Knitted Deer, a side-scrolling auto-runner from Forest Moon Games, is now available from the app store. Notable for its knitted sweater aesthetic, Knitted Deer offers a somewhat run-of-the-mill experience with floaty physics that can be unforgiving.
Knitted Deer Pros:
- Unique aesthetic that makes you feel like you are playing on a Christmas sweater
- Soundtrack is pure arcade-y goodness
- Controls are easy to use
- Guns and abilities to buy/upgrade
- GameCenter leaderboard
Knitted Deer Cons:
- Jump physics are too floaty
- Gets repetitive quickly
The game’s title is an apt description of its main character, a white reindeer that looks like one of grandma’s Christmas sweaters come to life. The world he inhabits is cut from the same cloth, so to speak, featuring enemies and obstacles that utilize the same stitched look. In addition to auto-running, the deer can jump and fire a weapon while avoiding contact with anything that stands in his way. If he touches anything, a splotch of red appears and the deer drops below the game’s running surface into a hellish environment. Here, the white stitches and blue backdrop have been replaced by black stitches against a red background. Contact with anything down here spells your ultimate end. Vanquished enemies will leave a collectible coin in their wake. Coins can be used to purchase new weapons or defensive abilities. You can also snag these as temporary power-ups during the course of play. You are rated on the length of your run, which tends to be relatively short due to the floaty nature of its jump mechanics. You can jump or double-jump, though judging distance can be quite troublesome since the deer stays airborne just a little longer than you’d expect. There is also no way to correct a mis-timed jump, which is unfortunate.
The graphics are really the standout feature and the main reason to give the game a shot. For some, its unique look may allow them to look past the game’s other foibles and enjoy it for what it is. For many, this will probably become just another “tried it and moved on” type of game. The soundtrack is pure arcade-y goodness, however. There are no on-screen buttons. You simply tap the right side of the screen to shoot or tap the left side to jump. Of course, double-tapping allows you to double-jump. The controls were easy to use, though we did have some occasional unresponsiveness, especially on the menus. Replay value is middling, as you can always try to beat your own score or challenge others on the GameCenter leaderboards. Once you’ve purchased/upgraded the few available weapons and abilities, there isn’t really anything to work toward within the game. At $0.99, Knitted Deer is a 3.5-Dimple offering.
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