Guide a powerful Lynx through vast open landscapes. Give birth to your cubs, raise and strengthen them by mastering your skills for hunting prey. Explore the wild beauty of nature and do everything possible to prepare your family for the vicious entities dwelling on the cold tundra.
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Release Date: Mar 9, 2015

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May 24

Tobii eyetracking support

Look! Shelter 2 is now available with Tobii eyetracking support!
Tune your senses and experience a little more in the dimensions of hunting, caring, and exploring.

Eye tracking features include:

  • Infinite screen - Camera movement with eye tracking.
  • Cub communication - Look at a cub and meow to get a response on how they are feeling.
  • Hunting vision - Enhanced focus when looking at prey animals.





There is also a few additions and fixes:
  • The skin from the mother in Paws is now available for players who own Paws.
  • Crouch in hard mode is now togglable.
  • It is no longer possible to get stuck in menues because of keybinding the pause/escape function to left click.

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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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About This Game

The beauty of nature goes hand in hand with its unforgiving rawness. That is central in Shelter 2, and one of the reasons we chose to make a game about a Lynx. They are in middle of the food chain, and there are far more vicious things out on the cold tundra.

The game follows the life of a mother lynx, starting as a pregnant animal, giving birth and continuing in to a journey of parenthood where nurturing her cubs is paramount for survival. Shelter 2 includes more elaborate gameplay features than its predecessor, such as stamina, different types of movements, jumps and a variety of prey to kill. Besides hunting there are several maternal and hunting features, such as calling the cubs closer, smell for prey, making sure they drink water from rivers and lifting and carrying your cubs from harm’s way.

A vast wilderness awaits

Environments in Shelter 2 are much bigger than its predecessor and allow a lot more freedom than ever before, allowing players to find favorite spots to return to. This time weather and seasons change, harsh winters and bloomy summers awaits you!
The music is once again presented by Retro Family, awarded for their work on the Pid Soundtrack, and the visuals have been reinvented by adding dense atmosphere and lighting to the patterned graphical art style.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ @ 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 240 GT or Radeon HD 6570 – 1024 MB (1 gig)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Lion 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 1 GB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ @ 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 240 GT or Radeon HD 6570 – 1024 MB (1 gig)
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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CalamitousJ
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A+ would cry again
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SadieSaurus
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Whilst the game is visually very beautifu, it sadly just does not offer enough content/story to warrant its pricing. Once you have your kittens you just wander around killing rabbits (etc) until they grow and leave you. Then rinse repeat. I would recommend only buying the game on sale if you wish to play it.
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bunearyxo
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game was so worth buying. The experience, although kinda short, was amazing. It was a rollercoaster of emotions. I was happy and proud of my adorable cubs as they grew and learned to hunt. I was heartbroken when one died of starvation (i think) and another taken by a predator. They were my babies and when they were all grown up and had to leave it was a happy moment but it was hard to see them go. :( by the end I was crying. I sat there sobbing. It was just such a journey. I don't wanna spoil the ending but that's what made me cry the most. I would soooo recommend this game. 10/10 for sure.
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aru-hito1989
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I got 2 hours in and wondered if I'd missed a sign-post or marker of some sort. Nope. Unlike the first Shelter, there is no goal, no journey - it's just open world with not much else.

Hunt, feed, wander, hunt, feed, wander, and repeat.

Beautiful art style but that's about it. Would not recommend, unless you've got nothing better to do with your time than 'play' in a nice painting.
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Oolong Slayer
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I really struggled to get into this one. I saw the other reviews here about how heart-wrenching losing a cub was etc and thought this would be terrible and amazing but I lost a single cub and just didn't really care about it. Gameplay seemed to lack any sort of objective, the collections of random branches and feathers didn't seem to have a point to it. I'm usually the first in line for "playable artwork" stytle games but, for me, Shelter 2 misses the mark.
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Wolfheart
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
So I recently bought Shelter 2 and the mountains DLC (summer sale). I haven't played a lot yet, but what I have played is amazing. The graphics are unique and beautiful. I still have a lot to learn, but I am looking forward to logging many hours in this game. It was sad when I lost my first baby to an eagle. (didn't know I could jump on it and save them.) Then I think my second baby I lost was to hunger or injuries. I had saved it from another eagle.
10/10

P.S. Hey makers of shelter! Please make one with wolves <3 would love it. Could even do co-op with 2 wolf parents.
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LEFTY
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Gave birth to 4 baby lynxes , next day went hunting and forgot where my den was . Restarted the game , gave birth to 4 lynxes again . Went to hunt and managed to drown my ♥♥♥ while trying to catch a deer. One of my babies misteriously vanished , another one injured a leg and couldnt move . I couldnt help him , he died . Im such a terrible mother :(((((((
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vannypop123
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
day 1:fed all my babies all alive started travelling a bit
day 2: killed 2 fesents (dont correct me) all babies alive
day 3: Killed a dear and I had a rabbit of my own all babies alive
day 4: chased by wolves thought I lost my light brown 1 (which i named bean) but he survived so all babies survived
day 5: had a very relaxing day and all my babies survived
day 6: thought my red 1 (I named apple) died and I got very sad but hes alive so all survived
If u guys can give me suggestions on what to do now because im almost done with the game and all my babies are all alive and well
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ZappRowsdower
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Shelter and Shelter 2 are interesting games, more "interactive art" than traditional video games. The artstyle, as you can see, is gorgeous, and the soundtrack is simple but top-notch. The gameplay is a little bare bones, but that's not necessarily a bad thing if you know what you're getting into.

