Shelter 2

Rating Summary

Based on 16 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

56

Top Critic Average

14%

Critics Recommend

Based on 16 critic reviews
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5 / 10
May 17, 2015

Beautiful, but fails to capitalise on its potential

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Apr 15, 2015

A brilliant follow-up to the original Shelter, this game retains the impossible power of showing you just what kind of mother lynx you would be.

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3 / 5.0
Apr 9, 2015

Shelter 2 isn't a great game, but few games charge players with wrestling genuine emotion or real-world struggle, and in general the medium hardly demonstrates or encourages such circumstances. There's no complex mechanic or grand story to work through, but there's none that could easily capture "feelings" either.

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Apr 5, 2015

In 'Shelter 2,' you are a mother lynx, helping your adorable cubs survive in the wild. Unfortunately, the 'oohs' and 'aahs' don't last long, even if your cubs do.

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4 / 5.0
Mar 18, 2015

Shelter 2 is a tough game to pin down. With gorgeous artistic design, ambitious goals, and a unique spin on the survival genre, there's a lot to love.

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6 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2015

Shelter 2, in spite of a lack of dialogue, managed to create a hauntingly beautiful experience. Due to its extremely short length and virtually zero replayability, I cannot recommend the experience unless it undergoes a severe price drop.

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Unscored
Mar 16, 2015

In the first game, there was a sense of progress and achievement, and of variety in gameplay. Now, we're faced with repetitive rabbit-hunting and the bane of all open-world games, meaningless collectibles.

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Mar 16, 2015

I don't have kids, nor do I plan on having any for a very long time, but something about Shelter brought out my parental instinct to protect children. It was emotional when they were taken away from me - as was it emotional when they grew up and left the nest. It's a nice touch that they've allowed you to look at the family tree, and see the generations that lived before the lynx that you're currently in control of. It's just a shame that the gameplay is so generic. It doesn't take long for one generation cubs to grow up, and so the impact of what happens to them is then diluted from the minimal time that you'll spend with them. And as much as I loved looking off on the beautiful horizon, everything else made me want to get out as quickly as possible.

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Mar 10, 2015

Shelter 2 has its moments. Playing as a lynx is disarmingly authentic, the art design is visually arresting and there's no denying that you'l feel... something... once your first litter of cubs survives to grow to adulthood thanks to your tender loving care. But the lack of threat and its big yet pointless open world robs the game of challenge, likely leaving you broadly unsatisfied after just a handful of hours.

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Mar 10, 2015

I never felt like my cubs were in danger of perishing as a result of anything besides negligence. Ironically, it's a good thing that this game only lasts a couple of hours, because it's barely deep enough to hold my attention for even that long.

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