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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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

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    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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Rito
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Product received for free
This game is the kind of game you play to relax instead of shooting people, very relexing but can get boring after a while
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Icewolf
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Shelter 2, ahh, where to beging?

I love this game, completely love it. It's calming, yet intense. There's always something happening, whether it's good or bad.

You're a lynx mother, taking care of four little cubs. If you're familiar with the first "Shelter" game, then you know what's up. You gotta hunt prey and stay out of danger. It's pretty easy when you get the hang of it. But I still think the game is somewhat challenging.

The game is short, yes. I think you can complete the whole thing in two hours. But, just because it's short doesn't make it bad. If it was any longer, it would probably just feel dragged out. Once you've completed the game, you can re-play it, playing as any of your surviving cubs and continue working on the family tree. You can also find collectibles that's hidden around the map.

The art style is really nice and unique. And the music is just beautiful and emotional.
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lepanoksa
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
has negative mouse acceleration and wont run 60fps on a 980 ti

seems ok otherwise
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Urganite
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Here's the whole game in a nutshell:

Pointless tunnel running with your action buttons disabled.
Boring time-wasting pseudomystical pseudonarrative.
Stop running and press a button to make stuff you can eat turn red just long enough to ♥♥♥♥ you off, chase it down and sometimes have to press the jump button to jump on it.
Carry it to your den for like 3 minutes, then stop doing that and just launch the corpse onto the ground when the kits go from stationary to mobile (did I mention this takes only three minutes?).
Never see your den again, ever, until the end of the game.
Lose track of your kits when they randomly stop moving because they haven't eaten.
Repeat this until the game is over, except for near the end your kits might catch one or two prey animals, but only if you lead them to them and it's entirely random, and only if you're also chasing prey, so you never see it happen.
When the game is over, listen to lame music while you go back to your den for more boring time-wasting pseudomystical pseudonarrative.

No ecology other than random glowing crap on the ground that you're supposed to play scavenger hunt with. No hunting mechanics other than stop pressing the run button to delay when prey animals run away. God awful camera angles and controls, and anything on the ground that makes the brown, green, or white quilt you're running around on more interesting completely obstructs the camera. The hunger mechanic is on ultra fast-forward and there is no variation on play other than where you are and the three prey animals which have extremely odd food values in comparison to their sizes. The music can only be described as "eco-touristy colofornian trash". It's like if your loser garage band had a programmer in it who made a garbage game where you chase things for three hours.
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Fal
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Product received for free
Beautiful game, relaxing to play but very, very short. It was easier to play than I originally thought - I spent the entire first game freaking out about keeping my cubs alive, which I did despite a couple close calls: I didn't realize I needed to feed them so often. I would love to see more content.
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CylicSnailfood
75.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I closed the game and havnt played for 2 weeks idk if my linx babies are dead or alive help...
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Muffin
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Love this game! It so beautiful and so sweet. I've gone up to 4 generations and each time I see different things in the map, exploring more and more as I go on. This game can be quick and easy if you want it to be or a little more challenging depending on the area you go to. I didn't experience wolves until the last generation I just raised but luckily I managed to keep all my small little fluffballs safe both times we were attacked. I haven't played survival mode yet so I have no opinion on that portion of the game. If you are achievement motivated then it's gonna take some time for you to collect all the different trinkets but as I said, there is so much map to explore that you wouldn't get bored of the scenery at least. Overall it's fun, cute, and a good time waster.
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Katz
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Product received for free
I was very very very dissapointed when I thought this one would be better than the original Shelter and it didn't meet my expectations.
Don't get me wrong the look of the game has improved. It was very pretty and I liked the fact you could catch deer.
Its such a short game though. I never experienced night time AT ALL until the end game. I never expernced wolves except for the beginning game where its in tutorial phase.
There wasnt much danger besides starvation for me. It was so fast though.
The cubs grew up and left and I was alone for a while until I finally went back to my den. The ending was very pretty but it all happened too fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Should be free to play game.
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hallo
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
15 dollars for a 90 minute metaphor that I didn't get.
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Señora Taco Baco
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
So sweet, so purrre, so manyk baby lynx!!!!
10/10 would cry trough the ending again
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53 of 54 people (98%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
The original Shelter was a very special little thing. Guiding a litter of defenceless badger cubs through the dangers of a harsh uncaring wilderness was a unique change of pace, but more importantly it encouraged us to feel some strong, unexpected and conflicting emotions towards our fragile charges. Instead of unconditional love, we frequently felt annoyed by their inability to fend for themselves, resented them for holding us back, yet desperately tried to save as many as possible from predators, fires and starvation. Being a parent isn't easy.

