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.
Fails to instill the tension of survival.
Won’t be for everyone.
By EuroGamer on September 11, 2013
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.80
By PasteMag on September 04, 2013
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.75
By 6aming on September 04, 2013
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.50
By GameSpot on September 03, 2013
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.70
By GamesBeat on August 30, 2013
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.80
By CalmDownTom on August 29, 2013
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.100
By Joystiq on August 28, 2013
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.40
By GameZebo on August 28, 2013
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.80
By CultureMass on August 28, 2013
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.95
By Edge on August 27, 2013
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.70