Calm Down, Deer: The Deer God Trots Out Of Early Access

The Deer God screenshot

And another Kickstarted game gallops over the finish line!

I really, really wanted to lead this news post with more deer-related puns, but when I looked back over our past coverage of The Deer God [official site] I realised I’d been beaten to the punch. Life is such a cruel and terrible thing; all the easy terrible jokes have been done already.

Still, it could be worse. I could be a flannel shirt-wearing hunter whose soul has somehow become trapped within the body of his preferred prey. I too could be subject to the capricious whims of the god of deer. Or knowing I was recycling puns could be enough to stop me. Sorry, chums.

For the young bucks among you who haven’t herd of The Deer God, it’s one of those spangly ‘2.5D’ games, portraying its 3D environments from a 2D perspective with an art style that is pure lush pixel art. I know that some among you aren’t inclined to fawn over pixel art rearing its head once more, but no need to pelt me with opprobrium: I’m sure a photorealistic deer-based game will be along sooner or later. Have a hart, eh?

The challenge before The Deer God’s antlered protagonist is surviving the game’s procedurally generated worlds as he journeys ever onward. Predators – from the mundane to the monstrous – will do their best to claim your hide as a trophy. There are also puzzles, of course.

Back in December Marsh Davies took a look at The Deer God when it was in Early Access, and he wasn’t too impressed. Still, this is a game that almost hit double its initial Kickstarter target and has garnered a broadly positive response on Steam already, so who knows? It might be the game fur you. If you’re all doe-eyed at the prospect, it’s available on Steam for £9.34/$12.74/€12.74. It’s on Humble too.


  1. Lars Westergren says:

    “Survive as a deer”…that shoots fireballs. Shoe is on the other foot now eh, predators?

    Lovely visuals and music, sold.

  2. Thirith says:

    No puns, but I get a faint Shadow of the Beasts/Psygnosis vibe from this.

    • Jackablade says:

      It’s got that pretty, early evening with fluffy clouds look going on.

  3. SVW says:

    At first glance I red the “box-quote” in the middle of the video as “live survive / as a deer as a deer”

  4. Darth Gangrel says:

    “all the easy terrible jokes have been done already” Yes, it’s time to move on to greener pastures now, this pun topic is deerelict.

  5. Turin Turambar says:

    Looks lovely but the gameplay seems stale.

  6. shrieki says:

    on steam its advertised as a ” breathtaking 3D pixel art adventure that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills.” …
    religion skills ? :D what is that ? why ? deer god !

  7. dskzero says:

    “The challenge before The Deer God’s antlered protagonist is surviving the game’s procedurally generated wo-”

    Oh boy. Not again.

  8. alms says:

    I’ll probably pick this up sooner or later because I love the art, I’m in no hurry after the PE post left with basically little hope about the game itself.