Experience the wild as a mother badger sheltering her cubs from harm. On their journey they get stalked by a bird of prey, encounter perils of the night, river rapids crossings, big forest fires and the looming threat of death by starvation. Food is to be found, but is there enough for everyone?
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Release Date: Aug 28, 2013

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“Rarely has a game articulated loss in such clear and urgent terms”
8/10 – Eurogamer

“...Shelter reminds us just how precious life is, and how apathetic the laws of nature are to our pleas for mercy”
7/10 – Gamespot

“Damn it feels good to be a badger.”
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About This Game

Experience the wild as a mother badger sheltering her cubs from harm. On their journey they get stalked by a bird of prey, encounter perils of the night, river rapids crossings, big forest fires and the looming threat of death by starvation.

Food is to be found, but is there enough for everyone? You will learn that the cubs need food not just to survive, but to enable them overcome the varying challenges they will face as they make their way through the world.

Are you ready for a truly different adventure, something that might evoke feelings you've never felt in a game before? In the wild, all living creatures are put to the test. The question in the end is who will survive to live another day?

Retro Family have once again composed a beautiful soundtrack to an original and graphically innovative setting in a world of nature where shelter is your only hope and survival your only goal.

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System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 400 series, ATI Radeon HD 2xxx
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8 series, Radeon HD 5xxx
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 1 GB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
A short game where you are a badger that has to look after your young in the hostile wilds. You can find food for your babies too. It looks nice too.
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185 of 189 people (98%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Rating 7.5/10
Overview: Adventure

+ The gameplay has you controlling a mother badger with her 5 babies following. You have to find/hunt for food to feed your babies as well as traverse the dangerous environments as you avoid harm.

+ Really loved the art style, it has a minimalistic quality to it yet feels very unique it its own way

+ The game takes place over a series of different environments each area getting progressively more dangerous and more unique. It is always an interesting experience when you reach a new area.

+Losing a baby feels sad and yet you have no choice to move along reminding you the harsh realities of nature. Very few games invoke that sense of feeling yet this game does it in such an easy way.

+ Good sense of pacing,

+No HUD, allowing for a more immersive experience

+ Free DLC to extend the games very short length

The Bad

-game doesn't do the best of jobs explaining certain gameplay elements often leaving you confused in certain areas.

-The game is very short. It will take roughly 1 hour to beat, there is however a dlc that changes up the gameplay a bit to keep you interested in a few more hours if you like.


This game is a perfect example of an indie game done right. You don't need super realistic graphics to make the game standout. The developers combined an interesting concept with a unique art style and made a game that I was engaged with throughout the end. Losing a baby is sad because you legitimately feel like you failed as your duty as a parent. This game pleasantly surprised me.
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283 of 318 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2013
Shelter is a lovely survival game which has you playing as an intrepid babdgermum or badgerdad whose job it is to save your kit.

The game plays very well and looks fantastic. The soundtrack is joyous to listen to and the threats ingame tangible. Over a very short time you feel a real connection with your baby badgers and will do anything to save them.

Sadly, the game falls down on it's length, which is my only criticism. A lovely little game, but little it is, with around 1 hour for a full playthrough.

Still a fun experience!

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167 of 190 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
I got really drunk and played this game... ended up naming my precious badger babies. When I lost turtle I was screaming at the river. Then when I was done I wanted to punch a bird. Buy this game.
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176 of 222 people (79%) found this review helpful
263 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
4 pups got washed away in the river lost my will to live. 9/10
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236 of 310 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
The emotions of keeping my faimly alive through the elments of danger is only explinable by the fact that I was drunk while playing this game. As I finshed the game I only had 1 of my 5 badgers left now I know how hard it is to be monnmy a badger! Now I have fulfiled one of my lifetime goals in life.
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100 of 116 people (86%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
I got this game because my mom told me I would be a horrible parent. Turns out she was right.
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122 of 148 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2013
This game is amazing. Yes, it's short. Yes, it's basic. Yes, it's far from being graphically groundbreaking. But guess what? it works!... It speaks to your guts without a single word. It's an experience with a lot of soul. No HUD needed, no briefing nor story. In the wild life, it's the instinct that tells you what to do. Although the game being very short, it's a little piece of art that you should play to the end the best way you can. It's self-rewarding.
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83 of 95 people (87%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Not sure if the fact that I'm liking games like this because I'm getting older, or because I've become jaded toward the "Triple-A" games, but the fact is this is a game worth picking up and playing.
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57 of 60 people (95%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
This game is almost too emotionally engaging. I often found myself seriously distressed at the thought of losing one of my beloved badger babies or being unable to feed them. I can't handle this game.

+ Emotionally jarring as you experience life through the eyes of a mother badger.
+ Unique atmosphere. The graphics and soundtrack added to the experience.
+ Gameplay is smooth, although some things I found very difficult (like sneaking up on a fox).

- Crying, lots of crying
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 23
It just seemed kinda short? I played it once and probably won't touch it again. Not bad for the price though.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 16
Every turn has a new suprise, what I thought was a straight forward walk through the forest and glade, turned into a educational look into the real life of badgers. Now you probably still think it doesn't sound very interesting but I only played 20 minutes so far and I'm itching to play more, I thought I was playing as an innocent but I was so wrong, I thought I was playing the predator but I was wrong; the world is a scary place.

