With the expectations of Fallout 4 being so high and the release date just around the corner, a lot of gamers will turn to Bethesda’s recently released mobile game Fallout Shelter. You would be better off forking out a couple of dollars and investing in one of the previous Fallout titles and playing that to death until the much awaited tenth of November.
Platform Used For Fallout Shelter Review: iPad 2
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Genre: Construction and management simulation
Price: Free with in app purchases
Oh The Excitement, I Can’t Contain Myself!
Earlier this year Fallout 4 was given a release date much to the enjoyment of an immense fan base. Very close to the announcement, Fallout Shelter was released for iOS and Android devices.
A collective sigh was released from the chests of Fallout fans the world over when they learnt that the wait for November would be that much sweeter with the accompaniment of Fallout Shelter on their phones and tablets.
Having played through Fallout 1, 2, Tactics, 3 and New Vegas, I too was extremely excited to get my hands on the new mobile installment of the marvellous series that has been by my side for much of my gaming life. What a mistake it was to get my hopes up.
I’m not sure if it’s the hype of Fallout 4 and the accompanying release of Fallout Shelter that has built up a lot of people’s expectations but when you first dive into the post apocalyptic simulation based game that is Fallout Shelter, you can’t help but feel a sense of loss. As dramatic as that sounds, it is certainly what flooded my gaming soul the moment I was taken by the pinky through FS’ skeleton of a tutorial.
The entire world given to you in FS consists of a few mountains, the edge of a desolate imaginary wasteland, a LOT of ground plagued with rocks that need destroying if you ever want to succeed in the growth of your vault and some dead trees; all of which are animated in a plain 2D style seen in the depictions of Vault Boy and his many instructional graphics since the birth of Fallout.
Choosing such a way to convey FS is quite the obvious choice and I appreciate that this particular style of graphics has been used. However it completely lacks any punch and is best suited for educating the ignorant in ways of surviving the post apocalyptic wasteland that has fallen the world depicted in the Fallout series.
What To Expect?
The whole basis for FS is to expand your vault deeper and deeper into the Earth whilst accepting survivors who rock up at your door occasionally and fending off aggressive raiders.
As I mentioned before, FS will initially take you by the little finger through the uninspired gameplay that comes in the form of choosing which room you’d like expand your vault with and then being given a few choices as to which existing room you’d like to build beside.