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Review | DEEEER Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer Game

Strangely I felt a sense of excitement when I saw that DEEEER Simulator was making my way to Xbox Game Pass on day one. The one reason for this is simply because I have played a plethora of similar games with my four-year-old son from Goat Simulator to Just Die Already. These games always appear to follow the same premise in the way they handle and play. Ragdoll physics and just generally causing chaos results in constant belly-laughing moments. At first glance, it looks like Goat Simulator in style but with the aesthetics of titles such as Untitled Goose Game. Does DEEEER Simulator live up to the memorable moments of the greats of this genre?

Introduction

DEEEER Simulator is developed by Gibier Games and published by PLAYISM. This is a game where you take on the role of your average everyday deer. Use your super stretchy neck, your stabby horns, and everything a deer has in its arsenal to create absolute carnage throughout the city. Now, you’ll be extremely pleased to hear that this is available now on Xbox Game Pass across console, PC, and cloud. If you’re looking for a story-driven experience then you won’t find much here. There is a brief introduction here though. In the beginning, you create a custom character and are wandering down the road when you see a deer in the middle of the road. Using instinct you rush towards the deer and shove it out of the way of the oncoming vehicle. This results in your death, but fear not, you are reborn as a deer!

Oh DEEEER, so there isn’t much depth to the game then?

The short answer is no. You do however become very comfortable in the fact that it is a game that sets you off on your merry way to do whatever you choose. Casually explore the small world on offer or destroy it. There is a very short tutorial to get to grips with the basics of the control system, but after this, the reigns are in your hands. Casual gamers and youngsters alike will be able to pick up and play this with no real skill in gaming required. The accessibility is what drives me towards games like this with my son.

It doesn’t need extreme depth and complex scenarios for it to become something that makes you laugh and smile and it can do just this. I can place the controller in my son’s hands and observe his tiny little brain soak in the joy and hilarity. There is a clunky and clumsy feel to the control scheme but for the most part, it performs well.

How does the destruction and chaos feel to play then?

Whether you want to use your neck as a grappling hook or strap AK47’s to your head and fight off polar bear police, anything seems possible. Whilst I would have liked a bit more of a challenge-based game in the same sense other games in this genre gives. For instance, Goat Sim gives you a goal to go there and do this or that. There isn’t any of that here other than achievement grabbing and ranking up to become stronger in preparation for some good old-fashioned boss fights.

I felt that the excitement and joy of this sandbox were short-lived. Whilst the destruction elements are pretty impressive with the ability to bring down buildings with your fists or smash vehicles up with weapons. It can become quite stale very quickly as you have all these powers at your disposal immediately. Some sense of progression towards these abilities and weapons would have been a welcome addition. With only two areas of the game to discover, it won’t take long to destruct everything and have seen it all.

Graphics & Sound

Visually DEEEER Simulator doesn’t push the boundaries of this current generation and isn’t particularly demanding even on PC. I’d liken the aesthetics to that of Total Reliable Delivery Service with a less vibrant colour scheme in place. With a more pastel-shaded theme and cuboid style character models it does the job intended and doesn’t wow anyone with its graphical nature.

The sound effects are a huge mash-up of destruction interactions occurring along with a range of animal noises and gunfire. Again, it isn’t winning awards here but it does enough to satisfy your eardrums and matches the chaos before your eyes.

Conclusion

Whilst DEEEER Simulator doesn’t engage the mind with a story or a methodical approach in what to do. It is silly and humourous enough to divulge in for an hour or two by yourself or with family or friends. It is a single-player game in functionality but there was a barrage of laughter as me and my son took turns in necks grappling up a skyscraper or mowing down sheep dressed as police. The beautiful aspect of Xbox Game Pass is that you can go and download this now for some deer-related achievement hunting antics.

DEEEER Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer Game

$19.99 or Download on Xbox Game Pass
5.5

Okay

5.5/10

Pros

  • The chaos that ensues is hilarious
  • Fantastic game for kids to mess around on
  • Great variety of freedom and exploration mechanics

Cons

  • Very small in comparison to other games in the genre
  • Not much of a challenge
  • More depth to gameplay would be great

Jordan Campbell

Writer for XboxEra, owner of xboxera.official on Instagram. Residing in Penzance, Cornwall, UK

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