Tuesday, 11 April 2017 10:56

REVIEW: The Deer God (PS4)

Written by Keith Dang
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This is one strange title for a game, but anyway. The story begins with you, a hunter that's waiting to shoot a deer, but just are you pull the trigger you are killed by a wolf. As you awake you are confronted by The Deer God and as punishment for your violence your sprit is placed inside the deer’s body and that’s when you start playing The Deer God.

The hunter becomes the hunted in this game, and all you can do to begin with is run, jump and head butt animals. You can also unlock certain abilities during the course of the game. The level isn’t too big and you will spend most of your time solving a few puzzles which aren’t too hard. For example someone might ask you to find something, and until you find that item you'll have to run around as well as back track until you find that item. You start the game as a fawn (baby deer) and over time as you play, you'll grow. The game has a sort of karma system as well, where if you kill innocent creatures you will get negative karma points and if you get to many negative karma points you will die. When you die you will be reborn as a weaker animal as punishment. It took me a while to get used to the game as for the first hour or so I had no idea what I was doing, I was just going around killing everything thinking that’s what you had to do.

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The world of The Deer God has been done in old school side scrolling, pixel retro style, that many older players like myself would kind of remember from the old Atari games. Sometimes it’s really hard to decipher what certain things on the screen are cause of the pixels, I guess i've just been spoiled by HD graphics. If you are a new generation player, you properly won’t like the graphic style of the game as I think it's an acquired taste. The sound is retro style as well, pinging and ponging sound effects when you jump.

There isn’t much in the way of gameplay, all you seem to do is jump around from platform to platform and sometimes you just have to jump because as you aren’t sure where to go or what you have to do. The controls are very responsive though which is a upside I guess.

This game isn’t for everyone, I think mainly the older generation might find this game OK as it draws a lot from the old 80’s style graphics and that might trigger happy memories for them.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 2.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, iOS, Android, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Blowfish Studios
  • Publisher: Crescent Moon Games
  • Genre: Indie