The Deer God is a breathtaking 3D pixel art adventure that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills. It's a game about survival, reincarnation, and karma; all set in a breathtaking and unique 3D pixelized world. Feast your eyes on the beautiful lighting, day and night system, and vast landscapes.
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Mixed (346 reviews) - 67% of the 346 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 27, 2015

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“It can be a struggle, but it's all worth it when you're shooting fire out your antlers.”
Kotaku

“The world of The Deer God is incredibly hostile, featuring so many dangerous animals it makes Far Cry 4 look like a petting zoo.”
PC Gamer

“The side-scrolling puzzle game takes elements of an endless runner and an RPG and mixes them into something very special.”
Polygon

About This Game

The Deer God is a breathtaking 3D pixel art adventure that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills.
It's a game about survival, reincarnation, and karma; all set in a breathtaking and unique 3D pixelized world.
Feast your eyes on the beautiful lighting, day and night system, and vast landscapes.

Become one of the most beautiful animals on planet earth.

LIVE AS A DEER.

SURVIVE AS A DEER.


Features:
Gorgeous 3d pixel art world to explore
Various animals and characters to interact with
Night and Day system
Various quests
Tons of items to find and use
Reincarnate into other animals
Use the power of statues and level up your antlers
Find secrets and solve ancient puzzles
Follow an interesting and dark storyline
Amazing Original Soundtrack by Evan Gipson.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.4 GHZ Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 141 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP 1
    • Processor: 2.2 GHZ Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Gforce
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 141 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Storage: 149 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
    • Storage: 149 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.4 GHZ Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Storage: 146 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.2 GHZ Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Gforce
    • Storage: 146 MB available space
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Overall:
Mixed (346 reviews)
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TOG | Optimus BoxCrate
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Had to stop playing this one because the jerky motion gave me nausea.
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Krazedlion
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
The Deer God has amazing 3D pixel graphics! I'm not a fan of pixel graphics, but this game does them right. It has nice lighting effects, a day/night cycle, snow, wind, rain, etc. all on ever changing landscapes from forest to plains to desert to jungle, etc. The controls are great, tight and responsive. The platforming is precise and not floaty like many indie platformers that I've played. You start as a deer hunter that is killed by wolves and reincarnated as a deer by the deer god. You then go and eat food to grow into a big deer, meet random deer and make deer babies. If you die, you get reincarnated as one of your babies. If you like platformers with tight controls, beautiful graphics, and nice story buy it!
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The Deer God
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
+rep has deer.
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wafflecookie S> ST Howl Mw 0.10
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
The game lacks from content but the music and 2.5 2D is amazing.
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Master Miller - Starring Kaz
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
The Deer God is the perfect game to play when it's 3:00 am and you're so tired you can hardly think, but you don't want to go to bed yet.

It's beautiful voxel art style and relaxing, surreal soundtrack create a very unique experience.

While I personally wouldn't spend $15 on it, I would definately recommend purchasing this game during a sale.
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CosplayCat88
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
I've never screamed or gotten so frustrated at a game in my life until I startedplaying this. The highest level of rage I felt before this was messing up and accidentally killing a legendary in the pokemon games.
(You remember that meme or internety thing from waaaaay back when? the "I like trains one"? This game will make you hate trains and their entire existance.)
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Galliwasp
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
It's a good enough game, don't get me wrong, but I came in expecting something really unique and unlike anything I'd seen before, and it ended up feeling more like a standard-issue 2D platformer, at least gameplay-wise. It wasn't nearly as special and unique as I'd seen it hyped up to be, what with the kickstarter and everything. I know it's also on mobile, and I definitely would've bought it on that format, because that's what a game like this is best suited for. I play games on the computer for a more involving experience than what I ended up playing.

