Posted: May 3
As a short story, Shelter works well. Being a mother is difficult, and you sacrifice a lot to ensure your offspring outlive you. There's a nice little "circle of life" tale here. The gameplay though is more limited, searching for food to give your little cubs to ensure they don't die of starvation, and following a mostly linear path through life. The game throws various scripted encounters at you, and it can be quite thrilling at times (ducking between the long grass in the middle of a forest fire being the highlight), and losing a cub is really quite affecting. It's a short game, around an hour, and you probably won't want to replay it, but it's a worthwhile experience to have even though it's not quite as good as it could have been. The visuals are unique with its watercolour pallete, and the music fits the mood. It's very much an experience, a mildly interactive morality tale.