14 Unique Games Like Undertale
The best games like Undertale are those that blend either a charming pixel style, explorative worlds, great music, or all of the above!
Undertale is such a unique game that it’s hard to categorize it into a specific genre. Therefore, we’ll also be including other unique games that are similar to Undertale in either design or theme but might differ in terms of gameplay.
Regardless, if you enjoyed the sprawling world, hilarious writing, and consequence-driven gameplay of Undertale, here are 14 other games for you to check out!
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
14. Pony Island
Pony Island is not a game about ponies. No, this is a suspenseful puzzle game masquerading as a game about ponies.
This kind of bait and switch concept is fairly reminiscent of another devious flower who tried to trick us during our initial journey into the world of Undertale.
Pony Island takes place in limbo, where you the player are forced to interact with a malfunctioning arcade machine designed by the devil.
The game is very self-aware and it makes the uniquely crazy concept that much more digestible. Pony Island also adopts the same pixel aesthetic as Undertale which should help make the transition between these two games that much easier.
Both Undertale and Pony Island incorporate elements of psychological horror, comedy, and 4th wall breaks very well. Definitely check out Pony Island if you have not done so already.
13. Persona 5
It’s easy to think that Persona 5, a AAA big-budget JRPG with a full team of developers behind it, would have little in common with an, at the time of its release, pixel art-style indie game.
However, a huge part of Persona 5 (and the Persona series as a whole), is interacting with characters during the day segments, before engaging in combat during the night.
This same duality can be found in Undertale. Exploring Undertale’s world allows the player to engage in conversation with characters, collect items, and deepen their knowledge of the world’s lore.
Subsequently, combat is separated from the world and places players in a traditional JRPG turn-based or bullet-hell setting.
Furthermore, interacting with all the unique characters of Undertale’s world is not that dissimilar to the relationships you need to build in Persona. Sparing characters in Undertale can lead to drastically different endings and the same kinds of repercussions can be found in Persona 5 as well. Undertale is one of the best games like Persona 5 and vice versa.
12. One Shot
One Shot is a unique top-down puzzle adventure game in which you must guide a child through a mysterious world in order to restore its currently extinguished sun.
Players will explore a darkened world, gathering resources and interacting with other characters on their quest.
Similar to Undertale, the explorative sections of One Shot opt for a pixel art style, whereas key scenes will be realized in more conceptual detail.
One Shot is very story rich and doesn’t feature the same levels of action to break up all the reading you will be doing here. This is by no means a bad thing, but it is important to know when going in.
Fans of Undertale who loved its writing and the overall story will certainly love the rich narrative found in One Shot. While any kind of action is almost non-existent here, exploring the world does help to alleviate the intense reading the game expects you to do.
Rakuen, developed by the same sound designer who had previously worked on projects like Super Meat Boy, Plants vs. Zombies, and Chrono Trigger, is an indie game released to critical acclaim.
Rakuen is a story about a hospitalized boy who, alongside his mom, travels to a rich fantasy world in order to explore his own trauma and help his fellow patients find closure.
Much like Undertale, a lot of joy can be found in exploring Rakuen’s world. You are a stranger in both of these games and it is the interactions you have with the world and its inhabitants that make the experience more memorable.
Players will explore the fantasy world of Rakuen as a pixelated character just like Undertale. There is a lot less action in this game. The overarching story will take the main focus.
However, if you enjoyed the story of Undertale and were clambering for more, Rakuen is the game for you!
Deltarune is the follow-up to Undertale and is looking to be another masterpiece. So far, only the first two chapters of the game are available to play with the third being slated for release sometime soon.
Deltarune keeps things the same but different. Several of the bullet-hell combat elements are maintained from the original Undertale. However, there are plenty of new gameplay elements on display here as well.
These include things like additional QuickTime events, turn-based battles as seen in traditional RPGs, and more!
Coming from the same development team, Deltarune is a must-play for those who fell in love with the unique world of Undertale.
All of the charm, funny and interesting characters and deeply personal narrative elements in Undertale can be found in the first two chapters of Deltarune. Suffice it to say, even more of what we know and love will be coming when the full game releases.
9. Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight is one of the best Metroidvania games on Steam, Switch, and any other platform. Players will venture through various locations, taking out enemies and gathering new items.
Hollow Knight’s greatest strengths are when it comes to interesting exploration and a killer soundtrack. Don’t get us wrong, the gameplay is top-notch as well. However, there are just too many things to praise about Hollow Knight that it gets tricky trying to rank them!
A lot of the fun in Undertale also comes from just exploring the crazy world. There is so much to do in the world of Undertale albeit from a more narrative-driven perspective.
Both of these games really reward players for going out of their way to scour the world and if you enjoyed this aspect of Undertale, Hollow Knight is another great game in the same vein.
8. Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley is a pixel-style farming simulator game. Players will start their journey having inherited their grandfather’s old farming plot and will be tasked to build up their small ranch into something truly amazing.
One of the main draws of Stardew Valley is the seemingly unending stream of content available. Not only will players need to dedicate a lot of time to their farm, but exploring the world of Stardew Valley as well.
One of the greatest parts of Undertale was meeting all the new and interesting characters. Sans, Asriel, Flowey, and more. All of these characters had unique personalities and have gone on to become fan favorites.
There are over 30 unique characters to interact with in Stardew Valley, each with their own birthdays, cutscenes, daily schedules, and dialogue.
As you talk with the side characters more, they will start to open up to you and ask for your help with deeper problems or tell you their secrets.
There is always something to do in Stardew Valley!
7. Yandere Simulator
Yandere Simulator is a stealth game in which you play as a high school girl that is madly in love with her senpai (upperclassmen). Unfortunately, senpai is as popular as ever and each week a new girl will fall in love with him.
This girl will ultimately try to confess their feelings to senpai on Friday and it is your job to make sure that doesn’t happen.
By any means necessary…
The term “Yandere” loosely translates to “Crazy Love.” Yandere-type characters often go to extreme lengths to prove or maintain their love including grizzly acts of violence. This obsession is no different here, as players will have to subtly kill off rival girls on their quest to win senpai’s heart.
Yandere Simulator’s subversion of typical tropes associated with high school romance anime is what places it on this list. Undertale and other games like Earthbound also perform a similar kind of bait and switch with their charming designs and early narrative, before pulling the rug from unsuspecting players.
Yandere Simulator is still in development, but a demo is available to play right now.
6. Friday Night Funkin’
Friday Night Funkin’, at first glance, is nothing like Undertale. Undertale is a sprawling, narrative-driven RPG after all, whereas Friday Night Funkin’ is a rhythm game inspired by other titles such as Dance Dance Revolution and Parappa the Rapper.
Perhaps there is an argument to be made that the bullet hell sections of Undertale’s combat system require the same reflexes to perform well in a rhythm game, but that’s not why this title makes the list.
Friday Night Funkin’ has a mod that utilizes several Undertale characters. Friday Night Funkin’ Undertale brings back fan-favorite characters such as Sans, Flowey, and Asriel and allows you to play against them in the form of a rhythm game.
Furthermore, one of the highlights of any Undertale playthrough is listening to the soundtrack. Undertale has one of the most memorable soundtracks of any game ever.
It is possible to relive these great tracks in Friday Night Funkin’ and jam out while trying to beat your high score.
If you loved the music of Undertale, Friday Night Funkin is a great rhythm game to check out.
5. LISA: The Painful
Lisa the painful, at first glance, is a charming pixel-art style RPG. However, you soon discover that things are not always as they appear, as beneath the surface of this title lies a post-apocalyptic world of disgust and loose morality.
LISA: The Painful’s story involves making tough decisions in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. It is possible to help other people around you, but this will always come at a detriment to yourself.
This said detriment will manifest in the loss of limbs from your character or small scars across your face. The longer you play, the more apparent it becomes that, in order to survive, you should probably focus more on yourself and start ignoring those around you.
Much like Undertale, the choices you make in LISA: The Painful will permanently affect the world around you. Permanent deaths of party members, drastic changes to towns, and multiple endings depending on how you play are all par for the course in LISA: The Painful.
