Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Oct 12, 2022
    Much like the protagonists, Grounded sees Obsidian heading into new brand new territory that’s still familiar in some ways, and their expedition ends up paying off big-time. Excelling as a survival game with a nice and meaty challenge, an adventure game with a lot of secrets and goods to hunt for and a highly-enjoyable story, and a visual spectacle as you wander around and take in the eye-popping sights of now-majestic backyard clutter (and the more frightening sights of the impressive and imposing insects), this is one trip that’s tiny yet epic at the same time and is not to be missed out on.
  2. Oct 11, 2022
    The full release of Grounded is impressive due to its polish, attention to detail, and unique, compelling premise and world, but is still in need of some work to reach its full potential as a giant of the survival genre.
  3. Oct 11, 2022
    Like an ant, punching above its weight is the best way to describe Grounded. In many regards, this is the little game that could.
  4. Sep 28, 2022
    Grounded is a fantastic survival game with a killer premise, rewarding progression, and boundless creativity that even a host of bugs can’t spoil.
  5. Sep 27, 2022
    Grounded has become, over the years, a real gem that has little to envy to what we expect from Avowed.
  6. Sep 26, 2022
    Grounded concluded its early access tenure with one final update to pull everything together and add hours of fresh new content, resulting in one of the best games of 2022. Grounded is bound to inspire other titles in the survival genre for years to come.
  7. Sep 26, 2022
    Grounded is a complete, well-finished and multifaceted project, capable of satisfying a wide audience both for its setting and for its mechanics. Perhaps the two-year preview had a "cooling" effect on the interest of the public, but they did very well to the final result. Net of some frustrating elements, such as a difficulty level that looks upwards if it can, and the lack of a couple of mechanics useful for those who want to enjoy the game with maximum ease - fast travel for example - Grounded it is a product that if it had been released today, without first knowing anything about it, would certainly be the center of a lot of attention. If solo is a solid game, challenging but potentially difficult to digest in its entirety, in cooperative the experience shows its best side and is able to offer many hours.
  8. Sep 26, 2022
    Grounded is a deep and compelling survival game that immerses us in a fascinating world waiting to be explored, full of challenges and graced by an excellent co-op mode. It's a game that doesn't hold the player by hand, and for this reason it can often leave you stumped requiring a lot of tenacity and patience, but it can also offer great rewards. Recommended for survival game fans and newbies alike, especially those eager to enjoy it with friends.
  9. Sep 26, 2022
    Grounded is the perfect survival, building and role-playing game, with a good story and a miniature world full of life.
  10. Sep 26, 2022
    I feel that Grounded was able to take advantage of its long trial period to provide the content that was missing in its initial version. The changes in the quality of life, the fact that the swimming mechanics have been added, having a whole new biome with new enemies, improvements in construction, among other things, contributed to enrich the survival side of Grounded to make it one of the first options for fans of the genre. In addition, the narrative content of the game has enriched it in such a way that now you have an interesting story that you discover the more you explore and a real mission: to return to your natural state, escaping the limitations of measuring an inch. Visually the game stands out for its art, graphics and lighting. Sonically it doesn't disappoint either.
  11. Sep 26, 2022
    For its part, the gameplay of Grounded presents us with a cycle that constantly rewards us with new items, construction plans, and improvements that make exploration extremely addictive. You can spend days building your main base, collecting materials, and knowing the garden like the back of your hand before you even look for BURG.L for the first time, or embark on an expedition that's as complicated as you like. While there is room for improvement on a couple of elements, the base experience is extremely solid, and one of the most fun I've had the opportunity to experience all year.
  12. Sep 26, 2022
    Grounded is a very remarkable survival RPG that is only taking its first (and tiny) steps. It has a huge potential to become one of the must-haves of the genre, but it already has enough to make survival fans fall in love with it. Give it a chance if you can, because it deserves it.
  13. Sep 26, 2022
    Grounded remains strictly tied to its survival roots, but the strange and fanciful setting defines it as a peculiare game and can be a major selling point. Although it's clearly an experiment on uncharted waters for the team, Obsidian brings a peculiar touch to this genre.
  14. Dec 1, 2022
    Ultimately, how much you enjoy Grounded is going to depend on how you play and if you choose to enable any of the customization options. In the default state, if you're looking to adventure through the story, you'll have a fun time, but Grounded is at its best when played as a survival sim. Focus on exploring the world, and let the story happen in the background. It may be a slower pace, but it's also more rewarding.
  15. Oct 10, 2022
    Grounded captivated me with its survival layer and the atmosphere of its wonderful miniature world. Then it discouraged me with a couple of ill-considered design choices, including ones that artificially extend its length in a tiring manner. Ultimately, however, I kept coming back to Obsidian’s game not because I had to, but because I wanted to. Despite having devoted 60 hours to Grounded, I can’t shake the feeling this backyard still holds many secrets and I’m eager to discover them.
  16. Oct 3, 2022
    Grounded is an impressive entry in the survival game genre and one where the setting of being tiny in a suburban backyard amplifies its strengths as well as the stuff that we’ve all seen before in other titles. There’s just something fulfilling about hacking away at a thistle stem and using the falling debris to craft arrows - and then using said arrows to take out fireflies at night and then using those materials to create a makeshift mining helmet equipped with a torch. Even though the default settings feel overly punishing, and grind-y in terms of crafting, Obsidian does let you make your own rules - which for any time spent playing games in a backyard setting, is a definite plus.
  17. Oct 2, 2022
    Grounded changed the ordinary backyard into an intense place where you can't see what's coming next by simply adding a concept of shrunk kids. The sandbox game with survival and variety of crafting elements is always fun whether you are playing alone or with friends.
  18. Oct 2, 2022
    Grounded provides some great survival mechanics and challenging combat in a rather novel environment with an intriguing plotline. The game can be very tough but also very rewarding. However, it can take a while to really get the game going with the analysis mechanic and the lack of explanation revolving around many other ludemes.
  19. Sep 28, 2022
    Grounded offers a good survival for all audiences, but without forgetting those who are looking for something more.
  20. Sep 27, 2022
    Grounded has great ideas and delivers a truly entertaining experience. It is one of those games that are made for you to start a game and get lost for hours while you get resources, improve your tools and build the best base of all together with your friends. What started as a small and crazy idea evolved into an exceptional survival that shines with great strength.
  21. Sep 27, 2022
    Grounded is a solid title that has massive scope and a grand adventure for anyone seeking it, with its inclusion on Xbox Game Pass everyone who subscribes to the service should give this one a try.
  22. Sep 26, 2022
    This survival game shines thanks to its setting, as well as delivering a fun adventure that is best enjoyed with friends.
  23. Sep 26, 2022
    Grounded isn't the biggest game of its kind, and most of its moment-to-moment gameplay moments have been seen before in other games. Still, the fantastical setup makes for an immediately intriguing setup, and to further stylize it as a uniquely child-like adventure, polish it beyond most of its peers, and set it in a world full of familiar sights to see in startling new ways makes Grounded no small feat.
  24. Sep 26, 2022
    If you are in the mood to try out something new in the survivalist genre, Grounded may be the game you are looking for due to its unique shrunken environment and formidable enemies. All things considered, I can’t wait to see what will happen next in this first-person narrative from Xbox Game Studios.
  25. Oct 7, 2022
    When the imagination knows no bounds, numerous bugs, a frustrating level of difficulty and strange design decisions bother even more.
  26. Sep 26, 2022
    This final release for Grounded confirms that Obsidian gave its soul to the game, crafting a survival game which is still improvable, but unique in a lot of ways.
  27. Sep 26, 2022
    Grounded has always been a solid idea on paper, but Obsidian brings that potential to full fruition for launch, delivering on the thrills and fun of its brilliantly Spielbergian conceit.
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  1. Sep 29, 2022
    A great survival game that makes you feel the terror fighting against bugs. [Recommended]
  2. Sep 26, 2022
    Grounded's charming, Honey I Shrunk the Kids premise is elevated by its uniquely welcoming approach to wonder. [Eurogamer Recommended]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 153 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 153
  1. Sep 29, 2022
    Grounded is an embodiment of what the triple AAA industry is lacking. Pure Creativity. Obsidian have successfully blended their renown RPGGrounded is an embodiment of what the triple AAA industry is lacking. Pure Creativity. Obsidian have successfully blended their renown RPG formula into a Subnautica-Esque survival game. It continues their legacy of excellent story tellers, as Grounded's charming story keeps me engrossed throughout and always has me thinking "What'll happen next?".