It's worth playing, don't get me wrong - the worlds, environments and especially the music are just gorgeous and atmospheric. It's just so adherent to the standard platformer formula that I'd much rather play it while on the go rather than at my PC. If that doesn't make much sense to you, then I apologize.
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TastyCookie
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
An adventure in which you used to be a hunter, but now are a deer. What the hell do deers do with their lives? Apparently, plenty of running, killing and mating.

You'll graze, jump through the beautiful landscape and platforms, work with the other deer to defend yourselves, and you'll have more than a few fawns to take care of in your journey. And superpowers, somehow.

This is a game you load if you want to puzzle around in a simpler world, beatuful, but not too challenging. I still haven't explored the "evil" side of the journey, and I'll keep coming back.

7/10 Needs work (maybe more story and some crashes) but recommended.
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[UPST] Tina Belcher
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I really enjoyed Deer God. It was a different game.
The small quests I performed were unlikely, but felt emotional or humorous. The bosses were decently hard.
I loved the 3D pixel art, smooth mechanics, and calm, on-putting music of this game. It felt like I was in a different world.
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SergeantSneakyBiscuit
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
It's ok. Not the best game I've ever played, but def good if you're looking for something to relax and chill out to. Or just want to be a deer. The storyline isn't really all there and none of what is doesn't actually seem to have a reason for being. But the world and music are very, very pretty, and this game has definitely helped me unwind when I need it.

5/10; fun game, but the devs definitely need to work on it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
The Deer God is the perfect game to play when it's 3:00 am and you're so tired you can hardly think, but you don't want to go to bed yet.

It's beautiful voxel art style and relaxing, surreal soundtrack create a very unique experience.

While I personally wouldn't spend $15 on it, I would definately recommend purchasing this game during a sale.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
The game lacks from content but the music and 2.5 2D is amazing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
The Deer God has amazing 3D pixel graphics! I'm not a fan of pixel graphics, but this game does them right. It has nice lighting effects, a day/night cycle, snow, wind, rain, etc. all on ever changing landscapes from forest to plains to desert to jungle, etc. The controls are great, tight and responsive. The platforming is precise and not floaty like many indie platformers that I've played. You start as a deer hunter that is killed by wolves and reincarnated as a deer by the deer god. You then go and eat food to grow into a big deer, meet random deer and make deer babies. If you die, you get reincarnated as one of your babies. If you like platformers with tight controls, beautiful graphics, and nice story buy it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Had to stop playing this one because the jerky motion gave me nausea.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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107 of 131 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 12, 2014
The Deer God is a relaxing and sometimes puzzling survival platformer with an emphasis on exploring bountiful natural landscapes presented in a most beautiful and crisp pixel style, a combination reminiscent of beloved indie gems like Fez or Sword and Sworcery. Guiding you through each of the different seasons and themed areas is the warm synth, moody piano and nostalgic blips of their respective soundscapes shifting and evolving with each subtle change of the environment around you.

This is already a gorgeous game by the time the title screen appears, the serene and peaceful imagery eases your vision yet the ominous teetering of the strange hymn that plays tells you not everything is as peaceful as it seems. It is a story of the hunter and the hunted of natural order and balance of life, but who is there to put mankind in our place when we attempt to throw that balance off and cause unnecessary death?

The game starts you off assuming the role of a small and feeble baby deer in a lush world of natural wonder and danger, your health and attack power in this infantile state are minimum so you begin your survival by scouring the land ahead for food and nourishment while avoiding the dangers of the wild.

On top of the elements of survival and growing your deer through the gathering of resources, the game plays like a roguelite. This means the level layout is randomized with each playthrough and when you die, you die for good. Fortunately in a continued effort to emulate life in the wild you can mate with does to produce offspring, which act as very crucial checkpoints becoming the new host for your soul should you perish.

The wilderness around you is shrouded in mystery, the deeper you travel into this meditative setting of seasonal meadows and swamps the stranger the entities you'll come across; An old hermit greets me in an isolated hut giving a small task. Groups of brutish hunters hang around cabins awaiting their prize shot and threatening the surrounding wildlife.

