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Grounded (2020) 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 a first-person or third-person perspective. To survive you need to find an adequate supply 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, and aphids are edible. You can choose whether you coexist alongside ants or will you stop them from 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 Fortnite 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).

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Grounded 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 10 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Strategy game with Adventure, Fighting, Shooting and Simulation elements. 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:


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 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence, Horror, and 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 attack each other. A menu screen includes the 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 Level

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.


Grounded usually costs £24.99 to £34.99.


Steam Store PC £34.99

Grounded: Game Preview

XBox Store Xbox X|S £24.99
XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Strategy (Adventure, Fighting, Shooting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 39 features

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Grounded The Game (@GroundedTheGame)

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