A graveyard simulator, a story of epitaphs, a tale of ghosts that haunt, a game with no goal— all valid descriptions of Boon Hill.
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Release Date: Oct 31, 2015

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August 7

No more ghost trees! Now at half price!

There was another update I meant to use for this but there was a SNAFU with steam. So, now it's happening now, way later! Uh, yeah.

The ghost tree issue has been fixed. Hopefully no one runs into any more but feel free to message us if you do.

As they have been exorcised all is well!

Also, Boon Hill is half off for the week. So, if five dollars was too much for you... uh...

Honestly, if five dollars was too expensive for you I'm not sure 2.50 will sound better. If it does, enjoy Boon Hill!


The Boon Hill Team

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June 23

Tree Ghosts no Longer Haunt the Graveyard!

Welcome those that live and walk,

-Small patch but still. Apparently there was an issue with... tree ghosts. Strange instances where things would pop up on the map in the middle of nowhere you couldn't walk through.

It has hopefully been fixed! May the ghosts of trees never haunt your graveyard exploration again!

-Issue where a very small number of players say they get stuck in the first tree... still happens. Seriously, I don't know what causes it and why only on a TINY number of games. Less than 1% of users it seems.

Enjoy not bumping into invisible trees this summer?


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“It may not look like it at first glance, but Boon Hill is a profound experience.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“What I love about Boon Hill is how it challenges your mind to wander to the dark, scary places we don’t want to think about.”
Indy Root

“Boon Hill's absolutely worth the $5 admission fee and it'll even allow you to leave virtual flowers.”

About This Game

An afternoon spent walking between the gravestones reading the whispers of those that have passed. This is the experience Boon Hill promises to give. A graveyard simulator, with all the adventure of exploring a real graveyard without looking like a creeper.

To put it as simply as possible, Boon Hill is a game about reading gravestones. There might be a few other elements in the final product but the bulk of the game would be just walking through a graveyard, reading epitaphs and thinking about who these people were and never will be again.

Free Roaming

The game itself has no win scenario. As the protagonist you'll start with a specific gravestone you're looking for, but finding it won't end the game. Looking at every gravestone once won't end the game. Doing everything there possibly is to do won't end the game. The game ends when you decide to leave the graveyard. The experience is yours. It isn't dictated by some preset guidelines.

No Danger

The game has no lose scenario either. There is nothing threatening the player. No zombies bursting up from the graves and no vampires hidden deep in the mausoleums. The gravedigger is not digging a grave for you and it's impossible to be buried alive. There's nothing to be afraid of at Boon Hill, except perhaps your own mortality, despite what some NPCs might tell you.

Though they do say you should never fall asleep in a graveyard.

Discover Mystery In the Graveyard

Boon Hill is not aimless. Boon Hill is about inferred stories, about the connections people have that continue even after they die. The graveyard tells many tales woven by those who've long since passed on: stories of love, life, sorrow, and joy, told over generations.

The threads of narrative are woven throughout the gravestones for you to discover, if you have the inkling to look. A row of graves all with the same last name, most of them having died very young, suggests a specific set of circumstances. An epitaph that reads 'Survived by no one' is dour, yes, but clearly someone carried out their last wishes. Here, people are tied together by something as simple as similar birth dates, the places they were born or died, and even the styles of their grave markers. Subtle stories abound in the rows of stone.

The specifics of what you can expect from Boon Hill:

  • Fancy, advanced 16-bit graphics! The kind of graphics you drooled over twenty years ago.

  • The ability to choose your gender as male OR female! How very progressive.

  • Well over a thousand individual graves and epitaphs! It's the whole point of the game, after all.

  • Several NPCs to interact with! At least more than two.

  • Crows! The graveyard has a lot of crows. It's as much a feature as anything else.

  • Figure out what's up with that weird goth chick! She's kinda creepy.

  • Virtual graveyard! Real depression! Feelings of depression are not guaranteed, but reading epitaphs is not known as a heartwarming pastime.

