sheltered
Metacritic: 68/100
Release: Mar 2016
Reviewed on: PS4

Sheltered

Site Score
7.5
Good: Family dynamic – Lots to craft and encounter
Bad: Not all game elements are fully fleshed out
User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
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Sheltered puts you in charge of your own family (two parents and two children) as you try to survive in a harsh post-apocalyptic world. Focused on careful resource management can you lead a family through these difficult times?

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Before starting your Sheltered experience players get to design their family which includes cosmetic and stat options. Statistics are split between attributes and traits which each serve their own purpose and the selection of which will depend on your intended playstyle. While players can select a positive trait a randomly assigned negative trait will be added after creation.

Your game begins after moving the family into an old abandoned shelter which you turn into your new protective family home. With limited supplies it is a balance between scavenging the wasteland, crafting and relationship management that will see you and the family members survive.

While inside the shelter you’ll be able to spend your resources to create and improve elements of your living situation. Things such as beds, toilets and showers are some of the early required items in addition to upgrading your power generator, water filter and shelter statistics in general.

Each of these actions uses some sort of material though which must be scavenged by sending some of your family members out into the wild wasteland. During these adventures you may encounter other desperate humans, caches of items and other random events. While these are originally on foot if players can repair the broken down camper they can reach destinations faster.

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To improve the chances of successful scavenging you can equip your family with weapons to defend themselves. This combat uses simple turn based mechanics and is usually a last resort for those that cannot be reasoned with. Players need not kill everyone though with the option to subdue opponents and thus prevent the negative mental issues involved with killing another.

Sheltered is a great fallout shelter management title that has a good upgrade loop to it, the family element is particularly well done and gives you a strong connection to your characters.

Summary:

  • Lead the family unit through post apocalyptic survival.
  • Upgrade your shelter and items to increase chances of survival.
  • Manage needs, relationships and mental elements.
  • Large number of random encounters to face.
  • Venture out to find resources on foot and by vehicle.

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Sheltered, 8.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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