Granny

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 23 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 29 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Challenging, even on Easy difficulty. 

Violence

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

Sex
Language
Consumerism

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

Granny

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
Parent Written byJon H. May 28, 2018

Terrifying

Don’t let anyone under 18 near this. My 6 year old’s friend has it on his iPad and I caught a glimpse of it, and I am terrified, it takes a lot to scare me. (19... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byNathans12 April 9, 2018

Not really scary

Just make sure your kids don’t get really scared easily and their is some blood but looks really fake and shows no graphic content
Kid, 12 years old April 19, 2018

Scary but awesome

Granny is definitely scary, but nothing way too bad. The house your locked in is pretty scary with no bright colors everything is gray and worn down. You can hi... 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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