Sheltered is a deep and emotional survival management game. You take on the role of protecting four family members who, after a global apocalypse, have found their way to a deserted shelter.
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Release Date: Mar 15, 2016

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June 24

Sheltered Hotfix


We’ve been supporting Sheltered with updates since launch and we’ve been monitoring the feedback after each update to find out what the Sheltered community thinks. We discovered our latest update introduced a bug that affected a small percentage of Sheltered players, causing issues with the map and crafting bench.

Here’s a list of changes:

• Fixed an issue with map icons disappearing on both new and existing saves.
• Fixed an issue with expedition members not returning to the Shelter when affected by the map issue.
• Fixed an issue where the crafting bench panel would not scroll down for tier 2.

For those that were affected by the issues, we thank you for your patience whilst we worked on a fix.

We’ve got plenty more planned for Sheltered so stay tuned for more news!

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“Mmmm, dad casserole.”
5/5 – Digital Spy

“Complex and deep.”
7/10 – IGN Spain

“Sheltered is definitely an interactive, interesting and exciting survival-management game.”
4.5/5 – Gaming Cypher

About This Game

Panting, scared, the shelter airlock smashes down behind you. You wish you did not have to go outside, but you do. It would be easier to give up. But you don’t. The hardship, the hunger, the thirst. The fear. You keep reminding yourself why you stay alive. Why you do this. Then you hear it. “Daddy you’re back.” You wife’s face lights up and you open a bag full of medical supplies. You need not tell her how you got them. You simply enjoy your small victory in this, the harshest of times. In the post-apocalyptic world, you must keep your family alive in your underground bunker in this deep strategy game from Unicube...

Sheltered is a post-apocalyptic disaster management game that gives a whole new meaning to the term “nuclear family”. Given a head-start over the billions lost in a nuclear holocaust, you must gather as many supplies as possible en route to the concrete underground shelter that will soon become your family home for the foreseeable dreary future.

With all hope lost, how will you cope in this bleak new world? How you handle the many moral choices you'll encounter on a daily basis could be the difference between your family surviving or dying. Combat claustrophobia, radiation and mental exhaustion as you cling desperately to life in the cramp, cold and scary underground shelter. You’ll have to leave the scant protection the shelter offers behind as you’re forced to venture outside into the dangerous desolate wasteland to scavenge for vital supplies which could ensure your families survival for just one more day.

Feature List

  • Family comes first: Keep your family alive and protect them from the ravages of the harsh post-apocalyptic world.
  • Make the shelter a home: Maintain your shelter - keep it secure, habitable and make sure that the family have enough resources to survive. Protect your shelter from hazards and infiltration!
  • Customisation: Your family is unique to you; you decide their gender, names and their appearance.
  • RPG mechanics: As your family develop, their stats will adapt with an evolving experience and trauma system. Attributes, strengths and weaknesses will dynamically change based on your choices.
  • Crafting system: Create comforts for your family’s shelter and weapons for combat.
  • Exploration: Send out your family to explore and gather resources for everyday living and crafting.
  • Recruitment system: Recruit outsiders with different personalities, integrate them into your shelter life and earn their loyalty.
  • Dynamic encounter system: Your family will encounter various threats including roaming factions and feral beasts.
  • Turn-based combat: For those that cannot be reasoned with, violence can be used as a last resort. Your family may depend on it.
  • Pets: Your pet is family too. Choose between the dog, cat, fish, snake or horse.
  • Vehicles: Make exploration quicker and safer.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7800, AMD HD 4600, Intel HD Graphics 3000 or above
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
    • Additional Notes: Note: In some instances, systems may require model specific drivers. If your system manufacturers no longer support hardware under this category, it may not be possible to run this title. Should this be the case, we are unable to assist you and recommend that you pursue support from your respective system manufacturer.
    • OS: 10.8.5
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 330M, AMD Radeon HD 5750M, Intel HD Graphics 4000 or above
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit / Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit or later
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7800, AMD HD 4600, Intel HD Graphics 3000 or above
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
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Shur Ree
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Made my family, went all FE Fates style after my in game ship. Sent out the mom, she didnt come back. Sent out the dad, he didnt come back, sent out the daughter, she didnt come back. Only the son and the dog. Dog dies, kid eats dog. Kid dies infront of his grave he made for himself. Game didnt end because "everyone who left was still alive". Wait till day 63. No one returned, shelter caught on fire, no more anything except a shower, the radio, the watertank and the radiation locker. 40 days with no peopel around. Gee, how fun!
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( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
pretty fun, except my people starved to death after the food i gathered during an expedition disappeared while transferring it to my storage. twice. i googled it to find if i did something wrong, only to find other people complaining about the same problem, from nearly a year ago. getting a refund.
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( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Enjoy starving to death
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Prettiest Prettiest Princess
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Game still needs some polishing. A few bugs really ruin the whole atmosphere of the game. For one, the biggest one the fact you cannot 'harvest' animals without a fridge.
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King Skywhale
( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game is easier than other survival games i have played, but it's still pretty fun. You actually build your shelter from the ground, uh, down i guess, and the game is made so when you have a huge amount of food and water, something will happen to shatter that thought of "Im safe" (RIP jonathan) and there are goals to complete that require more than just scrounging. The bad thing is that with your starting crew and suvivors later (i think if members of the original crew die) wont automatically take care of themselves. You have to order them to eat and drink, or they starve. This is great when you're running low on resources, but when a survivor dies because of malnurishment and you have a locker full of meat it can enrage you. Normally, you can manage, but i have fifteen survivors in my vault. I can't deal with roger taking a dump in the corner next to the toilet because i got busy. Other than that, this game knows what it is and delivers very well, better than expected. I reccomend this.
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( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I just bought this game only to find out theres a bug that has been ongoing now for 12 months causing the cursor to disappear unless all other controllers are unplugged, i'm not prepared to do that and doubt many others are either so have requested a refund.....buyers beware!
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( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
My children died and I harvested the meat off of their corpses and I ate it.
Best Game.
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Crimson Ghoul
( 34.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
My first family became a cult of cannibals that lure people in, kill them with radiation, and then fill one of the ten giant freezers with their flesh. Made it 476 days and had nothing left to do so I moved on to a second family, and promised that I'd never kill another survivor for food again. They made it 50 days before starving.

