The Deer God is a strikingly beautiful and simple side-scrolling pixel art game. On the face of it, the game is simply an adventure game focusing on survival, reincarnation and karma. You play as a hunter who unintentionally kills a baby deer, instead of the fully-grown stag in his sight, when out hunting. As punishment for your violence, your spirit is placed inside a baby deer by The Deer God.
It’s a very hypnotic game. This isn’t only because it’s a side-scrolling game (which I’ve found to be hypnotic in the past), but also because of the calming music, mellow colour scheme and lack of constant drama. For a long time, the purpose of your reincarnation isn’t known, and you instead just savour the natural surroundings. It really is lovely.
Saying that, it’s focus on visuals doesn’t limit the story and action in the game. It’s fun, it’s addictive and although it’s relatively easy to complete the first time around, there’s a lot more to do before completely finish the game. That keeps it interesting.
I’ve been playing this recently on Xbox One, and I highly recommend it!