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 (1,853 reviews) - 86% of the 1,853 user reviews for this game are positive.
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. ːsteamhappyː

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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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Janita
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Short, sweet, yet bittersweet.

I just want to save all my babies.
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Esaki
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I absolutely adore the art and emotion in this game. It's look got me interested, but I re-visit the game due to how much you end up caring about those cute lil pixel babies! Thrilling every time I play. Highly recommended! Soundtrack is amazing as well!
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41nd
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
9 euros for this? meh.. cute game but.. not really worth the money.. very abstract nature adventure..
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candywolf34
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Its a beautiful game as you can see. Has cute badgers. Its sad but try not to make it sad by protecting your babies. Great survival game but it gives me the panicky feeling like my baby badgers might die in the game. Overall its awesome and makes me want to keep replaying it until all my babys have survived in the game.
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EmberSH
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Ok; I really REALLY loved the idea for this game, and it had some good points, but I can't recomend it.

Pros:
Adorable babies
Pretty
Good concept

Cons:
Reuse the same maps for the levels
Too easy to get turned around
Really hard to control which baby you feed because they scatter and shift a lot when you're close
SO SLOW (Especially the night bit, where I nearly quit in boredom. You move at a snails pace and every noise sends the babies running. Usually back the way you came)
Bird boss catching my babies because one always trails behind the rest when they move
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Rie
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
I wanted to give it a positive review but I really can't.

This game offers you an unique experience to be a badger mother and take care of 5 cubs while you pass few maps with predators lurking around. The actual game mode was okay, but I must say however the developer team didn't have as much budgets, if a majority of players actually have to go on the forum discussions just to check how and what to do in the very first 5 mins of the game, it is a bad sign. You should at least give people some sort of instructions, maybe an arrow pointing at the food on the ground (since really, the texture and color choices were horrible, it was so hard to make out the stuff to the eyes), not to mention the dumb precision of having to drop the food at the exact angle/spot.

And don't even make me start on nurture mode. I was on Day--I think, 23 or 24? I have been repeating the same things over and over again for nearly a month and there was literally nothing that could tell me about when these cubs will leave or how this mode will end. You just don't expect people to mindlessly do this for everyday or two days without a sense of direction or time goal in mind. This tells you there was a serious lack of thinking in terms of developing and test-playing it in the players' perspective prior to the release. Anddd the result is pretty disastrous. I don't even want to touch this game when it's night/dark raining time in nurture mode, I just kept crashing into walls in the cave or kept getting lost in the map because it was wayyy too difficult to identify the surroundings. (Mind you, there is no map to show you your location or path)

To be fair though, the real game mode's ending was quite a surprise and I could see it had somewhat educational purpose, which was good. But the more I play nurture mode, the more I think the developers could have done way better than that. I would have to give some consideration whether I should try out Shelter 2 or not in the future, but for now, I just completely lost any desire to do it.


For people who want to try out this game, wait for a good sale maybe, and take my words: don't waste your time to dwell on nurture mode much. It's not worth it.
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Mr.White(TMPC)
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
This game is absolutely amazing, it has gorgeous visuals and soundtrack.
it's very sad on the other hand so don't expect a cheerfull game.
I would recommend it to everyone so BUY THIS GAME!!!
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pt_kamen
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
it's a great game, but I can't play it...
first time a cub died with hunger, since I didn't understood the mechanics...
second time a bird killed one cub, and this time I was really attached to them, since I was always looking after them and giving food even to the runt.
I know this happens in nature, but...

In the end it's my fault and not the game, if anything it's a good game. If a game gives you "the feels" it's doing it's job right. But I can't, I'm weak against cute fluffy things, and when they get hurt because of me...
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Vagina Boob
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
This is a very short and cute game about you, a mother badger, that has to protect and feed her offspring. The game is very simple and straight forward. You can beat the game in less than an hour, but there is an extra feature called Nurture. Which is a daily thing that you do in game. The game design and music is very fitting and I find it just adorable. I got the game on sale and feel it was worth the experience.
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MammiTammi
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Loved it