Stay safe, folks. Eat everyone that enters your vault.
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( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
I cannot recommend this game. I want to, but it seems the developers are not paying attention to the feedback on controller detection and the inability to play their game with any number of controllers connected to the system. they continually repeat that they are looking for a solution, yet it has been 3+ months since the issue was reported on the forums. Why don't they just disable controller detection, and make the users default controller scheme keyboard? I believe it would be a fun game, but I don't want to have to disconnect or reconnect controllers just to play their game. Seem bad form to me.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
As much as I love this game I can't stand how useless you are if you have people trying to break in your shelter. Basically, you arm your traps if you got time and you hide as they steal your food and water that you worked really hard to get :) how nice ! and you cant do anything to prevent it. Ps: you cant arm the traps if they are not attacking at the same moment. if they find you you cant even equip weapons !? Thats ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t my friends. I hope this changes soon or that someone makes a mod to prevent these attacks. idc but I aint letting my game ( 184 days survived) being ruined by 3 jack ♥♥♥ thief as I watch them steal my supplies and kill my familly.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Very, very fun game! I enjoyed being able to explore and recruit people. My only criticism is the limited number of places to explore for resources. After I hit day 200, I feel like I was exploring the same locations. Though, I wouldn't take that to heart, as I perhaps missed how to explore more of the map. Maybe more of the map is revealed after you craft binoculars. I might go try that now...

Anyway, I would definitely recommend if you enjoy survival games and like an old game feel.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Simple and addictive, but also repetive if you play it 12 hours straight.

You play as a leader of a family of four and you control each member to scavenge, fight, or manage around you base. You can expand your community by recruiting new members and build a bigger shelter. You weapons will also advance from sticks and pipes, to crowbars and knives, and eventually gun. At some point your characters may die, and it may create emotional impact on you, but there is no time to mourn but harvest the body and put the meat in the fridge.

Also, enemies can raid your base, and this is the part where I really dislike the game. You can't arm your members with weapons when you get raided so the fights are quite one sided. You can arm traps that are built inside your base, but you can only start arming when the raid started. Aside from that, the shelter is already cramped with all the other items so traps are just gonna make the shelter even more disorangized. Also, there was no instructions on how to arm traps and I spent 10 mins watching my shelter get rekt wondering when I can't arm a shotgun trap when I have ammo (Turns out I need to craft a trip wire too in order to arm the trap).

It is still a good game though, ate 15 hours straight from me and I am likely to replay it again. This time rushing for police stations and getting all the guns so I can start murdering survivors.

