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.
User reviews: Very Positive (772 reviews) - 88% of the 772 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 9, 2015

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"A heartwarming game with very nice visual art. It challenges you to be a protective parent for your cubs, but the reality of survival rate is saddening."

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September 29

Patch 2015-09-29

  • Better (but slightly heavier) antialiasing.
  • Not being able to drink from the river on Mountains near the Tundra exit solved. (Mountains DLC)
  • No music if cubs are leaving during a forest fire solved. (Mountains DLC)
  • Cubs sometimes not dropping/eating prey they catch themselves solved.
  • Workaround for people who have an off scale on their interface (key "interfaceScale" in the save file).
  • Various animation bugs solved.

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September 9

Patch 2015-09-09

  • Invisible Bear bug fixed (Mountains DLC)
  • Never ending load to Mountains fixed (Mountains DLC)
  • Pathfinding issues in caves fixed
  • Pressing "Pause/Escape" in either the memory or collectables screen now goes to game mode instead of to the pause menu
  • Various smaller fixes

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • 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 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • 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)
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Review At A Glance

*Poignant, touching, emotional story
*Unique experience, expands upon original
*Large, detailed environments
*Well chosen achievements and non-punishing dynamics encourage exploration and replay
*Flat shaded polygon aesthetique

*Relatively short game

Shelter 2 is a third person perspective game where you play as a mother lynx. The game follows the life cycle of the lynx family from birth and envelops the player in its gripping, emotional story. This story, however, is simply told in an understated manner; and develops organically during gameplay. Game dynamics are simple, yet new ones are slowly introduced seamlessly as the game unfolds. It is the explorative, meditative character of the experience which sets it apart. Explore, hunt, discover and provide for your cubs; as you successfully do this, you cannot help but realize that the universal struggle for survival is not singular to your family. The prosperity of your family comes at the expense of ravaging the lower rungs of the food chain. As a lynx, right in the middle of the food chain, its just a matter of time until the circle of life has its way. There are no higher stakes than the game of life.

If you are in the mood for a slow paced game with a beautiful, large, natural world to explore, including day/night cycles, seasons and a unique flat shaded polygon aesthetique, you will truly appreciate the effortless, graceful manner in which this game tells its story.

Full Review, No spoilers:

Intro, Story and Gameplay sections abridged to avoid spoilers.

Experience the struggles of a mother lynx as she provides for her cubs and as the seasons of the year and stages of life progress. You start as a lone pregnant lynx; first sequence of the game is relatively linear, and reminiscent of the original Shelter. However, after this scene you are confronted with the wide-open expansive world that this iteration provides.


Meticulously drawn landscapes with meandering rivers, tree ladden forests, populated lakes, central valleys and hilltops can all be explored at your leisure. The unique look of the game entices the player to continue exploring the habitat and get to know the different areas and terrain features.

Characters, including cubs and other animals, have all been designed with loving care. Each of your cubs has a different fur coat, which allows you to assure you feed them all. Other animals also have a charming aesthetique, which you can appreciate while stalking and hunting them as they trudge, borrow and graze along in an appealing, animated world.


The real standout on this front is the music; which has impeccable, professional production value. It was once again created by Retro Family. You can feel the vibration of each strum, the rumble of each drum, the crispness and immediacy of the sound. Music is the voiceless narrator which, along with the evocative art, sets the tone of this story. Game music is varied and fitting to the different stages, situations and environments.

Sound effects are serviceable and, even though fitting, can grow repetitive. Some of them are quite subtle and amazing; such as the sound of you/your cubs eating.


Replay value is provided by the availabilty of achievements and to follow/grow your family line. Even though each life cycle is generally similar to the last, the expansive open-world and the beautiful art does entice you to continue exploring. You might also want to re-play while mantaining all of your cubs alive. Generally speaking, 3-5 hours should be sufficient time to explore a good portion of the world and develop at least 3 generations. However, the game can be enjoyed for way longer than this; especially if you wish to be meticulous in the exploration of the different habitats and complete the achievements. The game has 5 steam trading cards, and provides 3 drops.


Shelter 2 is a unique, contemplative experience. The incredible music and its particular hand-drawn style set the tone for the touching, emotional journey through the life of the lynx family. The goal and controls of the game are simple, this understated style lends itself to provide a poignant, memorable experience. If you enjoyed the original Shelter or are in the mood for a short simple game; one which tells a touching story of life in the animal kingdom through a synergy of music and art, I invite you to give Shelter 2 a try.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
I can't really describe my experience with Shelter 2.
This game is heart wrenching but entirely amazing, and I really can't put into words how much I love this game.
Might & Delight have really outdone themselves.
It is well worth $15.
Everyone should have a chance to play this incredible game.
100% recommended.

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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Shelter 2 is a project developed and published by the studio Might and Delight. The game have very good rating among players and critics. We can call this game a lynx-mother simulator, we have to take care of her cubs: to protect, feed and warm when the cold comes, but let us have a closer look.

To start, let us determine. This is not the typical kind of survival simulator like DAYZ or Rust, in the Shelter 2 is something that simply is not the typical in survival games. There is warmth that you feel during the game, especially if you are fond of cats, lynx or feline species. Who don’t like cats nowadays? Almost everyone like them. Shelter 2 offers everyone to feel like a cat, except that wild and not in a warm home environment but in the icy tundra, where you are constantly starving and hunted by predators.

The game has a very unusual graphic design that will appeal to fans of origami. All around it looks as if it was made out of paper. This gives the game a certain charm, this you definitely will not see anywhere else. The menu, words and pictures in-game look very unusual, beautiful and at the same time fit well into the overall visual picture of the game. In addition to graphics, the game has a great sound and music, I will not describe it in detail – you will hear it yourself. I will tell you one thing: who can remain indifferent to purr or meow expressed by newly born lynx? Only the one who has no heart.

Gameplay is very simple. Survive and help small lynx to survive. Hunt for different prey: rabbits, field mice, and if you are lucky - deer. Eat yourself caught prey or let cubs to eat - choose what is more important for you in certain situation. After a small amount of playing time young grow up, but not all - those who mother could not save will feed the wolves or other predators. After growing up a generation, we need to nurture and grow new, and so on.

Bad sides of the game? It has some. Game becomes monotonous and boring after some hours. We certainly can do the fulfillment of all the achievements, but for this you will need to find all the hidden objects in the game world, without a map. It is quite difficult and tedious .... Personally, for me, at first I did not quite understand what to do and where to go. Would not prevent any advice or tips.

In general, we have a great game, I would say, a masterpiece, a work of art that can make you really feel on itself the responsibility experienced by animals with offspring and thus are in a constant danger.

"If the soul - is the ability to love, to be faithful and grateful, that animals possess it to a greater extent than most people." - James Herriot

The game can cause warmth, affection
Profound experience for every little cub
Unusual graphic design in the style of origami
Great atmosphere
Sounds and music
Low price of game

Monotonous and boring after a while
The lack of advices or tips

Total: 9/10

*I got the key from developer.

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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
My heart broke when my kittens left me as adults. Something tells me the cycle continues after that, but I just had to leave the game for now. I really enjoyed the hunting and _very open world concept, not to mention the amazing music.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
This game caught my eye when I was looking for good open world games. So I watched the trailers for both the first and second Shelter. The reason why I bought the second Shleter is because you play as a mother of a more interesting animal than a badger, a lynx (a member of the cat family and lives in the tundra). I think this game is extremely well done (great job developers!) and has a very unique art style. The music that plays is very peaceful.

Overall, I recommend this game to anyone who is an animal-lover or enjoys open-world games. It's definitely worth your money. :)
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