Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 9, 2016
    If you enjoyed last year’s iOS/Android sleeper Fallout Shelter, but wanted more complexity, less predictable combat and a greater sense of achievement even in abject failure, look no further.
  2. 80
    Sheltered is like a premium version of Fallout Shelter, and it's a far more thematically compelling proposition. I love that it makes you be quite ruthless in your efforts to keep your family alive, but then allows you to feel awful when they die. It's less humanising than The War of Mine, which is the most readily comparable game out there at the moment, but it's intense for its own, valuable, reasons.
  3. Mar 23, 2016
    Sheltered is a well crafted game that is quite tough at first to make progress in, but once you’re used to its systems there can be a rewarding experience.
  4. Games Master UK
    May 18, 2016
    A brutal fight for survival that's one part The Sims, one part roguelike, and three parts despair. [May 2016, p.66]
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 8, 2016
    Sheltered's survival of the fittest foundation makes it repetitive by nature, but the ability to customise your family and choose a pet makes starting each new game charming, rather than chore-like. [May 2016, p.92]
  6. Apr 12, 2016
    Sheltered is a post-apocalyptic game that uses minimalist art to achieve the sensation of getting into the atmosphere. It is a unique game whose objective is to survive another day gathering resources, updating our buildings… An indie that everyone who likes strategy must play at least once.
  7. Mar 16, 2016
    Sheltered is a complex post-apocalyptic simulator that relies too much on its randomness, being too unfair too many times.
  8. 70
    Sheltered depicts the grim, unpleasant side of the post-apocalypse to great effect for its limited resources. That doesn’t stop the game from getting frustratingly repetitive though as there’s simply not enough variety in the game’s opening hours.
  9. Mar 16, 2016
    Sheltered is a interesting game if you want to face a challenge. Sometimes the design doesn't work as expected, but it still is a good option within the genre.
  10. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 31, 2016
    Ultimately, we found Sheltered to be engaging, purely due to its brutal difficulty. It’s quite a shame then that its brand of survival is far too often mundane. [May 2016, p74]
  11. Mar 23, 2016
    Sheltered is a complex strategy and resource management game which gets a lot of things right. Its presentation creates a palpable atmosphere, while its many relatively simple systems interlock in ways that are both thematically appropriate and mechanically interesting. Unfortunately, those same clever systems sometimes rely too heavily on luck, which – when combined with the title's abysmal controls – often make the entire experience more frustrating than its worth.
  12. 60
    Sheltered starts off brilliantly, hooking you with the immediate and pressing needs of a family seeking sanctuary against the perils of its post-apocalyptic world, but there is not enough content to reward prolonged play. Once your vault has been fully upgraded, the experience becomes bland and meaningless, veering dangerously close to authenticity of the undesirable sort.
  13. Apr 5, 2016
    Hardcore survivalists might find something enjoyable in Sheltered, but the game is too slow and far too boring to get fully invested.
  14. Apr 1, 2016
    Overall, Shelter is an indie game that accomplishes most of what it sets out to do but is ultimately not really meant for a console release. The controls just aren’t meant for this kind of game and coupled with just how difficult it really is, it really took away from a lot of the enjoyment I could have garnered from it.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. May 11, 2016
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This game falls into the survival genre. Not much story is given. Civilization has been destroyed save for a few roaming survivors and gangs on the surface, as well your family in an underground doomsday bunker.

    You start by picking and naming this family. Two adults and two kids plus a pet of your choice. Then you start surviving Day 1 with the clock going by fairly quickly. Every 24 hours happening fast on the clock, for as long as you can, until a variety of things kill you. You will most likely die a couple times, maybe more than a couple. Starvation, thirst, bandits, radiation poisoning, trauma, food poisoning, water poisoning, air poisoning, violence! People will come to kill you in the shelter and rape your family and kill them too. You must plant booby traps, as well get strong and smart. Not everyone wants to attack your bunker. Some want to join your family, others want to trade.

    There is an RPG element with skills getting stronger and building upgrades to your bunker like more floors and stronger bunker doors.. Eventually you will need to take some gear and go search the surface for food, supplies and fuel. You will battle enemies on the surface and start by throwing punches and swinging baseball bats, gaining more experience each battle so you can use crowbars up to sniper and assault rifles. You can also find auto parts and rebuild your RV making travels easier.

    You will meet strange strangers and friendly new friends. Mixed in with a crazy military who can stomp you flat pretty easily, SPOILER ALERT, pack grenades once you get them. Two grenades can kill anything above ground.

    I score an 8 because I have mastered the game, am on the top 10 leaderboard worldwide for days survived. After you get all the secret blueprints and learn how to defend and feed/water your bunker, you will be wanting more.

    The game is great but I want more to do. There are secrets to the game to discover I have left out but even after you discover those secrets you will still be looking for things to do.

    I believe its priced fairly around the $9.99 price range. Found on the PS Store.

    ***EXTRA SPOILER DO NOT READ I REPEAT*** Do not read this. If you want to unlock the mystery hatch once you find it you will need the secret pass code. Every game is different but to get it you will need to pick the fish as your pet at the beginning when making your family. If you can manage to survive with the fish for a few weeks, maybe less Im not sure exactly but the fish has the secret pass code. Eventually you will notice the fish blowing bubbles. He will blow 4 sets of bubble, for example, 5 bubbles, 3 bubbles, 9 bubbles, 1 bubble. Then the fish will do a spin in the fish tank and repeat this code. He will do this a few times. Then take a break and repeat it. So in this case, the pass code is 5-3-9-1. Once you get in the vault you get a couple of Military Assault Rifles and lots of ammo. Very handy against the apocalypse.
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  2. Dec 8, 2019
    لعبة جميلة . استمتع فيها جداً
    انصح فيها للي يحب النوع هذا من الالعاب أو العاب البقاء
    أو اللي يحب This War of Mine
    لعبة جميلة . استمتع فيها جداً
    انصح فيها للي يحب النوع هذا من الالعاب أو العاب البقاء
    أو اللي يحب
    This War of Mine
  3. Nel
    Jun 29, 2017
    The game has a nice premises, but lacks on the execution, as it feels very repetitive, and building up your base is more a pain of managingThe game has a nice premises, but lacks on the execution, as it feels very repetitive, and building up your base is more a pain of managing your inventory than it is to actually enjoying it. After just a few tries it will feel very repetitive and rng based (which isn't always a bad thing, but in this game it is) Full Review »