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Undermine (2020) - Possibly the Next Great Roguelite?

Undermine (2020) - Possibly the Next Great Roguelite?
what's up guys and gals welcome back to the nerd castle today in the world of indie games

undermine

has finally reached its 1.0 it's a very special day i like this game tremendously i actually think this is one of like the few games that actually rivals the binding of isaac when it comes to sort of top-down

roguelite

s like i think this game is really rad it's got a

great

unified art style the mechanics make sense the blessing and the curse system is fantastic there's a bunch of little supplementary things like shops and you know monsters that you can trade with and all kinds of things along the way and i think they've done a

great

job with it so we're gonna check in on the 1.0 today i played this on stream a couple of days ago too so if after this video you feel like you didn't get enough you wanted to see a little bit more i've got a vod for you over at twitch tv splatter cat gaming uh where i played the game for about three and a half four hours and just had an absolute blast the developers came through they were donating subs they were saying thank you for all the coverage and all that kind of stuff and so it was a really really wholesome experience let's dive on in and we're gonna start ourselves a game off here so we've got our new game moving let's roll with it the general idea is you are a nameless peasant whose job it is to go down into the mine and collect as much gold as possible and solve why bad things are happening...
undermine 2020   possibly the next great roguelite
you are not the hero in this story you are just some guy that some wizard summoned peasant i have an important task for you as you've noticed the mine is plagued with terrible earthquakes i need you to delve into the mine and find the source of the tremors and there's another thing our blacksmith went missing and without him the forge is dormant if we're to delve deep into the

undermine

we need somebody to forge new equipment find the blacksmith and the source of the tremors now off with you take this key and unlock the entry to the mine don't fail me all right cool got a key we'll pick up the book over here real fast uh the journal is going to give us access to basically like our bestiary our item list our familiars that we can pick up along the way which apparently there are more of them when i played the game there was only like one familiar so they've been adding there the artifacts are like permanent things it's kind of like your key items these are the things that you find keep that journal with you and refer to it if you ever seek the answer to a question i shall sir i shall there it is unlocked once we find the blacksmith we'll be able to upgrade our gear in here we'll be able to upgrade our bombs over here we'll be able to get random boons over on this side we get potions that we unlock and upgrade inside of here and we can mix together and inside this left room is basically everything that has to do with permanent unlocks and...
undermine 2020   possibly the next great roguelite
also religious upgrades so lots and lots of stuff in this game like every time you think the game has run out of stuff to give you it unlocks another mechanic you know what i mean you're like okay cool i've got like a new mechanic here that helps you kind of get a little bit further on the way through yeah we can jump through here that's fine this is the same tutorial that i've played many times before go ahead and wipe out a couple of rats down here i'm pretty sure you might be able to bomb that thing but i'm not positive about it go back over this way it's gonna drop a bomb there we go we're gonna wait for it to drop another bomb there we go so that'll give us access to the key right there if you wanted to you can go after that skeleton and you can peer into his skull sometimes they have items or you can just smack them we can also throw our pickaxe like so in case you're one i've been practicing it's a game that i'm experienced with now i've got like outrage in this game at this point uh this is gold right here and these little guys are called pilfers they're going to try to steal your gold so any gold that's left on the ground may become the property of pilfers that's basically all that they're trying to teach you right here but we should pick this up along the way whenever we can just to make sure that we're locked and loaded and we've got the bombushka bombs and bombs and bombs that's a...
undermine 2020   possibly the next great roguelite
cursed lamp right there anything that's purple in this game has to do with curses so keep that in mind if you see something purple i promise you it has something to do with curses even if it seems like it doesn't that right there if we lay down a bomb

