Percentile Rank

Undertale is ranked in the 100th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 60 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

94

Top Critic Average

97%

Critics Recommend

Based on 60 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Handsome Phantom
Yes
Yes
Aug 23, 2017

At an average playtime of 5-7 hours it beckons you to come back for more just so you can see what may have been had you just did that one thing differently.

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Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Oct 31, 2015

Wonderful characters, ample secrets, tons of replayability. Boss fights can be tedious. A subversive spin on role-playing games that's packed with heart and humor.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Aug 18, 2017

One of 2015's very best gets a well-handled port to PlayStation - and Toby Fox's wonderful RPG finds the perfect home on the Vita.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 22, 2015

The brilliance of Undertale, its delicate balance that it manages for most of the time you'll spend playing it, is that it understands how to be scary and funny all at once. Inside the Snowdin library there are leather-bound books that contain strange prophecies, books that say profound and disconcerting things about the human soul.

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Pure Nintendo
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 30, 2018

I've purchased this game on every console I own, and happily purchased it again. No sour grapes here either, never has this game felt more at home than when playing on a Joy-Con.

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Scored Reviews

Giant Bomb
Sep 25, 2015

Undertale combines charming characters, smart writing, and a unique combat system to make one of this fall's biggest surprises.

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DualShockers
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

I find it difficult to be critical towards anything about Undertale because it was designed with such a deft hand. It's simply hard to find anything that feels out of place because it all feels so intentional. I'm happy I can finally confirm that Undertale is not just hype and while it's available on PS4, PS Vita, and PC I couldn't recommend it more. If you're a fan of RPG's or somebody who values a deeper experience, I think you'll appreciate how beautiful this game can be.

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Destructoid
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Undertale is a clever and charming masterpiece, through and through. I didn't look back at our original review until after beating it and deciding for myself what I wanted to say about it, but I have very little to add or modify. No game is perfect, but a very rare handful are special, exceptional examples of the best there is to offer, and Undertale stands proudly beside them.

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Twinfinite
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Aug 16, 2017

Though the game does have its shortfalls, like a lackluster tutorial zone and some infuriating boss mechanics, Undertale is undoubtedly a real stroke of genius. The game plays around with conventions and tropes normally associated with RPGs and subverts them in clever ways, all while telling a deeply personal story that everyone can relate to at some point in their lives.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Aug 19, 2017

Undertale is a wonderful game on every level. The music is awesome, the gameplay is fun, the lore is deep, the characters are great, the humor is hilarious and the story is terrific.

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NEOsite
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2017

The way Undertale can emotionally engage the player is worth the highest rating. Amazingly cute and exciting story with hilarious and original moments.

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TechRaptor
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2015

An unforgettable journey that will shape storytelling in games, Undertale effortlessly resonates with players and fills its world with depth and joy.

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Switch Player
Oct 24, 2018

One of the most original modern JRPGs of all time, and beatable at the fraction of the time. Once you get over its primitive aesthetic, you’ll soon realise why everyone else has been so captivated by Toby Fox’s creation.

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USgamer
Sep 30, 2015

Regardless of its indie status, Undertale is one of the best and most inspired RPGs in years. By playing with traditional, turn-based mechanics, creator Toby Fox has crafted an experience with a legitimate surprise around every corner. If you have a PC and ten bucks, you owe it to yourself to play this amazing game.

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Destructoid
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2015

It's the kind of game that I'll want to replay many times in order to see how all of the various choices play out, and I'm sure I will remember it fondly for years to come. I hope everyone else can find as much joy from playing Undertale as I have!

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The Escapist
Nov 20, 2015

Undertale is fantastic in ways that are hard to describe. It's a love letter to RPGs, gamers, and gaming in general.

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GamesBeat
100 / 100
100 / 100
Nov 19, 2015

It's rare for a game to so ruthlessly and completely nail the altered reality games place us in the way Undertale does. Whether it's the nameless NPCs you always meet in RPGs or the hundreds of mooks you mow down with gunfire in games like Uncharted, Undertale brilliantly demystifies these conventions and questions why games are still codified this way. But even outside of its ambitious themes, it proves to be a compact, perfectly paced RPG experience with hilarious, tense writing and endearing charaters.

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10 / 10
Oct 7, 2015

A copy of this game was provided by the publisher.

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PC Invasion
10 / 10
10 / 10
Sep 23, 2015

Entertaining, surprising, mind-breaking: Undertale is a labour of love that inspires exactly that emotion.

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GamingTrend
100 / 100
100 / 100
Sep 30, 2015

Undertale is one of the most unique efforts seen in indie gaming. Combining a love for the old with a willingness to innovate and utilize game mechanics to express ideas, rather than a binary input-output, this game should be on any and every one's radar.

