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:
Recent:
Very Positive (99 reviews) - 89% of the 99 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (2,137 reviews) - 86% of the 2,137 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 28, 2013

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Shelter 1

Packages that include this game

Buy Shelter: The Heart Edition

Includes 2 items: Shelter, Shelter 2

Buy Shelter Complete Edition

Includes 5 items: Shelter, Shelter 2, Shelter 2 Mountains, Shelter 2 Soundtrack, Shelter Soundtrack

Downloadable Content For This Game

 

Recent updates View all (11)

September 15

Meadow - New project from Might and Delight

We would like to introduce our latest project to you, Meadow!
Have you ever wanted to experience a Shelter world with someone else? Soon you can, in this upcoming online fable world!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/486310

7 comments Read more

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.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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: GeForce 400 series, ATI Radeon HD 2xxx
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • 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
    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 1 GB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated Sept. 2016! Learn more
Recent:
Very Positive (99 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (2,137 reviews)
Review Type


Purchase Type


Language


Display As:


(what is this?)
1,416 reviews match the filters above ( Very Positive)
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Shelter- a Sophisticated Review
Shelter is a 2013 game by Might and Delight.

You play as a badger, mother of five cubs. Your task is to venture out into the wilderness and watch your little ones grow over the course of the four seasons. To me, it isn't obvious why, because you neither are really searching for a new home (or "Shelter") nor do you lack food in the beginning. Nevertheless it is one very interesting experience.

There are about 5-6 different areas that you have to cross before reaching the ending. All of them contain some kind of threat to your cubs. Except the first one- which is a "light-hearted" introduction to what turns out to be a "heart-breaking" experience. Everything starts out just perfect in summer or spring (I'm not quite sure) and then the environment slowly starts to show its claws- be it through predators, a waterfall, a forest fire, or just the harsh weather in winter.
The levels are quite big and are made to give you an open world-feeling yet everything about the game feels linear. Even when you start loosing some of your cubs, you begin to ask yourself: is this really my fault or is it all scripted? Strange thought, but this makes sure you play the game more than just once. Maybe it is possible to finish with all of the five cubs. Or what will happen if all of them die?
When you finish "story-mode", the so-called "Nurture"-mode is unlocked, where you have to check on your cubs every day in rl to make sure they get something to eat and grow up healthy. A very interesting concept to keep you playing.

The gameplay is very intuitive, though anything but challenging. You only need the typical WASD-scheme, left mouse button to interact, shift to sprint and ctrl to sneak. All you have to do is look for all kinds of food to feed your cubs with. At the beginning you are left alone with looking for things to eat, but as your cubs grow, they start running towards everything they see.
With things you find you can only feed one cub at a time. That is until you decide to try out your hunting skills. Mice are the easiest to catch, but then there are foxes or frogs. When you manage to catch one of these there's a feast for all of your cubs.
One thing that really bothered me however is: How does the mother survive without eating anything? Does she feed on her cubs being content and healthy or have I missed something?

The artstyle is really interesting, but after some time you begin to realise that technically it's well beyond it's possibilities- especially for a game released in 2013. The textures(even for me- someone who normally doesn't really give a s**t about graphics) have very low resolution and the lighting is very dim and colorless.
The soundtrack however is perfect. In every scene (or level) it enhances your experience- by creating a tense atmosphere, winter atmosphere, light atmosphere and so on.
Although the game runs fairly well on my PC without any technical problems whatsoever, after I finished it, it hardly got back into the main menu. The screen just sort of kept popping for a whole 30 secs.

CONCLUSION:
Shelter is a very special experience. Over the course of only 70 minutes it managed to personally engage me into the journey of a group of virtual animals- some would call it a family. Everytime I lost a cub I felt bad- it made me feel as if I was a loser to make that happen. At the end I had only one cub left and it felt like victory to me- with a bittersweet aftertaste- but a victory nonetheless.
It is also a very tedious experience. The visuals aren't as fresh as they should and the pseudo-open-world just hinders the experience as in some closed off areas there is nothing to find except a single carrot. Also the popping menu screen leaves a very bad impression in a technically nearly perfect game.

