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?
User reviews: Very Positive (1,472 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 28, 2013

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"Experience the wild as a mother badger sheltering her cubs from harm. Not for everyone, but certainly unique and touching. Best of Indies 2013."
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May 26

New project from Might and Delight !

We are really proud and happy to announce that we are working on a new project right now : Child of Cooper

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March 13

Original Soundtrack!

Hi proud badgers!

We are glad to say we now got the original soundtrack up in the store!
Better late than never!

/Team Might and Delight

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Reviews

“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.

Check out Shelter 2 at:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/275100/

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compatibility
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8 series, ATI Radeon HD2xxx
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • 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 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
266 of 319 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 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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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This is one of my favorite games in my library. Now, I know, people, including me, tend to say that "this is one of my favorite games I have" for everygame, but when I say that about this game, I mean it.

It has a very touching story. To put it simply, you are a mother badger and must survive with your five cubs. When playing it, it wasn't hard at all to emotionally attach myself to the cubs [which may or may not boad well for you], as they are so cute and you are their mother, their protector and provider.

I only lost two cubs out of the five, but it still brought me to tears. It does a very good job as making you feel like the mother badger. Simply, it is a must play for animal lovers alike and a well-made game that is enjoyable to play. Can't wait for the second one to come out.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
The mother badger struggles are real;
As a mother I felt obliged to care for my young, we set out on a journey to somewhere but ultimately leading to nowhere.
Unfortunately we lost some fur-babies along the way.

-We lost Timothy to the hawk
-We lost Joseph to the darkness
-We lost Steve to the angry tides of the river
-We lost Kane to another hawk

I died protecting Bob, this was my LEGACY
7.5/10 would like to be reincarnated as a badger

I recommend not naming your badger babies, I cried IRL everytime one got taken from my grasp. :(
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Shelter is by far, the best "indie" game I had ever played. It's story is simplistic and heart wrenching. It never speaks a single peice of dialogue. I'm being serioius too, even Pokemon Mystery Dungeon did not make me feel so many emotions.

The game also has a very unique art style, which is very easy on the eyes. The enviroments are filled with creativity and detail, and there was never a boring moment for me.

It's soundtrack is also very nice. It fits the atmosphere of the game really well.

Although the game is very, very short (an hour and a half to finish the story) it is still entirely worth it. But if you still wish for more content, there is the "nurture" mode. This mode has you raising your cubs by tracking food and bringing it back to your family. Be sure to check back every day, otherwise..

I find this game utterly fantastical in almost every aspect. Most games I've played don't even come close to this level of story telling. So with that in mind, I'd personally give this game a 96/100.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Shelter is a unique experience that will make you care for the little bundles of love that are your squeaking kin.In Shelter there are no score tickers, timers, kill counts, or lives. You play as the mother of five young badgers and your job is to escort them from point A to point B without any of them going hungry or starving. Shelter accomplishes the goal of informing you of duties without the use of clumsy tutorials or a narrator describing you each task. Instead, the game lets you walk around and figure it all out in an organic process that leads to understanding the world quite quickly. Shelter doesn’t tell you to grab the food, an onion, and bring it to your baby but you understand that it needs to be done before moving on. This lesson naturally teaches you the importance of food to your young’s survival. Controls are simple; you walk around with W, A, S, D keys and gather/attack with the left mouse button. You can also call for your young with the right mouse button and sprint/crawl with the usual Shift/CTRL scheme.Before going on any further about the game I need to pay praise to the wonderful world that Might and Delight has crafted. The entirety of the game, be it in an open field or a damp cave, feels like it’s been hand stitched into a quilt that wraps the player in a warm and sometimes dangerous embrace. The landscapes are bright and colorful, with textures that can only be likened to Wind Waker and even then only slightly so. The art style of Shelter, much like that of the developer’s previous title, Pid, is one entirely unique to the game. Food is important, it’s your children’s lifeblood and it stands out in the world to make finding it fairly easy. This simple way of making the food standout from the world allows it all to feel, at the risk of sounding redundant, natural.The standout graphical effect isn’t the only way to know food is around; it turns out your children are quite capable of helping you on that front. Your young’s squeals and squeaks of delight when near a food source notifies you to ram into a tree or pull an onion from the ground. The threat of starvation is but one of many dangers that loom over your young. Birds of prey soar above, waiting to snatch small badgers for their own, the darkness of a cave calls to them, and forest fires aim to burn all in their path. Every level of Shelter starts off with a simple enough problem, your young need food. Their squeals and squeaks cry out to help and off you go, looking for sustenance. But then it all changes, something happens and soon food is an afterthought and the threat of death is one that becomes far more immediate.Your young move slowly so you must wait for them to be close before pushing forward, for fear that they may straggle behind and be snatched by the bird. This sense of immediate danger happens often in Shelter and to the game’s advantage. It’s not often that you care for a non-player character but in this case you care for five, and deeply so. This sense of life and death goes both ways in Shelter as it’s not always your young that are the prey of a hunt. Badgers are omnivorous creatures so animals are fair game as are fruits and vegetables. Stalking a fox in Shelter and landing the killing blow, knowing it will feed all of your young at once, is an incredibly satisfying moment. From high grass to high grass you crawl, hoping the fox hears nothing, and then, when close enough, you pounce on the fox and land the killing blow.I must give credit to the phenomenal soundtrack created by Retro Family. They’ve proven their worth by composing a soundtrack that pushes you forward when you know you need to stop and care for your young. Each moment of danger is amplified by the music and when my group was in danger I felt as though I had a responsibility to protect them all. Forest fires wouldn’t stop me from protecting my children and no rapid river would take my baby from me. The music elevates when necessary and amplifies the motherly feeling of each moment, a soundtrack well-crafted indeed.Shelter is a survival game in the basic sense but it’s also about exploration; that being the exploration of yourself as well as the beautiful world around you. Are you the type of person who will try to run from danger or will you stop and brave any harm to protect those you love, Shelter will tell you. The world is crafted in a beautiful manor, the soundtrack amplifies each emotion, and the gameplay, while simple, makes for a deep and moving experience.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
I shed a single tear for my single surviving badger child and four more for the ones who died (two in the darkness, one to the water, and one to that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ eagle/hawk).