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ZTGD
10 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

10 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2015

It's been years since I've started writing reviews for ZTGD but even after all this time, I've actually never given out a perfect score to any game. There have been some that have come close, but in the end, I could always think of some notable flaw or a way the game could've been more enjoyable. In the case of Undertale, I can't think of one particular flaw or a way it could've been made more enjoyable. As is, it is as perfect as anything could be in this imperfect world of ours.

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The Jimquisition
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2015

Despite having beaten it, it's exciting to know that there's so much more than simply what I've seen. The complexities woven deeply into this initially unassuming RPG are enough to keep you invested long after y0u've watched the end credits for the first time. It's been a long, long time since this style of RPG has grabbed me as Undertale has, and even longer since a small independent effort has been so ambitious, impressive, and unquestionably successful.

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MonsterVine
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Nov 6, 2015

Undertale is an absolute masterpiece that blends gameplay and story in an original and poignant way.

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KnowTechie
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2015

With masterful story writing, epic music, awesome gameplay and enjoyable puzzles, you organically move through the game until you reach the finale you earned. Undertale looks cheap and simple at a cursory glance but in the end turns out to be one of the most detailed games I've played in my entire life.

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Pixels Game Reviews
10 / 10
10 / 10
Oct 4, 2015

So overall Undertale is by far my GOTY of 2015 thus far and is without a doubt one of my favorite RPG's ever.

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Nintendo Wire
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2018

It asks you to be kind, even though it knows how hard that can be. It is aware that some wicked beings will never be receptive of your good intentions, and cautions you appropriately. It proposes that being good — while difficult — feels good.

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IGN
10 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

10 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

It's hard to express just how much I adore Undertale without spoiling anything significant, but that's what I love about it. It tells its story in such a dynamic way, and with such a great understanding of the RPG player's mindset, that it couldn't have been told in any other way. It's a masterfully crafted experience that I won't forget any time soon.

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Niche Gamer
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2015

I found myself smiling through a majority of my time with this game, unable to put it down until I'd beaten it. For only $10 USD (or your regional equivalent) on Steam, it's hard not to recommend at least giving it a try. For me, it might just be my game of the year.

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Bit Cultures
97%
97%
Jun 3, 2016

There's so much to love about it: the plot is involving and the characters a pleasure to get to know. It's at turns funny, haunting and gripping. You'll be sucked into its world and finish it wanting more – and you'll be rewarded for returning to the world.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2015

A masterclass in storytelling with its memorable characters and soundtrack. Undertale is a phenomenal experience overall.

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PSX Brasil
95 / 100
95 / 100
Aug 23, 2017

If you missed the opportunity to play Undertale on PC and you're a fan of retro games that learn from past mistakes of their genre and talk to the player through their mechanics, this game is undoubtedly a modern classic that is essential to you.

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PlayStation Universe
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2017

Two years old it may be, but Undertale arrives on PS4 feeling as timeless and inventive as ever.

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Wccftech
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2017

This game is totally deserving of the hype its received since it first launched on PC two years ago. Although its not the prettiest, it is one of the most original.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2017

Nearly two years have passed since Undertale originally released, and it still manages to be an incredibly fresh experience. Every battle is a unique puzzle that the player has to solve, and it's impossible to count how many times I laughed at the bad jokes of Sans. I'll never see all that the game has to offer, but that's okay. I'd rather make friends than destroy them.

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Geeks Under Grace
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2018

Undertale provides an experience unlike anything you'll find in the AAA space. It's a game you shouldn't miss out on, and one that will stay with you long after you've completed it.

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Game Informer
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2015

Compelling characters and music come together with an eclectic and clever combat system. Undertale is an intensely curated experience that's worthy of your attention.

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RPG Fan
95%
95%
Oct 4, 2015

A quirky friendship adventure that dares to be different and succeeds with aplomb. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll teach two bros that it's OK to express their true feelings for one another.

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PC Gamer
91 / 100
91 / 100
Sep 29, 2015

A hilarious JRPG romp with far more than laughs on its side.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2015

Undertale is like Earthbound if it were a Hayao Miyazaki movie: strange, interesting, and profoundly unique.

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RPG Fan
90%
90%
Aug 15, 2017

If you haven't played Undertale, now is the time to pick up this modern classic.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 19, 2017

Undertale exceeds expectations, when it isn't busy subverting them.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

Undertale is a fantastic RPG experience. I honestly had no idea what to expect going into it, as I missed playing this the first time around when it came out on PC. It was one of those games I always planned on picking up eventually, just to see if it could live up to the ridiculous hype it had received. So imagine my surprise when it succeeded in meeting, and maybe even exceeding my expectations.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 22, 2017

Undertale is landmark RPG for those who appreciate something a little different – a game that wrong foots you and delights with the way it mixes up the tried and tested formula which so many adventure games stick so tightly to. A rare pleasure.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 14, 2018

Undertale is a brilliant and smartly designed game that understands well what makes a good RPG work; so much so that it can upend expectations and deliver something that's almost a satire of the genre. It's been a long time since we've played a game that manages to surprise so often and in so many unique ways, and even if it doesn't look like much, Undertale has way more going for it under the surface. Excellently written characters, a genre-bending battle system and a solid soundtrack make this one an easy recommendation, especially to RPG lovers. Do yourself a favour and give this one a download.

