In this article, I give you my quick review of the video game Graveyard Keeper. Let’s dive into the most inaccurate medieval graveyard management game.
That’s how the developers at Lazy Bear Games themselves describe graveyard keeper and I’m inclined to agree.
However, it makes the game sound far more boring than it actually is. The only really dry thing here is the talking skull Kerry who nurses a teeny tiny alcohol problem. I keep wondering where the liquid goes or how he drinks without hands arms legs and feet.
Anyway, meeting this delightful fellow is a gleam of hope for a character at the beginning of the game. Although, beating dying in a car accident while calling your loved one isn’t that hard.
You wake up in a medieval world as the new keeper of a graveyard that is in dire need of some renovation.
Throughout the following days weeks or even months, it’s your job to fix the cemetery, refurbish your garden, and open the little Church to further your relationships with the villagers.
Hmm doesn’t it sound a little familiar? This game shares a ton of similarities with games from the Harvest Moon series or even more with the popular Stardew Valley.
Colorful pixel graphics and the mix of mechanics involving harvesting, crafting and sucking up to the other inhabitants of this world.
Admittedly, I’ve never been the biggest fan of these games and I know it’s almost sacrilegious to not love Stardew Valley. But I guess for me it’s just a little too almost annoyingly happy.
Turns out, the dark spin graveyard keeper puts on this genre was exactly what I’ve been missing all along.
Collecting flowers to gift your crush? Nah. I’d rather extract a skull from a corpse, bring it to the local astrologer who will in turn, hopefully, help me to find a way back home.
Seriously, it almost worries me a bit how much more fun I have. Cutting hundreds of trees and mining minerals for hours when there’s burning of witches, autopsies, and even a tiny bit of cannibalism involved. Even trying to understand which technologies need to unlock to be finally able to cremate bodies.