next

to that thing it'll give us a curse and an item will drop out of there i don't really want to pick up any curses right now though i'm not super in the mood for curses sometimes you make like a throw run where you just pick up all the curses on earth for boss killing actually there is a there's a strong argument to be made that if you're on a boss killing run where you don't care about money uh you should definitely take as many curses as possible because there's an item called the hill blade if i remember correctly increases all of your damage based on how many curses you have so you get six damage per curse i use a shop room i don't need the shop room right now i'll come back though if i end up needing it wait was that were those steel boots over there hold on a second yeah there's a lot of there there's there's things in this room that are going to be trying to kill oh dude i slipped and fell oh no all right let me get my health back then i don't like fighting over here don't step on those floor switches it's a mistake you're not gonna love your life if you do hey free key very nice let's jump over right there and we've got a room full of bugs...
on this side my suggestion would be learn to use your ranged attack a lot the rage attack is one of those things that like i spent a lot of time in this game just avoiding my ranged attack but you really should be using it whenever you can the ranged attack i actually might consider the ranged attack better than the melee like the melee attack hits almost twice as hard as the ranged attack but like you got to get close in order to do it as you get further on into the game you really kind of just don't want to be close to anything you want to stay away and so like that's just been my observation that's just been kind of the way that i've noticed my learning process has turned as i've gotten further and further into the game is i've become much more of a big fan i'll throw it out there i can't oh my goodness gracious there's also a secret door right here yep there you go bombushka why bombushka is kind of like volatile oh hello it's not a mimic too sometimes that's all you can ask for is please don't be a mimic now those green chests have a tendency to try to like eat your face off every now and again another mechanic you may have noticed is you might be saying to yourself what's this meter up here uh your assistant levels up and different different assistants different canaries they have different abilities as they level up so at level two he makes the gold worth way more that you pick up and then at level three he gets super...
speed and he can also steal gold back from pilfers which means you're not going to be losing too much gold to pilfers anymore hey there's a blacksmith hey friend my name is weyland and i'm the blacksmith was just down here picking up some mushrooms one of those quakes gave the entrance in it's cool i got a prescription from the apothecary for these anyways really appreciate you blasting me out of here drop by my forge if you find me up top i'll get you out in the best gear i can also craft blueprints you find laying around all right by the way if you can afford it buy that pickaxe on the rack over there i did a good job on that one see you if you're just gonna leave it here anyways why do you charge me man why if you're just gonna he's just leaving like you don't even want it you're leaving it behind how come i have to pay you for it this will have a blacksmith recipe inside of it so basically blueprints you're gonna find a secondary currency other than gold it's called thorium and you can spend thorium to make relics for yourself that last for one run and give you like powerful bonuses like one makes you immune to spikes so like spikes don't hurt you anymore another one makes it so you like levitate so you can just levitate over pits and stuff like there's lots of cool stuff what is this right here walk and jump on oil that's not terribly i'm gonna grab that key right there that's not terribly bad actually i...
would think about picking that up but like i don't think oil has ever really gotten me killed altogether that frequently so no it increased our damage by like five that's not too bad we don't hit like a truck but you know we hit a little harder grab some of that stuff right there hey free key very nice and there's a relic room right here relics are what you want over everything else these relics are really really good the queen's crown increased throw damage swing size and swing speed fantastic that's an all-around good relic some relics give you a little bit of extra damage for your melee some give you a little bit more range some give you a little bit more for your throw that right there gave us a little bit of everything which is a really really powerful upgrade in my opinion we'll grab some of this gold right here perfect and then down we go hope that didn't miss any secret rooms or anything i will you guys are gonna have to forgive me if i miss anything i know you're all screaming at me through the power of the internet being like why have you missed that awesome thing over there and like is what it is sometimes i miss that awesome thing over there it's it's a thing i've been told i am prone to do oh my goodness all right so let's just whack all of you guys that extra swing size is really going to be nice there's a rat trap back there too i saw him he's trying to hide behind that crate but i'm not having it...
