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It´s 1997, Haddonfield, Illinois. You are trapped in the basement. Father is upstairs. He has been drinking all day. He wants to come down to give you a lesson. Do you have the guts to survive?

You are GROUNDED! is a post-horror B movie inspired narrative experience. It's a blend between different genres like walking simulator, platformer and, of course, horror. Everything is tied up to fulfill the story telling in an adult oriented theme.

  • First person adventure, with environmental puzzle solving.
  • Cinematographic montage design. Go directly to the action and let the story rhythm get you. All killer no filler.
  • Live the plot events through the eyes of the character. Experience full inmersion and be the story.
  • Top notch horror atmosphere. Grim dark environments and creepy sound design.
  • Film and pop culture references. Can you find them all?
  • Three different endings.
  • Full thrilling story in about 90 minutes (as a good old movie).
  • Autosave feature. Be at your own pace.
  • English and Spanish language support.

You are GROUNDED! is a self contained experience part of the Home Video Widescreen Collection brought to you by Sepia Games. Stay tuned for future releases!

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

You are GROUNDED! v1.3.1_x64.zip 268 MB
You are GROUNDED! v1.3.1_x86.zip 261 MB

Download demo

You are GROUNDED! DEMO x64.zip 196 MB
You are GROUNDED! DEMO x86.zip 189 MB

Development log


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will there be a sequel to "you are grounded" like "trapped in basement" with new mechanics?

Hello! Thanks for your question!

Right now, we are not working on a sequel, but on a non-related game to YAG!

Nonetheless, we've discussed this possibility and got many ideas for that possible project :) Of course, this would include new mechanics.

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Is the any new game to make Devs? This is the only game that I see?!

Currently, we are working in a new game, it will be announced soon :)

Was it FREE?!

Nope, it will cost money like this one :)

Can you release this game on Steam?!

We want to do it in the future, but we can't in this moment :(


Thanks for making such a wonderful and emotional game. Smelly was truly a tortured soul, as was the Bat Boy who had to suffer alone after he was gone.


Thanks to you for playing the game!

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A dark and disturbing demo but a good horror experience. The only critique I have is the character movement - it felt a bit fast for being in a small, confined space. Other than that, I enjoyed your demo.

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So I tried purchasing at that price, but kept being sent back to itch. I've played the demo and I enjoyed it.

Nvm xD

This game man, although i played the demo on my channel but sheesh it was sad game but very interesting one too. great atmosphere and enjoyable. great job you guys!

Thanks for playing and the support!

REALLY well made. And the gameplay itself was very interesting. Seems almost tutorial-like. I'm very interested in the story and may try out the full game! Great job! 


Thanks for playing the demo and all your kind words!

Yep. I took multiple metal bats to the face. Here's to abusing young children!! 🥂

Thanks for playing the demo!

No problem!!! I had a blast!! Thanks for making a truly terrifying/disturbing game! I'll be back for more :) 

I really liked the full game! Very nice little game that hooked me for the whole playthrough. Here's me playing it if you're interested:

Thanks for playing! It's always great to see how people face the whole story.


I loved this and I am seriously considering getting the full game!!!

Thanks for playing!


I got my fair share of scares from the demo alone, lol. I'll definitely be playing this all the way through! Nice work!

Thanks for playing! Sorry for the scares ;)


I am really into the idea of this game, as soon as I get a new computer i'm buying

That's very kind! We hope doesn't disappoint you.


Awesome Game. Great Idea!

Thanks for playing the demo!


Demo is good thanks for letting us try it :)


Thanks for playing! Sorry for the bug in the fair scene, it´s something we fixed in the complete version but we forgot to update the demo. We will upload a patch now.

Happy to help :) thanks for the demo and game!

Hey, I’ve seen the game on Youtube and loved it as a horror game enthusiast!   If you want to, I can localize that game to Turkish.

Thanks for the offer! The game presents custom hand made fonts for English and Spanish, and it will be difficult to create specific custom types for Turkish. We will study the possibility to port the game to other languages.


Game looks really good!  Had fun giving it a try! 


Thanks for playing!

I'd love to play this game for my youtube channel!!! Came you make it Linux compatible?

Thanks for your interest! For now we are focuising on windows. In the future we will bring the game as many platforms possible.

Very spooky the sad reality of a child going through child abuse.

Thanks for playing the demo!