Pretty cool game where you are a momma badger trying to feed and protect your five baby badgers while travelling....umm...I dont know where....I suppose yoru travels are only limited by your imagination, lol. Proper positioning of the food you gather and use of cover (in the form of tall grass) are your keys to survival. Dont do what I did and keep moving forward after dropping food for your kids. I found out after the first two perished that this was probably a bad idea, lol. Keep them in eyesight whenever possible and try to not feed them in the open if that option is available.

Anyway, this is a somewhat slow paced game, but I thought it was pretty cool, and that soundtrack was pretty awesome in my opinion and was perfect for the moments the songs played. The gameplay is as simple as walk/run/look around and then the multipurpose Rmouse/A button which is used to dig up roots, ambush critters, drop the food you gather,and call your kiddos when they wander off.

The graphics are cool in the same way that the graphics in Proteus are cool. The story/gameplay itself is actually pretty linear although it may not seem that way at first. There are five levels I believe. the ending...well...it's sad, poignant, and a circle of life deal.

All in all, I felt this was a pretty interesting exploratory game from the viewpoint of a badger. You kind of grow attached to the momma and feel some remorse when you lose one of the kiddos. I think I will give this game an 8 out of 10. There are better games out there, but this one was good and pretty unique as well.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
its an adorable game even though its short and its really worth owning
cant wait for the second one!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
I started the game with 5 pups and finished with 1. I lost the other 4 to predators and rapids.

Shelter is a thought provoking game with draws you in. You are a mother badger and you need to look after your 5 pups by feeding them and protecting them from predators and the elements.

Each time I lost a pup my heart skipped a beat followed by a sadness and guilt. No other game has ever made me cry!!

I won't spoil the ending but I will say it is expected all things consider and in some ways I am glad.
Once you have finished the game you get a new mode called 'nuture' this is where you can look after your pups starting from when they are new born and completely helpless. The pups grow bigger as the days go on and will follow you into the world after around day 8. If you don't log in then your pups will die.

The sound track and game play is great. The camera and graphics not so much so. The graphics do draw you in but it would be better to be a little clearer as it's easy to get lost.

I would definitely recommend this game if you are looking for a thought provoking game which draws you in and takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. However, if you enjoy fast paced, action paced games which are big on thrills and spills then I would definitely suggest you skip it.

I applaud the developer for the accuracy in portraying the animals and I will definitely be getting shelter 2.

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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
By the end of the game, i was afraid of birds

11/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
I'm going to be a horrible parent someday.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
As a short story, Shelter works well. Being a mother is difficult, and you sacrifice a lot to ensure your offspring outlive you. There's a nice little "circle of life" tale here. The gameplay though is more limited, searching for food to give your little cubs to ensure they don't die of starvation, and following a mostly linear path through life. The game throws various scripted encounters at you, and it can be quite thrilling at times (ducking between the long grass in the middle of a forest fire being the highlight), and losing a cub is really quite affecting. It's a short game, around an hour, and you probably won't want to replay it, but it's a worthwhile experience to have even though it's not quite as good as it could have been. The visuals are unique with its watercolour pallete, and the music fits the mood. It's very much an experience, a mildly interactive morality tale.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
A gentle, horrfying experience. Shelter asks you to trust it, to go with its unique flow, and if you let it take you in it will reward you with a very simple, real story that has both joy and sadness in the midst of mere survival.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
♥♥♥♥ING RIVER FLOODS!!! OH JEREMY! NO!!! NOOOOOOOO!!!! JEEEREEEMYYY!