Various wise and elder deer appear before me periodically throughout the journey to bestow knowledge and sometimes new powers to help clear the path ahead as well as hidden paths that were previously untraversable in an almost metroidvania-like fashion. Ancient statues appear after tasks have been completed and task you with a block puzzle. Fitting the relics to their correct places grants you with the story advancing skills you need.

Players must use the scavenged items of your surroundings wisely in order to help the various struggling souls of the wild and repay their debt to mother nature. In the end traveling far and wide becomes more than rewarding when you're dashing through the deepest of caves crushing rocks with your hooves and hurling balls of fire from your antlers.

A whole lot of heart and soul have clearly been put into The Deer God, it's a game for people who love and respect the animal kingdom and even if you don't it could be the game that makes you care. It's a story about honoring all life around you, and seeking to mend the hardship-filled lives of other creatures we share the planet with.

This is an experience of many sights, sounds, and colorful characters and one I feel should be experienced by all, even if just for the message. With fantastically detailed pixel art and a challenging permadeath adventure of heavy natural exploration, The Deer God is one of those rare breeds in the indie scene that stands not only a work of art but a really damn fun and addictive game.
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73 of 83 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2015
This game is beautiful, but boring and buggy.

The gameplay is dull, repetitive, and seemingly without purpose. It didn't 'challenge my religion' as the store page claimed, as there is no real story here. The game just feels incomplete and lacks substance or purpose. It feels like an Early Access game, but it's not. Don't waste your money or your time on this one.

Pros:
● Beautiful 2.5D pixel art style.

It looks good... and it has trading cards... so there's that.

Cons:
● The platforming is incredibly simple and boring.
● The combat is lackluster and unnecessary.
● The survival aspects are pretty useless.
● The quests are easy and seemingly pointless.
● There isn't any real penalty for dying.
● It's buggy.

The platforming consists of running to the right and a little bit of jumping up and down ledges and over pits of spikes. There is very little verticality and essentially no challenge whatsoever. Combat consists mainly of a single side-dash attack and jumping over your enemies to get around them. There were also some various power up type items, but I didn't find them very useful in the time that I played. I didn't see any reason to attack enemies as there is no reward and jumping past them was easier and much quicker. Survival consists of eating bushes on the ground or apples from trees and you barely need to do it. The quests consist of finding an NPC and them asking for you an item that randomly spawns in the world. As you progress forward you can encounter that same NPC asking for the same thing many many times before you ever find it. It's really strange. I got a reward for completing a quest, but it wasn't very helpful. As far as dying goes, I must have died 15 times because I was getting bored or running to the right and threw myself into spikes... and every time I just respawned back a little bit from where I was before. There was no real penalty except for one time when my character became fully evil from killing passive creatures (no idea what the point of this is, but I tried it) and then when I died it played a short cutscene of The Deer God telling me I'd be punished and it respawned me as a beaver who couldn't jump high enough to progress and I was stuck. Then the game crashed and I gave up. Which brings me to my last point, it's buggy. It crashed 3 times during my 3ish hours playing (the rest of the time was spent idling for trading cards) and none of the 4 or 5 achievements I completed the tasks for ever triggered. It was more than a little bit frustrating. I felt like I accomplished nothing the entire time I played. As such I can not recommend buying this game to anyone.
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159 of 212 people (75%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
This game is broken. A couple times I'd die and then not be able to progress through the game because certain ledges require you to be at least a teen deer before you can reach them. Sometimes very small platforms are obscured by objects in the foreground, making it very hard to land the jump and not die immediately.

Also I got stuck under the turtle boss TWICE and couldn't get out because he just sits on top of you. Died of hunger. The AI is dumb as all hell, the dash costs too much mana and is hard to control, dashing near spikes is not recommended.