Nearly two years on, Shelter 2 promises great things. Instead of a beleaguered badger, we're now much nearer the top of the food chain as an agile lynx, tasked with caring for and training her litter until they grow big and strong enough to move on. The linear structure gives way to an open world of sorts, linked by a hub zone, ostensibly increasing the sense of scale and opening up new avenues for exploration. I must admit to being very excited about the idea. But, unfortunately, Shelter 2 ends up being a markedly inferior experience. The very things that make it different, and better on paper, actually make it worse.

After our lynx mother finds herself in a safe den with her offspring, it's up to you to keep them fed and safe. You'll strike out from your hole into a frankly gorgeous wilderness; a patchwork watercolour world that's purposefully abstracted to feel like a very alien place. Much more vibrant and contrasting than its predecessor, full of exciting textured materials and gorgeous vistas, it's like looking at the world through very different eyes.

The day-to-day reality boils down to hunting. Your cubs need to be fed and learn how to hunt for themselves, meaning that you'll head out in search of rabbits, frogs and other small creatures (plus some larger and more challenging prey) to share with your litter and scoff yourself. Once again, you'll need to ensure that everyone gets their fill, mother included, leading to some tough choices and a bit of triage on occasion. The more you hunt, the stronger and more capable your cubs become, eventually giving you a warm feeling of satisfaction as they bring down prey independently. They grow up so fast!

As a 'Lynx Simulator,' Shelter 2 does a remarkable job. Like any cat, you're capable of marshalling a limited yet powerful burst of straight-line speed, but can have trouble course-correcting if your prey moves erratically at the last second. Much like my moggy embarrassingly exhibits every time I dangle a piece of string in front of him. You'll therefore have to pick your moments and pounce at the perfect time to take down your speedy quarry, while rabbits can often blend into the busy backgrounds, taking advantage of real natural camouflage.

So you'll set out into the world, hunt and train. Your cubs will grow big and strong, perhaps you'll lose a couple if you're careless or uncaring, but eventually they'll blossom into adulthood and leave for pastures new, leaving you with both loss and pride as you slink back to your den to end the game after a handful of hours, after which you can optionally play as the cubs you nurtured as a new generation begins. But then you'll feel something else. Hell, you'll probably say something else. "That's it?"

See, Shelter 2 is less effective than its predecessor in a number of ways, all of which are unavoidable considering the new premise. First of all, being nearer the top of the food chain robs the game of much of its threat. There's simply not much that can kill you or even endanger you beyond some roving wolves -- which you may not even run into whatsoever unless you go out looking for trouble -- making the experience significantly less interesting and satisfying. Our badger mother had to contend with fires, winter, floods, birds and more, but the lynx has it easy, meaning that getting your litter to adulthood becomes that much less rewarding.

A far larger problem, however, is the shift to an open world. Yes, you can explore at your own pace, ferreting out collectibles dotted around the furthest corners of the maps, but there's no real incentive to do so. Hell, you can easily beat the game just by staying fairly close to your starting area. The original Shelter may have been very linear, but its linearity was a strength as it pushed you into danger and conflict, threw you into making unavoidable tough decisions, forced you forward and thus made you feel like you'd triumphed over impossible odds. But Shelter 2 has none of that, feeling diffuse, diluted and vaguely inconsequential as a result.

