Arcane busywork leaves little room for genuine pleasure in this fascinating and frustrating genre oddity.
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.
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.
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.
Graveyard Keeper is an engaging and rewarding farming sim weighed down by pacing and performance issues.
Graveyard Keeper is a black comedy disguised as a management sim. Though entertaining, it's plagued by cumbersome upgrade systems and taxing tech trees.
Graveyard Keeper is a cemetery management simulation game and naturally, this is enough for it to stand out on its own. Adding to that a very interesting visual environment and a complex gameplay and a segment of the market will find reasons to be happy about. Those who are not fans of management simulations, as well as those looking for simpler experiences, won't appreciate it in the same way, as Graveyard Keeper can get too cumbersome, long and repetitive and could improve some aspects about its controls.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
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.
Graveyard Keeper is an ambitious life simulator that boasts gorgeous art and some interesting mechanics but unfortunately fails to meet the standards of the genre due to some overly complicated tasks and poor balancing
A macabre and fun resource management game that will only be overshadowed by its instability of fps and other mechanical issues.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
I don't want to make it seem like I absolutely abhorred my time with Graveyard Keeper. However, I feel I only didn't absolutely hate it because I'm already a massive fan of the genre. I can't in good conscience recommend it to you if you're only looking for a new game.
The overall quality of Graveyard Keeper is satisfactory. Of the 50 hours of gameplay, 40 were really cool; all this morbid fun was really interesting, even if the game could use some polish and a better balance.
Review in Polish | Read full review
A nice relaxed, and horribly inaccurate, management sim. Live your dream of becoming the owner of your very own graveyard! Really fun and addictive game. I was blown away by the sheer amount of stuff to do. As someone who doesn't typically enjoy this genre, this game managed to keep me addicted well into the night. If you enjoy talking donkeys and morally questionable decisions, this is the game for you.
It's systems are robust and plentiful, but frankly many are downright confusing. The developers decided to do the player no favors, leaving much of the complexities a mystery without searching online. That is enough to scare some away, but if it isn't a dealbreaker, there's more than enough here to keep you busy for hours on end.
Unusual graveyard with so many possibilities, but so complicated system and boring gameplay... Monotonous too soon.
Review in Slovak | Read full review
A solid and fun little farming type sim, but one that has a few issues. Although it's a bit rough around the edges, it's still worth a look.
Graveyard Keeper is a management sim like Stardew Valley with a graveyard theme. The gameplay mechanics are vast and well-built but there are flaws and sophisticated systems that can make the game extremely boring for the first hours of play. However, If you bare the first hours of game, then it will become fun and you can enjoy it. The game has very good story potential but unfortunately it doesn’t use this potential and story is forgotten after the first hour. At all, If you like Stardrew Valley, you’ll probably enjoy Graveyard Keeper but my suggestion is waiting for about two months for balancing updates and then consider buying this game.
Review in Persian | Read full review
As long as you can stomach the slow opening stretch and that the game doesn't quite live up to its title, you'll enjoy this gruesome spin on the farming genre.
Some gamers may appreciate Graveyard Keeper's grindfest of a campaign but those who are looking for something more immediately gratifying will likely become frustrated beyond repair with its convoluted systems and tedious tasks.
Despite their being a morbidly entertaining personality to this game which shows all the hallmarks and potential of a well designed treat, it's too broken to play in its current state. I've enjoyed what I have been able to play of Graveyard Keeper but until it's patched, this game is a tough one to recommend to anyone who isn't a PS4 error screen enthusiast.