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  • 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 34
  2. Negative: 9 out of 34
  1. Feb 22, 2021
    10
    Graveyard Keeper offers more of a grinding experience that revolves around dilemmas that need to be solved and cemetery management. I put inGraveyard Keeper offers more of a grinding experience that revolves around dilemmas that need to be solved and cemetery management. I put in around 90+ hours to complete the story at my own leisure and took it in as a great time waster. The game requires patience, repetition and can be considered a casual game as there is no rush to complete your tasks. The game early on does have a lot of walking to an from locations but over all you can bypass most issues with transportation stones. I had no issues with the game itself and felt it was a great game that offers a lot in terms of content. The Graphics and soundtrack are pretty epic.

    TLDR, I would highly recommend the game if you like heavy grinding and casual time waster.

    Aside from that, I wouldn't compare it to Stardew Valley. The core of Stardew Valley is community based and was more of a life sim or farm sim type of game. Graveyard Keeper was more of a cemetery management, dilemma type of game that does revolve around similar features of crafting, farming and harvesting. While both goods games they offer different experiences. I would ignore the reviews that compare the two. You will be disappointed if you are looking for a Stardew Valley alternative here.
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  2. Jun 12, 2020
    10
    Amazingly addictive game, which also have deep atmosphere, pleasing graphics and great soundtrack.
  3. 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
  4. Jun 24, 2020
    8
    Let's get this short. I know why people give this games this rating. And they are mostly right - game is mostly "Get me fish. No rod? Talk toLet's get this short. I know why people give this games this rating. And they are mostly right - game is mostly "Get me fish. No rod? Talk to that guy. But he wants first golden ring of virginity, but you need to first research this to get that, but you don't have enough bush chopping points so get those and then do few more quests, after that you should be able to complete that 1 quest you wanted to get +5 dmg on your sword". So yeah, it's like this mostly. But if you like to play game while you're waiting for game to find, you have only few mins to play, or you just want to chill while listening to music, this game is for you. It has story, it has gameplay, but it's not for everybody and mostly Stardew Valley is better in any way. But hope you got my point :) ~10 hours so yeah I can critic this game pretty much from every angle. Expand
  5. May 13, 2020
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Graveyard Keeper is a really grindy game. Even with the zombie workers you have to spend a lot of time for not rewarded quests. Story is not interensting and cringe. But it has a beautiful art style. If you love Stardew Valley and play something grindy i recommend it. Expand
  6. Dec 25, 2018
    4
    I'd rate this to be the worst executed game of all time. And yes, I beat it.

    Though the core would be interesting and good with a lot of
    I'd rate this to be the worst executed game of all time. And yes, I beat it.

    Though the core would be interesting and good with a lot of stuff to do and a clever storyline, it drowns itself in artifical barriers that keep you from progressing all game long.
    It's not even about it being grindy, it's about the blatant attempt to make the game long winded to the point of it being boring, unless you actually want to beat it.

    There's not a single thing you can focus on in this game as in order to progress in anything, you have to do something else instead.

    It has it all really:
    Cooking
    Fishing
    Farming
    Alchemy
    Dungeon
    Story

    And all of it falls flat because you simply can't focus on anything.

    On top of that you get flimsy guidance and confusing quest tasks - so without a wiki you are simply not able to play the game.

    Most of the time you won't even be able to grind as you need to run across that huge map back and forth. And if that wasn't annoying enough you constantly have to manage your inventory because the size is a massive joke - especially since you can't stay focused on anything.

    As it stands - the game needs a major rebalancing for the technology points as well as ways to increase health and stamina without making it a potion fest.
    And it needs to reconsider how annoying it is to not be able to focus on one thing at a time which forces you to manage your inventory every time you do something else. Which happens every 5 minutes or so.
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  7. Nov 1, 2018
    0
    Now that it is released, one word; boring. Now there is boring dlc that makes the game play less boring but still awful, a redundant dlcNow that it is released, one word; boring. Now there is boring dlc that makes the game play less boring but still awful, a redundant dlc just to alleviate bad game mechanics; screams mobile market; Expand

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