Grounded

Have you ever seen, “Honey, I shrunk the kids”? Have you ever wondered what it would be like if it happened to you? Well now you can. With Obsidian Entertainment’s new game Grounded, you are dropped in your backyard and must find your way out. Grounded just came out of early access and is ready for you to explore the back yard.

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Graphics

Grounded is a beautiful game, pushing the limits of your console. You will feel like you are actually as tall as a lady bug. Exploring the backyard will be just as much fun as advancing in the game. The textures are so realistic, it’s hard not to get lost in the environment. Once you become accustomed to the beauty of this game you realize the game is actually really fun to play as well. And trying hard to kill you.

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Bring your friends

Grounded is best played in multiplayer. With the introduction to shared worlds, you and your friends can play whenever you want. Anyone can start a game and everyone that joins can play whenever they want. You don’t have to wait for the host to be online. So if you want to jump online and build a new house, you can, while your friends are away. You can play with a maximum of 4 people per game.

I have been playing this game on single player and it is quite a bit harder to advance by yourself. Having friends will definitely make the experience more enjoyable. Adjusting the difficulty can make single player more bearable.

Enemies

In the backyard, everything wants to kill you. From wasps to spiders to ants. There is a plethora of insects looking for their next meal. Your job is to avoid that. Combat is dominate in the game, you will need to armor up as quickly as possible. Weapons will be essential in getting around the backyard.

Having a sturdy home is also crucial. Insects will even try to destroy your home so walls and turrets are also recommended. Having friends online make base defense much easier and more fun.

Base Building

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Base building is so much fun in Grounded. Build your base out of grass or wood and build as high as you want. You aren’t limited to where you can build either. So having multiple bases spread throughout the yard with ziplines running between them makes getting around the yard much easier. Having multiple bases allows for quick storage of your resources. Having beds spread across the world also makes saving and sleeping easier as well.

Building turret towers also makes ziplines easier to build between your bases. You can start off with grass and stem shelters and eventually work your way up to stone structures. This will make deterring enemies much easier.

Biomes

There are currently 15 different biomes in the game to explore. So you won’t have to worry about getting bored with repetitive scenery. Having bases in or around most of the biomes makes missions easier to get to. I like to build a main base on the rocks next to the pond and branch out with smaller bases around the yard. It’s a nice flat area and is pretty close to the center of the yard.

Each biome has unique challenges. Fall into the water of the pond? The koi will eat you. Try to run through the grasslands? Spiders and mosquitoes will try to eat you. Once you get into the sandbox, the sand will burn you. The coals from the spilled BBQ grill will also burn you.

Conclusion

If you like open world or base building games, this should definitely be in your steam library. You will have a hard time finding a more beautiful game out there right now. Grounded 1.0 just hit in September, but the developers are still actively working on the game. So expect bug fixes and more smaller features in the future.

Grounded Specs

MINIMUM:
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7 (SP1) 64bit
Processor: Intel Core i3-3225
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 650 Ti
Storage: 8 GB available space

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