Cannabis rarely makes appearances in video games, save the plethora of weed-growing games for mobile. But, it makes an appearance in the recently released medieval management sim, Graveyard Keeper ($19.99 PC/XBOX).
Graveyard Keeper takes the wholesome farm life of Stardew Valley and turns it on its head with a dose of grossness and dark humor. After an encounter with a bus on your way home from the store, you awake to find yourself in another world, one where you’re a newly appointed keeper of the local graveyard.
Your main goal in the game is to keep your graveyard looking swell and embalming and burying the corpses that appear every so often. But as your technology tree progresses, you soon unlock gardening and alchemy skills which are helpful for making food and potions to replenish your rapidly depleting energy bar. It seems that grave tending is hard work!
One of the crops you can grow is cannabis, or more specifically, hemp, which is needed to create rope and seed oil. You can buy the seeds from the old stoner with a sweet-tooth at the eastern edge of the map.
Billed as “the most inaccurate medieval cemetery management sim,” your technology is limited, which is what makes the inclusion of hemp so great. It’s featured as a necessary tool, not as a “drug.”
Graveyard Keeper is easy to get lost in, especially when high. There’s so much to do. In addition to embalming and burying, there’s cemetery maintenance, sprucing up the grounds and church, giving sermons, running errands for villagers, not to mention the constant foraging for raw materials to keep building and improving your surroundings. There’s also a dungeon to plunder!
The story is enjoyable, lots of tech to research, the characters are fun and there are plenty of hidden areas to discover and unlock. Stoners who love sim games are in for a treat with this new take on the classic genre.