In general, Shelter is something you have to experience. It isn't the best and it has its problems, but as a whole, it is a gratifying experience. You get to learn that although the world can sometimes be cruel, it has its reasons. It genuinely makes you feel good- although it also makes you think.
7/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Well, what can I really say? The only thing this game has going for it is the artstyle. The game is extremly short, it can be easily beaten in under 2 hours. The levels are very different from one another, but the gameplay is almost always the same: you get your cubs food by either slaming yourself against the apple tree ( and only the apple tree) or you pull food out from the ground, occasionaly you might get the chance to catch a frog or a mice or even a fox ( last one being extremly hard to catch). The only enemy you have to worry about is the giant eagle, but he only appears at certain areas of the game, so no constant threats. The game sadly never shows any heartwarming bounding moments between you and your cubs, so the ending is rather dissapointing, feels very forced and sudden. So, all in all, I would skip this one and maybe check out the other 2 games from the same studio, which is what I will do next.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
RIP Greg, Jeff, Bob, Sam and Chorizo. You were the best badgers a Mum could ever wish for.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I played this game around Mother's Day and I just felt terrible. I thought I was doing so well, everything seemed fine and all my little babies were making it but then things started going downhill quickly and I realized something....I would be a terrible mother.

Short game, not a ton of replay but there could be some in attempting to better how many of your cubs make it, and overall a cute little story. This is something you play for the experience and the art not because of some amazing gameplay. But if you go into it with the right mindset it really is a rich little experience and I greatly enjoyed it even if it left me a little teary eyed.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Really nice game. Kind of heartbreaking though to see your young ones go one by one.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Awesome game, love the graphics and the soundtracks,
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Cute, and sad.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
While Shelter isn't a game as much as it is an interactive narrative, it nails just about every detail it could. Art style, atmosphere, and sound track all come together to create a great experience that really puts you in the shoes of an animal without turning it into a purely mechanical challenge.

The game won't last long but it's very cheap during sales and definitely worth playing, especially if you're looking for something simple to enjoy just for an evening.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
If you're a sucker for any game that lets you play as an animal (like me) then you'll love this game. Raising and protecting your adorable little babies gets you incredibly and suprsingly emotionally invested. I really enjoyed this game and can't wait to play Shelter 2.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
"Circle of life" explained in a game. Great experience.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Recently Posted
InfectedCoyote
1.2 hrs
Posted: December 3
I honestly didn't think I'd like this game, but I do. In a way, it's a very simple game. That is different from most games now that feel the need to be complex. It has relaxing music and fun to play (despite the horrible feeling after your cub dies).
Helpful? Yes No Funny
harree22
4.1 hrs
Posted: November 29
This game was really well done! I loved the graphics and the little creatures, and really enjoyed the storyline.
I thought it was very clever because they made you feel very emotional over your journey. There were sad times and proud times, and the ending was such a twist!!

I loved playing every bit of it and will continue to play it over again and again.
I strongly recommend this game to anyone who loves the way of nature and enjoys emotional games!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Apple Bloom
1.7 hrs
Posted: November 29
This game has beautiful artwork, fun game play and an unexpected end. This game is puely goregous, it's stunning and the music is calming too. I watched someone play this and so I got it for myself and it is easily one of my favorite games on steam. This game revolves around a mother badger and her pups traveling to find a new home and one the way there the player gets to hunt and protect her pups which is really fun game play. Catching a fox is hard but very rewarding when you finally catch it, and the other animals are fun to catch as well. The game is short and sweet, and I look forward to playing the new one. Recommended to animal lovers and anyone who likes short and sweet games.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Cokmez
0.9 hrs
Posted: November 29
wildlife in 60 minutes
Helpful? Yes No Funny
BlueDuck
0.3 hrs
Posted: November 28
R.I.P Bilbo The Badger
Helpful? Yes No Funny
SirPacings
1.0 hrs
Posted: November 27
The best time I've had being a Mother Badger.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Onychophora
2.0 hrs
Posted: November 27
I loved this game.

The best thing about it is the way it makes you feel.
You always find yourself in harmony by the beautiful environment, relaxing soundtrack, and great story.
The gameplay is simple, yet excellent. It's all about your cubs. All you got to do is feed them, defend them, and keep them close. And you really start caring for them while doing this. Losing one is just devastating!
Because of this, the game keeps you on edge - while making you feel relaxed. It's a strange, but a good feeling.

I recommend this game for everyone that wants a simple, beautiful game with a good story to tell. It is really worth playing!

Helpful? Yes No Funny
hѻnd
1.3 hrs
Posted: November 27
The feels
Helpful? Yes No Funny