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  • genre Adventure / Simulation / Virtual life
  • download size 211 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 84 user ratings.
  • release date August 28, 2013
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • developer / publisher Might and Delight / Might and Delight
  • game modes Single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 19 design sketches
  • poster
  • wallpaper
  • The Circle - children's book

What's cool about it:

  • Experience the wild as a mother badger sheltering her cubs from harm.
  • A truly different adventure about nature, something that might evoke feelings you've never felt in a game before.
  • Retro Family have once again composed a beautiful soundtrack to this original and graphically innovative forest setting.


Experience the wild as a mother badger sheltering her cubs from harm. On their journey they get stalked by a bird of prey, encounter perils of the night, river rapids crossings, big forest fires and the looming threat of death by starvation.

Food is to be found, but is there enough for everyone? You will learn that the cubs need food not just to survive, but to enable them overcome the varying challenges they will face as they make their way through the world.

Are you ready for a truly different adventure, something that might evoke feelings you've never felt in a game before? In the wild, all living creatures are put to the test. The question in the end is who will survive to live another day?

Retro Family have once again composed a beautiful soundtrack to an original and graphically innovative setting in a world of nature where shelter is your only hope and survival your only goal.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Processor: Pentium D at 2,8Ghz+, or AMD Athlon 64 x2, Memory: 1GB, Hard Disk Space: 2GB, Video: NVIDIA GF 7800GTX or ATI X1300 with DirectX 9.0c.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later.Processor: Pentium D at 2.6GHz+, Memory: 1GB of RAM, Hard Disk Space: 2GB, Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card. Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled. Patched to version 5

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User reviews:

Refreshingly different

Posted on 2013-08-28 12:59:37 byhort_wort's avatarhort_wort:

This game seems to deliver exactly as advertised. While playing, I routinely stopped to tell people, "I'm a badger!"
I quickly devolved into saying, "I'm a horrible mother badger...." Nature picked off my young one at a time and I still don't know if there was anything I could have done to prevent it. Was it a no-win scenario? Hmm.
The controls are simple. No gamepads here, justread more classic WASD. It starts you off in a cave to fumble around and learn what to do. Occasional pictures pop up as you go to point how to get food -- your badger instincts.
I really don't want to go into detail of the gameplay since discovering it adds to the experience. It was quite fulfilling. The game gave a brief experience of thinking like a small woodland creature. Well, more a medium woodland creature I guess. There were several nice touches throughout.
I'm tempted to play through again to see if I can figure out a way to get past those obstacles that *murdered my babies* the first time. I did take off one star because it seemed short and I wanted to interact with the cubs more.
$9 seems reasonable for a starting price. I could see it settling down to $3 later. Great example of a pleasant indie game here.

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Piece of art

Posted on 2013-08-28 17:41:15 byGhorpm's avatarGhorpm:

- The game is nothing like animal simulators from 90s, namely Wolf and Lion. Shelter is linear - there are several "chapters" where you find yourself in a dangerous situation (like night, fire, heavy rain) and you have to behave properly to protect your cubs and get to the next chapter.
- In each chapter you have to feed your cubs. Digging up vegetables, shaking off apples, more but it may get a bit tricky! If you do it carelessly one of them may gobble everything and the rest will starve. Fortunately they are not identical and sooner or later you will figure out which one is more hungry than the other.
- In most cases cubs follow you obediently but you have to be careful not to let any of them get lost. If they see a vegetable they may run towards it and wait there until you dig it up. They may get scared and disperse in panic. Be careful when you are hunting because you are faster - they may get lost and even if they can see you sometimes they won't have any idea how to reach you.
- It's more a piece of art than a game. Its purpose is to make you think about nature, the circle of life, being protective... If you are thinking you'll be playing as a badger hero who comes to save the day then this game is definitely not for you. It's not an action nor puzzle game. You won't ask yourself questions like "hmm... how to solve it? What should I do?" Everything will come naturally... I would say you are not supposed to play this game, you should rather experience it...

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Nice game with a really nice idea

Posted on 2013-08-28 09:41:23 byfeetjai's avatarfeetjai:

I tried this game, because most games are about death and destruction. This game is different. It's about protecting your babies.
I finished the first level and can say you need to use your brains. The user interfac is minimal, and that's great. The game speaks for itself and uses some "thinking balloons" to tell you about the possible actions you the mother can do.
The firstread more level introduces a lot of possible actions and game mechanics already.
Easy to do, more difficult to master if you don't use your brain. =)
The graphics are the world pleasing to my eyes and so far I give it a 5 star.

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