I’ve been in the mood for a crafting/farming game lately, but have had a hard time scratching that itch. I can’t say that Graveyard Keeper does that, per se, but it has been a delightful adventure.
In Graveyard Keeper, you play… a graveyard keeper. But it’s not all landscaping and corpse-planting. You’ve been transported to a strange world through some method you don’t truly understand, and are stuck on graveyard duty while you do a wide variety of dubious favors for some pretty strange people as you try to figure out how to get home to your beloved.
If you’ve ever played Stardew Valley or Harvest Moon, this game will seem immediately familiar to you. I don’t know if they all use the same graphics engine or what, but they’ve got a very similar look and feel to them. You explore the world, chop down trees, mine rocks, plant crops, talk to villagers… very similar.
But there are a number of things that set Graveyard Keeper apart. The first of which is, well, you’re a graveyard keeper. A communist donkey delivers a corpse to you each day and you have to deal with it somehow. You can bury it. You can burn it. You can autopsy it and harvest cartoony organs for alchemical experiments (or, um, food). If you can’t be bothered to do any of that, you can chuck it in the river and be done with it.
You’re also a clergyman for a strange flock. The local bishop tasks you with fixing up not only the graveyard but also the church. Once a week, you can deliver a sermon to earn a few coins and faith points, which can be used to create new sermons, research the various resources of this strange world or… make zombies.
Yes, that’s right. If you decide not to burn, bury, or float your daily corpse, you can turn it into a zombie and put it to work harvesting resources, farming, even making wine. Yes, that’s right, you can have a zombie vintner.
On the whole, Graveyard Keeper is a fun little adventure for people with a semi-dark sense of humor. The storylines are quite funny, and there’s always something that needs doing (and usually something you have to do in order to do something you have to do to take care of that something).
How will it end? I dunno. I’m 33 hours in with no end in sight.