i'll kill you real fast because i don't relish the thought of flies with glocks running around i feel like the family barbecue would be much more interesting if the flies had glocks not getting a lot of gold right now i think on your first run it really kind of i think on your first run it limits the amount of gold you get hey here's our boy back here too now we got to rescue him i've got a key for this relic room so i'm definitely going to get this relic relics are everything return damage but amplified a bramble vest all right out here like fitty i respect it now let's go see what they got in the shop over here too hey hey he's got a potion he's got a key over here i think we're good on keys i think we're good on bombs we're good on health so like we don't really need anything from that shop uh there's gonna be a boss on this floor though i think there he is all right so this guy right here we're just gonna kind of chill oh there's food nice i sort of feel like since we've got better damage i don't want to get overly aggressive here yeah as i say he got me with that one like let's not get crazy i usually find that more than three swings is a tad too aggressive i actually think we might be able to get some serious bombushka action in right there oh he moved he's smarter than i gave him credit for all right well since we're not gonna i got a free bomb so i figured i'd try to use it on him...
there's three right there we'll throw out another one too he's gonna try and smack me doing pretty good on this attempt not too bad i'm gonna get a little greedy right there there we go he's done easy peasy lemon squeezy the first boss has been a vanquished that purple stuff you see all over the ground right there it's it's cave meth no that's the thorium uh we've got ourselves a blueprint for the shadows fang we've got ourselves a blueprint for the berserkers pendant and we've got the key that we needed to unlock this prisoner over here so we should definitely go do that real fast all right there we go thanks for helping me out here i'm glad to be out of that cage i'm headed up top don't trust that wizard but i got nowhere else to go so make sure to pay me a visit i can upgrade those firecrackers you call bombs okay we'll try to get every room inside of oh dude my thorium went away i didn't pick up one of the thoriums i thought it'd still be there when i came back transitioned off it doesn't really matter thorium is like in the early access version this game a long long time ago thorium was kind of hard to come by but nowadays thorium's like everywhere so i wouldn't even worry about it anymore that's a cursed chest right there it's up to you what you want to do with i think that's troll sweat and i kind of want troll sweat holy water never mind oh it removes a curse not that helpful...
because like i could have opened that but i guess that kind of it's probably the point to make you regret your decision yeah it says choose okay all right fair enough fair enough fair enough i do you know what i chose and this gives us a little bit of leeway for later just in case we want to trade like a curse for a really good item or something we can eliminate one of those curses so it's not the worst thing to have in our back pocket all right put it in my pocket hold up my pocket in my bag pocket put it in my pocket in my pocket in my back pocket all right well we'll go over here there's a secret room down below us too so i'll probably try to get access to that it would have been cool if i could have popped open the secret room oh there was two secrets here i didn't see the x on that rock right there um yeah i guess i'll blow it open why not why not ah we got bamboozled we used up all of our bombs to get down here and then we were punished for it what's inside of here the map maker oh just a free little room full of stuff nice well keys are always good like i always appreciate keys i find that my runs are really dictated by how many keys i get a lot of the time if i get a lot of keys then i can open up all the relic rooms and we're good to go if i don't then you don't pick up relics and the run is just kind of a farming run and it's kind of a wash i probably should have done that i should have looked at him first apparently...
