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The Graveyard

By Tale of Tales

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Mobile version of the original indie title.

"a beautiful and moving aesthetic experience" -The Business Times

"a pretentious, ineffective waste of the interactive medium" -Destructoid

"striking and thought-provoking" -Eurogamer

"incredibly short and simple, but gorgeously rendered" -Joystiq

"like stepping into an interactive film" -Mac|Life

"Interactivity is a powerful thing. The Graveyard could have been a short film on YouTube and lost none of its presentational qualities, or its message. But the very limited interaction you have with the character -you can walk her forward and backward, or turn- instantly makes the connection deeper and more powerful than it would have been if you were simply watching." -Wired

Selected for the Independent Games Festival and Indiecade. Nominated for European Innovative Games Award.

The Graveyard is a very short computer game designed by Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn. You play an old lady who visits a graveyard. You walk around, sit on a bench and listen to a song. It's more like an explorable painting than an actual game. An experiment with realtime poetry, with storytelling without words.

The Graveyard has one special feature: the possibility of death. Every time you play she may die.

With music (sung in Flemish with English subtitles) by Gerry De Mol, animations by Laura Raines Smith and sound effects by Kris Force.
By Tale of Tales, the independent games studio that created Vanitas for iPhone and iPod touch, and The Endless Forest, The Path and Fatale for PC and Mac.

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Customer Reviews

It's not so much of a game... it is more of a (very simple and short) piece of art. All tale of tale games seem to be that way in one form or another, and I admit, it's not for everyone. I would recommend "The Path" to tale-of-tales newbies before playing any of their other games. It can get much more dark and twisted in it's narrative. (And it's much more expansive and free-moving!)
This port is okay, but not without it's flaws. The controls feel somewhat clumsy and it's a challenge to control the direction of where the old woman walks at times, but for what's it worth, it's decent enough for me to receive four stars.

no replay value, very little play value

This app takes a few minutes to get through, navigating the old woman from the far side of the graveyard to the bench and getting her seated. A song plays, the lyrics display as subtitles at th ebottom of the screen, and that's it.

You can't deviate from the straight path to the bench - the game doesn't let you explore the graveyard. if it was more of a sandbox game, finding things within the graveyard, this would be fun.

On top of all this, the unresponsive controls make gameplay tedious. The only redeeming quality is the music at the end. Maybe if they had made this a music video instead of a game, it would work better.

Great idea! Horrible port.

I have never wanted to quit an app to write a negative review before this. I stuck it out til the end though. I was very excited to play this port, and if it was coded properly it would have been a masterpiece. Maybe it runs ok on a 3GS but on a 3G this lags and skips every second or two. It's awful, like they didn't even beta test. Also, during the subtitles sometimes the white text is on a white background and you can't see what's being said. Could be by design, but I doubt so. Ultimately I'm very disappointed that I paid for this app and I hope it gets fixed in an update before I delete it from my phone; since after that it's never coming back on.

The Graveyard
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Games
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 24.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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