Unless you’ve been living in a self contained vault with zero access to the outside world (see what I did there?), you probably know that Bethesda is hard at work on a new Fallout game. To whet your appetite during the wait, Bethesda released a mobile Fallout game called Fallout Shelter. Fallout Shelter is a ‘base building’ game in which you must construct a self contained Vault that will house survivors, produce food, water, and electricity, and be able to increase population.
Much of the game consists of building rooms that provide things like power, water, food, Stimpaks, and Radaways. None of these things get produced on their own however so you will need dwellers to work in these rooms. At first, random dwellers will come knocking on your vault door for a place in your society. You decide where to assign them and what their role will be. Slowly you build up your vault with new types of rooms and resource generators with the caps you collect. Your population too will also need to grow in order for your vault to remain self sustaining.
Aside from building room and managing resources, there really isn’t all that much action to be had. Sure there are random disasters and bandit raids, but for the most part, your dwellers handle things on their own with very little input from you. Once in a while you’ll have to assign a dweller to take care of things, but it doesn’t happen very often.
If you want to be adventurous, you can assign dwellers to explore the wasteland for supplies, caps, and even additional survivors. You’ll want to equip those you send out with weapons and upgraded gear and supplies to survive the harshness of the wasteland. Here, you will need to monitor your exploring dwellers. Explorers do not come back on their own and if you leave them out in the wasteland for too long, they will die and that’s something you do not want to happen.
The main thing you really want to do is to just keep your dwellers happy. You want to make sure there is a steady supply of water, food, and power or you may find some very unhappy and ultimately dead dwellers.
Fallout fans will most definitely want to download this. I mean what fan wouldn’t want to control the entire fate of a vault in the palm of their hands? This is one of those games however that will suck every bit of free time you have if you’re not careful especially if you’re trying to craft the perfect vault. On the down side of things, it can get a bit repetitive and with not much action really going on, can be a little boring too. I can let issues like that slide though as the game is free and you honestly don’t need to dip into in-app purchases at all.
iTunes Link: Fallout Shelter
In-App Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
Fallout Shelter requires at least an iPhone 5, iPad 3, or iPad mini 2.
Fallout Shelter puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault from Vault-Tec. Build the perfect Vault, keep your Dwellers happy, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland.
BUILD THE PERFECT VAULT
Create a brighter future…underground! Select from a variety of modern-day rooms to turn an excavation beneath 2,000 feet of bedrock into the very picture of Vault Life.
OVERSEE A THRIVING COMMUNITY
Get to know your Dwellers and lead them to happiness. Find their ideal jobs and watch them flourish. Provide them with outfits, weapons, and training to improve their abilities.
A well-run Vault requires a variety of Dwellers with a mix of skills. Build a Radio Room to attract new Dwellers. Or, take an active role in their personal lives; play matchmaker and watch the sparks fly!
EXPLORE THE WASTELAND
Send Dwellers above ground to explore the blasted surface left behind and seek adventure, handy survival loot, or unspeakable death. Find new armor and weapons, gain experience, and earn Caps. But don’t let them die!
PROTECT YOUR VAULT
From time to time, idyllic Vault life may be disrupted by the dangers of post-nuclear life. Prepare your Dwellers to protect against threats from the outside…and within.
Vault-Tec has provided the tools, but the rest is up to you. What are you waiting for? Get started building your Vault today for FREE.
Requires iOS7 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5 or later, iPad Mini 2 or later, iPad 3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2.
This app offers in-app purchases. Please note that you may disable in-app purchasing directly from your device. For more information, visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4213.