Taking into account the huge amount of build up on the game series, its timely announcement and release, not to mention its largely impressive install base and sales figures in the first few weeks, it came as no surprise that this years Midlife Gamer community Mobile Game winner is the vaunted Fallout Shelter.
While the game itself didn’t really innovate greatly on previous management sims of its like, what it did was infuse it with both the sense of humour and style typically associated with Fallout, or more precisely its mascot, Pip-boy.
Like most mobile management sims, you are tasked with developing one of the Fallout Vaults, ensuring sufficient food, water and power are being supplied to maintain a fine balance of survival. Building new rooms, and allocating appropriately S.P.E.C.I.A.L dwellers to their respective resource; whether that be the charismatic C.B enthusiasts in the radio room who can recover dwellers from the wastes, the Agile chefs preparing and distributing sustenance in the canteens, the strong engineers ensuring power is supplied to all parts of the vault, to the enduring wanderers who scavenge the wastes for caps and gear, all have a part to play in ensuring your vault can withstand the molerat/radroach infestations or intrusions from raiders and Deathclaws looking to ransack your fledgling community.
Unlike other city management games, dwellers do not regularly arrive with high value stats, and utilising the clothing you recover from the wastes, and the correctly associated training rooms that raise specific stats is the only way to maximise production from each of your resources.
This, alongside the rather amusing “progress quest” style escapades of those vault dwellers you wish to send into the waste with the now required 3 Challenges system that you find on most free to play mobile games, can see you easily sinking hours into this title.
If you have yet to give it a go, its worth picking up at its current price (zero) and seeing if you have what it takes to be The Overseer.