Paws is a standalone, single player, adventure, platformer set in the world of Shelter 2 with loss and friendship as its central themes.
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Very Positive (18 reviews) - 94% of the 18 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (139 reviews) - 89% of the 139 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 24, 2016

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May 24

Patch 24-05-2016

  • Language options added! You can now choose between English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portugese (Brazil), Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Swedish.
  • The name in a save file sometimes going back to the default (Inna) solved.
  • More save slots added.

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April 7

Now available on Linux

Hello all

Paws is now available on Linux, as well as The Lonesome Fog.

Enjoy!

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About This Game

Might and Delight invites you to step into the world of Shelter 2 in a standalone adventure set in a fairytale world. This is Paws!

Dark and grime, twist through the vines
Slip through perils with finesse and toil
Be two for strength, be two of mind
Find the way home to familiar soil.


Paws is a tale of two halves and sees you traverse the dark and dank surroundings of an enchanted land as you try to fend off dangers, whilst overcoming the daunting sprawling landscape you encounter as you try to make your way home.

The game combines all the unique elements from the much loved Shelter series to present a lovingly crafted story about loss, friendship and a search for lost love.

Main features:
  • A gripping linear experience in a fantasy setting.
  • For the first time ever in the Shelter world, you play as a young cub accompanied by a companion to help complete puzzles and overcome obstacles in the world.
  • New game play features include the ability to follow tracks using your sense ability.
  • A whole new corner of the world to explore with platforming game mechanics at its core.
  • New original music from Retro Family.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 400 series, ATI Radeon HD 2xxx
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB 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: 1 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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bunearyxo
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I'm still kinda crying from this game as I write the review. It was such an awesome gorgeous game with a beautiful soundtrack. I was devastated when I was seperated from my family. Then I met the bear and things just got better as we searched for my family. I grew so attached to my bear friend. I couldn't bear *pun intended* to leave him when I finally found my mommy lynx & siblings.. and the end was just so beautiful and heartbreaking I couldn't take it. :'( I love this game so much. I urge you to buy it and experience it.
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The Great Meha
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I'll keep it short as the game itself.
Pros:
+Cute lynx cub
+The world from Shelter 2, that's really strangely immersive
+Relative freedom of movement
+You can hunt for entertainment
+Story
+Big fluffy friend!

Cons:
-Short
-Camera is sometimes... well... not optimal.
-Ending - mighty punch right in the FEELS :(

Fazit:
80% recommended for everybody
199% recommended for those who played Shelter 2 (take it as a backstory of Inna's childhood)
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Darth Vixen
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
After I meet the bear cub and feed him till he is happy my game kinda breaks. Ether the bear only walks straight with me on his back or I only go straight. I'm not sure how to fix this problem. But so far a really fun game love it.
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ShieldPearl
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Nice art and story. Controls feel a bit lazy but are ok when you get the hang of them.
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SmileyTrashBag
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
WARNING SPOILERS..? This game 'Shelter 2' where you play as a Linx and meet a Bear who helps you is one of the most ADORABLE games i've ever played.

With it's detaled grafics, sweet soundtrack, story line and i mean...your a linx, so your a cat! Cat lovers must be bound to this right?! (Plus you can meaw in it, so thats cool too.) Or even if you like animals you'll still love the idea of a small Bear and Linx working togethore to help one another with teamwork, happiness and some tear shed at the end, even if you're not much of a cryer you're probobly bound to at least whimper from how sad the ending it is!

So if your the kind of person who's looking for a game to cheer you up, look for cats and cuteness, are willing to achually cry at the end and fall in love with this stunning game, you better add it to your cart!
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Sonora
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Have you ever wondered what the world looked like through the eyes of a lynx? Perhaps they are your favourite animal or you’re just interested in the species or animal kingdom. Whatever the case, Paws: A Shelter 2 Game acts as both an educational game and also an immersion into the lynx life. Play as one of four cubs and begin a journey of love, triumph, friendship, loss, survival, and motherhood. Understand the complex relationship between life and nature - the very force that compels the choices we make.

If you are already familiar with the franchise and enjoyed it, in particular Shelter 2, then you will be pleased to know that this game is very similar. It follows the same story line as its predecessor, but differs in that it now allows gamers to experience life through the lens of a young cub. As you control this particular cub you will experience a mother’s love and patience, a family’s warmth, and then almost suddenly, desperation and separation. Ultimately, this is a game that will pull at your heartstrings as fast as it will mend them. This is the game that introduces us to Inna.

