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Fallen Down: Heartache & Compassion in Undertale
A downloadable book
In September of 2015, Undertale came out and swept players up in its celebration of compassion, friendship, and spaghetti-making skeletons. Eschewing violence, "The RPG game where you don't have to destroy anyone." lets players befriend killer robots, fishy knights, and warrior dogs through careful conversation in combat.
Fallen Down: Heartache & Compassion in Undertale, an unofficial look at Undertale, explores why we want to make friends with the cast of monsters that would normally get in the way of any other RPG hero. It looks at the ways the game gives monsters personalities and feelings, how it teaches the player to feel for their foes, and what that connection means should the player choose violence in their explorations of the Underground.
Featuring tens of words from developer Toby Fox, Fallen Down is a celebration of the positivity and creativity their work has created in the world, as well as a personal look into our behaviors in digital worlds and the cruelty that stems from playing in them without consequences.
"Couture's book perfectly encapsulates what makes this game so special. It's well worth a read for anyone that enjoys this indie classic." – Elizabeth Henges, RPGSite
"Fallen Down" leaves you with a lot to think about, and it's written in a direct, very affecting way – enough that it made me question my own motivations as a gamer." – Earl Green, TheLogBook.com
"I like considering this book as a love letter to this wonderful game. Each page is full of kindness and respect for this chef d'oeuvre and its creator. If you loved Undertale as much as we do: read this book. I bet it will echo to your experience too." – Esteban Grine, chroniquesvideoludiques.com
In order to download this book you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2.99 USD. You will get access to the following files: