Graveyard Keeper is a slightly amusing game that has you manage a medieval graveyard while facing ethical dilemmas and making questionable decisions. It's officially out now with Linux support.
About the game:
Graveyard Keeper is the most inaccurate medieval cemetery management sim of all time. Build and manage your own graveyard, and expand into other ventures, while finding shortcuts to cut costs. Use all the resources you can find. After all, this is a game about the spirit of capitalism, and doing whatever it takes to build a thriving business. And it’s also a love story.
My key was only activated today (provided by the publisher before release), so I haven't had a chance to spend a lot of time with it. Even so, I want to highlight a few issues that I've encountered.
Firstly, the fancy software cursor they use is a little sluggish. You can switch to a hardware cursor (your system cursor) in the settings, but this will make it invisible until you restart the game. There's also some pretty harsh performance drops in certain areas too. Walking through the wheat fields for example on the way to the town, dropped performance hard down to 30FPS and below making it rather sluggish. Even in better areas, it still needs some improvements with a fair bit of micro-stutter.
It advertises full gamepad support, although through Steam and also trying out SC Controller, the Steam Controller wasn't picked up by the game at all. My Logitech F310 was also not picked up, so that's not great. I don't consider that a major blocker, since it plays great with a keyboard—still annoying though.
- Face ethical dilemmas. Do you really want to spend money on that proper burger meat for the witch-burning festival, when you have so many resources lying around?
- Gather valuable materials and craft new items. Expand your Graveyard into a thriving business. Help yourself -- gather the valuable resources scattered across the surrounding areas, and explore what this land has to offer.
- Quests and corpses. These dead bodies don't need all those organs, do they? Why not grind them up and sell them to the local butcher? Or you can go on proper quests, you roleplayer.
- Explore mysterious dungeons. No medieval game would be complete without those! Take a trip into the unknown, and find discover new alchemy ingredients -- which may or may not poison a whole bunch of nearby villagers.
What's interesting, is that it actually uses a similar system to Lazy Bear Games' last title, Punch Club, whereby doing different activities gives you coloured points towards learning different things in the skill tree.
So far, it seems quite relaxing. I've been able to do quite a lot, even in my relatively short play time. I've managed to learn a number of skills, clear out a lot of junk from around my graveyard and cut up some bodies into tasty meat. I'm currently attempting to get a fake seal of approval for my tasty human meat, to be able to sell it to a local in the nearest town.
It does seem like a fun game, certainly reminds me of Stardew Valley with a more amusing (and slightly gross) setting. So if Stardew Valley wasn't your cup for being to sweet, this just might be what you're after.