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Ground Divers! (2022) is a traversal game where you guide a sleepy robot as he mines through the crust of a distant alien world in search of its hidden secrets. You must ensure you don't run out of energy, otherwise you fall asleep and have to start over. While it certainly offers a challenge, it's the quirky humour, characters and infusion of anime and Japanese culture that truly make it stand out.

You guide Tsuruhashi, a clumsy robot with a tendency to fall asleep through the vast expanse of rock and gemstone hiding beneath the surface of the planet, to uncover the secret of the mysterious rare matter lurking deep below. You explore by carefully placing pins to move, ensuring you don't run out of energy too quickly.

As you tunnel your way down you have to take on enemies, powerful bosses, and tough stretches of unrelenting rock. Manage to get your treasure back to the surface and you can customise your house, and unlock upgrades to help you progress further on your next run: dig faster, require less frequent recharges, or perform stronger attacks against enemies.

It's a unique game that offers a novel way to attempt to improve with each run. This is combined with the fun strategic play, engaging story, likeable characters and a novel art style.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Ground Divers! 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Traversal game with Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes between 10 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round of this game. As you improve your skill and unlock more upgrades, each dig will take longer than the last, so the time for each run varies greatly.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. There are several complex systems and gameplay mechanics you need to keep in mind while playing, making it more suited for slightly older children.


You can only play this on older systems (PlayStation Vita) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Ground Divers!

Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/06/2022

Out Now: PS Vita and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Collecting, Traversal and Puzzle

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Arc System Works U (@ArcSystemWorksU)

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