Charles Darwin, ♥♥♥♥ YOU! ♥♥♥♥ YOU AND YOUR "SELECTION"!!! I WANT MY BABY BACK!!! Oh Jeremy... Please... Please forgive me... I... I failed as a mother... *Cries miserably*

*Looks at remaining cubs* At least.. at least I could save you! It's... It's too late for h...him... But I'll protect you until you grow. Come my children. Come and follow me. Avenge your brother's death by living until you have generations of happy, safe children. Come, come my children. We will move onwards... We have to....
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
One of the shortest games I ever played, but also one of the most memorable. Its visuals are amazing, the concept is origina, story is touching and soundtrack is really nice. I'd it give 10/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
★★★☆☆

Pros:
- Innovative idea
- Tough loving, its hard being a mum and this game has the ability to make you attached without any characters
- Art style just works beautifully

Cons:
- Short, takes about an hour but losing your little ones makes you wanna try again
- A little aimless, I got a little bored just waddling around. Could have done with a bit more, as theres only a few animals to catch and food to find.

Verdict: Im a little on the fence with this game as I found it disappointing and a little boring, however I've decided to recommend it due to its intelligent and fresh idea, but it could and should have been expanded on with better execution.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
This game is by 'Might and Delight' found here http://www.mightanddelight.com/index.php?page=projects where you can also pick up some free desk top screen savers for shelter and a children's book with the same art style.

Shelter is a mother badger simulation which harbors a Picasso type look to it all. The objective is to simply look after your five children and keep them alive against such difficulties and enemies such as starvation, predators, flash floods and bush fires. In truth the real enemy here is you and how neglectful you are as a mother. More than likely you will witness your children's helpless faces as they get washed away, burned like popcorn, waste away to nothing because you haven't fed them in the last five seconds, or you will simply hear what their screams and bones sound like as they get munched on by the pigs or hyena's that hunt in the night like they are velociraptors.

The game is short lived as it only has five levels and a bonus tamagotchi level called 'nuture'. The game never holds your hand by telling you what you need to do and so more often than not you will find out the hard way through sacrifice. It isn't extremely difficult to complete this game with all five children still alive on your second run through, but it is on your first run though.

You will learn various things in this game. You will learn what it means to be in the wild. You will learn the need to distinguish your children and not play favorites. You will learn the need to keep your children in the safety view of your watchful eye. You will learn to look ahead for danger, look for easier paths that do not encourage your children to be distracted from danger and you will learn to scavenge for food. It also teaches you that headbutting things will get you far in life, something that no doubt is useful in the real world too.

The nuture game is a tamagotchi which requires you to log in daily and nuture your five cubs back to health. Each day you will find 1 or 2 food items. Once the children have been fed about 7 times they will then start to venture with you to the exit of the burrow. After day 7 you will be given a chance to venture further and be given access to the river. As days progress your game level and experiences progress. The limit of this experience is 365 days. You cannot progress any further after that. This level seems to have just been added as an after thought to add some more padding to the game in general and what's on offer.

Highly recommend the game and at least a complete single play through so you can experience it for yourself if it ever goes on sale. You can also see a complete run through of the game here... https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGoldgfYpB4ARdxvMTpOpEwRYguTLZoK5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
This may as well be the only review I write; this game has become very dear to me for some reason.

Shelter is as thought provoking as it is tearjerking. By the end of it, I was just very shocked- only a couple of my kids lived, and I immediately felt a twinge of guilt for my failure. The game is very simple in its mechanics and in the way you operate; you play as a mother badger trying to get by in the wild the best she can, and you go get food for the kids, else they die from starvation.

The role given to you is clever, as it immediately gives you a sense of responsibility. You develop an attachment to the cubs without any real dialogue; the only thing they do to communicate with you verbally is yelp and squeal, yet I found myself engrossed in them, restarting levels several times if only to keep them safe.

The levels obviously have a lot of thought put into them, as they each introduce a new type of obstacle that animals face daily, such as predators or floods. The graphics are amazing, the emphasis on textures catching my eye and drawing me into the world presented.- the washed colors give it the look of a storybook. And don't get me started on the soundtrack: It's lovely.

The ending was very emotional for me, but I won't spoil it for those who haven't played through the game yet. I was reduced to a sobbing mess of tears as I watched the cutscene that went along with it. Shelter god me thinking about life in the wild- desperate, harsh, and generally hopeless. But you will always live on through your children.

It's made me want to pledge a little money towards helping animals in the wild when I can. I'd recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind a game with animal death in it; it's tragic and beautiful.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Shelter is a third-person survival game where you play as a mother badger attempting to protect her 5 cubs from hunger, predators, and the elements. It's quite short (it can be completed in roughly an hour - less time than it takes to drop all the trading cards), so consider the price accordingly. The graphics are a washed-out stylized pastel, which works well for the rather whimsical feel of the game at times, which contrasts nicely with the danger which is present.

All in all, I enjoyed it - the short length plays to its benefit as it didn't overstay its welcome. I felt terrible when I lost one of my children, so it's effective at conveying that loss.

Recommended if the concept sounds interesting - it's well executed, so if it sounds like something you might enjoy, you probably will.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
it's a nice little game,only took me 1hour to complete.But the ending felt like it had a meaning to it. Overall,buy if you want to get rid of an hour of your life with something that might just change it alittle.
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