Can you provide Linux builds please?


We are studying how to port the game to other OS. Stay tuned for future updates.

what about chromebooks?

Any more content-related updates (new endings, plot details, characters, locations etc)?

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For now we are focusing on fixing some minor bugs to make the flow of the game as flawless possible. Not sure about adding more content to the game, since we wanted to provide a self contained, open to self interpretation plot. We think it´s better to develop a completely new experience with the lessons learned from this one. Maybe a sequel in the future? Time will tell...

Thanks for the reply! If no more content updates, then any future bug fixes?

We have a patch in the way. It will be uploaded soon.

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MY gameplay in portuguese..enjoy,very great game!

Thats a great gameplay! Thank you very much for playing! Since we are Spaniards we understand you a little bit. A real pleassure!


Hey I'm the guy that did the stream just reporting the Hold M prompt stayed on the screen after the tutorial until I exited out, other than it's a 10/10 for its poop mechanics will stream again.

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Thanks a lot for playing and streaming the game! We will fix it in our next update.


This game is one of the best game a ever play this year!!Very good job for a small time!!

Wow! Thank you very much for those kind words! It's a boost to keep us going, since it's our first game published. 


I enjoyed watching TV in the game. Hate the unchangeable (?) cat destiny, love the whacky ending!

Thank you for playing! Sorry for the bugs of the version you played. Current version 1.1 solves the majority of them. We saw some other minor bugs during your gameplay that we are going to fix them right now.

I really want to play this game on steam! Do you have a chance to log in to steam to publish?


For now we are not able to open a Steam developper account, this is something that we are going to do in the future. When we get the chance to publish on Steam, we will send keys to all the users that already purchased a copy on Itch.io.


That's really great! Steam has a bigger group of horror game fans! Believe that the game will sell more and better!


Part 1 is out! Before anything begins to truly happen, but good stuff, fun inspiration from older horror movies

Thanks for posting the gameplay! It was a blast! Waiting for part 2.

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This post contains spoilers, do not click Expand on this comment, it'll be full of spoilers for the dev only:

Found a few bugs I want to report, game breaking'ish types, one or two of which was when trying to get to the cat in the vent with the chain on, clicking on the vent made it so the first dialogue would be seen but no further interaction could be had until I quit the game and rebooted it. Second time this happened I Sprayed acid at the vent to get into the large trippy room with the many doors - 

I sprayed acid at the 'last dad', it was an 'around the corner of a prop' shot and it hit him, but didn't register, he didn't die but stayed moving and alive and I wasn't able to shoot at him again. I quit and rebooted the game from there. After launching the game again, I could shoot acid at the vents to get back in - but the Vents didn't fall off, so I was going to reboot and relaunch as I had before but then the game deleted my save completely. Unsure if its just random unluckiness, or that the game deletes your save if you quit while hanging on the ceiling. 

I had 5 cockroaches and was close to the end, rip. That isn't to of course say I didn't enjoy the game, this happened on my 2nd playthrough trying to get to a 2nd ending, I had 5 cockroaches so it leads me to asking about Endings and Cockroaches and where I maybe missed one - or is there a 6th cockroach after the many-doors/dads scene? I got the 1st cockroach and 2 separate days where there were 2 cockroaches at the same time, the 2 when needing to get the crayolas above the door and the 2 when getting Momma rat, where's the 6th? I'm assuming Ending 2 is Escaping without killing dad, and Ending 3 is getting all 6 Cockroaches, but then what?

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First of all, thank you very much for playing!

And thank you very much for this detailed bug report, very appreciated!

It seems that the game start failing in some points after first complete run. Some global variables are storing things that weren't expected and persist between games. We are working on it right now, and we will upload the patch asap.

For now, try entering in the Windows Regedit console and delete the content at \HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Sepia Games\You are GROUNDED! It will set the game as a fresh start and might fix some of the issues you faced, but you will also lose all settings and progress. This quickfix doesn´t affect to get alternate endings. 

And for the cockroaches, one hint: There is a tricky one before the scene you mentioned, but does not affect to the third ending.


If Cockroaches don't have an ending attached for finding them all, is there any changes to note for infact finding them all? Or just satisfaction for being a completionist? 

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We introduced cockroaches to guide the player through the platforming sections. For now they are just a number, but we are thinking about doing something special with them in futures updates.