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The Graveyard

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The Graveyard is a short game described by the authors as an explorable painting, an experiment in storytelling with real-time poetry without the use of words. It tries to evoke a feeling and tell an elaborate story with a small segment of gameplay. The player controls an elderly woman, shown from a third-person perspective. She visits a graveyard. The exploration is limited as she can only move towards a bench in front of a church. Struck by her age, she moves about slowly and needs a cane to keep her balance. She can sit down on the bench and then exit the graveyard again.

Although the game elements seem limited - the camera restricts the player from entering any of the side paths - the woman's story is told through a song that starts playing when she sits down. The lyrics are in Dutch, but they are transcribed in English at the bottom of the screen. The full version of the game introduces a random time of death for the woman, not allowing the player to exit the graveyard and enhancing the drama. The game is entirely in black and white, but there are various lighting effects and birds flying around.


The Graveyard Android The old lady is sitting on the bench
The Graveyard Android The old lady is walking towards the bench
The Graveyard Windows The walking is slow and she needs the cane to keep her balance.
The Graveyard Windows She makes her way back to the entrance.

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VictoryGames.pl Windows May 02, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
MacLife Macintosh Sep 02, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Sep 07, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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As of November, 2008 The Graveyard's demo has been downloaded approximately 120,000 times. In that period it has sold 400 copies, 44% of which were on the Macintosh platform.

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