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Graveyard Keeper

tinyBuild, Lazy Bear Games
Aug 15, 2018 - Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S
Weak

OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

28%

Critics Recommend

Eurogamer
No Recommendation
Nintendo Life
6 / 10
GamingTrend
75 / 100
GamingTrend
75 / 100
Windows Central
2.5 / 5
Gaming Nexus
6.5 / 10
COGconnected
70 / 100
PC Invasion
6 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Graveyard Keeper

Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

Arcane busywork leaves little room for genuine pleasure in this fascinating and frustrating genre oddity.

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There's no doubt that Graveyard Keeper is a fun game every now and again; there are bright nuggets of gold sporadically hidden within it. It's the video game equivalent of Now, That's What I Call Music: you get it for a few good hits and deal with the fluff in-between. However, if you're looking for a strong competitor to Stardew Valley or Rune Factory, this doesn't quite hit the mark.

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Graveyard Keeper makes a lot of bold choices, replacing the friendly, relaxing atmosphere of typical life sims with a more goal-directed structure in a more cynical setting. While I found its pace tedious at times and would have preferred more focus on the grave-tending mechanics, more patient players will find a lot to like in its wealth of well-developed diversions, fantastic art and music, and pitch-black comedic aesthetic.

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The premise of Graveyard Keeper is of the most unique of just about any sim game out there, and this no-frills Switch port makes it portable for the first time. There really isn't much that needs to be added impressively robust graveyard management game, but it would have been nice if the game took advantage of the Joy-Con rumble feature.

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If you don't mind doing extensive web research in order to understand the ins and outs of Graveyard Keeper's gameplay progression, you'll be able to enjoy the best of what the game has to offer. However, if you would rather not deal with the hassle, I recommend passing on this one and checking out Stardew Valley instead.

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It comes down to this. Graveyard Keeper: Last Journey does not have enough, "play just one more day" moments to get me to stick with it long-term. Instead of a dark, horror-filled farm sim spin off, I'm left with a dark humor management system. Building anything feels like a chore. Nothing feels explained to you, even the days of the week are needlessly confusing. I was able to have fun with Graveyard Keeper, but it took more time and patience than I wanted.

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Graveyard Keeper is an engaging and rewarding farming sim weighed down by pacing and performance issues.

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Graveyard Keeper is a black comedy disguised as a management sim. Though entertaining, it's plagued by cumbersome upgrade systems and taxing tech trees.

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