we got spiderians down here be careful with the spiders if they bite you get poisoned and it'll deal a bunch of damage i think it slows you down a little bit too it can just be a little bit of a headache there we go pick that up real fast lots of buzz saws in that room which kind of concerns me kill that guy off i was hoping i had the range right there i did not have the range all right so this dude's over here see if i can get a whole bunch of damage off on him he's doing like the lurker thing or whatever from from starcraft yeah that seems a little overly dangerous anything in there found nothing well fair enough then our damage is gonna be really really lackluster during this part of the game we're just not gonna be able to hit that hard because we haven't bought any upgrades yet we haven't brought any money back from the mines it's just it's a process you know just don't get ahead of yourself you're kind of like supposed to fail this first run they don't really unlock the entire game um until you die on this first run you'll find that like the gold amount almost like it definitely goes up the amount of gold you get per rock goes up by like a lot after this first run but on this first run they kind of like force you to any rocks with x's on them in here so look for rocks with x's on them that means there's a secret staircase it's kind of like the alternate version of a shiny wall oh wow okay this room is not...
playing around with us right oh busa apparently i'm throwing the run right now i'm just embarrassing myself and losing all my hp on a relatively simple room feels bad hopefully we get some drops if we get some meat drops or something there'll probably be a store on this floor so i wouldn't worry about it too much hey a big gold nugget that one's worth that one's worth 50. i'll definitely take that all right so let's stay moving here we look like we got a relic room over here yeah i was gonna say it looks like a relic room to me actually this is the final floor they're gonna kill us off there's a boss coming that's really really nasty that i doubt we're going to be able to handle actually now that we've got the iron branch it sort of depends if i can avoid getting hit like i know the boss's strategy so if i can avoid getting hit i actually think we have a decent chance we made bulldoze to the first two bosses here i need to find a store though and get my hp up um i can pay 15 hp and it will give me something right here a little risky with where we're at on hp right now i'm going to stay along the edges here so i don't get hit by any buzz saws there's a lot of spiders in here sorry spiders i gotta crash your party i didn't mean to it's just like you're in my way let's see so we've got ourselves a big food that's actually really really good i'll take that we got a bomb right there...
we got a chest and a bottle why not sometimes you make your money back on this why not you never know we didn't make our money back we didn't make our money back but we did get another bomb so that's kind of cool i can live with it let's go ahead and i would like let's just get this over with we'll go ahead and die real fast i mean i might be able to beat this on the first try with the with the upgrades we've picked up but i don't know it feels unlikely to me all right so she only turns to the left in case you're wondering what the strategy is here i mean we got a little bit of damage off right there uh we do kind of want to clear the worms out as much as possible like i would suggest maybe not letting too many worms spawn all right she's going to charge right here we're actually doing pretty good right now we're not doing too bad we're not doing too bad so you want to go to the opposite side of the arena that she goes to because she's going to trap you in stone and this is going to give you some extra time to escape uh she only turns to the left once again so you know just keep that in mind as far as i know she only turns to the left anyways we're getting kind of out of control on our worms right now though there's like a there's quite a few worms in play oh i'm dead yikes i have made mistakes here i have made mistakes unfortunately that i'm going to have to live with i don't know if this works...
but i'm gonna try i'll just say i wasn't super sure if that was gonna be an effective strategy but i wanted to try it while i was in the neighborhood and just kind of like see what happens here yeah kill you off why not there's a lot of worms right now though so we are gonna have to handle that before too long this usually goes a little bit easier there's sort of like some chain lightning style effects you can get on your pickaxe and it will help you out with the worms there we go we'll just kind of get those isolated we're doing really really good for a first attempt right now actually our first attempt is going like super swell by comparison to how poorly it could be going i got three of those right there we're gonna get trapped in here i'm gonna get out the way all right there we go i don't know how much damage we got off right there but i was hoping it was a decent amount a few too many weren't i took eight right there that's unfortunate and the phase shift i mean we aren't taking we aren't taking damage from like the main big hits which i think is a really really good thing like as long as you're not taking damage from like the main big swipes you should be all right oh god almost got me right there almost got me that was almost a a recipe for heartache that's what we don't want to get hit by right there that's kind of what we're avoiding if if we could avoid that hit that'd be