-Simple gameplay, low complexity but high depth.
-Customized characters that you grow attach to.
-Crafting, with a large amount of items and materials to fiddle with
-Low graphic entry.
-Base building.

-Half-♥♥♥♥♥ tutorial, quite misleading at late game.

A total recommend from me. Though I do find it dull when you start rushing the speed up button to get your survivors finish scavenging, it does get fun when you add some narrative in there by doing some role playing.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
I am really glad I bought this game. Each time you make a new family, you have a different map location. It is hard at first with the food, but it gets easier. Really enjoying it!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Tl;Dr- Solid game, you will struggle, you will thrive, and you will probably crack when you've spent a lot of time on a family and one of the members dies off.

>Be me
>Make new family to see how far I can get
>Make everyone have Small Eater trait except Mama
>Give Mama Proactive trait
>Repeatedly send out only Mama to save on resources
>Everything's cool
>Get tier 3 ♥♥♥♥
>Make enough barrels for 120 water capacity
>Pour hours into the Cheney family
>44 days of surviving, everything's going well
>Just need one last Switch for final workbench upgrade
>Send out the mama
>Mama finds a wild animal
>It's a bear.
>Try to escape 3x
>Mama ends up on her last bit of health
>Counters 2x
>Make mistake of thinking I can block bear claws
>Mama dies

♥♥♥♥ing wanted to fling the table.
10/10 love to hate this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
74.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
This is a really fun game with no end game. That sums up both my praise and criticism. It's immensely satisfying to struggle in the beginning looking for hinges and trying to keep people from defecating themselves. Or worse, dying from dehydration due to food poisoning. Then comes the 30 day+ game... is this mid-game? Nothing happens. I basically have everything I need at this point. You wait and wait and finally raids and factions show up and the game gets interesting again. But until then, it can be a slog. It can also be frustrating as you search scrapyards for that one piece of the car you're missing. Regardless, though, I keep coming back to this game. Every update makes it better. The music is unique and top-notch (IMO). Perfect for the atmosphere. The one thing I'd like is to feel there was some completion to it. But on the other hand, what would that look like? This debate continues in the forums...

Pro-tip: don't waste gas-masks on excursions to the nearest sites. You only get radiation sickness if you stay outside for too long. But if you're scouring the nearby buildings, you'll be safe 90% of the time. And hinges. ALWAYS take hinges when you have a chance.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
431.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
I love the concept of this game, it reminds me when my brothers and I started digging a big hole in our large back garden in the early 1970s. We were building an air raid shelter, of course we never finished it we had to go inside for tea. The first thing I like about this game is you cannot save your game before making a decision, that way if you make a mistake you cannot go back and take a different direction, as in life if you make a mistake you have to live with it. The second point I like is you cannot pause the game to give out orders and have thinking space, again as in life you cannot pause time to decide what you want to do.
At the moment, you collect items build up your shelter and defend it. What I would like to see in the future, as silly idea I know. Is maybe when you reach a 1000 days or more you find plans to build a rocket. At this point you have to start finding the resources to build a silo that will house your rocket. Once the silo is built you then have to start finding the parts to build your rocket or space ship. Finally once the rocket is built you can blast off into space and travel to a new earth like planet to start a new life leaving the old dying Earth to the Zombies and lunatics. This way you have a goal an objective to reach, this way the game does not get boring after a while, to need a goal to reach!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
really nice game, locked me down for hours. gui is a bit wonky and gets farmy after a while but the drama is high and style is pleasing.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
For the first few hours/in game days, the game is quite challenging. There are risks you take with sending out a scavenging party when you are running low of water or when you haven't added people to your bunker. Do you build a larger fridge or a bulletproof vest? Do you run the risk of food poisoning because you are low on water to maintain hygiene?

But once you get past the early game, the game rapidly becomes monotonous. Between the micromanaging of your survivor's needs and constant repair of all the things, the poor balance of combat and NPC interactions only highlights the lack of mid/end game balance. Its a fairly interesting game but feels like it never quite left early access. Wait for a sale to buy.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
The game just doesn't work.
I tried over and over to make it work but no, it won't show my the mouse, and the menus would go nuts even with a controller. It's unplayable.

Of course I reported the problem on the steam forum, where I would read many people had the exact same problem.
I made a bug report through their website as the last answer from the devs on this problem was weeks ago. That was 4 months ago.

The game is still broken and we have nothing about it from the devs (they don't even ask for more details to try an dresolve a game breaking bug).

And to add to the plate, my PC goes nuts after trying to make the game works and gives me a nice blue screen.
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