Posted: May 20
This may as well be the only review I write; this game has become very dear to me for some reason.
Shelter is as thought provoking as it is tearjerking. By the end of it, I was just very shocked- only a couple of my kids lived, and I immediately felt a twinge of guilt for my failure. The game is very simple in its mechanics and in the way you operate; you play as a mother badger trying to get by in the wild the best she can, and you go get food for the kids, else they die from starvation.
The role given to you is clever, as it immediately gives you a sense of responsibility. You develop an attachment to the cubs without any real dialogue; the only thing they do to communicate with you verbally is yelp and squeal, yet I found myself engrossed in them, restarting levels several times if only to keep them safe.
The levels obviously have a lot of thought put into them, as they each introduce a new type of obstacle that animals face daily, such as predators or floods. The graphics are amazing, the emphasis on textures catching my eye and drawing me into the world presented.- the washed colors give it the look of a storybook. And don't get me started on the soundtrack: It's lovely.
The ending was very emotional for me, but I won't spoil it for those who haven't played through the game yet. I was reduced to a sobbing mess of tears as I watched the cutscene that went along with it. Shelter god me thinking about life in the wild- desperate, harsh, and generally hopeless. But you will always live on through your children.
It's made me want to pledge a little money towards helping animals in the wild when I can. I'd recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind a game with animal death in it; it's tragic and beautiful.