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Reviews By Kids, For Kids: Undertale

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Undertale – The Fallen Human

Undertale was released on September 15th, and since has spawned a massive fan base obsessed with the ingenuity of creator Toby Fox’s character design, musical talents, and copious amounts of detail. Using 8-bit style graphics, Undertale tells the story of a child who falls into an underground world of monsters, and they must make their way through their kingdom in order to return to the surface.

The game is absolutely outstanding, on some popular websites being named one of the best games of all time. It is made in the RPG style, having a simple end goal and turn-based combat system. However, Fox creates a new aspect to the combat, giving players the opportunity to spare their opponents instead of killing them. The entire journey can be completed without killing a single monster, and through these choices, the story bends in certain ways. Every friend in one playthrough could be an enemy in another, subtly making the player anxious about every choice they make.

The amount of detail in every single area of the game is incredible, with every object having interesting, sometimes comical descriptions. Hidden bits of text and dialogue are still being discovered, two months after the release, due to the characters having countless ways to be interacted with.

The design of the characters is one of the highest points of the game, with their physical designs and personalities feeling almost real, especially combined with the amount of optional dialogue. Ranging from skeleton brothers to amphibian scientists to a spear-wielding fish, the characters are memorable, and the player is forced to fight every single one.

The other area that Undertale shines in is the music construction. Costing nearly $10 for the soundtrack alone shows that some definite work was put into it, as well as listening to it during the game. The intricate, upbeat melodies create fantastic battles, enhancing the gameplay tremendously. The calm, simple music inside of towns and environments can change the mood entirely. The songs are a major contributor to the popularity of the game, in addition to the detail.

Undertale is incredibly enjoyable for almost all audiences, and the bonds created with characters and places influence the player critically. However, the story and characters are the best parts of the game, with the gameplay mechanics being somewhat tedious at certain points. But the best parts are outstanding, and the playtime is not too long. It is expertly designed, formatted, and created, easily making it one of the greatest games of our time.

~Review by Berreh.

Highly recommended. 10/10. Good for ages 10+. Some language, some blood. Much humor, a good amount of reading. Requires extreme determination, dexterity, reflexes, and eye-hand coordination.

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Want more?

Undertale website

Undertale wiki

Undertale on STEAM – UNDERTALE! The RPG game where you don’t have to destroy anyone.  $10

Undertale STEAM community – Welcome to UNDERTALE. In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out… or stay trapped forever.

Undertale fan art – DeviantArt (there’s a lot!)

Have you played Undertale? What’s your favorite ending? Character? Song? Is Frisk a boy or a girl? Is Sans a human? Is Undertale the ‘best game ever’? Tell us what you think! (Please post spoiler warnings if needed!)

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88 fun things to do with your kids when you’re stuck indoors, that don’t require electricity

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It’s that time of year.  Snow, cold, sleet, slush.  Even in Atlanta.  What do you do with your kids when you’re stuck indoors?  Sure, you could let them watch TV, or hand them a tablet.  But, what it you want to do something with your kid?  What if the power is out?  Or maybe you’d like them to unplug for a bit, and have some old fashioned fun.

Here’s a list of 88 fun things to do with your kids when you’re stuck inside. Some are old classics, some are new. Some are high energy, movement ideas, and some are more quiet and calm. Try to switch it up a bit, and go with what feels right for your kid’s energy level.

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Art with kids: #INKtober

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One of the best things you can give your kids is an appreciation of art.  A way to express their creative skills. Whether it’s with crayons, paint, pencil, ink, or magic marker. Or ketchup. Or maybe it’s with modeling clay, PlayDoh, pancake batter, sand at the beach, or painting with your finger on a dirty car window.

This month is a chance for you and your kids to make art with ink — with pens and markers! It’s called INKtober, and it’s very simple. According to Jake Parker there are 4 rules:

INKtober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on tumblr (or Instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat (you can do it daily, like me, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.)

That’s it!

Start with a pencil sketch if you like, then ink the lines you want to keep, then gently erase all the pencil. According to Griselda, sketching with ink will help you become a more confident artist. So, try it, if you’re feeling brave!

Want to help your kids love art?

Give them the tools and opportunity they need to try things out. It doesn’t have to cost an arm or leg:

For younger kids:

  • paper — just get a ream of printer paper
  • crayons
  • pencils — regular #2’s work great
  • a great eraser
  • colored pencils — inexpensive set is around $1-5
  • small sketchbooks — around $5

For older kids:

  • large sketchbooks (8 1/2 x 11)
  • pencils
  • mechanical pencil
  • a great eraser
  • pens — inking pens, rollerball pens, art pens
  • colored pencils — a nice quality set is around $10-20
  • a small pencil sharpener — Faber-Castell has a red dual sharpener for $5
  • a pencil case to keep everything in

Spend time together drawing. The only rule is no one is allowed to draw on anyone else’s drawing. And if they are using a sketchbook, teach them to only draw on one side of the page (and leave the back blank).

The most important thing you can do is be encouraging. Remember, everyone creates art differently, and everyone has their own personal tastes of which art looks “good” to them. Try to find something positive about what they have created.

Art can be anywhere, and is an important part of our individual identity — who we are. Art comes from the soul. Art can make us laugh, smile, cry, be angry, inspired, or confused.

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And here’s my our first #INKtober sketch, done by my 11 year old daughter. She’s not quite done with it, but had to go to school. It’s Celestia, from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I love the thoughtful expression on her face, as she’s looking at the moon.

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Tonight, we’ll do some sketching together, and then do our 30 minutes of reading before bed. Since we’re reading Outcast, a Warriors book by Erin Hunter, maybe we’ll do some cat sketches. *meow*

What will you create with your kids?

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