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Video GameCore Keeper Review
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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Core Keeper is a life-simulation strategy game set in a vast cave system where you construct a sprawling base. It crosses the exploration and discovery of Stardew Valley with the camaraderie and adventure of Valheim. In this way it combines unexpectedly deep combat with building and farming in a game you can enjoy on your own or with other people.

You explore a huge cave system, filled with lakes, caverns, and echoes of a lost civilisation. It's tough to start as you have to use what you can find to scrape out an existence. The world is procedurally generated, meaning that the cave systems are infinitely large and explorable and that no two games are the same.

To progress you use survival skills to hunt food and grow plants. Eventually you have enough resources to craft a simple base and wide array of weapons to help you fend off the ancient monsters that dwell in the darkness. Be sure to bring torches, weapons and gear along with you whenever you leave the safety of your base to deal with the pitch blackness and the varied monsters you share the world with.

There's also a complex skill tree that consists of nine branching avenues for character development. This enables you to customise your character to suit your play style, be that ranged or close-quarters combat, enhanced crafting, or quicker mining.

The result is a game that not only combines popular elements from other base-building, farming, crafting and dungeon-crawling games, but that manages to get them to work together to create a coherent whole.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/03/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Open World

Developer: Pugstorm Games (@PugstormGames)

Players: 1 (8 online)




Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 50 hours to complete. Thanks to the game's open-ended nature you can spend hours gathering resources, building your base and uncovering secrets.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. By playing with up to eight players together online, you can split roles between people to each focus on your favourite aspects, or all work together on larger projects.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Some of the more advanced concepts, such as the skill tree and the combat, require a degree of skill that makes it most suitable to older children.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Core Keeper Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@PugstormGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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