App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Ugly, gory horror game's scares ruined by tech issues, ads.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 103 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Challenging, even on Easy difficulty. 


Blood pools, splatters from baseball bat attacks, implied cannibalism; bad art makes it unrealistic. 


Ads frequently interrupt gameplay. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Granny is a free-to-play indie horror game with grotesque art, blood, and jump scares that are probably too intense for young kids. The gameplay is challenging as well, even on its easiest setting, which could frustrate some players. Its stealth gameplay features a corpse-like granny who chases the player through a house with a bloody bat. Players who get caught are beaten, and blood spatter covers the screen. Cannibalism is implied, with pools of blood and a hunk of hanging raw meat, but the grainy visuals and art style limits the realism of the gory imagery. Players are also frequently subjected to ads during gameplay. The app has no privacy policy. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNico_9128 April 30, 2018


I think Granny is a very fun and scary game. This is a game for kids ages 13 and up because it contains very graphic things. Overall, I like it a lot and hope t... Continue reading
Adult Written byDVenecia September 8, 2018


This game is NOT safe for children. A game that promotes violence instead of creativity should be restricted 18 and below, not 12+. There are implicit messag... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 28, 2018

Great horror game is too intense and creepy for little kids.

Granny is a horror game in which a crazed grandma locks you up in her house and tries to kill you (supposedly by eating you). The granny is very scary looking a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bylizzie.k July 3, 2019

Fun game for Teens and older Children who live for a good strategy game

Granny is a semi-violent game with a difficult gameplay. i would recommend 12-13+ mainly because of the references to canaballism, a lot of blood, and guns and... Continue reading

What's it about?

GRANNY is a survival horror game revolving around stealth gameplay. You're being held captive by an insane, blind old woman who "hears everything," and also shambles around a small two-level house carrying a bat and dropping leg-mangling bear traps. Your objective is to escape the house within five days (the day ends if Granny catches you) by unbarring/unlocking the front door. You do this by avoiding Granny while searching the house for keys and tools; if Granny hears you, you have to run and hide -- or have your head bashed in.

Is it any good?

This is one of the ugliest games on the App Store, but also one of the scariest. Granny's premise is simple: It gives you five chances to achieve your objective, and it uses economical means to create an unbelievable amount of tension. Sound is a big deal here. The creaking floorboards, spooky music, and Granny's unsettling voice and unearthly cackles will make your blood run cold, especially if you're wearing headphones. Success depends on keeping a cool head; the tension rises the longer you creep around the house, and suddenly running into Granny can cause fatal bouts of panic. The old girl's not fast, but she's persistent; if you freeze upon seeing her, you're definitely dead meat. While gameplay and sound do a lot, they're undercut by bland, ugly graphics, occasional technical issues (like Granny getting stuck on a door and swinging her bat through a wall), and annoying ad breaks that pull you right out of the horror experience. Overall, Granny feels like a prototype for a more finished app, while still managing to be child-inappropriate nightmare fuel.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a good horror movie or game. What scares you the most? 

  • Discuss different kinds of horror: supernatural, slasher, etc. Has your family discussed when horror movies and games are off-limits and why? 

  • Think about possible benefits of horror games and movies. How can the horror genre help us face our fears? 

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