In Shelter 2, you are a mother lynx. There's a brief tutorial where you learn how to move, run, and leap to high areas (all while pregnant!). You find your den, give birth, and now have four little cubs to take care of.

This is a rather open ended experience with a large, open map and no real "finish line" other than keeping your cubs (and yourself) alive via hunting and avoiding predators. Even with your "sense vision" (right mouse button) it can be difficult sometimes to find prey, and sickness and starvation can soon set in. Cubs sometimes stray too far behind. Wolves and foxes can easily take out one or more of your cubs if your attention wavers even just a little. Losing a cub despite your best efforts is a powerfully emotional thing; it took me by real surprise, how awful I felt when my little cub slowly wasted away and starved to death. It made me all the more determined to protect and nuture the rest.

The core experience is short; my cubs are in their "young adult" stage now, about an hour in, and I've hunted and been hunted by everything that isn't in the DLC, which I am planning on picking up during the current sale. I bought the game full price and don't regret it, however, but these sorts of games are personal favorites of mine. I haven't encountered any glitches myself yet, but I have heard they are present.

If you're a patient gamer that thrives on atmosphere, doesn't mind vague goals or directions, and appreciates a solid experience, then Shelter 2 is a wonderful game I highly recommend for you. The more action-orientated or those who want concrete directions and goals may want to turn their attention elsewhere.
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SabiApril
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Has about 1 hour of gameplay, several glitches and bugs.
Still, I don't regret getting this game, it has a lovely story, a wonderful style and a couple of really cool mechanics.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Shelter 2 carries over the delightful art style and irritating glitches, controls and camera from its predecessor, Shelter. However in other regards, the games are quite different. Whilst Shelter in a fairly linear experience, Shelter 2 is an open world one, with more freedom to explore, and yet, I believe, less to discover.

During my playthrough, the game felt arbitrary, and the objectives were poorly defined. Whereas the loss of a single cub in the original game felt like a real gut punch, in Shelter 2, I lost 2 cubs and I honestly have no idea how, leaving me more confused than anything else. Further, by going for an open world, Shelter 2 seems to have lost the variety of the first game, which includes many set pieces with different objectives and gameplay. Whilst I suspect the open world offers slightly more re-playability and a slightly longer play time, I don't think the time I spent in the game was of the quality of the first game.

Therefore for most players, I would say that if the Shelter games appeal to you, I would recommend starting with the original rather than Shelter 2. That said, if you are looking for more of a simulation game than an experience, and you're willing to work through the obtuse instructions, you could give Shelter 2 a go.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Probably one of the best games I've ever played. There is so much to it.

Pros:

-There is A LOT to discover.

-Adorable lynx cubs.

-The game take 2-3 hours to complete.

-Many ways for your lynx cubs to die (most of them come from the mountains DLC).

-The music gives you goosebumps.

Cons:

-Constant fight with the camera (it's best to use a controller).

-Not too many ways for your lynx cubs to die if you don't have the mountains DLC.

-When you right click you see different symbols. The game doesn't really tell you what they represent. You're supposed to explore.

-Constantly getting stuck from jumping from the rocks.

-Nighttime only happens twice. In the beginning and in the end. But of course the seasons change.

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My play through:
Wolves caught my scent and I need to escape them. The intro is incredibly slow. Mother lynx cannot run fast from the wolves, but thankfully, the wolves are slow. I manage to escape them with a nonlogical jump. I give birth to 4 adorable cubs. I decide not to name them because I'll forget their names anyway.

Next, I am supposed to get 3 rabbits for the cubs. All 4 cubs are able to share the 3 bunnies. Once they are able to follow me, only 2 can share one bunny. This part of the game is a pain because you have to CONSTANTLY feed them, otherwise your cubs die. This part of the play through lasts about 2 hours.

I got bored of staying in the same area. I decided to go to the symbol that represents a forest. In the forest, I find deer by the river! Make sure to eat a rabbit before you go ahead and catch a deer. They're quick. As far as I know, it's the only animal you have to jump on to kill.

I head to the symbol that represents a snowflake. I end up in snowy mountains. In that area, I find wolves. My cubs are all grown up at this point, so each cub ran a different direction. I got caught by the wolves. When I respawned, I only had 3 of my cubs with me. My orange cub has died from the wolves. I try heading back home, but it has turned into fall. I left my cubs and it took about 20 minutes to get back because I got lost easily.

After you left your cubs to follow the path of solitude, you're supposed to go back home and sleep. The stars whisper to you once again and lead you to a hill. The loading screen looked like a showdown between you and a wolf. But no, it's just another lynx (I assume it was one you grew up with in Paws, due to the patterns).
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The main thing I hate about this game is the camera. It gets annoying.

