Fallout Shelter – Review

No game has paved the way best for post-apocalyptic games other than Fallout, the prominent franchise by Bethesda Softworks. While the developers have been demonstrating the upcoming Fallout 4, they announced the release of a mobile version: Fallout Shelter [Free]. As it happens, the game is now available on IOS and is soon to be released on Android. Unfortunately, the mobile version is not as ostentatious as the Fallout games on console but it is a brilliant game all by itself.

Fallout Shelter gives you a taste of how it feels like to run a post-apocalyptic community – from the the beauty of watching a society arise from the ashes of destruction to facing the catastrophic dangers of the Wasteland. You are the overseer of the vault and it is your responsibility to keep the dwellers satisfied and safe.

Although the game is free-to-play you don’t need to pay money to reduce long timers but if you do want to generate resources immediately you can accomplish that through random speed up and if it fails you get to deal with invasions against mutated enemies or one of the rooms going on fire. In addition, you do get the option to buy Fallout Lunchbox which includes: 4 Fallout Shelter cards and at least one is guaranteed to be rare which can be a special unit. The lunchbox prices are offered as follows: $0.99, $3.99, $9.99, and $19.99. The good news is that you can obtain these through completing objectives and not buying any does not affect your game progress significantly.

The game’s perspective replicates that of XCOM where you get to control a large portion of the game through an underground Vault system. As the game progresses and dwellers level up you get to specialize them to different jobs and give them unique items and protective weapons. The best criteria for assigning the right people to do the right job is through considering each dweller’s stats which include: Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck. Interestingly, you will have the option to build rooms that will actually be needed in a real post-apocalyptic scenario – which we hope does not come to pass!

Graphics in Fallout Shelter are very neat and nostalgic. For example, the dwellers in the game resemble much of the caricatures found across the series. We do not want to compare it to the upcoming This War of Mine (which we wrote about in previous posts) but we do see some similarities but great differences as well. Fallout Shelter looks more exuberant while the other looks more melancholic. We do love the graphics on this game as it greatly relates to the title’s universe.

The game becomes more immersive as you get attacked by radscorpions (mutated scorpions) and get invaded by barbarians. You can increase Vault defenses by leveling them up and empowering your dwellers through leveling up and giving them weapons. More survivors will arrive at your door and it becomes your priority to let them in and protect them. Population can be increased by having a male and a female dwell in the living quarters together. Exploration is also a part of the game but make sure to equip your pioneers with medkits, weapons, and stimpacks for a better chance at survival.

Conclusively, in a world where Fallout games do not exist on mobile, Fallout Shelter is the best alternative that we can have. This game is worth grabbing for its notable visuals, exalted title, and for its The SimsXCOM mashup experience. There is absolutely no reason why you cannot play this game as it is free and it is a Fallout spin-off. If you are a Fallout fan in any way then you will find this game a mobile debut that will become close to your heart. Fallout 4 will be released on console this November and Fallout Shelter is the only cup of water that will quench your thirst for what is to come. You can check the trailer for this game below.

We rate it 8.4/10

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