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Pros
+ This is a game that you can definitely play with your family
+ New characters to meet and explore! The Goose is not a welcomed character though...
+ It's a Might and Delight game, and unfortunately I will always be biased and say they're great
+ Adorable sound effects and music. Very appropriate for the kind of game that this is and helps set the mood
+ You get to play as a lynx cub and piggy back on a bear cub: what more could you want?! Be aware, the bear cub can be quite tempermental
+ As always, Paws: A Shelter 2 Game is set within an artistically pleasing world; the graphics are unique to this franchise and offers real familiarity to those who know and love it

Neutral
± Like all the other games in this franchise, the achievements take time and dedication to get; they are definitely no walk in the park. Prepare to spend a couple of days toiling over the locations of the rares, etc.
± Controls are both easy yet sometimes a hinderance. What I mean is controls are clunky at times, like when you're trying to catch prey, but easy when you're doing small stuff (like basic maneuvering, running, and jumping)

Cons
- To those who have played through the whole game: the ending - what?
- I suggest waiting for this game to go on sale before purchasing it. It's not worth the $14,99 price tag when you'll probably complete it in about 3 hours tops
- You will get lost from time to time. The lack of directions can be annoying and you will be backtracking a lot due to the lack of instructions. In the end, it's not fun at all and does detract from the overall quality of the game
- If you stray far off the path, then be prepared to glitch like hell... I managed to leave the path completely and ended up stuck between 3 tree's. I attempted to jump, crawl, and walk my way out, but to no avail. Out of frustration I ended up just closing the game only to lose all the progress I had made in that session. To say the least, I was furious
- Do you suffer from motion sickness? If yes, then please be aware of your tolerance and take breaks accordingly. I’m easily affected by motion sickness, sadly, and the camera angles in this makes me feel like I'm aboard a ship. This is the number one flaw of the game, but I can understand the difficulties the developers have in trying to get it just right for every gamer. Mess around a bit with the settings - it may or may not help. As for me, I can only play about 20 minutes of this game before I have to exit it (reason behind my low play time)

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Experience the raw power of nature and form a valuable bond along your journey. This is a riveting tale of friendship that withstands all odds. It will force you out of your comfort zone at times, and you will think considerably about every tough decision presented before you. While this game does have its issues that it can't seem to iron out, I still highly recommend it if you're a Might and Delight fan. This is a great game to add to your Shelter collection.

All in all, brace yourself for heartbreak and other mood swings, for Paws: A Shelter 2 Game will tug at every ounce of your being.

Overall

6.5/10

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kissinger_olivia
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
I cant even play the game!!! And I thought it was my iMac but all my other high quality games work totally fine. I mean tbh im really dissapointed in this...i mean when i first got the game, it worked amazingly! but 15 min later... i cant even move! PLZ FIX THIS
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Trebora
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Spend the entire game trying to get back to mama lynx, and died inside when she carried me off at the end.
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firestar
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
this is one of my favorite games, in this game instead of being inna and her cubs once they are older you get to play as the cub although you can tell this is most likely the fate of one sister of your chosen mother linx that you didn't choose forced to find a new home so that you can't find her although I can understand why the developers did this and it makes sense (most times) at first i thought that this would be a light hearted game you know like when you play as inna it isn't too very dark not like some games at least "cough cough shelter 1 cough cough" but by the end I was both happy and sad and almost crying but it was soooo sad why do I always play really sad games :-/ yea well the game is worth it really really worth it have fun playing guys.
ps. thanks to all mothers!
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PUDDING!
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Product received for free
With all heartbreak there seems to be joy in this game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Have you ever wondered what the world looked like through the eyes of a lynx? Perhaps they are your favourite animal or you’re just interested in the species or animal kingdom. Whatever the case, Paws: A Shelter 2 Game acts as both an educational game and also an immersion into the lynx life. Play as one of four cubs and begin a journey of love, triumph, friendship, loss, survival, and motherhood. Understand the complex relationship between life and nature - the very force that compels the choices we make.

If you are already familiar with the franchise and enjoyed it, in particular Shelter 2, then you will be pleased to know that this game is very similar. It follows the same story line as its predecessor, but differs in that it now allows gamers to experience life through the lens of a young cub. As you control this particular cub you will experience a mother’s love and patience, a family’s warmth, and then almost suddenly, desperation and separation. Ultimately, this is a game that will pull at your heartstrings as fast as it will mend them. This is the game that introduces us to Inna.

