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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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Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(28 total ratings)
Made withUnity
Tags3D, Atmospheric, Creepy, Dark, First-Person, Horror, Narrative, Short, Singleplayer
Average sessionAbout an hour
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish; Castilian, Spanish; Latin America
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
AccessibilitySubtitles, Interactive tutorial
LinksHomepage, Twitter


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

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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You are Grounded!

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you should make a mac client now!!!

(for the demo i'm poor)

Scary Teacher: Remake

is sad

here cuz of yub lol 

Really enjoyed it, guys.  Here are my thoughts for anyone curious about how the game plays and its themes! 


Super jeu, et quel triste situation pour cet enfant...

J'ai hâte de faire le jeu au complet ! ;)


Pretty solid game that tackles dark subject matter while still maintaining some fun genre fare.  The physics of jumping and throwing things is really wobbly and frustrating but I appreciate the attempt.  Nice to see such an original concept that's not just hide and seek horror and trying for some actual gameplay

please tell me there is a way to bring him back

please tell me you can bring back smelly

i beg you

i cried for  hours at this point

How did smelly die? 



he got stuck in the vents and starved to death 😭


tears dropped from my eyes when smelly died. MY NEW CAT IS NAMED SMELLY

R.I.P smelly


Ok so I saw YuB play this and I wanted to play this but my dad would kill me (like the game)

lol same


sad game smelly is makeing me crying :

it is indeed sad that smelly the black cat dies.


omg the part where smelly died had me crying :(


know how you feel. I almost cried. What's really sad is that this stuff has actually happened before. What this father did is called child abuse, which is a felony. Loser parents with narcissistic personality disorder can hurt their kids and beat them with their belts (like whips). What's really unfortunate is that this father is an abusive alcoholic AND has narcissistic personality disorder, so the father would also beat his child over and over again until he foolishly kills the poor creature. It's disgusting and evil, but kids with terrible parents die this way all the time. The father even beat him when he was dealing with the loss of smelly the cat's death. In the meantime, Stay away from beer, drugs, and alcohol, Sharko.

heehee hoohoo smelly


smelly doe  😢😢

Yeah, but smelly is in a better place now, waiting for us to join him.

that being said, we will see him again.

poor smelly


this game was great, very sad but great job! Hope to see more in the future :)


I love this game so much but pls make it free thanks if you get this message

What happens if you ground the cat?

I don't really know, because I never really tried it, but it probably looks down at the ground and lets out an apologizing "meow..."

game so laggy and i dont like the motion blur but the game is good


please can you make this game free?


Get the demo and save up to buy it.  Developers put a lot of hard work into their projects.  It's not fair to ask this of them.




i kinda wanna know how the cat died in the vents and when the child cries makes my heart melt slowly

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because I know how it feels to lose a loved one. But some times you just gotta get over it y,know?

maybe its because he spat acid at the vent and it might've gotten onto the cat


oh yeah when smelly got hit by acid it probably ran to the end of the vents before succumbing to its death


yeah how did he die in the vents? he didnt stay there for too long i think so he wouldnt have had died of starvation.


i hate the dad for killing the cat i wish the kid backfired and threw a knife at the dad for revenge


me too like the dad was the first video game character i actually hated for real

in one of the endings, the kid melted him with acid

tbh, this is soooo sad i cried like 3 times, this has put new perspective on me and really just changed my mood to depressed, Questions...

1. How did the cat die? the cat has blood on it signifying that it was cut or something, but what was in the vent

2. Will there be a sequel? I would pay a whole $70 for A packed of this game in a series where the kid eventually  defeats the father (or other evil horrible no good, sad person)  also bring cat and don't hit it with bat :( 

3. How old is the kid?  Because by the height you play as does not match the voice but i cannot complain, also when the kids crying that scares me with tears,

4.  Can you escape the basement if you leave when the father opens the door?

I have a theory in the replies read if you want :) thanks for good game


My theory is that the son is human but got powers off multiple objects and creature, obviously this would not actually work but yeah,

the first idea was the cockroaches, "dog food" and just condition,

as you see the cockroaches from the fridge flood the place and as you can also see the kid eats them, leaving me to believe he ate them all and with their special abilities, he gained them overtime when he ate more, and the rest says the rest, and also his green stool is, just mutant looking, leaving me also to believe there might be radiation near, as he grows he keeps getting more making him last longer, when he escapes he might grow into a legend to come down in history



P.S Loved the game, Hate the dad,  revive cat, never hit with bat, find map, eat tree sap, and finally leave kid crack jacks, seriously the kid crying was so sad and morbid I took me headphones the 2nd time just so I would not cry, dad BAD BAD BAD BAD BAAAAD


I would pay like 100 dollar just to get and ending where you get out with the cat


would have actually liked the game if you could escape with the cat :/ I was depressed for 5 hours

We are sorry to hear that. However, we hope you enjoyed the game anyway! *sending virtual hug*

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This game was so sad I almost cried 

and I don't really understand but how in the hell did smelly die 

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this legit made me tear up at the time smelly died. an amazing game btw


Thank you! We hope you enjoyed the game


It would be a lot cooler if we was father hitting a child with an Bat.

overall great game.

uh.. I guess so you could see the "monster"?


That to... But I would love to be the abusive father

your just sad, ngl


Well that does say that on my user... so Yeah!

nah thats weird bro


Thanks, but we think that's not the proper point of view to play the game

shut I AGREE

yes this is good BAD

bro wtf thats not funny


this is really sad and really scary,

this probably would give me nightmares for a week.


got me crying for 3 hours


this is sad



yeah me too.

yeah me too.


It was awesome watching the gameplay for this. You guys did amazing! For the available music in credits, I looked them up right away so I can listen to them on my own time. They went really well with the game.
However, I noticed there's no information on the beautiful music box-like tune that plays at the very beginning and also during ending 1's scene. Is it not available anywhere? It's too bad if not, but I figured it was worth a try asking!
Goodluck with any upcoming/future games btw :)


Hello! Thank you for your words. The music box-like tune was made (but not composed) by our sound designer. It's Vivaldi's "La Follia"! 


I downloaded this game just 40min ago but for some reason I cannot find the URL to open the game. I've tried to look in all my folders but the only folder I can seem to find just takes me to a bunch of folders inside the game download.

Hello, sorry for the inconvenience. You have to open "You are GROUNDED!.exe" inside the file you downloaded. There is only one folder inside the file, named "You are GROUNDED! v1.3.1_x64" or "You are GROUNDED! v1.3.1_x86", depending on which you downloaded. You'll find the .exe inside it with other files that you don't need to open.

Is this a Photorealistic PSX Styled Horror Game? Because, when you are getting near with some objects, then, its getting Pixelated, some other objects are in PSX Styled Graphics, I'm confused!


We conceived YAG! to have "Next gen PSX Styled Graphics". It's more about how you remember the PSX Graphics than how they truly were.

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So is it PSX Graphics with RTX Styled?!


my fans absolutely loved this game. you hit it out of the park with this one

Thank you very much for playing the game! :D We're glad your fans enjoyed it!

my game seems to be running at what it feels like 3 fps ? is there anyway i can fix it (its for the x86 demo)

Hello, we are sorry to hear that. Did you try the x64 demo? 

I already tried x64 but its LAGGY!

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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.

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 :(

how would a sequel to this game even be like? how would the story continue from where it left off? would it be just us (the kid) living his life as an adult?

true the story can be continued as it left off it could include third person but it wouldn't be possible


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!

Pour les Francophones !

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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