You're Grounded! Words any kid hates to hear, especially when you're a child genius who just needs to dismantle a few more household appliances to make his inventions. But in Random Games' point-and-click puzzle game, your evening spent stewing in your room is interrupted by... you! From the future! Seems the city is about to be destroyed and only you can stop it, but you've only got a few minutes. Luckily, you've got a time machine that you can use to rewind (and only rewind) time, so all you need to do is gather everything on the list your Future Self left you (or build it... once you figure out what it is...), assemble the machine, and save the day! Easy!... right? To play, just click any item that highlights when your cursor passes over it to interact. Click any two items in your inventory to try to combine them, and click the numbers at the bottom of the screen to travel to different points in time, though be warned... you can only move backwards, not forwards, though at least you can do so as much as you like!
You're Grounded! is one seriously cute little game, packing in a ton of expressive detail and animation despite its simplistic graphics. What's interesting is how well the game plays with its core concept of time travel... you're not just gathering items and using them in simple point-and-click fashion, you need to figure out when to take certain actions and even work with the shadows of your past self in order to accomplish certain objectives. Heck, sometimes you'll even be working against yourself if you're trying to use an item for another purpose when your past self is already snatching it up for something you've tried before. There's so much to interact with in the room that it can be a little overwhelming, especially since most of the items on your list of necessities will take a little puzzling and ingenuity to figure out. The game offers few hints, so largely it's up to you to experiment and figure out what to do, and not everyone is going to appreciate wandering or waiting around, trying to figure out what to do next, or when. Still, fiddling around is actually a lot of fun despite the way having to click each dialogue bubble closed is mildly annoying. You're Grounded! is a funny, clever little gem of a point-and-click puzzle game that's definitely worth a play, and its creativity and bright design means we hope this isn't the last from its developer.