It seems the charming style of pixel gameplay lends itself well to deep and depressing narratives. If you enjoyed the rug pull and subsequent journey in Undertale, the same elements are present in LISA: The Painful.
4. Cave Story
Cave Story takes the pixel aesthetic of Undertale and other similar titles to create an engaging action-adventure title.
Cave Story takes players on an expansive journey through various locations as you must run, jump, shoot, and fly your way past waves of enemies.
Cave Story isn’t just about running and gunning, however. There are plenty of treasures to collect and new weapons to obtain.
Unlike Undertale, Cave Story is more of an action game as opposed to an RPG. Sure, Undertale has a few action adjacent elements with regards to its bullet hell gameplay, but Cave Story is non-stop action from start to finish!
If you loved the design and story of Undertale but wanted something more fast-paced, Cave Story is the game for you.
3. Mother Series (Earthbound)
Undertale was heavily inspired by the Mother series, most specifically Earthbound (Mother 2 in Japan) and Mother 3. The charming pixel style through which you explore the overworld gives way to an incredibly powerful and thought-provoking storyline.
It is stated that the creator of Undertale, Toby Fox, became obsessed with Earthbound during his school years. He started off creating small hacks of the game, including a Halloween hack. It was these small projects that would eventually grow into the larger-scale version of Undertale we know today.
Both Undertale and the Mother Series have very disturbing elements about them. Flowey, the final boss of Undertale, is just as creepy and unexpected as Giygas.
Additionally, both these titles utilize the power of friendship to different degrees. In Earthbound, your friends will help you destroy the final boss. In Undertale, choosing to spare enemies and not kill them will lead to a completely different ending.
Most of the quirky one-off moments are found in the Mother Series as well (such as Temmie Village being somewhat similar to Saturn Village).
The Mother series is almost an indirect prequel to Undertale. It incorporates all the same elements one would typically associate with Undertale and we highly recommend checking it out.
2. Doki Doki Literature Club
One of the most jarring experiences during a blind playthrough of Undertale is the first deception at the hands of Flowey.
Much like the game’s inspiratory source, Earthbound, the traditional whimsical RPG setting is flipped on its head into something much darker in these two games.
Doki Doki Literature Club does the same exact thing. The game starts off as a typical dating simulator but soon takes a turn and becomes a psychological horror.
Both Doki Doki Literature Club and Undertale also enjoy lots of fourth-wall breaks. Several characters in Undertale will have different dialogue depending on the actions you’ve taken in-game (such as hard resetting).
Similarly, the final boss in Doki Doki Literature Club (spoiler warning), is defeated by opening up the game files and deleting their folder.
Both Undertale and Doki Doki Literature Club take the traditional tropes found in other games of their genre and expertly subvert them.
If you are interested in checking out a game with dark undertones and lots of rug pulls like Undertale, Doki Doki Literature Club is a must-play.
Omori is a game focused on a “hikikomori” named Sunny. For those unaware, a “hikikomori” is a Japanese term used to describe someone who doesn’t like to leave their house (usually due to immense social anxiety).
The player, here, will take control of Sunny and his dream-world persona known as Omori. You will need to explore both planes in order to combat Sunny’s fears and deepest secrets.
The game is a surreal psychological horror that takes huge inspiration from the Mother series (particularly Earthbound and Mother 3). As such, you can likely already see the parallels this game has with Undertale, another game inspired by the Mother series.
Omori has a rich and charming hand-drawn art style combined with pixel art. Much like Undertale, characters in the overworld are represented by pixels. However, unlike Undertale, key scenes, enemy battles, and items are all illustrated in glorious detail.
Both Undertale and Omori revel in creating interesting and memorable characters. Like Earthbound, there are plenty of quirky and comedic moments to be had when interacting with the cast.
Furthermore, if you enjoyed the branching path system of Undertale, Omori also utilizes the same choice-based mechanics in which your decisions as the player will lead to one of several different outcomes.
Undertale and Omori are both great games that are cut from the same cloth. Definitely check out Omori for a game very similar to Undertale.