HITC's Fallout Shelter Review

Fallout Shelter Screen

Taking on the role of Overseer in the latest offering from Bethesda.

We’ve all been impatiently awaiting the release of Fallout 4 and it seems that the good guys and gals over at Bethesda knew that would be the case. In order to peak our interests and to keep us busy until then they have released Fallout Shelter, a free to play mobile game.

I know what you’re thinking, a free to play mobile game? How much is that going to cost me in extra content and add-ons?

The answer is nothing, Bethesda have very graciously created a mobile game that you don’t need to buy add-ons for. There are Lunchboxes you can purchase that contain special characters, weapons and clothing but they aren’t essential by any means.

So what is Fallout Shelter?

Fallout Shelter is essentially a civilisation builder except that this time you play the role of Overseer, creating you very own Vault. The layout is very similar to that of the XCOM base builder, giving you the chance to build sleeping quarters, canteens, water treatment works, electricity stations and even gyms.

Now mobile games are traditionally addictive and Fallout Shelter is no exception, in fact I think this may be the most addicted to a mobile game I’ve ever been. I’m totally invested in my people and can’t wait to see who is going to breed, explore and level up. It helps that the game is obviously set in the Fallout universe and utilises the graphical style of its Vault Boy talisman. Being a bit of a Fallout fan boy I was obviously drawn to this game more than your average mobile gamer but even I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how good the game is.

The Graphics are smooth and simple, with a comic edge typical of the franchise. Your Vault Dwellers will carry out the tasks you set them or just wonder around the Vault having conversations with each other, which are often very amusing.

One of the best parts of the game is the ability to kit out your Dwellers and send them off into the wasteland. Once they leave you can follow their adventures in a text format as they encounter Rad Roaches, Slaves and other inhabitants of the Wasteland. They will also survey the terrain and collect caps, weapons and outfits if you leave them long enough but beware as they will suffer damage and radiation sickness so make sure they are well tooled up with Stim Paks, Rad Away, Weapons and Armour.

There are plenty of special characters to unlock from the franchise including, Moira Brown and Three Dog among others.

This game is a must have for any Bethesda fan, or indeed anyone that enjoys a good mobile game.

I can’t recommend this game enough as it’s blown me away, and not just me. In fact my partner is as addicted as I am, leading to the rather sad situation of us both waking up Sunday morning and playing it in bed for about two hours before we realised we really should get up and face the real world.

Fallout Shelter is a fun, clever and highly addictive game, you would be mad not to try it out.

HITC’s Rating 10/10

Addictive fun to get you through the nuclear winter.

Fallout Shelter is available now on iOS with an Android version coming soon.


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