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Graveyard Keeper Review
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Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Graveyard Keeper is a funeral-themed role-playing game where you are the caretaker of a local cemetery. You make choices about how to lay out the plot, what services to offer and generally how to make money from your unusual enterprise. The pixilated visuals and simple aesthetic hide within a complex and intriguing world of looking after the dead.

After being hit by a car you wake up in a medieval world where you are in charge of the local cemetery and church. You must manage the graveyard to the best of your abilities in the hope of gaining the magic to open the portal back to your real life.

Play is a twist on farming, where you toil your land not for a food crop but to efficiently store and settle the dead in their graves. The plot is overrun with boulders, trees, stumps, and weeds, that you clear to make space for the dead.

As you progress this work you earn money from the locals whilst also taking on missions to help with their lives - bringing them some crafted or collectable items like oil, honey etc. It soon becomes clear you can't keep up with the labour manually and you unlock new technologies to automate the processes you undertake to run the graveyard.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 15/08/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Lazy Bear Games (@LazyBearGames)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 50 hours and 60 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Graveyard Keeper usually costs £15.99 to £24.99.
 

Graveyard Keeper

XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
Switch Store Switch £17.99

Graveyard Keeper Collector&#';s Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 because it features encouragement of the use of alcohol/tobacco. There are real world alcoholic drinks to be found in the game such as beer and wine which, when consumed by the player, provide positive benefits to their health statistics. The game contains offensive use of the word "*!@?*".

AccessibilityAccessibility

The text in Graveyard Keeper is very small and difficult to read, with no option to adjust size. Some of the text in the menus is presented against very low contrast backgrounds, making it even more challenging to read.

Three important game resources are represented by the same symbol and only differentiated by color (red, blue, and green).

While there is a game map available, the player's current location in the world is not indicated on the map.

Most tools have the option where you can either press the button rapidly or hold it down for the most efficient use, but neither is required to play the game.

The voice acting in the game is gibberish sounds and does not assist with reading.
 
Our Graveyard Keeper Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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