great

and...
we're back to this phase again i do wish the little rock thing she fired out killed the worms but no such luck oh right on top of me huh all right well let me focus on oh dude we're cutting this one kind of close right now we are cutting this one kind of close and i didn't have time to clear those worms either so this is going to get real real chaotic before it gets better yeah okay well let's focus on killing worms on this phase i don't see a whole lot of other options we got to kill the larvae actually the larva are all gone so we might be we might be okay right here i just got to avoid taking a hit i think oh no oh i can't believe that hit dude oh no we almost had the clear on the first attempt i'm pretty sure that's an achievement oh dude i wanted it so bad oh i feel terrible about that i really should have had that oh the disappointment the disappointment is real but we got the bombsmith unlocked we got the blacksmith unlocked and now we're actually playing the game for realsies like we'll actually start getting real money when we go down to the mine so you've returned wait somebody knew all right well i've gathered some special items that are gonna help you in the

undermine

feel free to use the gold you mind to pay for them they're of course company property so don't fret though your canary will ensure they are passed on in case you meet your untimely demise all right fair enough um so disappointed about that we...
had that we had it and i just that she did like a weird turn she doesn't usually do that where she whipped out to hit us at the end right there in a weird way that she doesn't normally she turned to the right i told you she only turns to the left it's true but right there she whipped out to the right a little bit before her ai kicked in trying to get us with that smack also i didn't push to the left side i got greedy trying to get those last hits in and finish it hey it's my bud you a bit taller now i mean you're definitely not as colorful anyways thanks for giving me a hand out of that cave i've cleaned up the forge and have some new wears on display all right we can do that um i would suggest early upgrades being what they are i would get a new sack that allows you to keep more of your money when you die and then i would also focus on getting like melee hits that are a little bit stronger and increase your range damage where you can too just kind of throw it all together as best as possible wish we had five more so i could get some hp but that's okay we'll get back down into the dungeon bloop down we go i actually don't know where that door goes right there i should go through that door where does that door go how have i not how have i not seen that door hmm interesting hey look at you you have a license for that mustache i'm a black rat arm black rabbit the adorable mother of critters queen of the tavern destroyer of hot cross...
buns heads up though bristly guy somebody took out a rockpile mimic around here and ever since bad things have been making their way up from the depths what do you say blueprints don't normally come this cheap for you my friend the family discount now i'm good i see how it is you're really gonna give up on an offer this good huh i'll be here all day but the deals may not be hey what is this a shakedown yup it's a shakedown don't buy that right there that's not a recipe for anything it's a trick just to drain out your gold don't do it and then wreck up her shop teach her a lesson all right she's trying to rip you off right now all right so let's see we can't get through there till we upgrade our bombs so that's not gonna tangibly be an option i will take that because why not that's it huh i'm gonna stop gambling i i don't feel like this is a good decision i've lost a big chunk of my hp now thinking i was gonna get something out of that right there and rng has just not been favorable there we go perfect we'll get a little bit of gold over here see what i mean the nuggets are bigger like once you get further on into the game and you die that for i think like they actually have like a hard limiter on how much gold you make on your first run but you get a lot more gold per vein once you get a little further on in oh my god so many trap rooms huh that's what we're doing out here today all right well...
let's beat up that nest right there it's probably not the nicest thing on earth to do to destroy somebody's home like that but like i'm not i mean i am a big fan of rats i like rats a lot i think they're really really cool animals and i think they get a bad rap just due to the whole bubonic plague thing you know like a thousand years ago but i think rats are really cool i had pet rats well i never got a pet rat my mom wouldn't let me have one but my friends had pet rats and i was over at their house like every single day so it's kind of like i had a pet rat sort of in like a small way but not really oh no i made a mistake i did not have the time to clear that gap that i thought that i had hey there's a big old stack of change let's get it yup that's what i like to see hey and some food too hell yeah let's get it i don't see any secret rooms in here that's gonna be the stairs down to the

next

level i definitely think we should pick up our first relic over here on the left never leave a relic behind if you can help it relics are always just a good option all right relic room what you got for me the ursine ring that's a good flat that's a good flat eight it just gives you like 40 health i mean it's not the best relic on earth but there's definitely worse relics i mean there's loads of relics out there that like i don't want them at all in the slightest uh so that one right there is pretty solid i'll...
take it and he just gives me 40 hp hell yeah anything in the crate nope what do we have going on here gold mine two peep inside there found nothing okay don't care then i do have a key i am going to spend it on this relic over here always spend keys what is that the keyblade your swing damage for every key you have that's actually a super interesting relic okay i like it i mean obviously we have a kingdom hearts reference right there but that's also a really really interesting relic that in my opinion sort of changes the way that your run is played so i'll take it get him on the way back i need this guy to go too i'm going to take that right there because it allows me to light stuff on fire for like 10 15 minutes which i think is that was not worth it that was stupid i thought i could make it i thought i could hit it without falling off right there sometimes they're not gonna be accessible you're not gonna be able to get after certain golds and if you're like me where you want all the golds it's gonna be like damn it i want that though i'm gonna take that what is that a strength serum i don't care about that doesn't matter oh yeah you can also sign up for a loyalty program by the way so if you have 1200 gold you can talk to him and get a loyalty program and that'll mean that he sends his little minion back to your main hub area and his little minion will help you out with stuff which i think is pretty cool uh his little...
minion will effectively allow you to buy like these little coupons and bonuses for your runs that'll make the shop cheaper yeah as i say we have to blow that one up in the old fashion i gotta step in some water too i'm on fire right now you know fire up in here the mine is hot it's on fire what is this right here nitroglycerin it does target you with the fire by the way in case you didn't know um when you break one of these it actually shoots the flames at you so it's not random like watch see it shoots the fire at you so just stay moving whenever you blow one of those open there's a secret door right there i don't know if i want to drop bombs continuously right now though i'll do it there we go it may not be the best use of my item but it was nonetheless a use of my item actually that was a pretty good use the potion of plenty dropped some useful things yeah go for it yeah dude perfect uh we want to keep as many keys in our inventory as we can that right there is not that

