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Experience the wild as a mother badger sheltering her cubs from harm. On their journey they get stalked by a bird of prey, encounter perils of the night, river rapids crossings, big forest fires and the looming threat of death by starvation.

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Experience the wild as a mother badger sheltering her cubs from harm. On their journey they get stalked by a bird of prey, encounter perils of the night, river rapids crossings, big forest fires and the looming threat of death by starvation.

Food is to be found, but is there enough for everyone? You will learn that the cubs need food not just to survive, but to enable them overcome the varying challenges they will face as they make their way through the world.

Are you ready for a truly different adventure, something that might evoke feelings you've never felt in a game before? In the wild, all living creatures are put to the test. The question in the end is who will survive to live another day?

Retro Family have once again composed a beautiful soundtrack to an original and graphically innovative setting in a world of nature where shelter is your only hope and survival your only goal.

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Might & Delight AB
Might and Delight
Indie, Mac
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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Minimum Requirements


  • OS: Windows XP SP2
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz single core
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compatibility
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space


  • 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)
  • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
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Quite unique


Experience the harshness of life in the wilderness and survive as s badger mother who has to raise her five pups. Not only is the constant struggle to starve your enemies intimidating, even birds of prey and nature can be detrimental. Heartbreaking story and the loss of every baby-badger is always heart-wrenching! With a very surprising and sad end. The story mode is a bit short but there is still the nurture mode a kind of survival mode. Also, I've enjoyed the game a bit more than the successor Shelter 2. Beautiful and good game as always by Might & Delight!

Interesting Game


Shelter is a truly fascinating game. You play as a mother badger who needs to nourish and secure her cubs as they travel through the forest. It's a moderate, experiential game that won't be for everybody, except I truly appreciated it. It has a beautiful artistic style that I thought was one of a kind and brilliant ? the background on the night scenes stands out as truly cool. The controls and level outline are straightforward, yet the game is short and has a unique plot that it remains fascinating throughout the game, and despite the fact that there's very little to it and I don't have all that much to state, it works. $10 appears somewhat steep, considering how short it is, however I'd recommend you buy it if it's on sale.



Everyone loves badgers, right? I don't think that's enough to make a game good, tearing real gameplay from it and hide behind the dynamics of an artsy representation of an animal world. In Shelter there isn't really much to do, and the game relies on your "ability" to make the little animals which follow you around survive. The outcome is sadly a boring excuse of depicting something that wants to be different but ends up being only streamlined and shallow.

Fantastic game!


When I first got this game, I had trouble running the thing! The graphics weren't loading on the title page, and once the game "Started" I could hear background noises and the sounds of animal cries. Yet I couldn't see a thing! Just a white screen saying "Loading". I posted on the forums, and got no response. I tried contacting the developers...again, no response. I eventually managed to get the game going, by heading to the games steam folder, and setting it's compatibility mode for Windows 98/me (for some reason). Then the game would run, but hang when you exited it..I fixed this by running shelter as admin. Finally it all worked! So if you have similar problems, try that! Now, about the game! This game is heavily stylized and while beautiful, can be hard to make things out since items and creatures are of abnormal shapes. Even when you can make out the item, it still might be difficult to find things(Say, a hopping frog) due to the fact that the colors used in the game are all so light, that it makes everything seem faded and washed out. Other than that, playing as a mommy Honey Badgers leading her children through the treacherous wilds is incredibly enjoyable. The trouble getting the game running, was well worth the effort, and while the game is fantastic, it has HORRIBLE support.

A Unique Adventure


In a world of clones, look-alikes, and generic brown hallways, Shelter is a breath of fresh air. Much like the fresh air your digital badger family is undoubtedly breathing as you guide them through the beautiful and often dangerous world of Shelter. Obviously the most readily noticeable aspect of Shelter is the unique sort of washed out/watercolor/paper-craft aesthetic. It might look overly washed out in screen shots and videos but while playing it that wasn't my feeling at all. In fact there is a lot of variety between levels, scenery and color palette wise. While the game is relatively short, you can rush it in under 2 hours (not recommended) but typical length is probably 3 hours, if you're engaged it's quite tense. It does a good job of making you aware that there is danger but not directly showing it to you. It's up to you to determine what is safe and what isn't and if you let your guard down or take to big of a risk it will likely result in the death of a cub. Above all else though, finish the game. The ending has that sort of perspective shifting impact that can stick with you beyond even the context of the game. Overall Shelter is a great example as games as art, even beyond it's aesthetics and in it's mechanics and message. Shelter is a game I think everyone should play, it's well worth the time, at least once. The standard price might be a little steep for a once-through experience so unless quirky little indies are your thing wait until you find a sale price and then absolutely jump all over it.

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