• Shelter
75
Based on 14 scores, 15 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    2
  • Good:
    7
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Creates an emotional connection between you and your offspring.
  • Unique art style makes for a coherent world.
  • Explores the indifference of nature in interesting ways.

Cons:

  • Fails to instill the tension of survival.
  • Very short.

Expert reviews and ratings

By micromart.co.uk on 80

One thing became apparent after an hour or so: we don't make very good badger parents. If you're wondering where on earth this random statement comes from, then you obviously haven't been playing Shelter. You see, Might and Delight's offering brings home...

By EuroGamer on 80

Its pale hills and valleys are spectacular, bristling with Scandinavian, illustrative charm. From the Hokusai swirls that detail the raging river to the stencil planets that punctuate the night sky, to the sparse, post-rock soundtrack, all lazy percussion and guitars marinated in reverb, this is a beautiful game on the surface.

By PasteMag on 75

In Shelter, though, if you know how to pay attention the system still begins to reveal itself, and while it’s never as explicit as the invulnerability of things you can’t control, you get the sense that design ideas of “fairness” mean that the lack of clear feedback from onscreen displays means that the danger is far, far less than you might imagine.

By 6aming on 50

Ultimately, I wish Shelter was something a little deeper or better constructed, but it’s not. Instead, just spend your ten bucks on some meat and try to catch a real raccoon. It will certainly prove to be more exciting and it won’t make you hate your kids.

By GameSpot on 70

This is a lovely game, let down not by its mechanical simplicity, but by its resistance to doing more with those mechanics. Yet when it taps into basic animal instinct, Shelter reminds us just how precious life is, and how apathetic the laws of nature are to our pleas for mercy.

By GameSpot on 70

It is said that the greatest despair that a parent can face is the death of a child. Shelter seeks to mimic parental love and the grief of loss by making you the caretaker of five youngsters who need to be nourished and protected as you lead them through...

By technologytell.com on -

Hailing from the mind of indie developer Might and Delight, the creators of the retro-style platformer, Pid, comes Shelter, an avant-garde title that immediately catches the eye as well as one's curiosity. In Shelter , players take on the role of a...

By GamesBeat on 80

Although Shelter may not be flawless, it should definitely be getting more attention than it’s getting. If you’re in the market for a strategy game or you like playing CCG’s, I recommend picking up Shelter. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a hard time putting it down.

By CalmDownTom on 100

It is a short game. You will finish it in about two hours. But unless you’re the type of gamer who likes to be hand held, with all objectives clear from the beginning, every minute is a celebration of life in its rawest, back-to-nature, form. If being a badger is this dangerous, surely a cull is just bloodthirsty cruelty.

By Joystiq on 40

Looking at Shelter's screenshots, you can't help but imagine some kind of godly, heart-breaking mashup of The Oregon Trail, Tokyo Jungle and Pikmin. With badgers. What you end up playing is a linear, overly-scripted, not particularly well-executed version of Frogger. With badgers.

By GameZebo on 80

Shelter is charming, stylish as hell, and lets you play through the life of a badger. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, then you perhaps need to change the brand that you drink.

By CultureMass on 95

Shelter is unique and awesome. It's got great tone and fantastic play. It's gameplay isn't edge-of-your-seat exciting, but it's what it needs to be: a great big pull on those taut gamer heartstrings.

By Edge on 70

It’s about the journey, in short, and the inevitable losses on the way. Try and play Shelter as a perfectionist and you’ll fail, the victim of a cruel world and occasionally clunky, unclear rules. Better to simply do your best, allow Might and Delight’s fantastical art to enthrall, and let nature take its course.

By Critical Indie Gamer on 80

It may not be action-packed or have the “flashiness” of other titles but Might and Delight took a chance on a fresh idea; more than anything, good game or bad (this game is certainly the former), that should be commended.

International Review By Skillpoint on 80

Det höga gräset utgör ett perfekt gömställe för att kunna komma nära inpå den intet ont anande grodan. När den satt nyvaken i morse och läste Dagens Grodnytt surplandes på lite grodkaffe hade den aldrig kunnat ana att idag var dagen då den skulle få...