The holiday season is fast approaching and as it is quite common during this time of year for major game publishers to release their well acclaimed titles. Such is the case of Bethesda with their fourth major instalment for their well known series Fallout. Nowadays however, we’re witnessing a new (and quite welcoming) trend which is the release of “companion” apps that come up or receive a huge improvement at the same release date as their major title, which in this case – Fallout Shelter – will be the subject of this review.
Ever wondered how dwellers are able to maintain their lives inside a vault in order to survive in the post-apocalyptic world they live in? Better yet, would you like to have something to say about it? If you answer both of these questions affirmatively then perhaps this game is perfect for you as find out why while continue on reading.
Quite simply, think of Fallout Shelter as a perfect blend of Sim City and The Sims immersed in the Fallout paradigm. It is by no means a glorified copy of the mentioned games but it is in fact the best way to describe it and you’ll understand why.
In Fallout Shelter, you’ll act as an Overseer of a randomly assigned vault in your main objective is to attract as many dwellers as possible while making them prosper and be as happy as permitted, giving the circumstances. To make it possible, you’ll have to build several types of rooms (from utility to leisure purposes) in order to accommodate their needs. If you respect and treat them well, they will respect you and will be productive, which that attitude can be translated to Caps, the currency that will allow you to improve the vault. As in the console game, each dweller has its own set of S.P.E.C.I.A.L features and it is up to you to find in which room they will perform the best, a task that is easier to describe than to make it happen.
The controls are fairly simple, as you mostly have to tap to collect resources or to select in which area you want to build a room and also you can tap and drag your dwellers to assign them in the room you see fit. The resources that I’ve mentioned are power, water and food and you must have in enough supply at all costs in order for dwellers to be able to live in the vault. No power means no work and no water and no food means… well I’m pretty sure you what it means, so you must pay attention to those resources, which at the top of the screen you’re able to check how much of a certain resource your vault still has.
If you’re in need of an extra stock just to prevent a possible mishap, you’re able to enter in rush mode in one of the resource rooms and it will provide more stock than usual, that is if something doesn’t happen in the meantime, as the odds may determine that it can fail. And if that wasn’t enough, you also have to prevent raider attacks and the responsibility to increase the population by creating relationships and see the magic happen.
Battery and Performance
The game performs quite well considering that it can user some of the device’s resources for a long period, although no lags were noticeable while playing, although, with an ongoing connection during gameplay as well as a good amount of notifications to alert you of certain events expect a normal to high battery consumption but not enough to notice a “drop”.
Graphics and Sound
The overall scenery in Fallout Shelter, as well as the remaining components does not require (and does not need) over the top graphics, but I must say it is quite amusing to see, as you zoom in a room, your dweller’s reactions and other room aspects (like working machinery) the help you identify their purpose. As the soundtrack goes, don’t expect nothing quite stellar but, if you’re accustomed to the series, you’ll be familiarized with the usage of some 50’s/60’s type of tunes.
Ads and in-app purchases
Fallout Shelter does not have any type of ads and not even a premium currency, although you’re able to make in-app purchases such as auto-collect resource bots or “lunchboxes” which are kits with multiple itens that are quite handy.
Fallout Shelter in a companion app that shows a different perspective to the series that is quite interesting. If you’re into this type of resource management type of game, this will be perfect for you as you’ll have plenty of hours to play. The only thing that really matters now is… are you be able to thrive in the Wasteland?