---------------------------------------------------------

Pros
+ This is a game that you can definitely play with your family
+ New characters to meet and explore! The Goose is not a welcomed character though...
+ It's a Might and Delight game, and unfortunately I will always be biased and say they're great
+ Adorable sound effects and music. Very appropriate for the kind of game that this is and helps set the mood
+ You get to play as a lynx cub and piggy back on a bear cub: what more could you want?! Be aware, the bear cub can be quite tempermental
+ As always, Paws: A Shelter 2 Game is set within an artistically pleasing world; the graphics are unique to this franchise and offers real familiarity to those who know and love it

Neutral
± Like all the other games in this franchise, the achievements take time and dedication to get; they are definitely no walk in the park. Prepare to spend a couple of days toiling over the locations of the rares, etc.
± Controls are both easy yet sometimes a hinderance. What I mean is controls are clunky at times, like when you're trying to catch prey, but easy when you're doing small stuff (like basic maneuvering, running, and jumping)

Cons
- To those who have played through the whole game: the ending - what?
- I suggest waiting for this game to go on sale before purchasing it. It's not worth the $14,99 price tag when you'll probably complete it in about 3 hours tops
- You will get lost from time to time. The lack of directions can be annoying and you will be backtracking a lot due to the lack of instructions. In the end, it's not fun at all and does detract from the overall quality of the game
- If you stray far off the path, then be prepared to glitch like hell... I managed to leave the path completely and ended up stuck between 3 tree's. I attempted to jump, crawl, and walk my way out, but to no avail. Out of frustration I ended up just closing the game only to lose all the progress I had made in that session. To say the least, I was furious
- Do you suffer from motion sickness? If yes, then please be aware of your tolerance and take breaks accordingly. I’m easily affected by motion sickness, sadly, and the camera angles in this makes me feel like I'm aboard a ship. This is the number one flaw of the game, but I can understand the difficulties the developers have in trying to get it just right for every gamer. Mess around a bit with the settings - it may or may not help. As for me, I can only play about 20 minutes of this game before I have to exit it (reason behind my low play time)

---------------------------------------------------------

Experience the raw power of nature and form a valuable bond along your journey. This is a riveting tale of friendship that withstands all odds. It will force you out of your comfort zone at times, and you will think considerably about every tough decision presented before you. While this game does have its issues that it can't seem to iron out, I still highly recommend it if you're a Might and Delight fan. This is a great game to add to your Shelter collection.

All in all, brace yourself for heartbreak and other mood swings, for Paws: A Shelter 2 Game will tug at every ounce of your being.

Overall

6.5/10

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Like my review or have any questions? Then please consider joining my review group, the Sonny Report! I will keep it up to date with the games that I plan on reviewing and will also accept suggestions.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I'll keep it short as the game itself.
Pros:
+Cute lynx cub
+The world from Shelter 2, that's really strangely immersive
+Relative freedom of movement
+You can hunt for entertainment
+Story
+Big fluffy friend!

Cons:
-Short
-Camera is sometimes... well... not optimal.
-Ending - mighty punch right in the FEELS :(

Fazit:
80% recommended for everybody
199% recommended for those who played Shelter 2 (take it as a backstory of Inna's childhood)
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64 of 70 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Paws: A Shelter 2 Game

I must say that I am just loving this game, its not what people are saying, thats its very short as such. I still have a way to go in the game myself, but I am just enjoying it and not rushing through it.

The Art Style is very unique and original, and I quite like it, while other's may not. I am just in awwww with this lovely game, and have no regrets buying the "Pitter Patter Edition" which has the interactive book, in which I have discovered you will find under software in your librarys if you purchased this Edition of course. If You have it you will need to download it first to view it, as its separate from the main game.

As I write this review I speak for myself and I can say that I am so enjoying this game, it does keep you on your toes and can be a bit confusing at times, BUT have patients and be persistant and you will get through. The game is not very difficult, you play as a baby lynx cub and he/she is so very cute, I now have a lovely Baby Bear buddy to help me on my journey.:)

The Store page tells a better picture about the game, so I would make your own judgements via the store page.

I prefere not to spoil anymore, given my influx of spoiler taged screenshots, believe me the game itself is much better than screen shots, as I did find it tricky to get desent and clear pictures. In game is best in my opinion 9/10
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58 of 65 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Absolutely wonderful and emotional like any other Shelter Game so far. A huge Rollercoaster of emotions with all good and sad emotions in it. As always a beautiful artstyle and a very atmospheric soundtrack.

However, as much as I love the game and the Shelter Games in generell, this one left me a bit dissappointed. I knew the game was going to be short, but being able to complete it in an hour was a bit too short. I could barely get into the experience, get known to my companion, as the adventure was already over again. I was basically just getting really into it, when it ended. I wished they would have made it just a tiny bit longer.

If you are thinking about getting this game, don't do the same mistake that I did. Explore every Corner of the game and take as much time as you can for every part. I am going to complete the games another couple times, get really into it, collect all the rewards, so complete it carefully, because nonthenless, it's a stunning experient! Don't rush the game!

That said there is not much else I could say about it. The plattformer part in this game works smooth and fits within the entire game, everything is simple and easily understood.

It's overall just Beautiful, short and emotional. It gets you.

