Shel­ter 2

A very dif­fer­ent kind of lynx ef­fect

Mac Format - - RATED - Devel­oper Might & De­light, migh­tand­de­ OS X 10.7 or higher, 2.6GHz pro­ces­sor, see web­site for graph­ics cards Good sense of char­ac­ter Emo­tional con­nec­tion Very lit­tle to it

Be­hind all things bright and beau­ti­ful, na­ture is a bru­tal place. No rules, save the in­her­ent ones of tooth and claw. No mercy. No sym­pa­thy, not even for a preg­nant mother lynx in des­per­ate search of a new home. Shel­ter of­fers both sides, but it’s im­por­tant that it starts out by mak­ing you the prey – alone and weak in the snow, with wolves quickly clos­ing in. Later, hav­ing es­caped and birthed cubs, you get to show your teeth – hunt­ing other an­i­mals through the de­frost­ing wilds and fight­ing to en­sure your fam­ily lives long enough to cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion of furry lit­tle ad­ven­tur­ers.

Shel­ter 2 is an ex­tremely pretty game, es­chew­ing re­al­ism for a painted look but still con­vey­ing enough de­tail to feel for the cubs and their ex­hausted mother. Where it falls down though is that at heart, there’s re­ally not that much to a lynx’s life, and once you’ve got into the ba­sic rhythm of things there’s not a lot more left to dis­cover.

Hunt­ing is a sim­ple mat­ter. There aren’t many threats to worry about. Food is at least plen­ti­ful enough. It doesn’t take long be­fore all that’s left is the mood, with Shel­ter quickly be­com­ing far more of an art game than a sur­vival sim­u­la­tor. It’s ef­fec­tive as that, and there’s lit­tle else out

A fas­ci­nat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence while it lasts, which isn’t long enough even for Shel­ter’s short length.

there like it, but even so it’s hard not to find your­self wish­ing that there was more to it than watch­ing the scenery change and feel­ing em­pa­thetic to­wards polyg­o­nal furry crit­ters. The whole thing is over in just a cou­ple of hours, yet some­how, it still re­luc­tantly out­stays its welcome. Richard Cob­bett

Un­for­tu­nately, Shel­ter’s beau­ti­fully artis­tic style can’t make up for its short length.

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