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Graveyard Keeper (2018) 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.

Our examiner, Angela Hickman Newnham, first checked Graveyard Keeper 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Role-Play and Strategy game with Adventure, Collecting, Narrative and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 60 hours to complete.

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 "*!@?*".

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB TEEN for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Use of Alcohol.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Similar to Stardew Valley, you need to deal with organising your graveyard business and interacting with characters. Additionally, you can automate some processes which are more complex than the simpler farming games.


Graveyard Keeper usually costs £16.75.

Graveyard Keeper

Steam Store PC £16.75
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/08/2018

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Role-Play, Strategy (Adventure, Collecting, Narrative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid, Open World and Pixels

Developer: Lazy Bear Games (@LazyBearGames)

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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