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This game is a work in progress. It may or may not change over time and may not release as a final product. Please purchase only if you are comfortable with the current state of the game. Sheltered is a deep and emotional survival strategy game. After a huge global apocalypse, a small and frightened family find their way to a deserted underground shelter. In this cold, cramped and horrendous Shelter, they cling desperately to life. Combat their claustrophobia, radiation and mental exhaustion. Ensure the Sheltered is safe and protected. Risk sending the parents into the dangerous wasteland to scavenge for vital supplies, leaving the children alone and vulnerable? How you handle the many moral choices you’ll encounter on a daily basis could be the difference between the family surviving or dying. Full details on the latest status of the game, how you can give feedback and report issues can be found at http://www.unicube.net/sheltered/forum/

  

SHELTERED asks you to create a family for the game, Mum, Dad, Daughter, Son and Pet and then you have to care for them after the nuclear apocalypse. They have located a fallout shelter in which there are minimal supplies and so you have to do whatever you can to survive. This means searching the shelter from side to side and top to bottom as well as donning hazmat suits and climbing up into the remnants of the world to discover whatever you can that will help you all stay alive for as long as possible.

In many ways this is a depressing game as there is nothing nice or friendly about it. The only sense of success or satisfaction you get is when you all survive through to the next day, but unlike most games where you know there will eventually be a happy ending of sorts, you cannot imagine there being anything like that with SHELTERED.

  

The YouTube link to the trailer is here: 

  

Almost every time you discover something that may be useful there is a catch, it may be broken, out of fuel, have a piece missing etc, which means you have to locate whatever is required to make it useful and thus the game is often a series of seek and find missions. In some ways it is more than a game, it is a way of looking at how you might act and react if there is ever a nuclear winter and you are caught up in it. If you were the only family to survive, for example, how long before despair takes over and you decide that continuing to exist is worthwhile. 

As you can control each person individually you can commit suicide with all of them, except maybe the pet, if things get you down too much. Obviously the idea of the game is to survive but as I said, this is a depressing situation without any visible or acknowledgeable light at the end of the tunnel.

  

At the moment the game is available to purchase on the XBOX ONE and on STEAM but you have to understand that it is not finished by any means and new features are being added all the time though I am not sure if the graphics are going to be updated or remain the rough pixel visuals currently on display.

It's an unusual game with a setting - the nuclear winter - that has been used in many other games, but never to my knowledge, like this. 

Full details of the update are:

NEW FEATURES

GENERAL CHANGES

BUG FIXES ANDS CHANGES

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