|Developer(s)||Lazy Bear Games|
Graveyard Keeper is a graveyard-themed simulation role-playing video game developed by Lazy Bear Games and published by tinyBuild. The game's alpha was released for Microsoft Windows in May 2018, with the release for Windows and Xbox One released later that year. A Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 version was released on June 27, 2019.
The player takes the role of a character who is hit by a car and finds himself taking care of a dilapidated medieval cemetery. A new body arrives every day and every afternoon there are tutorial tips dispensed by a talking skull. The player manages their character's time and energy levels as they clear brush, dig graves and place headstones, keep honeybees, craft goods, mine for stone and metal, and engage in social activities (such as witch burnings) with the various residents of the small village, all while earning in-game money to expand their graveyard. The game is open-ended, allowing the player to take on activities as they see fit.
Graveyard Keeper is a graveyard-keeping simulation game inspired by Stardew Valley and based on Harvest Moon. At the start of the game, the player becomes the recipient of a plot of land including a small graveyard once owned by his predecessor near a small town. The cemetery plot is initially overrun with boulders, trees, stumps, and weeds, and the player must work to clear them in order to restart its operation, tending to graves and even the church so as to generate revenue and bring donations to church coffers. Your ultimate goal is to get your character back to his old world. To that end, you need information and help from various NPCs, whom you will be trying to please them, or do their quests. Such quests usually involves gameplay elements like bringing them some crafted or collectable items like oil, honey etc. More gameplay elements and areas slowly unlock throughout the game as you unlock new technologies. The skill tree in this games is called a Technology Tree, and you unlock new technologies to progress in the game. Beyond the early game, Graveyard Keeper requires you to have three different types of experience points: Red, Blue, and Green to unlock most of the technologies. Other than tending to graves and clearing out environmental elements, the game also has farming, smithing, rudimentary combat, multi-level dungeon, fishing, and an extensive crafting system.
The DLC for Graveyard Keeper, “Breaking Dead” was announced in 2018 free for owners of the base game. A resurrection table is added to your morgue, and you can reanimate corpses and command them to do your bidding. It can gather stone, wood, and craft items, as well as taking care of your garden. It allows players to modify and upgrade your zombies and to create logistics chains so that your zombies can automate sales of merchandise.
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