House-high ants, thistle needles as arrows and an aluminum can as a shelter. “Grounded” is a survival game that plays in the world of the Disney classic “Darling, I shrunk the kids”. Even in the early access phase, it is a worthwhile and humorous adventure.

For once, the latest obsidian game is not an action RPG. “Grounded” is a cooperative survival game where you have to survive as a tiny child in a garden full of giant ants and common ladybugs. The parallels to the 80s film “Darling, I shrunk the children” are unmistakable.

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The developers of “The Outer Worlds” and “Pillars of Eternity” are breaking new ground. The traditional role-playing house apparently enjoys the financial security that it has gained through the takeover by Microsoft. “Grounded” is still in early access, but it already has a fresh and motivating effect.

A small front garden becomes a gigantic jungle

You can play “Grounded” either alone or with up to three players. The game is played either in first or third person. After you have selected one of four characters, you will find yourself the size of a fruit fly on the bottom of a small front garden. You don’t know how you got there and why you shrank. Now you want to get to the bottom of this mystery. In the current phase, however, the story is still very short. I cannot say yet whether it refers to the film template. I wouldn’t expect a guest appearance by Rick Moranis’ character Wayne Szalinski.

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You have a lot to do with collecting resources, building equipment and building a safe shelter to protect yourself from the voracious insects. Because they lurk behind every shamrock. At first you fight with a pebble, but soon you can make spears and armor out of ants you have done.

As is normal for a survival game, you have to consume food and fluids regularly. The latter can be found dirty in the form of a large drop of water. The flora and fauna in “Grounded” is already extremely diverse. From small blowflies to creepy spiders, there are many dangers lurking for you. And you’re constantly learning new building plans or finding new resources to explore.

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In the current early access phase, there is a lot to discover in “Grounded”, so it’s worth taking a look at it now. Especially at a price of around 30 francs. It is also included in the Xbox Game Pass. But you won’t miss a thing if you wait until version 1.0 is released. I’m excited to see what Obsidian can get out of “Grounded”. There is a first impression in our Let’s Play.

“Grounded” is available for PC and Xbox One.

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