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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 3 months 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

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2020

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Grounded The Game (@GroundedTheGame)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: 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.
 
Players: You can play this with 4 players online. 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.

CostsCosts

Grounded usually costs £24.99.
 

Grounded: Game Preview

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99

Grounded

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

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to subscribe, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence, Horror, Mild Swearing and Users Interact.
 
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

This game is enjoyed by 10-16 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.

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