Despite any faults listed above, don’t get the wrong impression: Sheltered is a fun and challenging game, especially if you’re willing to put a lot of time into the game crafting the best shelter possible. It’s just that it’s not particularly innovative and it can wind up screwing you over at some of the most inconvenient times. Still, if you’ve got an itch for post-apocalyptic worlds and a need to try and see how well you’d do in surviving them, it’s a quality game that can be recommended. Just make sure to keep plenty of hinges handy.
But the basic foundations have already been laid out and in a few years, especially if the developers allow for heavy-duty modding, it might become absolutely engrossing. Right now, though, it's best for people who enjoy fussing over every detail of a family's lives, including when they can and cannot poop, and who is in charge of stitching together ruined sleeping bags.