    But, where the game truly shines is it's unique setting. Grounded wouldn't be the same without this endearing sandbox. The backyard stands tall among all the other open worlds out there. The setting is booming with originality and imagination. It's clear the developers created this space with love. The world building and variety of environments makes exploring it a must. No matter what way you go, you'll always stumble upon something to do. Whether that be explore a hole in the soil, a lab filled with robots or simply question how a baseball ended up stuck in the soil. All of it adds to the incredibly designed world of the backyard.

    However, shying away from the whimsical and captivating side of the backyard, Grounded quickly becomes a fight for survival. As you trek across, bug infested terrain fearing what's around that blade of grass. Frightening, yet playful. Obsidian, cleverly, juxtaposes these two sides of the backyard. Making the space never feel old. The combat in grounded is also surprisingly more fleshed out than other survival games. Grounded includes a parry system that rewards players from blocking perfectly. It also becomes more tactical than expected, as you find yourself fighting off hordes of insects.

    A game that truly stands out from the rest, and undoubtedly flourishes in that pursuit.
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  2. Sep 30, 2022
    Boring boring boring. 30 studios and an entire year later, we get a game out of early access. Typical collect things, build things, fightBoring boring boring. 30 studios and an entire year later, we get a game out of early access. Typical collect things, build things, fight things. nothing innovative, nothing new. graphics are decent, but this is getting awful. what a terrible subscription service. Full Review »
  3. Oct 2, 2022
    What an incredible, unique and creative game. One of the best of the year without question. Definitely give this one a go!