Metacritic: 68/100
Release: Aug 2013
Reviewed on: PC


Site Score
Good: Unique – Very intense moments – Immersion
Bad: Not overly long
User Score
(35 votes)
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Shelter is a survival based game where players control a mother badger who attempts to protect her cubs through a journey from one home to another. The game is a simple experience but also very unique and available for Windows and Mac.


The game is set in a wilderness setting with players assuming direct control over the mother badger who is accompanied by 5 badger cubs. The journey takes players from their home burrow through a linear journey to their new home. The game isn’t a single path though with often multiple paths leading you towards your new home.

The art style that shelter offers is simple but in a stylised way that is very enjoyable. From the long grass to the shadows of circling birds and the bright apples that fall from the trees you’ll feel immersed in the world.

As players move through the game world their cubs will happily follow the player closely (as you would expect). The gameplay focus mostly involves collecting good to keep your cubs well fed but also requires the player to protect them from various threats. Food comes in a number of forms from apples that the player can knock from trees to plants in the ground and rats that the player has to sneak up on using the tall grass of the game.


Threats are just as varied as food sources with players having to look out for hawks and even wildfires. The game also makes use of a few night time sequences and the threat of a raging river.

Shelter easily scores full points for uniqueness offering gameplay and a visual style that has never been done by a game before. The journey is also very intense as you quickly get a sense of connection to your cubs.


  • A very unique offering.
  • Control the mother badger and guide your cubs through the game world.
  • Find food and protect your cubs from dangers.
  • Stylised art work that creates great immersion.
  • For Windows and Mac.

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Shelter, 7.8 out of 10 based on 35 ratings
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