Once you're an adult, the game becomes almost too easy, but if you die and turn back into a baby deer because you ran out of those extra life things, you're screwed, buddy. You can't jump or hit for crap as a baby and by that point all the enemies are meant for the adult deer.
This is not good game design!

Aside from all that, the game looks gorgeous and the music is good. The platforming is fun when it's not game-breaking and infuriating, which is a minority of the time. I want to like this game, please, fix it!
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128 of 179 people (72%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 4, 2014
Beautiful graphics! A wonderful sense of speed! Relaxing music!

*BUT WAIT...!

Any positive traits that could possibly be bestowed on this game have the misfortune of being attatched to a design that is pretty baffling if I am being totally honest. And I dont write negative reviews. I rarely have a reason to complain, if at all.

Well good job then Deer God. I can't, not, talk about you.

So here is what you can expect to be doing in Deer God:
- Jumping. No like, endlessly harrasing your gamepad's A button to get over obstacles that you eventually learn to do with your eyes closed. That is, after seeing them for the 7,000th time.
- Retracing your steps through the same handful of endlessly repeating maps, just waiting to come across an NPC with more than fairly dissapointing dialogue.
- Do a fetch quest. For nearly every NPC. The items or actions for which may be located 10 feet away from them. Don't have the item they need? Tough! You'll be seeing them as you run past them again and again within the next 30 seconds as the game decides to spawn in the same encounter again and again instead of one of the other current, applicable ones.
- Mate with female deer. Which produces an offspring that will follow you, because? Then either Alpha, or Beta occurs: A: It gets stuck shortly after being born, or B: Immediately jumps into the nearest hole with spikes in it.
- Eating over and over and over and over again. If eating in Minecraft was ever an annoyance, Deer God cranks it beyond levels we have not even begun to fathom.
- And Basically evading every element of danger with ease. Because by the time they know you are there, they are either STUCK or the programming is removing them to save resources after you leave it 50 yards to the west.

There is another point worth mentioning. The game wants to think that it is about survival, thus it only gives you one life total for each adventure. However, due to the IMMENSE non-difficulty of the game and thanks to an overwhelming abundence of resurrection items, it is never really a danger. Ever. Unless of course one of the resurrection items - which must be reactivated from inventory after every demise no matter how many you have - puts you into a death loop, whereby you spawn back on top of the same thing that killed you -- to die again and restart the adventure from the absolute beginning. Thus is the only real danger in the game.

The different levels that this title might work on are maybe worth a 25% investment. The other 75%... just doesnt work. And with so little time left in beta before release, it is very unlikely that this game becomes interesting by then.

Deer God... I am so sorry. I wanted to like you. :(
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65 of 84 people (77%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 3, 2014
So far this game has been enjoyable, but to be honest there are some features (or issues) that have made gameplay irritating, I'll start off with the good bits- the pixal art, the music and the story. The scenery is gorgeous, it's been a long time since I've played a game that put this much thought into a pixel art game. The music and the sound effects are very good, there's been a pretty decent mix of relaxing music and more complex/energetic tunes. And the story has been entertaining, who wouldn't love to play a deer? So far, I have enjoyed the story but with just 2 hours of gameplay I haven't made much progress.

As far as complaints go, mine aren't very harsh. Gameplay with the controller is good - intuitive and fluid. Later, I played with a keyboard and mouse for awhile and the controls were awful (weird key assignments and awkward movements). A menu screen to change key assignments would be very helpful. My other chief complaint is the learning system, there is essentially no guidance for this game at all. Attibutes menus and rules are not explained, I was 40 minutes into the game before I realized you could assign fireballs to the antlers. Just a " press Y to open attributes menu" would have been nice.

Also,the permadeath, I hate it. I'm not hardcore enough for permadeath so the ability to save would be an improvement. I'd rather see permadeath as a hardcore setting instead of the default. But you probably shouldn't listen to me, I'm too old to be a gamer nowadays. I better stop typing and get my fish oil and prune juice for the day.
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