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Escaped Chasm is a free game about loneliness from Undertale's artist

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Escaped Chasm is a brief but striking RPG-maker game from animator and illustrator Temmie Chang, whose work you might recognise from Undertale. It's a lonely and occasionally unsettling yarn, but if you don't mind feeling a bit uneasy for 20 minutes, you can grab it from Itch.io. It's free, but you can also choose to pay.

Chang's art is the highlight, which switches between monochrome pixel art and vibrant cutscenes. It's Chang's first RPG-maker game, and her first go at a project that goes beyond animation, but it's not obvious. 

It's pretty easy to spoil a 20-minute game, so I'll try my best to avoid it. Isolation, weird dreams, the collision of the surreal and mundane, eating sugar straight out of the bag—there's strange stuff going on. Depending on how you spend your sojourn in Chang's world, you'll end up with one of four endings, though there's a specific one you should be trying to get. 

Escaped Chasm is something of an Undertale reunion, too, as Chang has again collaborated with Toby Fox, who provides the excellent, understated in-game music. 

Pay what you want for Escaped Chasm on Itch.io now. 

Cheers, RPS.

Fraser Brown

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long. He thinks labradoodles are the best dogs but doesn't get to write about them much.