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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 8 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @gweronimo and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Grounded is a survival game where you are tiny and find yourself in someone’s back garden. It’s like Honey I Shrunk The Kids meets Fortnite. Ants, cockroaches, and bees pose a threat along with environmental hazards like water, tall grass and large drops.

The game has three different locations: the grasslands, the hedge, and the haze. It has an ecosystem that evolves as you play and that your actions impact. If you kill one type of insect, for example, other creatures that would otherwise have been eaten will thrive. The insects also react to your behaviour. Each has a full day and night cycle (that takes about 30 minutes in the game) that not only changes how it looks but how the insects behave.

You play from either first-person or a third-person. To survive you need to find an adequate supply of of food and water. Taking on bugs and insects (spiders, bees, dust mites, mantis and ladybugs) enables you to progress. But also each insect has a purpose. Spiders are predators, ladybirds locate food supplies, aphids are edible. You can choose whether you coexist alongside ants or will you stop them stealing your food and face their soldier ants as a result. You can also construct a base once you have enough resources.

This involves a similar building system to Fornite but with options for defensive and offensive weapons. If you find the right resources you can craft tools, traps and weapons (axes, spears and bows and arrows).

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/07/2020, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 39 features

Developer: Grounded The Game (@GroundedTheGame)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round of this game. Because the game works on day night cycles that last about 30 minutes, sessions usually comprise of a few of these. Although there is a story to complete, you aren’t forced to progress this so the overall duration depends on how quickly you advance your base and characters.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. Playing with up to four plays in the online mode means you can collaborate to build bases and survive. Strategy, communication and planning are required to do well.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence, Horror, Mild Swearing. This game features moderate violence. In single player mode, players can only fight against giant insects. Damage is shown by a reduction in the health bar, with some green 'blood' coming from the insects. However, in multiplayer mode it is possible for players to attack other human characters. While the violence is generally non-realistic looking, there are minor blood effects when humans attach each other. A menu screen includes use of the word '*!@?*'.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 

CostsCosts

Grounded usually costs £24.99 to £34.99.
 

Grounded

Steam Store PC £34.99

Grounded: Game Preview

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Grounded Accessibility Report documents 39 accessibility features:
You can set or customise the game difficulty. All Recipies Unlocked and Free, for example, offers a free-play mode with everything available. You can disable Bugs Spawn to turn this aspect of play off. You can turn off Player Damage and Hunger/Thirst/Stamina Drain. Together these off a God-like mode where you can't die.

The game includes spiders by you can use the Arachnophobia Safe Mode to change the look and sounds of the spiders and make them less triggering.

Certain game elements will be altered to be more legible for one of three types of colorblindness. Currently, this mode shifts to a set of distinct colours that remain the same regardless of SCA.B flavor or color deficiency selected. Options: None, Deuteranopia, Protanopia, and Tritanopia.

There are the follow aspects of narration:
  • Read to Me: Game narrates the text content of on-screen elements.
  • Chat Text to Speech: Incoming text chat will also be read aloud by the narrator.
  • Chat Speech to Text: Incoming voice chat will also be displayed as chat messages.

The game offers onboarding that asks you to set accessiblity options before you start.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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