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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.
If you're an absolute sucker for life simulation games based on crafting and building, Graveyard Keeper will certainly be to your liking. Even if you're a genre tourist like myself, you'll find it hard to deny the game's ability to make you keep coming back for more. Whether you'll stick with it or not depends on how much you're able to tolerate busywork and planning without much of a narrative return.
GOOD - Graveyard Keeper is the dark and twisted humorous companion to games like Stardew Valley. It boasts many similarities but delves particularly deep into crafting, exploration, and story intertwinement. For a more casual player, this game can easily feel overwhelming, somewhat confusing and definitely complicated though. Tending a cemetery ends up being far more enjoyable that one might expect with Graveyard Keeper and it’s a very reasonable to give this game a go for $20 on the Nintendo eShop.
Graveyard Keeper's signature mechanic provides plenty of fun, and the numerous other activities keep things interesting, but the game is bogged down by balance issues, slow progression, and poor combat. There's a neat experience to be had here, but you need a lot of patience to get the most out of it.
I personally absolutely love the game, I’m still playing it and this review has taken a whole lot longer than it initially should have done but I just wanted to perfect it. I know when I stop writing this I’ll be heading off back to my graveyard to clean some things up with it and further venture into the dungeons. Yes, there were a few bugs, but nothing that made it unplayable or frustrated me. An amazing little game with so much to offer so I will be giving this the Thumb Culture Platinum Award!
Graveyard Keeper is an engaging sim that's a little too cheap with giving out information.
'Graveyard Keeper' puts you in the shoes of the Gravekeeper. You are responsible for maintaining the graveyard, building relationships with the townspeople, and making money by any means necessary - morally or not. With it's interpretive playstyle, pixelated graphics, and myriad of things to do, 'Graveyard Keeper' will keep you entertained for a long time.
Graveyard Keeper truly is the dark version of Stardew Valley we didn’t know we needed. Farming organs instead of crops and watching witches burn with neighbors in lieu of that summer cookout shoves harsh realities in your face in the guise of entertainment. We play games for the fantasy, the thrills and excitement we normally don’t get in our day to day, but why do we play simulation games? Surely, we could go out and just do what we’re playing, right? Maybe we subconsciously want to see how hard life can be in order to bring our easier lives into perspective and appreciation. Or maybe we want to see how others can go through hell for a sliver of a chance at a happy ending in the hope we can find similar inspirations to reignite our individual purposes. Playing a character who is forced to live the life as a hermitted body carver and graveyard keeper in order to see your family is humbling, yet something I’m happy to have experienced.
Graveyard Keeper has a high quality to it with a ton to do, the starting segment is however quite boring to work through.
If reaching the anti-climatic ending is all you want from this title then you’ll be sorely disappointed. Its brilliance shines in the everyday mastery and management of its systems, in a fleeting but fulfilling experience of a productive and successful existence.