[Beyond PlayStation] Graveyard Keeper Review
Have you ever wanted to be in charge of a graveyard? Then have I got a game for you! Come learn more in our Graveyard Keeper review!
After a longer than usual loading sequence, Graveyard Keeper showed how the character I would be controlling has been hit by a car while crossing the street after buying some groceries, all because he got a phone call from what seemed to be his wife, which is why he didn’t pay attention to the incoming traffic. After this incident, he ends up becoming a Graveyard Keeper, and he will only be able to go home to his lover if he manages to do a good job at his new workplace.
First up is digging up Gerry, a talking skull that is buried just outside of your new house. Gerry’s memory is not what it used to be, as he doesn’t have much of an idea about what you need to do to get started. The good news is that it will all start coming back to him at a steady pace, so you’ll get some on the job training to get you going in the right direction. A donkey will be waiting for you a bit down the road, and it turns out that you can actually understand what he’s saying! It turns out he’s used as cheap labor to transport fresh corpses for you to take care of.
You’ll be asked to pick up the new corpse by pressing the A button, and you’ll need to rush with it to the morgue before it stops being so fresh. You’ll see a percentage over it, and it will go down at a steady pace the longer you take to bring it to the morgue. Once inside, place it over a table and perform an autopsy on the corpse so that you can “craft” a piece of flesh from it. By now you will have noticed that every action you take will have your character lose some stamina, so you’ll need to balance what you do so that you can make the most of each day. Gerry tells you to trade the meat at the village tavern for a beer so that you can bring it back to him.
But before you can do that, you’ll need to take care of the corpse by burying it. To do this, you’ll need to use a blueprint desk at the graveyard to mark the site where the grave will be, and then dig away with your shovel to prepare it. Once the grave is ready, gently drop the corpse inside. Once that’s been taking care of, bury the corpse by filling up the grave, and decorate as needed. Keeping your graveyard in good shape is a must if you want to succeed in this new business endeavor.
Your boss, the Bishop, will let you know that the current setup for the graveyard is, shall we say, not adequate. The whole place is a mess, and the graves are in great need of some extra elbow grease so that they can be returned to their former glory – as glorious as graves can be. Repairing the graves is going to do wonders for improving your graveyard’s quality, but to do this, you’re going to need to procure the right resources for the job. Fixing things here and there is going to be one of your goals in Graveyard Keeper.
Every single body that you bury will reward you with a burial certificate that you can trade at the town’s tavern for some money. You’ll need to put the money to good use so that you can buy more stuff for you to use in crafting new items that will be applied to the new technologies – that is, new blueprints – you will unlock. Every objective you complete will reward you with points of three different types: red ones that represent your hand-crafting skills, green ones that represent your knowledge of nature, and blue ones for your spiritual knowledge of the immaterial world.
These points are very important since they are needed for you to be able to unlock more and more technologies for your job. You will start with basic knowledge for wood and stone, which will allow you to collect small stores and chop down small trees to get a logo, as well as collect sticks from bushes, but if you want to step up your game, you’re going to need to boost your points to unlock better technologies. If you want to be able to learn mining to be able to stockpile ore, you’re going to need ten red points and ten green points. Stone repair kits are going to be something that you’ll need in your day to day, and you can get it by crafting a stone cutter once you’ve reached fifteen red points and five green points. There are only a few examples of everything you can do in Graveyard Keeper if you put in the time and work needed for you to boost your character’s points.
On top of all this, you will also need to take care of some fighting, putting all of your energy into each swing so that you can deal enough damage to defeat your opponents. As long as you time things right with every press of the X button, and make sure you have some food or potions in your inventory so that you can heal any wounds, you should be able to make it. If you’re low on energy or health, you can always give sleeping a try since that will restore both of them in one go so that you can carry on.
Graveyard Keeper is a fun graveyard sim type of game with plenty of stuff to do and a lot of objectives to complete for its $19.99 asking price. If you want more content on top of this, then you can get the two DLC packs, Breaking Dead and Stranger Sins, available for the game at $4.99 and $9.99, respectively. Breaking Dead will add zombies into the equation, allowing you to build an army of undead workers to craft items, collect wood and other resources, have them sort any gardening issues, and more. Stranger Sins is the pricier of the two, but it adds some extra story content to play, as well as giving you the chance to build your very own tavern.
This Graveyard Keeper review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by TinyBuild.