Update:
Another + is, that the Devs are incredibly nice people who actually help you with your problems too. Amazing guys! Keep it up!
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48 of 55 people (87%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Like any other Shelter game you find yourself overly attached to the characters and crying every time you either die or loose another. Great game, beauitful art, and touching story. 10/10 will cry again
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Please help...
The tears wont stop.

16/10 i'm drowning in my own mucus
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
This game is short. Really short. 70 minutes for my first playthrough.
Then again, I prefer an amazing 70 minutes to.. well anything else really.

It's really pretty too. I want to make every single frame my wallpaper frame every frame and hang them on my wall.
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55 of 82 people (67%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
NOTE my down vote is NOT because this is a bad game! Do read this before making a choice!!!


Where to begin... I guess firstly we take a look at price tag and content. It took me 3 hours for this game because I wanted both endings, the second playthrough finished faster because I knew what I was going for. So is $15 worth for a game of 3 hours? Well I'm here to explain the game and you decide.

Now in Paws unlike the previous titles, you actually play as a cub! A lynx cub. You're separated from family and you're off to an adventure to find them. Along the way you meet a companion and later in the game you will find yourself at a crossroad on which side to pick.

The world did get expanded... a little I guess. There are the same old collectibles as in Shelter 1 and 2 that doesn't really do anything aside from achievements. If anything though, I feel like the world is even more vivid than the previous titles and the atmosphere along with the background music playing during specific parts really set the atmosphere really well.

One part I was at a swamp-like area and the background music really set the mood that this place isn't very welcoming which was fantastic.

The AI is simple and works fine. Although the game still retains the 'feeding' mechanic from the previous titles, it does nothing. You don't get hungry or tired; you can sprint all day and get to the end w/o eating (or at least it seems that way. I didn't try as I ate along the way for immersion). There isn't a hunger/stamina indication so dunno why this is a thing.

The rest of the game's pretty linear as usual but you can explore each section of the game to find collectibles and just indulge yourself in the world. Speaking of indulging yourself, since you're playing as a little cub, you can left click to meow! It's so... ADORABLE. I almost fainted out of cuteness.

Anyways back to the game. The narrative is quite different in this game. Some areas it's okay, there's a clear direction on where to go, other times it can get confusing. I was stuck at one part of the game for roughly 10-15 minutes because I didn't know where to go.

There's also a lack of real danger in the game as dying just resets to last saved point unlike in the previous titles where danger eats your family. Although this could be a feature as it allows you to fully experience the life of a lynx lost in the wilderness trying to return to her family. I know I enjoyed it.

So in conclusion, this game is more lively than its predecessors. Much more beautiful and the endings are both fantastic although I'm in favor for one over the other but that's just me. There are two endings so let that be a thing for you to think about as you play this game; a Friend ending and a Family ending.

**Minor Spoiler**
If you're aiming for the friend ending, when you see foxes, let them attack you.
**Minor Spoiler ended**

So now back to the question for those who has never played this title series before. Is it worth $15 for a 2-3 hour game? It can even be longer if you're the kind of person who likes to achieve everything in a game. However, I was talking about it being a 2-3 hour game so I'll ask another question. How much does it take you to go watch a movie?

Because this is pretty much what it is. It's roughly more or less 1 hour and 40 minutes for the first playthrough as you explore the game and about an hour for the 2nd to reach the 2nd ending. It's dumb they don't have a checkpoint system where you can load back to the split path but whatever.

Treat this as more of a visual novel than anything else. Even 1 manga or a novel is roughly $10.

This is my personal opinion as a GAMER but $15 for a 3 hour game is a NOPE.

On the other side of the coin, as someone who loves cute and cuddly things and a story? $15 is cheap. I have tons of cute things that costed more than just $15.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Pros:
- Sweet story
- Nice little levels to explore
- Easy to learn controls
- Family friendly

Cons:
- Short (play time for me was a little over 3 hours). Could've played for hours more.

If you're a fan of the Shelter games, this one is a must have. It has a more concrete story and levels like in Shelter 1, but follows a familiar Lynx cub from Shelter 2. The story is sweet and touching, and exploring the world is just as enjoyable as ever.
Bear in mind that the levels are straightforward and not open world, so the opportunities to explore are limited. On the bright side, there is no chance of getting lost. Puzzles provided are simple, but work well in the game's setting.

There are memories and collectables to collect, so if you're the type to want to 100% games, you might get a few playthroughs out of this, depending on how carefully you search when you play.

If you want a short enjoyable experience, Paws is a wonderful choice. It's just as cute as the trailer would have you believe.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
I enjoyed this game, however for the retail price it's a bit excessive. This really could have been DLC for Shelter 2. That said, the game was really well done during the duration of my playthrough.

I would recommend the game at a smaller price tag, when that happens.
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