Shape of the World, final week on Kickstarter


Welcome dear visitor of the oasis!
Would you like to take a walk in a beautiful world that grows around you?



“Shape of the World is an exploration game where a rich and colorful world grows around you. Your presence is the driving force behind the procedurally populated environment as you establish permanent monuments to mark your journey.

Shape of the World builds on the ideas of experiential games like Journey, Flower and Proteus where health hearts and kill points don’t enter the equation. It’s an evolving world that grows with each step and hints at distant landmarks, encouraging you to delve deeper into the woods. Shape of the World offers a unique unfolding experience for those seeking an alternative to quest-driven adventure games.”



Shape of the world is currently on its last week on Kickstarter.
The game will be released for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mac.
Without your presence, will the forest still come alive?


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Review Shelter 2

Welcome everyone to our very first game review!
Today it’s all about the new game of Might & Delight, Shelter 2

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As a big fan of the original Shelter game, I’ve been looking forward to play Shelter 2 ever since it was announced.
A big thank you goes to the Might & Delight team for letting us have a copy before launch.
But enough with the introductions, let’s jump right into the game!

Starting off as a pregnant Lynx, you try to escape a pack of hungry wolves. As you escape the dangerous chase safely, the stars are calling you. Following them leads you to a den, warm and safe. Finally you’ve found shelter, the perfect place to bear your kittens.
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You even get to name the little furballs! Isn’t that just adorable? I named mine after the other members of the Playful Oasis team. Let’s see if one of my kitty colleagues will get eaten by predators or starve. Of course we don’t want that to happen!

In my freshly baked role as mother Lynx, proud and strong, I head out into the green, unknown world.
After countless failed attempts and already declaring myself as a failure as a mother I finally did it. I CAUGHT A RABBIT, YES!
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My babies devoured the prey hungrily. I would have never thought that a bloodstained animal could actually look cute, but d’aww look at their dirty little paws.

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Now come on my minions, uhm, children, let’s go see the world!
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Seasons passed quickly as I explored the vast lands with my little familiy. I grew into my role as a mother and my children grew in size.

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My personal hunting highlight happened just at the beginning of winter, when I was afraid there might be not enough food around. I caught my first deer AND a rabbit in just one jump. My children were so proud of me.

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It seemed like the blink of an eye when suddenly my children started to outgrow me. They even started to catch frogs on their own! I felt that soon, the time would come to part ways. We celebrated our remaining time together with a little family trip to “the beach”.

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Suddenly it happened, on a cool autumn morning, when I just wanted to head back towards our den. All my precious children stood there, rooted to the spot and looked at me. I called for them, as I did so many times before, but they didn’t answer me. The time of separation had come. I turned around and ran away as fast as I could, not looking back.
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Lying down on the wet grass I remembered all our adventures, the good and the bad times. Goodbye Ellie, Tom, Konrad and Dani, I thought you all I could, now it’s your turn to walk this world.

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As the game ends you get the option to start a new family, one of your cups taking on the role as parent. I was very lucky that all my babies survived, else they wouldn’t be available for a new playround.

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In terms of longtime motivation, Shelter 2 offers a huge amount of collectibles. During this first playround I only found very few. They are spread all over the world and finding them all is quite a challenge!
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Ok, time for conclusion and rating. Here are my pros and cons:

+ Beautiful graphics, especially the shader effects
+ The feeling of a living world
+ Awesome setting and role

– Movement controls
– Orientation
– Understandability of UI elements

After a few understandability and movement control issues in the beginning, I really enjoyed my stay in the world of Shelter 2. There are a few things I would have liked to see (more individual characters for the kittens for example). However, all in all the game offers a great and unique experience.
A worthy successor for the Shelter series! My rating: 3/4 clover leaves


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Shelter 2 will be released on Monday, 9rd March.
I recommend: Head over to steam and buy it 😀


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Inspired by ABC15s coverage of an amazing llama chase in Arizona we thought Playful Oasis would be the perfect plattform to host a llama Jam.

Get creative and create your own llama chase game. The best games will be featured on Playful Oasis and become world famous (well, we can try).


Start: 26.02.2015 20.00 PST
End: 27.02.2015 23.59 PST


Send your finished builds to:

Praise the llama!


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The feeling of nature

Hi there,

I’m one of the only members of Playful Oasis who isn’t actually a gamedev. I founded last year and helped with the web design here.
I got the request to write additional content for the site and there I was – sitting in front of the bright computer screen and startet thinking. Games and nature, a very broad subject. Why do I like nature in games? Why do I even like nature itself? And what does it take to fully immerse myself in the world of a game?

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The first question is easy to answer: Simply because I love nature. Why do I love it? The answer to this question takes us to the third. Most importantly but often overlooked by the sheer beauty that meets our eye: The sound. Singing birds, the rustling of leaves through the wind, the sound of fresh snow when you step on it or even the silence on the top of a mountain. There are thousands of different sounds in nature and the key to create an immersive world aren’t realistic visuals in the first place. Without those important sounds video games are just an interactive painting – a quite boring one.

This fact was illustrated pretty good by Robin Arnott’s Deep Sea. Wearing a taped gas mask, so all you could see was complete darkness and only using your ears to navigate through the horrifying underwater world, created a terrifying experience deeply disturbing people and letting them rip off their headphones in panic.
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Photo by Matthew Wegner

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Now let’s talk about visuals. A video game about nature doesn’t need to be super realistic like for example The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. It needs to deliver variety to the eye. It doesn’t neccessarily need to be colorfoul like a forest in autumn or a hayfield in summer. More important are the different shapes and structures. A dessert isn’t only a huge plain. It has a variety of dunes and patterns painted by the wind. A forest has more than two different kind of trees and a complex undergrowth.

The icing on the cake isn’t on the ground, it comes from above. Who doesn’t love a beautyful colored sky during sunset or watching the clouds passing by. Even down below sunrays can create a dense atmosphere. Imagine the brief morning light shining through the leaves of a lime surrounded by fog.

The Long Dark by Hinterland Games did a great job in creating a fascinating winter landscape and managed to combine it with a realistic soundscape, although there is room for more. Nonetheless, every picture you take in the game could be used as a desktop background.

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Feel it?

Obviously we aren’t there yet, but a bright future lies ahead in regard of the upcoming virtual reality devices. There have been experiments with google street view and many people experienced the immersive power of VR in horror games.

When it comes to nature, especially first person exploration games come to my mind. There aren’t a ton of these out yet, but games like Kira show that you can easily create worlds where the player wishes to live in. You feel like a child again, wandering around looking at everything with curiosity and deeply enjoying the experience. A result games rarely are able to achieve nowadays and which reminds me of when I started playing them in the beginning. There I can feel it again: pure joy.

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