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:
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Very Positive (87 reviews) - 81% of the 87 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (2,075 reviews) - 86% of the 2,075 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 28, 2013

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

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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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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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Very Positive (87 reviews)
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RobC04
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Shelter is kind of a walking simulator for badgers. The player needs to guide the baby badgers through various locations - finding food and avoiding dangers. I'm not a fan of the stylized graphics or the gameplay. I only went partway into the 2nd level and I just couldn't take it anymore because I was bored. I don't understand all of the positive reviews, but I'm in the minority here so maybe I'm just missing something. In any case, I don't recommend it but a lot of other people do.
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Neon
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Honestly i was really liking this game and enjoying it but every ♥♥♥♥ing time i try to quit it crashes and now all my save data is gone after a crash fix your ♥♥♥♥ing game
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TOMATO
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Product received for free
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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ram4ix
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
It's something different from what I'm used to play. Also it's different from other survival games, since here you must take care of your children while you yourself seem to be untaouchable and can't die of starvation.
The game also has a rather unique graphics solution. An excellent example of how you can make a beautiful game with low graphics. It's very beautiful in an artistic way.

Gameplay is simple - explore, find food to feed your cubs and protect them from various dangers. Your primary goal is to get ahead, explore untill eventually you reach the end. Food source is limited despite the fact that you can harvest fruit, vegetables and even hunt small or not that smal animals, so it's best not to linger too long in one place, but keep moving ahead.

As for the cons: There's no tutorial to start you up. You start the game in a cave unaware of what you can and must do. Luckily community guides can help (spoler: that little white furry thing that apears to be dead is not dead, it just needs food)
There are some elements of a tuturial in a form of flash images that display a message, but in my oppinion, it's not enough. I saw a picture of rocks in a river, I suspected it might indicate that we can hide behind rocks, but I was not sure about that and did not wan't to risk it... Yeah I should've hid behind the rocks.


Over all I like the game and I will buy the sequel, but it was really short. I finished the game in about half an hour and later replayed it to end it in the best way possible and now I don't see myslef playing it again. It's nice and I enjoyed it, but the reply value is really low.
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samus_of_all_trades
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Crashed twice before I could finally get past the first section. Very short, but feels really long because of how bored I got by the end. Framerate is terrible in the last section.

I will give it this though. I did feel bad every time one of my babies died.

Unfortunately, that's also the worst par. The first two died at night because this game hardly explains anything, and I had no idea what was going on. I'm still mad about that.

The third was swept away. (That one was mostly my fault though.)

I named the last two Sans and Papyrus to remind me of a better game. When they died, I couldn't even off myself and was horrified at the thought of starting all over from the beginning. Luckily, that wasn't the case. My last two babies survived till the end, and then I returned it.

0 out of 5 badger babies. Would not play again. Not really worth the $1.50.
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Rik
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
I embarked on a journey with my children. Teddy, Lucy, Oliver, Sammy and Miguel.

Teddy, the youngest. He nearly passed away in our home but my other children found food to save him.
Lucy was selfish, and an overeater. But I would have taken her eating more than her share if it meant she wouldn't have run off at night and never returned.
Oliver and Sammy were strong. They supported each other when there was no one else.
Miguel. He was the most selfless child you could ever have wanted. But his reluctance to eat made him weaker, and unable to swim against the currents.

Now, Oliver, Sammy and Teddy live a life of their own. I pray for their safety.

My feels. 10/10
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AN ABSOLUTE MADMAN
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
A surprisingly intense and engaging Honeybadger BB escort mission
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Valpocalypse
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
This was a fun discovery for me from the Steam sale, which I would reccomend getting it during, because it's pretty short. That being said the emotional investment ramps up quickly as you struggle to protect your babies from eagles and oh god fire why this game is really hard
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jaffa4242
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
The lack of direction and slow pace is frustrating, rather than adding to the atmosphere. The environment is pretty, but extremely repetitive. No save function in a game like this is also infuriating. I stopped playing when I had to start from the beginning for the third time and couldn't face crawling through the dreaded 'credits tunnel' again.
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Old Rat
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
Man, I want my 40 minutes back. This is barely even a game. I feel like I wouldn't have hated it enough to leave a negative review if the soundtrack was better, but man, the music just annoyed me and made the game so tedious to play through. Especially the track in the fire level. Oh my god, I almost tore my headset off.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
25 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
A simple simulation game with a haunting soundtrack and ambient sounds that capture some of the serenity of life as a badger with her cubs. Definitely a different kind of game and a unique sim idea.

The developers said they wanted a game with a slow tempo and they even cut out gameplay ideas that diverged from this ethos. I guess they really achieved the slow tempo for sure because there is not a whole lot going on to warrant sinking hours into this game. I played it for a while and got bored since there is not much to do and the cuteness overload kinda wears thin after a while. I didn't play long enough to encounter the eagle yet. The environment is created in an interesting art style but the paths start to look very similar after a few visits.

Only buy this game if you like badgers and a relaxed play style without too much to do.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Shelter is kind of a walking simulator for badgers. The player needs to guide the baby badgers through various locations - finding food and avoiding dangers. I'm not a fan of the stylized graphics or the gameplay. I only went partway into the 2nd level and I just couldn't take it anymore because I was bored. I don't understand all of the positive reviews, but I'm in the minority here so maybe I'm just missing something. In any case, I don't recommend it but a lot of other people do.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Product received for free
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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3 of 5 people (60%) 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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4 of 7 people (57%) 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
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Beautiful heartwarming game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Feed your babies simulator.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
All the good things that are said about this game are true. It's beautiful and very original. I simply can't recommend spending $10 (USD) on a game that I beat in less than an hour. I also ran into several bugs with movement that nearly cost me my cubs, which was frustrating, though not gamebreaking. If there was more here, I could have overlooked it, but a short experience like this should be polished perfectly to sell for more than a dollar or 2.

Yes, nurture mode extends the gameplay, but there's no way I can commit to getting on this game every day just to feed my cubs. I realize that's a cool feature for a lot of people, but not me.

I did enjoy this game, and if the price doesn't bother you, you should absolutely get it, especially if you can get it on sale. I was on the fence for this review, but I was disappointed enough in the bugs and length that ultimately I can't recommend it for the price.
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