Shelter 2 is still worth a look if you fancy something different, and there's no doubt that you'll enjoy the first couple of playthroughs as far as they go. It's just a shame that they don't go far enough
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120 of 175 people (69%) found this review helpful
147 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
cool game hack:
1. start the game
2. play the first 20 minutes
3. close out of the game
4. NEVER PLAY AGAIN SO YOUR BEAUTIFUL LYNX BABIES WILL NEVER DIE
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I love all games animal related, unfortunately I am usually disappointed by these types of games. However, Shelter 2 exceeded my expectations. The graphics are so beautifully unique. The developers went above and beyond to ensure that animal lovers everywhere would enjoy this game. From the family tree feature down to the details put towards the movement of the actual cat itself, this game is arguably one of the best animal survival type games I've ever played. Highly recommend :)

> i cried for an hour after one of my babies died
> im no longer emotionally stable
> 10/10 would do it again
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Sat in my room alone, been a good lynx/wolf/whater the ♥♥♥♥ mother, Feeding my children when all of a sudden it turns night it doesnt phase me because last time it was night nothing bad happend,Hear a wolf Think to myself ♥♥♥♥ what would a good mother do . See a deer kill the deer babys stop to eat the deer NO YOU LITTLE ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ THERES A ♥♥♥♥ING WOLF,Pick up my favourite and run away.Thought all my lil babys got away in the morning see one child is missing, ITS THE WHITE ONE , Scream no at the top of my lungs as if it were a real wolf.Mum comes up and shouts a lot for waking her.I just got more depressed and angry at the death of a cub than i have with anyone else.


Also nice art style.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
My heart was not ready for this, I cannot play this again.

10/10
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
A Open-World Survival Lynx Simulator
https://youtu.be/69tkmmGUJv4
+ The gameplay is enjoyable. You play as a Lynx, give birth to a litter of cubs, and hunt for prey to feed them. You then roam around the map, avoiding wolves, and finding new areas. Eventually your cubs grow up and start to hunt with you.
+ The map or landscape is HUGE you will be crossing various terrain in the artic / tundra regions with loads to explore
+ A Unique Experience. I really have not seen too many games like this where you get to play as an animal in a pretty realistic setting. It's pretty eye opening, and a bit sad at the same time. Working so hard to keep your cubs alive, only to see one die by lack of food, or get killed off by a wolf.
+ Shelter 2 has a very interesting art style, The ground has like patches of intersecting textures. The leaves and bushes are like blobs swaying in the wind. The environments tend to change colors with the seasons. It's a bit abstract, but at the same time very beautiful with very large draw distances.
+ Very realistic, I mean this is basically a "Lynx Simulator", there really isn't much narration or story. You are basically on your own in the very large open world the entire time.
+ The Lynx and her cubs are very cute

- Frustrating Bugs / Glitches... For example, at one point I was trying to cross a bridge (a fallen log) to get to the other side of a stream. Unfortunetely, 1 of my cubs could not make it across for some unknown reason which halted my progress...and I eventually just left him. Another bug, where I jumped into the air, and got "stuck" where the game would not allow me to move causing me to revert to the last save. (the game does save frequently though). Another time, I tried to tackle a deer, and after doing so my Lynx fell through the map, and then I teleported to a random location almost losing the prey I tried so hard to catch.
- Extremely Vague at what you are supposed to be doing or where you need to go. You don't have any sense of time either. You are supposed to explore, and eventually your cubs will grow up. But you don't know how long it will take, I really felt like the game should have had more UI elements to help the player see how far along the cubs were to growing up, or perhaps a hunger meter to show when they needed food. Unfortunetely you just don't know. Also, since nothing is explained you have no idea if you are "supposed" to go over there and find something or just stay put. I had thought there would be more story elements, but I ended up just roaming in circles.
- The game is a bit overly drawn out. It takes quite a long time to grow your cubs, and it ends up getting a bit reptitive.
- The Wolves.... You would think you would be able to kill them after your cubs grow, but no. In one area there's a huge wolf pack that will randomly rush you, eat one of your cubs, run away and then despawn. It's kind of stupid.
- You can collect random items that seem to spawn in various places on the map. It never tells you why you should collect them or what they are for. They just seem like random collectibles.

Overall it was a great new experience which I found myself enjoying, but at the same time felt lost and frustrated.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
The ending somehow made me shed a tear. The music is absolutely astonishing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Awesome game! Cute, charming.. I love a design so far!
Can't find words to describe my pain when i discovered one of my cubs was dead :c
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Game was fun until one of my babies just dissapeared. Its just so hard to manage 4 of them and now im sad.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Its just a nice little atmosphere game built around an emotional and sensory experience. You can unwind and look at the art work while listening to the simple melodies play across the landscape. Watch your cubs grow as you explore the landscape and chase down game.

Just, really chill. It was nice.
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