Grounded Reviews

Grounded is ranked in the 89th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
77 / 100
Apr 20, 2024

A remarkable port of the hit survival game that we already enjoyed on Xbox and PC. It prioritizes performance over resolution (and it's very noticeable), allowing the massive garden to be brought to the Switch's circuitry. Its desktop performance is disappointing, but if you're looking to play it on a laptop, it's a good option.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 18, 2024

Grounded on the Nintendo Switch sacrifices a bit of visual fidelity for a really solid port of an incredibly quirky survival game.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2022

Obsidian has done a good job at all levels - universe, exploration, combat, construction, survival - for this beautiful and original survival title, a little more balancing and it will be perfect.

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Travis Northup
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
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.

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Recommended
Sep 26, 2022

Grounded's charming, Honey I Shrunk the Kids premise is elevated by its uniquely welcoming approach to wonder.

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90 / 100
Sep 26, 2022

Grounded is a delightfully creative and occasionally terrifying survival sandbox.

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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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8 / 10
Sep 26, 2022

Grounded doesn't revolutionize its genre, but it does imbue it with the endearing heart of a child.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2022

Impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.

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83 / 100
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 essentials of the genre, but it already has enough wickers to fall in love with survival fans. Give it a try if you can, because it deserves it.

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TJ Denzer
Top Critic
9 / 10
Sep 26, 2022

Of all the survival games I’ve played, Grounded is easily one of the coolest. The very theme of it is fun and the execution is pretty on target too. Playing as micro-sized kids in a vast yard full of pests and threats is really interesting, the story keeps exploration intriguing, and the progression, whether alone or with friends, feels satisfying. I’m not fond of how hard it is on normal difficulty alone, or the lack of variety among nearly required gear, but it really gets all the more delightful with friends helping. Even then, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy Grounded solo, too. Between Creative Modes, multiple difficulties, and a nice set of accessibility options, Grounded feels like one of the strongest entries to the survival genre in a long time.

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IGN Middle East
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
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.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2022

Grounded has become, over the years, a real gem that has little to envy to what we expect from Avowed.

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8.7 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2022

Finally mature and complete, Grounded is a game that has a lot to offer and little to be forgiven for.

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Sep 26, 2022

Grounded is a charming survival experience that mixes exploration, action, and crafting into one grand package. There are plenty of options for those wishing to get immersed in the world, and anyone willing to put up with the odd multiplayer requirements will surely get hours of enjoyment out of this game.

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Oct 17, 2022

Grounded is an unusual take on the survival/crafting genre, with a clever premise and a decent sense of style. Tedious gameplay drags the experience down, though.

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Unscored
Sep 27, 2022

Grounded is an incredibly rewarding survival experience that constantly pushes you into new areas of its reactive world, filled with insect inhabitants that are some of the best baddies in gaming.

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90 / 100
Sep 28, 2022

Grounded provides a survival experience unlike any other within its genre. Carving out a place to survive within the tiny realm of the backyard is rewarding, and exploring the world from a new perspective is amusing. With the release of the full game, Grounded now feels like a complete experience worthy of its fans' expectations.

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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.

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M3
Top Critic
Oct 3, 2022

Grounded is a cozy and scary game at the same time. One moment we explore the exciting world and gather material for our base in peace and quiet, and the next we panic when a huge bloodthirsty spider wants to sink its teeth into us.

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