Graveyard Keeper Image
Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 89 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Build and manage a medieval graveyard while facing ethical dilemmas and making questionable decisions. Welcome to Graveyard Keeper, the most inaccurate medieval cemetery sim of the year.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 12, 2018
    75
    Beside its evident qualities in terms of immersion, due to a funny, unique and charming context, Graveyard Keeperand lacks variety and is, sometimes, too much based on farming system.
  2. Aug 15, 2018
    75
    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.
  3. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Sep 26, 2018
    73
    Early on, it’s not that burdensome to personally lug around materials and process them into useful things, but as the technology marches on, you’ll have to do more and more menial tasks to make that new sword or casket that you need. [Issue#232, p.70]
  4. Aug 24, 2018
    70
    Graveyard Keeper is an engaging and rewarding farming sim weighed down by pacing and performance issues. The GBA-style visuals compliment its contained open world, and influences from old-school Zelda games that shine through just as much as that of Harvest Moon or Stardew Valley. The PC and Xbox versions play almost exactly the same, which is unfortunate considering the game’s performance, but if you can look past all the spots and blotches, you’ll likely enjoy the challenging gathering-crafting grind, and the game’s macabre humor when it actually lands.
  5. Aug 31, 2018
    70
    Graveyard Keeper is a heaven for those who love to grind, and a real hell for everyone else.
  6. Aug 28, 2018
    70
    Gamers who love Stardew Valley primarily as the opportunity to live a vicarious alternative life might be disappointed by Graveyard Keeper, but those who are attracted to the slow and steady rhythm of building, crafting, and management will enjoy the many systems at play. The game is rarely punishing but maybe not always rewarding in the same measure some would prefer. Its humor is dry and witty without being too obvious and its presentation and polish are only marred by some infrequent bugs.
  7. Aug 17, 2018
    60
    Graveyard Keeper is an undeniably unique game. It just stretches itself too thin. Even the titular role — the actual keeping of a graveyard — often feels secondary to the constant pursuit of new upgrades. Its central, twisted conceit goes a long way to making the grindy experience tolerable, though. Even at its worst, Graveyard Keeper sure to find an audience, as its macabre atmosphere and off-color activities aren’t things you see in games too often.

See all 16 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
  1. Jan 29, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If The city is added not as dlc i might change this review but until that day i can't. [Edit: I hope they add it it's a good game] Expand
  2. Mar 18, 2020
    10
    It's the best relaxing game! I love it. Story is good. Crafting is good. Quests is good.
  3. Jan 27, 2020
    9
    This game is amazing. I love it. Story is good. 45h to complete this game. 9/10
  4. Aug 31, 2018
    6
    Graveyard Keeper is often seen as a "macabre" Stardew Valley, which kind of fits as a description. Unfortunately, Stardew Valey remains theGraveyard Keeper is often seen as a "macabre" Stardew Valley, which kind of fits as a description. Unfortunately, Stardew Valey remains the superior game in almost every way.

    Don't get me wrong, Graveyard Keeper (GK) is a pretty cool and interesting game. It has a lot more depth to it than Stardew Valley has. Every character in the game has tasks for you, so you can always use those tasks as a kind of "to-do list" that keeps you occupied. The resource and crafting system, including the available update paths is huge, but that's also the biggest problem of the game...

    GK has almost no quality of life features. Quick travel? No, you need to walk everywhere, all the time. Quest markers? No, you better remember when and where to find an item, resource, or even NPC. Pin-able crafting recipes? No, better keep some pen & paper at your side if you don't have a photographic memory. Auto-crafting of parts needed in higher-level blueprints? Nope, manual crafting all the way.

    Often times I can't shake the feeling that the devs try to waste as much of my time as possible, by not giving me a single task that can be "just completed" throughout the entire game. Everything is like an old adventure game: To accomplish A, you need to do B, which needs you to craft C, which needs parts D, E & F, D needs you to collect G and craft H, H needs you to collect I, J & K, and you can only get K on some days at night. And only if you have already finished task L. And GK does not help you with an QoL on the way.

    GK could be an absolutely amazing game, if it only had some QoL improvements. Right now, it's an insanely tedious game, yet still fun if you love to grind in games.
    Expand
  5. Sep 12, 2018
    4
    Unfinished Game and what's in is not properly done. Whoever gives this Game more than 5 in the current state should consult their localUnfinished Game and what's in is not properly done. Whoever gives this Game more than 5 in the current state should consult their local psychologist because there is obviously something wrong in your brain.

    Game gives you not much Tutorials, the Time you run from A to B is pretty much the whole Game.

    Every new NPC loads you with 50 million Quests to do. Not to speak of several Bugs which sometimes can cause you to start the Game over because the Savegame is broken...

    A complete letdown..
    Expand
  6. Jan 6, 2020
    2
    This game is quite obviously a rushed unfinished attempt to capitalize on stardew valley's success. Sadly it lacks the polish Stardew had onThis game is quite obviously a rushed unfinished attempt to capitalize on stardew valley's success. Sadly it lacks the polish Stardew had on release. Instead of SV's amazing soundtrack with some 30 different and well crafted songs you get ... One... that's right just one song on loop the entire game. Completely rips off stardew valley farming bit for bit. You will be doing way more farming than graveyard keeping in this game. The graveyard is a complete afterthought here.

    Gone are the meaningful relationships with the townsfolk as well. The dialogue written for them is very short and in most cases story lines are STILL unfinished after selling 2 DLC releases at 35$ for the full (unfinished) game now on steam. Latest DLC finally adds dialogue to a few characters so they can give you tedious fetch quests. The tavern in this game is totally pointless unless you just like to make more money for no particular reason whatsoever while you watch your tavern guests aimlessly walk around saying "get out of my way" lol seriously lazy programming just getting this out the door as fast a possible to get rich on that SV nostalgia.

    Seriously a shameless cash grab. Take a pass on this one unless you want to endlessly grind things for no reward at the end. Still completely unfinished concept and not very well though out.
    Expand
  7. Aug 26, 2018
    0
    this game is so busted.Boring jokes, Boring work.There is no love making games.

See all 21 User Reviews