Undertale is the story of a child who falls into a new world filled with monsters and mysterious perils. However, this seemingly familiar old school RPG is not what it seems. It is a touching tale of lost loved ones, hidden identities, and growing up too fast. Undertale constantly surprised by its deep storytelling and witty sense of humor throughout. The graphics my thwart many gamers, but this game is far from simple. During battles, you have the option to talk it out, compliment them, or even flirt with them, and many of the characters have complex back stories. For instance, Toriel, the goat-woman who takes you in at the beginning of the game, has reasons why she wants you to stay at her home permanently. At first, she bakes you a pie and reads to you, but when you ask when you can go home, she dodges the question. When you realize why she doesn’t want you to leave, it is an emotional moment that caught me completely off guard. The game is so light-hearted and when compared against some seriously violent and angry games in today’s market like Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Fallout, Undertale is a breath of fresh air. I highly recommend it – especially for those who love old school RPGs from the days of the NES. Oh, and the music is great, too. Check out the soundtrack, which you can also purchase for an additional tiny cost.

Teacher Takeaways:

  • You do not need amazing graphics to tell a great story. Often, educators want to include lots and lots of bells and whistles because they feel that they are doing their students a disservice if their lessons are not jam packed with the best tech-toys, but an engaging lesson does not need any of that if the story is great. Designing a class around an ‘idea’ or a ‘story’ can be better and more productive than transitioning through a lot of fancy technology.
  • Work against expectation. My favorite parts of the game were the moments when I expected one thing to happen and then it, suddenly, didn’t. Keep students on their toes and keep it fresh. Students (especially those in high school) feel like classes are too repetitive. There is a been-there-done-that feel to school. Keep it fresh by thinking about new ways to deliver content everyday.
  • Why can’t school have a sense of humor? Can’t learning be funny, too? Try to incorporate some comedy into the mix. If you must invent math problems, why not make them weird and wacky?

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Undertale Tunes

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