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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Very Positive (77 reviews) - 87% of the 77 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Aug 28, 2013

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March 25

Paws launch promotion

To support the launch of Paws, which is part of the Shelter universe, we have a massive sale on the entire franchise. Take a chance on love and a little heartbreak. Adopt a nadger or lynx today.

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January 20

Paws - New project from Might and Delight

We are happy to announce our latest project, Paws!
This is a standalone spinoff from Shelter 2, where you play as a lynx cub.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/434000

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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.”
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
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Dickbutt
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
It's simply one of the most beautiful and emotional experiences I've had playing a game. Definitely worth it if it's on sale. It's a little sparse on content for full price. Still, this game is really fabulous.
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ValarMorghulis
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Aaaand I've lost all of my kids to the first eagle
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Clarky1503 (The Mancunian Gamer)
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Heart renching I played with my daughter and watched as ouir little badger babies were picked off untill our own imminent demise.
A simple yet artistic and vibrant game, full of atmosphere and education.
8/10
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Enshammon
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Personal Rating: 5 STARS

I cannot guarantee my rating is generalizable to any other person because, like real art, this is entirely subjective.

Shelter accomplishes great things with very little. For those with enough tenderness and imagination, this game will be unforgettable. This may be the most heart-touching game I have ever played.

Recommended for those who:
Have a warm heart
Are looking for a novel gaming experience
Appreciate brief but memorable games

Not recommended for those who:
Have a heart of stone
Just want to finish levels and beat games
Prefer realism over artistry in games

Here are my suggestions for playing Shelter:
Start with the minimum information (you are a mother badger)
Play when you are free of distractions, particularly best in the evening
Watch the credits
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Bacon Incarnate
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Not a survival game. This a walking simulator with some light survival elements that has no penalty for losing. The game is very short (~2 hours if you try to not lose your cubs) but it feels repetitive somehow. I haven't played Shelter 2 yet, but it looks like it will be better.
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Darth Poppa
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Feed your babies simulator.
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Trabic
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Came home drunk one night, bought this and played it for 12 minutes.

10/10 would get drunk again
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Ensyis
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Beautiful heartwarming game.
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Richeys
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Really nice game, I recommend this for you
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BillyTheOrphan
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Fun game, but ffs played almost 3 hours of it and only got one out of the 3 card drops it offers :(
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Expect overwhelming cuteness (づ◔ω◔)づ
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Personal Rating: 5 STARS

I cannot guarantee my rating is generalizable to any other person because, like real art, this is entirely subjective.

Shelter accomplishes great things with very little. For those with enough tenderness and imagination, this game will be unforgettable. This may be the most heart-touching game I have ever played.

Recommended for those who:
Have a warm heart
Are looking for a novel gaming experience
Appreciate brief but memorable games

Not recommended for those who:
Have a heart of stone
Just want to finish levels and beat games
Prefer realism over artistry in games

Here are my suggestions for playing Shelter:
Start with the minimum information (you are a mother badger)
Play when you are free of distractions, particularly best in the evening
Watch the credits
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Great way of understanding how terrible a parent you'd make.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
A fun and emotional game, but only really worth one or two playthroughs. I'd say only get it if it's on sale.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
It must suck to be a parent ;(
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Feed your babies simulator.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
176 of 180 people (98%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.


Conclusion

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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280 of 315 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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!

Nilesy
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273 of 327 people (83%) found this review helpful
261 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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163 of 185 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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