  • Lie in an open grave! Haven't you always wanted to do that?

  • Real-time mourning! You'll be able to leave flowers, and look sad. All in real time! Only three flowers allowed per visit of the grounds.

  • But mostly, Learn about the history of this town and the kind of people that lived their through the legacy they have left behind in the graveyard boon hill.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Graphics: DX9 (Shader model 2.0) -generally anything made since 2004 should work.
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: X 10.7+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Graphics: DX9 (Shader model 2.0) -generally anything made since 2004 should work.
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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72 of 94 people (77%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
There's not a whole lot to this. It's not a game, it's not even a simulator -- it's more like an interactive art project someone made for SVA and then figured they could sell on Steam. The music is beautiful, haunting even, and I'd absolutely be willing to pay for the soundtrack, but that's about the only worthwhile part. It doesn't feel like the makers have ever been to a real graveyard, especially not one as old as Boon Hill is supposed to be. Graveyards that old aren't as empty as this game's setting, for one thing; 90% of the "graveyard" is empty space with a smattering of tombstones in small family clusters, even though it's supposed to date back to the 1700s at least. And we're not talking "ruins" or "stubs that are old, broken tombstones, now illegible" -- it's just EMPTY. Lots of grass, maybe a tree, but that's it. Also, it feels like they never finished this "game", since many of the gravestones can't be read -- and I'm certain that's not intentional because they AREN'T blank, they're simply not things with which you can interact in the "game." Clicking on them does nothing. Most tombstones have writing that can be read, some are blank when you click on them, but this third group? Just...not there, as far as the program is concerned. That serves no narrative purpose, there's no explanation for it, and it really just ruins the immersion. Sort of like that Spanish tombstone with the name of "Inygo Montoya" on it. Har har. Also, the Spanish tombstones? Yeah, they're pretty clearly just English things someone ran through Google translate and then incorrectly typed out. I wouldn't make fun of "stupid Americans [who] can't read [Spanish tombstones]" (that's the translation for one of them) when you can't even manage basic Spanish spelling, grammar and vocabulary. "Mayora" =/= "Mayoria." I assume the same would be the case for the ones in Cyrillic script. I'm not really sure why they felt this needed to be Kickstarted, but good on them for being entrepreneurs, I suppose.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I have experienced loss twice this year, two friends dead before their time. With grief and mourning fresh in my mind I played Boon Hill for the first time today. While I would have appreciated more structure, or at the least a run button, there is certainly something all too raw about reading fake epitaphs for people who were not real but none the less "died."
If you were to put a headstone on a hill, carve a random name into it, make up some numbers, and then walk away, your fiction would become truth given enough time. Someone finding that stone one hundred years from now wouldn't know the difference.
Boon Hill isn't real, but mortality is. Even knowing this game is fictional can't stop me from imagining a life connected to every headstone I found. When I stumbled onto what seemed to be a section for children, I had to leave. I felt real pain.
If you have never known death, I envy you. Maybe Boon Hill won't affect you like it did me. Personally, I felt catharsis, as if fake-grief gave me a respite from real-grief.
Perhaps I'll come back to Boon Hill the next time I need such relief. I hope that's not too soon.
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32 of 57 people (56%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
Boon Hill tries to excuse its lack of mechanics, depth, or polish as a 'minimalist art project which invites the player to self-examine', but really, it's just boring, lazy, and looks like garbage. If you want to read a bunch of epitaphs and feel emotive about the frailty of the human condition, you can just use google. That said, I'm sort of wierdly glad this game exists, if only to prove that it's bad idea.
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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
This is a qualified recommendation. I'd guess that most people on Steam would not be into this sort of thing. You need to be in a certain frame of mind. If you liked Dear Ester - this may suit your mood aswell. In my opinion, reflection on death is a very important thing and it doesn't detract from life.

