I won’t compare it to Stardew Valley, it’s over done and quite frankly inaccurate. While the design style is similar, the basic premise is completely different. I do love a pixelated farming simulation, but Graveyard Keeper is more complex than that.
I had been anticipating the launch of Graveyard Keeper for several weeks. When I finally received the alpha release email, I couldn’t get my pocketbook out quick enough. Graveyard Keeper had been circulating around Stardew Valley Facebook groups and I was expecting a macabre farming simulation. However, what I got was far superior than anything I ever could have imagined.
Graveyard Keeper elegantly mashes an epic love story, dangerous quests, surgical precision and light farming into a perfectly painted package. The art is simple yet deliberate, care was taken in creating each flower and blending the grass, so it didn’t look like an over pixelated mess. Overall, the design of Graveyard Keeper is fantastic and leaves the player wanting to explore deeper into this medieval world.
The game starts out with a man torn apart from the woman he loves and his desperation to get back to her. He is then transported into time of old where he learns that he is the new town graveyard keeper. His new job entails preforming autopsies, digging the graves, and maintaining the overall appearance of the graveyard. A charming donkey drops off the deceased and a lovable talking skull shows him the ropes. The player will run into many charming characters such as a blacksmith, bar keep, an actor, and an astronomer.
There are many highs within the land of Graveyard Keeper but there are a few lows as well. I found myself running out of time with each day. Each action depleted a health bar and early in the game I found myself needing to sleep often to replenish it. I started a vicious cycle in which I’d work with a body, sleep, and repeat. This left little time for other quests and attempting to maintain my graveyard. However, despite this I played for about six hours the day I purchased the alpha. Needless to say, it’s terribly addicting.
Overall, Graveyard Keeper is a moving love story jam packed with death and gore leaving players excited for the future. The official release is August 15th, 2018 and will be available on PC and Xbox One. I look forward to throwing many more bodies in the river and seeing what all Graveyard Keeper has to offer.
Check out the awesome trailer and pick up the alpha here.