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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Very Positive (66 reviews) - 80% of the 66 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,180 reviews) - 87% of the 1,180 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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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Hawkshadow087
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This game is fantastic in many ways:

- Great Soundtrack
- Visually Appealing
- Mechanics are Fun to Use
- Touching Story
- I express how beautiful everything is!

Despite all that and my overall enjoyment of the game, I was left wanting more after fininshing the game so quickly. The game tries to put in replayability, but you basically end up with a copy of your first playthrough. If you are looking for a beautiful, short, and well made game you are willing to spend 15 dollars on, I reccomned this is for you. Otherwise, this game will sit in your library for eternity.
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Gunner
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
I like this game, i just wish the developers hope to see the graphics improved dramaticly i know i just bought it and didn't read much into it sorry..Just saying my own personal opinion and i haven't yet gone after more then a rabbit but i hope ill see more violence and predators in this game. I'd also like to see male wolves fight for pack control once in a while perhapss on difficulty levels mite be a interesting take on the game if it doesn't already have it and to have them go after rival wolve packs too again if it has not yet been implemented but other then this i'd say i like it so far..
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dannyman
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
User Interface does not work. Apparently you steer by cardinal directions in a first person world ... all I ever get is 30 seconds of a screen telling me space and jump, then eventually the wolves eat me.
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Dariya ツ ♛
( 33.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
The game is beautiful, awesome but make more additions. After playing with would take to become boring. The developers don't throw this game. AFTER ALL, IT'S A MASTERPIECE!!!!
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loooms
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
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Zikinaz
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
This game is beautiful, you will feel the feels. THe art and the music, and the story of.. the story of life, and it's all just so right together, I am sad now..but it's a happy sadness because.... well.. i wouldn't spoil anything about this game, I'd say just play it for yourself..
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Luna_Fox
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
The first time I saw this game I was shocked, this game looked amazing and I can tell all of you that it is. after 3 months I am still playing this game

pros:
The game is realy pretty.
freaking super cute cubs.
the different seasons are pretty cool.
the story is good.
the hunting makes the game pretty fun.
when you have finished as Inna you can play as one of her cubs. (when they are adults)

Cons:
The game is short.
it is kinda hard to survive the wolves sometimes.
and then the ending... this is all I can say about it....... THE FEELS! ;-;
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TerrariNerd
( 26.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Best game i have ever played.
-Started game
-Saw adorable lynxs cubs
- 3/4 of my cubs died
-Cried
-Started a new game and all of my cubs survived and thought i won
-Realised there was a hard mode
-All of my cubs died
-Cried again

Amazing game 10/10
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๖CHESHIRES͡H̶R̴̷O̶OM
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
This game made me appreciate the simplicity and beauty of existence.
Also recommended by Psychonautic Gaming Collective
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Sir Frontworth of Reargarden
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
This is a very cool, special kind of game with visuals and audio that will draw you deep into its simple world. Let me say up front, that I've only played about 20 minutes. Let me just clarify, (minor spoilers for the beginning of the game).

I ran around and collected food for my lynx babies until they were strong enough to follow me around. Then I spent another 10 minutes just keeping them well fed. At this point I stopped playing, you see because in that elseworld where I'm a lynx, all my cubs are well fed and healthy, and life is good. There are no threats, and plenty of prey to hunt. In order to keep it that way, I'll never play again.

For what it is, I give the game 10/10.
-I can't face whatever emotionally traumatic threats might loom further into the game, so for me it is unplayable. Remember 8th grade health class, when they make you take care of a robot baby for a day? They should just make kids play Shelter 2 to learn about parenthood. Or maybe use it as an empathy test for psychopaths.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 14 people (93%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Lost one of my cubs to a wolf, didn't really care, slowly started to care, my cubs grew up and left me, that cub was still dead, my feels were ripped apart piece by piece, and repeat.

I'm a terrible mom.
Why.

10/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Product received for free
Fun game, great artstyle <3

Pretty much you're a mother lynx that needs to protect your cubs. They can die from starvation or predators and so on... Once you raise your cubs to adulthood you can pretty much go down the line and continue the generation. Which is great... Except there's nothing to do right besides that right?

Wrong.. (ish)
You can also spend your time collecting the collectables while continuing your lineage. Which is cool and all but very tedious. Though you can also play on survival mode which is a harder version.

9/10 would let griffin die again
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Soundtrack is what makes this game for sure, mix that with a very unique art style and a very simple yet touching story you get an amazing game
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
A VERY big improvement over the first game, Shelter 2 has all the fun and emotion of the first game, but Shelter 2 improves on the first game by adding more of a replayability factor. After your first play through as the original mother lynx, you can countinue playing as any of your offspring that survived. Shelter 2 also adds a sort of survival aspect, as you need to constantly be searching for food for your kittens.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
This game is beautiful, you will feel the feels. THe art and the music, and the story of.. the story of life, and it's all just so right together, I am sad now..but it's a happy sadness because.... well.. i wouldn't spoil anything about this game, I'd say just play it for yourself..
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
This is a very cool, special kind of game with visuals and audio that will draw you deep into its simple world. Let me say up front, that I've only played about 20 minutes. Let me just clarify, (minor spoilers for the beginning of the game).

I ran around and collected food for my lynx babies until they were strong enough to follow me around. Then I spent another 10 minutes just keeping them well fed. At this point I stopped playing, you see because in that elseworld where I'm a lynx, all my cubs are well fed and healthy, and life is good. There are no threats, and plenty of prey to hunt. In order to keep it that way, I'll never play again.

For what it is, I give the game 10/10.
-I can't face whatever emotionally traumatic threats might loom further into the game, so for me it is unplayable. Remember 8th grade health class, when they make you take care of a robot baby for a day? They should just make kids play Shelter 2 to learn about parenthood. Or maybe use it as an empathy test for psychopaths.
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1,856 of 1,911 people (97%) found this review helpful
175 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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935 of 1,025 people (91%) found this review helpful
537 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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589 of 635 people (93%) found this review helpful
418 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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