A game with a nice atmosphere, very calm and beautiful scenery as well as music. I enjoyed it so much and was very sad once I reached the end, looking much forwards to playing shelter 2. Much recommended to others^^
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tralalaTRIlili
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
love the beautiful graphics style, and the emotion in the game. but this is not an easy game in the first time, and that's enough to frustrate you.
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Wirdjos
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Nature is both beautiful and brutal, and so is Shelter. Between predators, starvation, and environmental hazards, being responsible for the survival of five little badger cubs is a terrifying proposition. By the end of the first 'level', there's so much built up tension and dread that the end simply can't come soon enough. Every second is a risk, the next threat could come out of nowhere - a fear which is doubled by the lack of a real saving system. The tragic death of one of the cubs can't be reversed without returning to start of the area and accepting the same risk all over again. Every death feels as if it could have been prevented, despite being unable to control the cubs directly, increasing the guilt of any loss.
Leaving room for feelings is Shelter's strong suit. Every part of the game is made so simply - the controls consist of movement, a way to quicken that movement, and a single action key; the music is an uncomplicated guitar strumming which becomes more hectic as danger approaches, and the visual style is made up of only a handful of textures repeated over blocky frames. Nothing's left standing in the way of the player's own grand adventure, constructed from a very basic premise: survive and keep your children safe.
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ValCorvo
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
I wouldn't say this is a tremendously amazing game. It's artistic, sure, but the gameplay isn't extraordinary in any way. I didn't really feel a connection to the little ones I was taking care of throughout. That's just me, I suppose.

It's worth a play I would say, but get it on sale. I wouldn't give it a $10 value. It's disappointing if you value it at that.
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Goblin
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Spent hours caring for 5 kits..... 2 got picked off in the night by the anonymous predators, one washed away, one was nabbed by the hawk when nearly grown......


Then I sacrificed myself to let the last kit run away....


I hope she made it.
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Vio_Hazard
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
I did like the idea behind this game, but I found the actual execution to be a bit... Boring. The linear gamplay became too repetitive, and was not what I expect out of a fun video game. The storyline was pretty cool, though. It made me have deep thoughts about being a mama badger... :D

I would recommend that you save your money and just buy the sequel, Shelter 2, instead.
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MapleSyrup
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
I love this game so much, the art and music is beautiful and very calming and very worring at some points. 9/10
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Raid
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Shelter is a very interesting game using a minimal design space that allows the player to control a parent badger as it moves its cubs from location to location. The controls are also relatively minimal, which is good as it doesn't get in the way of the simplicity of the concept and design. It's an ingenious title in that it puts the player in a relatively weak position and forces us to protect our young. I don't believe there's any inherent negative when you lose one of your young, though the emotional effect is there as you count up your young and notice that one of them is missing. Sometimes you're not even sure what happened, but the emptiness can sit with you.

The invested player will soon find themselves scurrying back and forth quickly, looking for food, scrambling to hide them all when a threatening shadow appears, and generally fretting about the location of each of your young. It very quickly creates just the type of atmosphere it sets out to do. While it may not be a game that its players will return to often, for the price the players will receive an enjoyable, yet stressful, journey that portrays its source material very well.
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Kawaii Badger
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
you are a a mother badger and you are to take your 5 children across this world and try to survive its a fun steatlhy game
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Emil
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Do you like playing games on a laptop out in the sun? Then you'll love this game. Through the miracle of bad art design, this game will make you feel just like it even when playing in a dark room!

This game also manages to both annoy me for the lack of tutorials and annoy me for exesive use of tutorials. You start off in a burrow as a badger where you can walk around with your badger-kids following you. As you explore you'll find some rocks, some sort of beetroot and an exit with an invisible wall. After reading a walkthroug i found out that one of the rocks is actually one of your hungry badger-kids. This was so obvious that the developers decided to not include any hint or tutorial. After that is done the invisible wall is suddenly gone when you try to exit once again. As you walk throgh the narrow passage, your camera will clip through much of the terrain and hanging roots. When you finally get out of the contrastless booring darkness, what should have been a cool contrast between the darkness of the cave and the refreshing light cast by the sun, is instead more grey eye-straining fullbright. You are immediately taunted buy several tutorials saying:

- "Oh you were smart enough to get out of the cave? Better remind you that you should gather food with the use key!"

and

- "This tree has a bright red apple in it. It's really easy to see as all the other colors are grey. Any idiot could probably realize that you can sprint into it so that the apple falls down, but we are going to spoil that for you anyway."

After that there is more gathering of food through a forest closed on both sides. How hungry are the badger-kids? There is so much food that you don't really have the time to find out because you'll soon lose any interest in the game. Im sure there's more beyond that point, but it was too long until the next step so I just stopped after a while.

