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Shelter (2013) and its sequels are traversal games where you play as a mother animal guiding her cubs to safety. Across different environments, you need to forage for food to feed your young, protect them from predators, and get them to safety. It stands out for the bond it creates between you and your cubs, with the ever-present urgency of your mission and the real chance of loss highlighting the brutality and impartiality of the natural world.

In the original Shelter, you play a badger and must guide your cubs to a new Sett. As you travel across the land, you must continually forage for food to keep your cubs healthy while protecting them from predators by moving between pieces of cover when the coast is clear. The threat of losing a cub at any point, and making it to your new home with all your cubs, relies on constant wariness and split-second decision-making.

The sequels and spin-offs stick to the same formula but with different animals, environments, and hurdles to overcome:
  • Shelter (2013) PC and Mac.
  • Shelter 2 (2015), where you play a lynx mother in a frozen tundra, PC and Mac.
  • Paws (2016), where you play a lynx cub who meets a bear, PC and Mac.
  • Meadow (2016), a more open, multiplayer game, where you play several animals, PC and Mac.
  • Shelter Generations (2018) contains Shelter 2 and Paws, on Switch.
  • Shelter 3 (2021), where you play an elephant mother in a savanna, PC and Mac.

There are also two digital storybooks:
  • The Lonesome Frog (2016) PC and Mac.
  • Fables from the Den (2016) PC and Mac.

The result is a game that highlights the ruthlessness of nature and the struggle inherent in the day-to-day lives of animals. The emotional bond formed between you and your cubs and the sense of loss or achievement at every failure or success, no matter how small, makes it a memorable and moving experience.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Shelter 7 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Traversal game with Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence and fear.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to make quick decisions that have a real impact on whether your cubs will survive, and react to your surroundings. Sometimes you need to dash between bits of cover at the right moment, which requires precision, patience and resilience.

CostsCosts

Shelter usually costs £12.79 to £20.99.
 

Shelter 1

Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79

Shelter 2

Steam Store PC £20.99
Steam Store Mac £20.99

Shelter 3

Steam Store PC £16.75
Steam Store Mac £16.75

Shelter Generations

Switch Store Switch £18.09
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
You can buy the Shelter Generations pack on Swith which provides Shelter 2 and Paws: A Shelter 2 Game. This includes the soundtracks and two living books to extend the experience. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/08/2013, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Traversal (Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Stealth)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Might and Delight (@MightAndDelight)


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