If I could ask for one change to the game, it would be to make it easier to know where you are in the cemetary in order to find each and every grave. Right now, there are multiple sections of the graveyard spread out in no overall order. I've visited sections that include Russian gravestones, Spanish gravestones, Asian ones without inscriptions, a soldier cemetary, a pet cemetary, one with two open graves that you can lie down in, and single graves that lie outside of the fences. So it feels very organic, a mishmash of sections. But this has the drawback of you're not quite sure if you visited all the graves. I hope the author of the game can do something to address this. Perhaps a map or marking system.

Note: I've actually played this for more than 3 hours before activating it on Steam.
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
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Welcome to Boon Hill is a graveyard simulator game (which I had honestly never heard of before playing this). There is no goal to the game; no perilous situations to overcome, no goals to complete that signify completion. “Why would I want to play this game?” you may ask, or “What’s the point of it all?” Here are some reasons why I think this game is worth your 5 bucks.

The beauty of this game is that it allows for you to create your own experience. You play as a mysterious boy or girl, wandering around the Boon Hill cemetery reading as many epitaphs (messages on the gravestones) as you please, pondering some and dismissing others. Some may come off as funny, others meaningful, and some as downright depressing. There are hundreds gravestones to read and each message is different with its own meaning. This experience is yours: you may leave when you please and stay for however long you want. While exploring, you will notice the mysterious music; relaxing one moment then suddenly eerie the next.

I would recommend this game to those who enjoy piecing together information that they collect along their way, even if that information does not fit together necessarily well. Also people who want to experience an immersive environment with many hidden insights, tragedies, and stories of success and happiness waiting to be read. If you do not like the idea of investigating the past lives of people who once lived, or walking with no seeming purpose in mind, just traveling from one grave marker to the next, you may not enjoy this game.
If you feel beckoned to explore a graveyard at any time, or are even remotely interested in visiting a graveyard, you should try this game out! It offers a similar experience, all from the comfort of your home. For only $5, there isn’t much to lose.

My implemented rating system:
Run away! 1-2/10
Handle with caution… 3-4/10
Buy on sale: 5-6/10
Every day purchase: 7-8/10
Must buy: 9-10/10

This game's rating: 7/10. Recommended for everyday purchase.
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16 of 30 people (53%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
The time spent in this game, while currently minimal, has been time well spent. Definitively the "graveyard simulator", this game burdens the player with macabre conclusions, from finding loved ones lost from disease, fire, and some having perished before their own lives came to be. A few NPC's haunt this graveyard, some more disconcerting than others, some instilling wisdom onto the protagonist, but all a very neat addition to this title. Definitely worth every cent, if you're looking for perturbing experience this Halloween.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Boon Hill

The game Boon Hill was amazing for me because I love how your just walking around and finding these toomb stones that had messages and tasks to complete. The music was frighting for me and I liked that because I love how some of the toombs would move around I thought that was so cool. The game had issues starting full screen for me so they should add a button that knows your computer display size. Also In the middle of me play the game I would have these werid pixles flashing and is it something with game or is it a bug that the devs have to fix.

  • Music was very frighting and awesome and made me jump out my desk chair a lot of times.
  • The moving tombs were very amazing and when I moved around the tombs move with me.
  • The art of the character was amazing and I loved its moving anamations.

  • Fullscreen wasn't optition on the game please add this feature.
  • Werid shades of gray on my screen while playing the game.
  • Very buggy on windows 10 please improve this game because it had those issues on the game end.

"In disclosure I recived this game in exchange for an honest review"

Thank You So Much For Reading,
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16 of 31 people (52%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
Have played plenty more on the GOG release

A lovely little title about exploring a graveyard. Legitimately moved me to tears. Well worth my time and money.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
I came in and played Welcome to Boon Hill having no idea what I should expect. Would I laugh? Would I cry? Would there be hidden zombies I have to fight? While those concepts were few and far between I came to the realization that the game is much more than what people expect from a “typical” game experience. It’s not meant to apprise to tell any set story but aims to set in motion for the user to create their own experience. To define their own meanings.