1/10, overpraised linear casual game with interesting art style, destroyed by it's horrible low contrast and high brightness setting.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
love the beautiful graphics style, and the emotion in the game. but this is not an easy game in the first time, and that's enough to frustrate you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
This game is absolutely amazing, it has gorgeous visuals and soundtrack.
it's very sad on the other hand so don't expect a cheerfull game.
I would recommend it to everyone so BUY THIS GAME!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Nature is both beautiful and brutal, and so is Shelter. Between predators, starvation, and environmental hazards, being responsible for the survival of five little badger cubs is a terrifying proposition. By the end of the first 'level', there's so much built up tension and dread that the end simply can't come soon enough. Every second is a risk, the next threat could come out of nowhere - a fear which is doubled by the lack of a real saving system. The tragic death of one of the cubs can't be reversed without returning to start of the area and accepting the same risk all over again. Every death feels as if it could have been prevented, despite being unable to control the cubs directly, increasing the guilt of any loss.
Leaving room for feelings is Shelter's strong suit. Every part of the game is made so simply - the controls consist of movement, a way to quicken that movement, and a single action key; the music is an uncomplicated guitar strumming which becomes more hectic as danger approaches, and the visual style is made up of only a handful of textures repeated over blocky frames. Nothing's left standing in the way of the player's own grand adventure, constructed from a very basic premise: survive and keep your children safe.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
it's a great game, but I can't play it...
first time a cub died with hunger, since I didn't understood the mechanics...
second time a bird killed one cub, and this time I was really attached to them, since I was always looking after them and giving food even to the runt.
I know this happens in nature, but...

In the end it's my fault and not the game, if anything it's a good game. If a game gives you "the feels" it's doing it's job right. But I can't, I'm weak against cute fluffy things, and when they get hurt because of me...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
I wanted to give it a positive review but I really can't.

This game offers you an unique experience to be a badger mother and take care of 5 cubs while you pass few maps with predators lurking around. The actual game mode was okay, but I must say however the developer team didn't have as much budgets, if a majority of players actually have to go on the forum discussions just to check how and what to do in the very first 5 mins of the game, it is a bad sign. You should at least give people some sort of instructions, maybe an arrow pointing at the food on the ground (since really, the texture and color choices were horrible, it was so hard to make out the stuff to the eyes), not to mention the dumb precision of having to drop the food at the exact angle/spot.

And don't even make me start on nurture mode. I was on Day--I think, 23 or 24? I have been repeating the same things over and over again for nearly a month and there was literally nothing that could tell me about when these cubs will leave or how this mode will end. You just don't expect people to mindlessly do this for everyday or two days without a sense of direction or time goal in mind. This tells you there was a serious lack of thinking in terms of developing and test-playing it in the players' perspective prior to the release. Anddd the result is pretty disastrous. I don't even want to touch this game when it's night/dark raining time in nurture mode, I just kept crashing into walls in the cave or kept getting lost in the map because it was wayyy too difficult to identify the surroundings. (Mind you, there is no map to show you your location or path)

To be fair though, the real game mode's ending was quite a surprise and I could see it had somewhat educational purpose, which was good. But the more I play nurture mode, the more I think the developers could have done way better than that. I would have to give some consideration whether I should try out Shelter 2 or not in the future, but for now, I just completely lost any desire to do it.


For people who want to try out this game, wait for a good sale maybe, and take my words: don't waste your time to dwell on nurture mode much. It's not worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Short, sweet, yet bittersweet.

I just want to save all my babies.
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
This game is all about your experience and you know when those types of games work best? When you don't know what to expect. With Shelter that wasn't the case - without knowing any spoilers, just by going through game description and few screenshots, I pretty much knew how it is going to be.

... And it turns out to be worse than I expected.

Good things?
Graphic. Very interesting, very different, really good.
Atmospheric music.
Unique idea.
Engaging. At least for the first part. Game does a pretty good job in making you care for your little badger family, but sadly that isn't enough to call it a satisfying experience.

