Sheltered: Surviving in a Desolate Wasteland

Described as a strategy-survival game, Sheltered is Unicube’s take on what it would be like to live in a nuclear holocaust. It was successfully funded on Kickstarter last year, doubling its initial goal of £15,000. Specifically, the game tasks players with keeping a family alive during a post-apocalyptic era, which is exactly as easy as it sounds: Irradiated beasts, claustrophobia, and mental exhaustion are just a few of the challenges players will have to overcome to stay alive.

Sheltered features a highly complex system that tracks factors such as water and food rations, general fatigue, and sickness levels, that must be checked regularly. Unicube emphasizes that each family’s shelter will be their family home for a long period of time, and requires checking stocks to ensure sustainability. Sheltered also comes with a strategic turn-based combat system. Each family member has different stats which will ultimately influence the outcome of a battle.


The game begins in front of a supermarket, inviting players to grab as many supplies as they can carry. Whatever items are collected during this 4-minute period is what each family will begin with in their respective shelters. Unicube has opted for an open-ended storyline boosted by thousands of variables and randomized outcomes for situations. They reveal that “in Sheltered, it’s not about who you are – it’s how you work together to survive.” The most recent trailer (seen above) sheds further light on gameplay, and introduces the pixelated quartet of Joshua, Virginia, Ann, and Scott.

Sheltered is due for release in mid-2015 for PC, Mac, and Linux. Stay up to date with the game’s development through Twitter.

A keen retrogamer who grew up playing classics like Prince of Persia, Aladdin, and Diddy Kong Racing, Katrina believes that digital games are not just fun, but a great way to learn. These days she enjoys studying Japanese language acquisition, and designing her own games.