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Gamers Heroes
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 10, 2015

Undertale has personality in spades, paired with one of the most unique hooks in recent history. Those looking for something new need not look any farther – Undertale is your game.

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IGN Italy
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2016

Undertale is a fresh and original indie adventure: great story, great characters and a wonderful soundtrack.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2018

Going through the experience today, it's easy to see why Undertale was the talk of the town two years ago. It's not an overly long playthrough, but it's an impactful 7+ hours. A slow burn that starts off cute, but builds up to an absolutely thrilling last couple hours. I'm not sure if the Pope has gotten around to playing it yet, but he would be doing himself a disservice if he hasn't.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 29, 2015

It's very short. Even getting all the main endings can be done in under 20 hours, but aside from that, Undertale is a tour de force to be reckoned with. It's filled with heart, humour, and raw emotion, while never forgetting that it's a game. Its gameplay is just as strong as its stellar writing. Undertale is a crowning achievement in RPGs and games in general.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

9 / 10
Aug 16, 2017

Undertale is a superb indie role-player that proves once again that it's not graphics that make a game entertaining but gameplay and great ideas.

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DarkZero
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 16, 2016

The script is fun and fresh and appropriate. The depth and the humor especially separate Undertale from the pack and give it a touch of class. I like games that don't take themselves too seriously and there is a whimsicality to this game that I love. The experience of playing it is nothing short of enchanting.

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Paste Magazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2015

Undertale is a special game, the likes of which come along only once in a great while. It's a look into a parallel universe—one where videogames have realized a bit more of their potential than, say, the AAA industry has in our world. It's a game that can make you laugh while teary-eyed, where both competing emotions are natural and genuine. It's fun, it's sweet; it's an experience that will stay with you long after you've put the game away.

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GameSpew
9 / 10
GameSpew

Top Critic

9 / 10
Dec 29, 2015

Every moment in Undertale is made special by the superb artistry that has been put into the music; it's far from a second thought and it shows

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games(TM)
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 4, 2016

It fills you with determination

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High-Def Digest
Dec 21, 2015

'Undertale' doesn't seem like much, but it is really just a wonderful experience. This title really stuck with me this year, even beyond beating the game itself. 'Undertale' may appear unassuming, but it's full of charm, humor, and emotion. Everyone playing games in search of distinct experiences owes it to themselves to play beyond the first slow hour or so. It may not resonate with absolutely everyone, but it's a game that is best played to truly experience, at which point, the debate can begin.

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DigitalCentralMedia
87%
87%
Jan 18, 2016

Undertale is a beautiful game and it's the best indie game in years. If you don't have this game go and get it now because you will not be disappointed.

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New Game Network
87 / 100
87 / 100
Sep 28, 2015

The first game in a very long time to put an honest smile on my face. Smart, silly, and unfailingly creative from beginning to end. It's not much of an RPG, but only because it's too busy accomplishing so much more.

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Saudi Gamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 23, 2017

A simple and compact game that is big in its characters and interactions, that is full of surprises and secrets. One that has a unique take on the genre making it worth playing even for those who aren't usually fans of RPGs.

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Gadgets 360
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 18, 2016

Despite its inconsistencies, Undertale is a memorable romp that sticks with you long after it's over. It's not perfect and it's definitely not for everyone and that's just fine.

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PC Aficionado
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

I’m not going to say Undertale is a must play game like most people. Yes I can see why people see it as being earth shatteringly good, but I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. The gameplay is slow paced and bland and graphically it is just awful. What you are getting with Undertale is a fantastic soundtrack, and hugely original plot. I can quite happily say I could have got the same experience out of Undertale from just watching a play through online. Credit where credit is due though, the story is really good and it is probably Undertale’s biggest selling point. The game has a good price point so even if you are on the fence, it’s not like you are going to break the bank with trying it out.

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Kill Screen
65 / 100
65 / 100
Oct 13, 2015

Its charming, morally earnest rhetoric of Undertale conceals the coercive weaknesses of its systemic approach to those same moral issues. Its limited combat options and often obtuse puzzle solving, alongside the sheer endurance required to survive boss fights long enough to end them, add up to a system that doesn't point to any elaborate moral insight. It simply points to itself.

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