great

i know what it is it makes my bombs blow up bigger yeah not that useful it's a blessing so you know blessings are kind of like relics but they're like for your run i don't know blessings and relics are kind of the same thing oh my god and heaven is trying to light me on fire again chat it's trying to light me on fire again i do want my swing damage to go up for every key so we get plus two damage for every key that we have i dig it i'll blow that...
open real fast knock him in there you i just don't particularly like at least it's not trapped and we got our bomb back so we got our bomb back we made a little bit of money so always think about the benefits that you got in this game don't think about it in terms of like what you gave versus what you got i need the flying boots to get down there there's an item that allows you to fly and unfortunately we just don't have it so i haven't listened to enough lenny kravitz i haven't listened to enough sugar ray i might want to fly i just want to fly but i can't because i'm a human being and flight just doesn't work like that free food down in there some pretty serious flyage in this area yeah maybe oh the big nuggies down here yeah let me get him let him level up a little bit i don't need the food so oh gold slime hold on hold on hold on hold on oh dude i keep throwing too late oh we didn't get much out of him that's unfortunate it wasn't it was an okay attempt but the best thing you can do is if you can get him trapped in the doorway and you smack the hell out of him that's when you really really get dividends out of that guy i've gotten like upwards of like 2 000 gold out of them if i can trap him in a corner somewhere unfortunately i kept missing my pickaxe throw so the strategy is you want to throw the pickaxe point blank and then hit him right after so you get a double swap you get a double smack in before he...
goes immune um i don't want to use my key right here especially since it's not for like a relic or anything good lord there we go he's down i'd like to get like four or five keys that was a very risky bomb right oh there's a secret right there nice we'll go see what's down there maybe it'll be that room that has the two keys inside of it oh it's this guy okay so what you want to do with this this is actually a bit of a puzzle so he's gonna charge you and really what you're trying to do is you're trying to break as many of these blocks as you can to get free items there you go there you go there you go okay a little bit more food down in there he's like extra strength upsetting spaghetti right now he destroyed my food too it's okay like we didn't need the food with these guys i would recommend just ranged attacking him by the way every time i get up in there like the hitbox for his little like monkey his little monkey pound thing the hitbox for it can be kind of weird sometimes and i take hits that i didn't think i was gonna take and so anyways oh dude now i mean he's mostly gonna kill himself anyways so like if there's a hole in the ground you can actually trick him into going into the hole in the ground and it'll kill him instantly and you won't even have to go through that whole rigamaroli you won't even have to deal with it so like you have options when fighting that i would like that...
right there please let me have it oh i got hit oh no that's not good definitely don't like that i wasn't planning on taking a hit right there that seems a little premature is there anything inside this room right here i'm trying really hard not to use my keys because they're not it figures i would get this keyblade relic on the one run where i don't get any keys last run i had like six of them and i would have had plus 12 damage i'd have been hitting like a truck oh well this is

undermine

i hope you guys really really like it i think it's really really cool and i think it's a really solid competitor or at least an alternate to binding of isaac i hope you'll check it out because the developers are really cool people take care everybody leave a like on the video if you enjoyed it helps me out as a content creator check out the twitch stream make sure you swing on through the discord as well really fun place to hang out with the community we'd love to have you and i'll see y'all live later on today okay bye everybody