Conclusion: Portraying the casual indifference from nature to it residents is a neat idea, but Shelter can't come up with enough ways to cleverly explore that relationship. The message is clear pretty early on and a change in scenery and context isn't enough to make it any more interesting. It sure is beautiful, though, and as the final scene fades away you can't help but smile.
Excerpt: Football Manager is back once again with its latest instalment from Sports Interactive, which coincides with the studio’s 20th anniversary as a game developer. As with every iteration, a range of new features has been added to the world’s most in-depth football management title, the most significant of which is the back to basics Football Manager Classic Mode.
Excerpt: It is said that the greatest despair that a parent can face is the death of a child. Shelter seeks to mimic parental love and the grief of loss by making you the caretaker of five youngsters who need to be nourished and protected as you lead them through the wilderness we call life. Your children aren't human, however, nor are you: you are a mother badger escorting your offspring through meadows and forests, feeding them when possible and keeping them out of harm's way.
Pros: Creates an emotional connection between you and your offspring, Unique art style makes for a coherent world, Explores the indifference of nature in interesting ways
Conclusion: I have no children of my own, in fact I’ve never even babysat a child, but after playing Shelter I have the thought in my head that parenthood is tough. The babies you watch out for are so delicate and needy that you want to, well; baby them as much as possible. At times it’s easier to run towards the exit but you know that fearing for your own wellbeing will only hurt your young in the process.
Excerpt: Based on its initial appearance, it would be easy to assume that Might and Delight’s Shelter is going to be a relaxing experience. An earthy, pastel palette and breezy soundtrack give it a tranquil tone, and there’s nothing but falling leaves, chirping crickets and soft sunlight to set the opening scene. But wander down into the woods with that impression and you’re sure of a big surprise.
Excerpt: I’ve played a lot of football manager games in my life, despite the confusion of friends, I can’t help but love these simulators. The problem with reviewing management games like these (apart from the time it takes to play them and get a full understanding of them) is that each of them has something unique that stands out to individuals.
Conclusion: Sadly, most of the game revolves around you dashing from cover to cover. At times you are hiding behind rocks as you attempt to cross a rushing river. Other times you are fleeing a forest fire. It’s a shame that such a cute little game doesn’t have just a few more things going on. It looks great too. This papercraft style isn’t done too often, but it is done well here.
Excerpt: The Football Manager carnival is back in town, bringing with it hundreds of new rides and thousands of new employees. Sports Interactive has even gone to the trouble of making it look all different when you first enter. Those who've been here before will be in their element in no time, while first-timers will be eased into all the new attractions with handy guides and a bit of selective 'streamlining' to get them right to the heart of the fair.