“If love was radiation I’d need a box of RadAways.”
In Fallout Shelter, you are the Overseer and it is your job to protect the 2D dwellers of your vault from the dangers of the hostile nuclear wasteland. This game is based in the same universe as the Fallout series. As is usual in such games, you have to manage your resources, expand your vault and keep the inhabitants deliriously happy. People stream in at the beginning from the outside world, but you can also make your own *wink wink*. You also have the power to name the offspring. So if you want to name the baby after your favorite snack, so be it. Dwellers can be sent to explore and you receive a text feed. However, the wasteland remains largely a mystery and seems like a missed opportunity, even as a mini-game.
You can speed up the process of resource generation by using ‘Rush’ which introduces an element of risk-reward into the game. You can either reap substantial dividends or have your room literally crash and burn (RadRoaches included). This provides an advantage over other games where you have to use premium currency in order to speed up progress. The only in-app purchases are Lunchboxes, which are also earned by completing objectives and contain random goodies.
The game is addictive, like many others of its kind (SimCity Buildit, Tiny Tower, Disco Zoo) but does very little to distinguish itself, apart from the top-notch graphics. The game starts with a bang but the limited variety of rooms and monotonous gameplay leaves very little to look forward to.
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.