At face value, Boon Hill can seem as if it’s a modest graveyard simulator but in actuality the graveyard is as disparate as it is eerie. The music is fantastic. It absolutely gives an otherworldly feel that sends chills down your spine as you interact within the world and its muses. Though the sound is simply an undertone to the real joy of play which is the diversity in reading the epitaphs.

From the start of the game you already know there will be plenty to explore as each epitaph you come across is far different from the previous. Some are silly such as one that was simply “This sucks I’m scared of worms.” While there can be others that hit you right into the feels such as “The sun shall rise and find your eyes filled with tears for me for I know that you love me as much as I hold love for you and with the passing of enough days the tears will dry but each time you think of me know I miss you too.” Boon Hill can definitely surprise you when you least expect it.

In the graveyard you walk and keep walking. There is no HUD, there are no map indicators, and there are no mission objectives. You venture onwards unknowingly between yourself, some NPCs, and the massive amount of dead that slumber in their graves. What I take from this is that this game is about the representation of our lives. We don’t quite know where we’re going until we cross paths with something we wish to take the time to glance upon. We meet people, see things, both ordinary and unordinary. And eventually we all come to experience the humor, pain, and intrinsic oddities of what death represents to us.

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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
This game plays like one of the more interesting parts of less well written games. Lots and lots of depth here. I approve.
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Zombies and Chill
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 12
It's a lot like dark souls, but good.
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Suprisingly deep and sentimental. Well worth the asking price.
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Ron Swanson
1.2 hrs
Posted: January 29
This game is definitely not for everyone. And you have to be in the right mood. That said, it is a refreshing change of pace when I'm not feeling like micromanaging things, or running around with a million objectives that I hardly care about. The music is excellent, relaxing but a bit dark. The game doesn't presume to be anything but what it is, a JRPG control styled "walking around a graveyard and reading gravestones sim."

When I'm feeling like playing something the opposite of Skyrim, with no list of "objectives" and nothing to fight, just chill out and wander and reflect.. this is nice. If any of this appeals to you.. it's worth the five dollars in my opinion. A couple things seem unfinished, I was a bit disappointed to not be able to read the history of Boon Hill for example.

Incidentally, I backed the kickstarter because I thought it was an interesting concept.
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lil guy
3.0 hrs
Posted: November 15, 2015
not a "game" but interesting enough, and good music. wait for a sale maybe, not a lot of time that can be spent on this\

ya have to open your mind up
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0.9 hrs
Posted: November 14, 2015

Welcome to Boon Hill is an indie game that at first glance looks pretty straight forward. Walk around a graveyard in search of grave stones. There are no zombies, no high score, and no guns. Why on Earth would you play a game like this you ask?

Well you quickly find there's far more depth than at first glance. I came to Boon Hill thinking "ok I'll spend about 5 minutes walking around and get bored". Well a few minutes turned into an hour and I was completely drawn into seeking out more epitaphs to piece together the stories of life and death.

The death of a child, a person that lived life to the fullest, un marked graves, even some funny little easter eggs are all you'll find in just the first hour of play. I feel like there's still more to get out of it. If you enjoy games that allow you to search for clues and piece together stories from the mundane to creepy Welcome to Boon Hill would be worth it for you.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: November 12, 2015
As an ex-mortician whose hobby is wandering around cemeteries, this game is probably the most enjoyable, relaxing game I've played in an excessily LONG time. It sucks you in, reading the stories on the graves and searching the different sections of Boon Hill. I'm so excited that this is actually a game, if you want to play something that's relaxing and interesting, do it. I highly recommend Welcome to Boon Hill. Amazing.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: November 9, 2015
This game is unlike any other I've ever played. I never thought that I would want to play a graveyard simulator (especially since I've truly never heard of the genre), but I am quite impressed with how this came out. It cuts deep into the feels with the writing, while the gameplay itself remains simplistic. It's eerie... relaxing... and entertaining all at the same time! I really dig it!

PS: The pixel art is AMAZING!
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