Parents' Guide to

The Deer God

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Reincarnation game gets lost in repetition and confusion.

Game Linux, Mac, Windows 2015
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age 18+

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age 18+

Incredibly Violent and Discomforting

This game is horrifying. It involves a protagonist impersonating the legend of Ra, an Egyptian god. In the game the character hunts for "the noodle", a sacred object revered among the deer population. This as a plot alone would be acceptable, however the main charecter goes around defecating and urinating on multiple subjects, including the peaceful deer of the clan.

Is It Any Good?

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Unfortunately, The Deer God falls flat in largely everything it sets out to do except rendering gorgeous nature scenes. The pixelated art style conveys a surprising amount of warmth and depth, but it's about the best thing this game has going for it. Navigating the landscapes feels dull and extremely repetitive, especially as you will die often and be reincarnated at previous save points. That's another odd thing about The Deer God: You will amass so many extra lives that enemies and spikes do not truly pose the threat they're intended to. All this adds up to an experience where you mosey about, aimlessly accomplishing your goals with extreme leisure.

But even accomplishing your goals can be confusing. You are meant to monitor your karma levels, but the hierarchy of animals is just as confused: Harm any herbivore, and you will be docked. But regardless of what's done during play, it's possible to amass loads of good karma and unlock the bad-karma magic or spells. There's a lot at play here, but very little of it gels together either in a satisfying way or even in an objective way. There's a lot that could have been neat and impressive here, but The Deer God is a tough one to recommend.

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