Graveyard Keeper is my favorite sim concept since SimAnt

Published On February 28, 2017 | By Kirk Hiner | Macintosh

Before you sim fans out there storm my castle, you need to understand that I haven’t spent too much time playing the standards. Too much to be concerned with when you’re in charge of the happiness of entire cities or civilizations. But if you focus on castles or backyards, I’m cool.

And that’s why my interest is piqued by Graveyard Keeper, currently under development by Lazy Bear Games and due for release this summer for Mac, Linux, Windows and Xbox One.

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A darkly comedic take on management games, Graveyard Keeper claims to be “the most inaccurate medieval cemetery management sim of the year.” And who am I to dispute that?

Build & manage your own medieval graveyard while finding shortcuts to cut costs, expand into entertainment with witch-burning festivals, and scare nearby villagers into attending church. This is a game of capitalism and doing whatever it takes to build a thriving business.

Good choice, that medieval setting; managing a modern graveyard certainly can’t be quite as fun, what with all the regulations, legal ramifications, and thorough lack of mysterious dungeons.

In Graveyard Keeper, you will:

  • Face ethical dilemmas. Do you really want to spend money on that proper hotdog meat for the festival when you have so many resources lying around?
  • Gather valuable loot & craft new items. Expand your Graveyard into a thriving business, go ahead and gather valuable resources scattered in the surrounding areas, and explore what this land has to offer.
  • Make business alliances. These dead bodies don’t need all that blood, do they? Why not sell it to someone who can put it to good use. Same for body parts. Hey, it’s being efficient with recycling!
  • Explore mysterious dungeons. No medieval game would be complete without these. Take a trip into the unknown and find useful new ingredients which may or may not poison a whole bunch of nearby villagers. Capitalism.

Further details will be announced soon. In the meantime, take a look at the announcement trailer.

For more information on Graveyard Keeper, visit

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