Bad things?
It feels like a chore. After you get used to the mechanics, you expect something to happen, but for the long time there is absolutely nothing going on. It gets boring really quickly.
Not challenging at all.
No feel of danger. I expected that I will be playing this in fear of the family of badgers, but truly, there wasn't any real sense of threat. There are far more dangers waiting for animals that just the few rare ones that we encountered here. And they aren't very well done.
Repetitive. You keep doing the same things over and over again. And things like getting food or avoid danger are not even remotely hard.
No replay value whatsoever.
Bugs. Sometimes camera gets stuck on the tree and you can't see anything that's going on. It's not only annoying, it may actually cause you to make some mistake.

In short - unique idea, but pretty disappointing game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Shelter is a very interesting game using a minimal design space that allows the player to control a parent badger as it moves its cubs from location to location. The controls are also relatively minimal, which is good as it doesn't get in the way of the simplicity of the concept and design. It's an ingenious title in that it puts the player in a relatively weak position and forces us to protect our young. I don't believe there's any inherent negative when you lose one of your young, though the emotional effect is there as you count up your young and notice that one of them is missing. Sometimes you're not even sure what happened, but the emptiness can sit with you.

The invested player will soon find themselves scurrying back and forth quickly, looking for food, scrambling to hide them all when a threatening shadow appears, and generally fretting about the location of each of your young. It very quickly creates just the type of atmosphere it sets out to do. While it may not be a game that its players will return to often, for the price the players will receive an enjoyable, yet stressful, journey that portrays its source material very well.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
After reading reviews i downloaded it. Looks more like an art/design project than a game. No clear goals, controls and camera at times unresponsive. For five minutes playing and admiring the art is fine. Guess it's a love it / hate it game. If you can try it before getting it, i'd recommend that. Or wait until the price gets lower.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Nailed it: the game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Bought this game because it was on sale and the art intrigued me, but I didn't expect to end up caring about my offspring so much. It's only real shortcomings are its brevity and how hard it can be to figure out where you're supposed to go at times.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
this game took me an hour
I lost all of my cubs
it genuinely upset me what the ♥♥♥♥

beautiful game though, would recommend 11/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
1. Downloads game
2. Opens Game
3. Marvels at the art style
4. Names all badger babies
5. Feeds Timmy with an onion
6. Spends 5 minutes trying to get out of the den
7. Goes through tutorial
8. Timmy gets killed by god knows what
9. Wonders what the point of the game is
10. Loses Charlie and Daniel in the river
11. Depressed
12. A bird eats Lenny
13. Exits game


It’s a good game that has a great art style, the gameplay can be a bit dull at some points but it’s worth a buy.
RIP Timmy, Charlie, Daniel, and lenny.


8\10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
A short but lovely game. I wish it had been a bit longer, but for what the story is and such, the length fits it. Anything longer and it probably would've changed the game completely and would take away from it rather than adding anything. The story is fairly straight and to the point. A sad but true story of life.

Definitely recommend if you enjoy these sorts of games. The art style is beautiful, and considering the length it's more than worth it's current sale price ($1.99). If you have the change the spare, definitely pick this up and give it a shot.

Also, I dare you to play it and NOT get sappy or emotional. Bet you can't.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
you are a a mother badger and you are to take your 5 children across this world and try to survive its a fun steatlhy game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Spent hours caring for 5 kits..... 2 got picked off in the night by the anonymous predators, one washed away, one was nabbed by the hawk when nearly grown......


Then I sacrificed myself to let the last kit run away....


I hope she made it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
The art in this game is beautiful. And when my children left meh... :-:
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
This game is really emotional and it's really interesting but it's so boring, you're not doing anything interesting.After 20 minutes I asked for a refund.
I really wanted to play the game but it's boring D:
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65 of 70 people (93%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
The game is a tribute to all mothers out there that would do anything to protect their children :'(
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33 of 33 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Shelter is a game were you are a mother badger who is trying to take care of 5 baby badgers and get them to a different section of the forest. You need to feed them on your travels with apples, radishes, carrots, catching frogs, and mice. There are also some other challenges you come across like birds trying to swoop down and nab your babies, fire, and floods from the rain. It's a cool game and fun trying to see how many you can keep alive to the end.

There's also a nurture mode where you need to feed them each day so they get big enough to travel. Not sure if this goes by real days or just time spent in game. I found two food items in the small area you can forage but that was it. I would need to log back in another day to try and find more. Gives some replay value to the game but not much.

It won't take long to do one playthrough but you can always replay to see if you can improve or decrease your survival skills. It's worth checking Shelter out if you can get it cheap.
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