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2.3 hrs
Posted: October 14
Shelter is a unique little game where you play as a female badger who must protect her offspring as they journey with her throughout the game's world, which consists of forests, mountains and rivers. You must feed your babies regularly or else they will starve - there are plenty of food items around the world, which is useful, however during more intense moments you'll need to make sure that your offspring aren't going hungry as you spend your time trying to reach a safer area.

Dangers in the world come from other animals such as hawks as well as factors in the environment such as rushing water. These provide the player with a lot of challenge, especially if they want to keep all of their babies alive. Whilst the babies are cute, their AI isn't perfect, and on several life or death situations I've had them prance around a turnip instead of following me to safety. There are also a few glitches with falling fruit, where it falls on top of a baby badger, it will cause the baby to freeze up. This can be solved easily however.

The music and environments are very beautifully-designed, and look like they've just come out of a book. I did encounter a few FPS drops, however, which seemed strange as I have a very powerful PC. The game's soundtrack is also wonderful, and it will also change in composition depending on what action is unfolding on screen, which is very effective, especially during the more tense parts of the game.

My main gripes Shelter are probably the mentioned issues, along with the game itself which is a tad on the short side. However, there is also a nurture mode which I've not played yet, which has a much longer replay value and is a sort of tamagotchi-like mode where you must feed your offspring every real-life day.

Overall, I think Shelter is a great little game, and a good example of a unique game concept that works well.
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=Fall of the Leaf=
13.9 hrs
Posted: October 12
Shelter has all of the basic elements of a quality walking simulator: a spell binding atmosphere, enchanting music, and quadrupeds. With that being said, Shelter takes these elements and uses them in a way that feels fresh. More often than not, walking simulators rely on jump scares or puzzles in order to hold the attention of the player. Anticipation anxiety, incertitude, and confusion often times cause players to gloss over the fine details of games with said core aspects. With Shelter, these distractions are non-existent. Shelter provides the player with an experience unique to itself.

In Shelter, you control a mother honey badger and do your best to keep your kits (baby honey badgers) alive and sated. You will spend the entirety of the game trying to make sure that your colony survives.
Game play (what to expect)

Pros- Shelter does not suffer from clunky controls. Moving is effortless. Walking is a crucial part of a walking sim (who would have guessed?), and often times these types of games make movement feel cumbersome. Incredibly slow movement -combined with labyrinthine hallway mazes and/or the occasional obstructive object- may potentally lead to great bouts of fright from jump scares, but can also make the player feel as though they are wearing lead boots and magnetically attracted to walls. Shelter moves smooth as butter do to its incredibly open setting, easily maneuverable camera, and simple movement controls.

Cons- Although the movement of the mother honey badger is delightful, her kits are another story. The primary focus of the game is to keep your kits alive. The way one does this is by feeding them. Feeding individual kits can prove to be difficult because they often times run in a direction that is the opposite of where you want them to be. When you move the mother badger, the kits move as well, making for slight frustration when their movement does not put them where you would like for them to be. The mother badger is unable to walk backwards in this game, so rotating your entire body to try and feed a kit will sometimes result in them running in a full circle around you. This issue is not a major inconvenience by any means, but I still feel that it should be addressed.

Pacing: Shelter is an incredibly slow paced game. There is no doubt in my mind that the game is intended to be enjoyed this way. If you are searching for a game that will keep you on the edge of your seat and test your reflexes, then shelter is not for you.

Visuals: Shelter's visuals are warm and inviting. Although the game isn't awe striking graphically, the game's jagged edged, clay-like art style is refreshing to say the least.

Sound: From the very moment you reach the title screen, Shelter greets you with music that can be described as nothing less than serene. The echoes of wildlife compliment the game's soundtrack quite well. Shelter's soundtrack has songs that fit the mood of in game happenings without being so oppressive that they blatantly intend to impact the player's emotional connection with the game. The music compliments the events occurring in game. The music has a slow melodic pacing when the scenario is peaceful; the music stalls and stutters when the environment is unpredictable; there is heavy percussion when the setting is dangerous; in other words, the music is indicative of the circumstance of the character- it doesn't nudge the player in an attempt to pry out emotion.

Closing Statements- Overall, Shelter is a phenomenal game if one wishes to relax. However, with the amount of content the game provides, I would say that it would be in one's best interest to purchase this game when it goes on sale.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 10
A simple yet fun game that took around 100 minutes to complete. The game is very linear, with each part having a challenge you must survive to get to the next area. Part of the fun was figuring out how to succeed with the limited instructions give. Also, don't expect the newest Battlefield in terms of graphics, which can be a bit repetitive.
Your animals are cute and you definitely form a bond with them.

I would reccommend to casual gamers looking for a light, yet heart pounding at times, journy.

Word of advice, don't take risks durring the rapids! I lost poor little Jimmy and Arthur there...
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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 10
This is a really cute game! Took me around an hour to complete. Very pretty aesthetic and quite relaxing to play.
No spoilers - you basically play as a mother badger trying to protect her cubs while travelling through a forest.

Only bad thing is it's quite hard to control - its hard to interact with objects. But overall a good game.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: October 10
Beutifully adapted.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: October 9
the camera is a bit confusing at times but a very interesting game i did enjoy the game play very much.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 5
I'm heartbroken for all those badgers who died because of my incompetence. I'll probably have your little screams of terror in my nightmares as all my babies died :(

Also I hate hawks now. I never had an opinion on them before but now I freaking hate 'em.
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