapter is fantastic. Ralsei is the absolute cutest and I want to protect him with all my heart. Lancer is hilarious (plus the song that plays whenever he’s around is an absolute bop.) The character interactions (both with each other and with the player) are witty, emotional, and super entertaining.
The graphics, in classic RPG style, are 8-bit. The scenery is detailed and gorgeous to look at, with amazing colors, adding to the charm of the game. The graphics aren’t hyper-realistic like many modern games, but this doesn’t make them any less beautiful. The movements of the characters and scenery are fluid and wonderful! The look of the game is truly one of my favorite parts.
The music in the game is also incredible! It’s amazing to listen to and also riddled with leitmotifs, adding to some of the mystery but mostly building the atmosphere. The soundtrack can be bought or accessed for free on Spotify.
The gameplay is fantastic! The exploring aspect, menu, chat systems, and especially the combat system are all easy to understand and exciting to use. There’s not a thing I could complain about here!
I recommend this game for everyone to play! It’s both funny and fun to play. The story grabs you, and the characters are very memorable. The graphics and music drag you even further into both Hometown and the Dark World. Overall, it’s a joy to play, and what more can you ask of a game?