If you want this to be more like a survival game, get the mountains DLC. It's worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Great Game!
Really sad. Only 2 of my cubs lived. I almost cried. The graphics are awesome and add some much meaning and depth to
the game. Must get!

I rate this a 10 out of 10!

I love at the end how it says "Special Thanks to all Mothers!".
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Shelter and Shelter 2 are interesting games, more "interactive art" than traditional video games. The artstyle, as you can see, is gorgeous, and the soundtrack is simple but top-notch. The gameplay is a little bare bones, but that's not necessarily a bad thing if you know what you're getting into.

In Shelter 2, you are a mother lynx. There's a brief tutorial where you learn how to move, run, and leap to high areas (all while pregnant!). You find your den, give birth, and now have four little cubs to take care of.

This is a rather open ended experience with a large, open map and no real "finish line" other than keeping your cubs (and yourself) alive via hunting and avoiding predators. Even with your "sense vision" (right mouse button) it can be difficult sometimes to find prey, and sickness and starvation can soon set in. Cubs sometimes stray too far behind. Wolves and foxes can easily take out one or more of your cubs if your attention wavers even just a little. Losing a cub despite your best efforts is a powerfully emotional thing; it took me by real surprise, how awful I felt when my little cub slowly wasted away and starved to death. It made me all the more determined to protect and nuture the rest.

The core experience is short; my cubs are in their "young adult" stage now, about an hour in, and I've hunted and been hunted by everything that isn't in the DLC, which I am planning on picking up during the current sale. I bought the game full price and don't regret it, however, but these sorts of games are personal favorites of mine. I haven't encountered any glitches myself yet, but I have heard they are present.

If you're a patient gamer that thrives on atmosphere, doesn't mind vague goals or directions, and appreciates a solid experience, then Shelter 2 is a wonderful game I highly recommend for you. The more action-orientated or those who want concrete directions and goals may want to turn their attention elsewhere.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Gave birth to 4 baby lynxes , next day went hunting and forgot where my den was . Restarted the game , gave birth to 4 lynxes again . Went to hunt and managed to drown my ♥♥♥ while trying to catch a deer. One of my babies misteriously vanished , another one injured a leg and couldnt move . I couldnt help him , he died . Im such a terrible mother :(((((((
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
All four of my kits are starving, and I can only save one of them
I can't find any food anywhere
I find a rat, and feed it to my only kit left
2 kits come back from the dead
???
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
my cubs rather starve than eat the frogs I brought them

I wasn't a Cubs fan anyway
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1,848 of 1,902 people (97%) found this review helpful
174 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2015
Like a survival horror with your emotions.

The game's initial story doesn't quite prepare you for the stakes. You start the game being chased by wolves in a rudimentary hands-on tutorial on how the basic controls work, introduced to your cubs, and then you start the game off. It is very simulationist and sand-boxy, really setting the mood with beautiful graphics and dynamic scenary/environments despite it's very cartoonish approach.

The thing is... You have to understand that this -is- a game where you -are- a Mother Lynx who is trying to protect her cubs and keep the family tree going. I'm not joking about that, there is a family tree in the main menu where you can keep track of your lineage and it's no solace that I almost lost a cub to starvation when I ventured the family off into an area that was completely bereft of food.

Your cubs -will- die of starvation if you don't maintain them and they -will- die to predators. When they start to starve, they'll drop to the ground and not follow you anymore; you'll have to bring the food to them or bring them to the food by picking them up. Only deer will feed everyone at once, the rest of the wildlife will have to be split between one or two of the gang.

Very quickly it becomes apparent that the adorable mewlings of your cubs as they roll around in the snow is the same hammer driven nail that aims right for the heart strings when one of them dies.

This is where the game became a bit too much for me. In the single hour that I spent with these four little guys I became emotionally invested in them and even though I managed to get food for the little guy - saving him from starvation - the genuine worry that I experienced for one of the cubs starving was crippling. The thought of losing him was what drove me to stop playing the game, so once everyone had a decent meal and squared away I exited out.

Do I recommend the game? Absolutely - but you'd better have stronger heart strings than I do.

EDIT: After being convinced by some commenters, I saw fit to see through to the end of this little journey and raised those four little tikes to adulthood and finished the game. It was absolutely astounding for what it was.
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923 of 1,012 people (91%) found this review helpful
527 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
I am a man.

Three of my four kittens died.

This game made me cry.

I called my mom that night and told her how thankful I was for everything she did for me.

This game improved my relationship with my family.

10/10
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585 of 630 people (93%) found this review helpful
412 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
> Be mama lynx
> Give birth to adorable baby lynxes
> Hunt rodents to feed my babies
> See random hawk circling me and my babies
> Nowhere to run
> Watch in terror as hawk swoops down and grabs one of my babies
> Pounce on hawk just as it tries to fly away
> Save baby
> Feed the corpse of my enemy to my babies

10/10 would be best mama lynx again
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