Grounded Is the Perfect Game for the ’80s Kid in All of Us

Grounded is Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in Video Game Form

One of the games featured in Xbox’s live showcase was Grounded. As a kid of the ’80s, it immediately struck a chord. I loved the movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids as a child and wanted nothing more than to shrink down for an adventure of my own. Now, I can live out that fantasy, albeit, in a video game. For those of you poor souls unfamiliar with the movie, I included a trailer below. Yes, trailers were really that hokey in the ’80s.

Grounded is a survival adventure game where you play as a kid shrunk down in your backyard. Much like the movie, you and your friends need to find shelter and fend off the multitude of things trying to kill you. Except in the game, it looks like you can build some pretty cool shelters. Much more sophisticated than an old Lego block. Although it is really hard for me to believe that the whole concept isn’t directly lifted from the movie, the storyline does seem to differ. It appears like there are already small people in the backyard and you have to determine if they are friend or foe. Also, sadly, there does not appear to be an ant sidekick. Check out the trailer below.

The fun thing about this game is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Based on the trailer, I expect that there will be humor sprinkled throughout the game. This would help to keep the game light-hearted and fun, even if your best friend is eaten by a spider, or if you, perchance, were the one who fed them to the spider… Such a silly humorous game could be just what we need when the world is so stressful and serious.