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Hopes and Dreams Save the World UNDERTALE OST Piano Solo (sheet music, Noten, partition, partitura)
Undertale is a 2015 2D role-playing video game created by American indie developer Toby Fox. The player controls a child who has fallen into the Underground: a large, secluded region under the surface of the Earth, separated by a magical barrier.
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The player meets various monsters during the journey back to the surface, although some monsters might engage the player in a fight. The combat system involves the player navigating through mini-bullet hell attacks by the opponent. They can opt to pacify or subdue monsters in order to spare them instead of killing them. These choices affect the game, with the dialogue, characters, and story changing based on outcomes.
Outside of artwork and character designs by Temmie Chang, Fox developed the entirety of the game by himself, including the script and music.
The game took inspiration from several sources, including the Brandish, Mario & Luigi, and Mother role-playing game series, bullet hell shooter series Touhou Project, role-playing game Moon: Remix RPG Adventure, and British comedy show Mr. Bean.
Undertale was originally meant to be two hours in length and was set to be released in mid-2014, but received delays.
The game was released for OS X and Windows in September 2015. It was also ported to Linux in July 2016, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in August 2017, the Nintendo Switch in September 2018, and Xbox One in March 2021. The game was acclaimed for its thematic material, intuitive combat system, musical score, originality, story, dialogue, and characters.
The game sold over one million copies and was nominated for multiple accolades and awards. Several gaming publications and conventions listed Undertale as game of the year, and others have since listed it as one of the greatest video games ever made. Two chapters of a related game, Deltarune, were released in 2018 and 2021.
The game’s soundtrack was entirely composed by Fox with FL Studio. A self-taught musician, he composed most of the tracks with little iteration; the game’s main theme, “Undertale”, was the only song to undergo multiple iterations in development. The soundtrack was inspired by music from Super NES role-playing games, such as EarthBound, bullet hell series Touhou Project, as well as the webcomic Homestuck, for which Fox provided some of the music.
Fox also stated that he tries to be inspired by all music he listens to, particularly those in video games.
According to Fox, over 90% of the songs were composed specifically for the game. “Megalovania”, the song used during the boss battle with Sans, had previously been used within Homestuck and in one of Fox’s EarthBound ROM hacks.
For each section of the game, Fox composed the music prior to programming, as it helped “decide how the scene should go”.
He initially tried using a music tracker to compose the soundtrack, but found it difficult to use. He ultimately decided to play segments of the music separately, and connect them on a track.
To celebrate the first anniversary of the game, Fox released five unused musical works on his blog in 2016. Four of the game’s songs were released as official downloadable content for the Steam version of Taito’s Groove Coaster.
Undertale‘s soundtrack has been well received by critics as part of the success of the game, in particular for its use of various leitmotifs for the various characters used throughout various tracks.
In particular, “Hopes and Dreams”, the boss theme when fighting Asriel in the Pacifist run, brings back most of the main character themes, and is “a perfect way to cap off your journey”, according to USgamer‘s Nadia Oxford. Oxford notes this track in particular demonstrates Fox’s ability at “turning old songs into completely new experiences”, used throughout the game’s soundtrack. Tyler Hicks of GameSpot compared the music to “bit-based melodies”.
The Undertale soundtrack had frequently been covered by various styles and groups. As part of the fifth anniversary of the game, Fox streamed footage with permission of a 2019 concert of the Undertale songs performed by Music Engine, an orchestra group in Japan, with support of Fangamer and 8-4.