A badger cub is lying on the floor of a cave, deathly grey and lethargic, starving to death, and surrounded by whining, whimpering siblings. The mother badger digs up a nearby turnip and dutifully feeds her cub. At it eats, color floods back into its furry, striped body, and the rejuvenated clan sets off in search of a more sustainable den. The first thirty seconds of Shelter, a new Mac stealth game from the Swedish outfit Might & Delight, tell players everything they'll need to know in the adventure ahead: Food is scarce and death is plentiful, and your clutch of badger cubs will fade – figuratively and literally – if not regularly plied with carrots, radishes, mole rats, and frogs.
Mousechief’s 7 Grand Steps is an intricate mix of strategy board game and family management simulation – with the look of an antique coin-op fortune-telling machine – that tasks players with guiding a family, generation by generation, through 5000 years of human history. That family will contain farmers, doctors, empresses, and priests, all of whom fall in love, have children, make friends, and fight with their siblings. And all of them will die – by starvation, war, or pestilence. During the Sack of Rome, marauding Goths slaughtered Faustine, our most successful family member, at the height of her power in the Imperial Senate.