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Mini Post: Fallout Shelter

August 31, 2015

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Like me, I know you’re waiting for Fallout 4. And like me, you’ve heard about Fallout Shelter for Android & iOS. “A Fallout game, on my phone?” you say.

…Well, kinda.

It isn’t really the way you think it is.

The basic premise is that you’re the Overseer of a Vault. It’s your job to recruit dwellers, and assign them different tasks in order for the Vault to function and thrive.

Shut up. Bet your vault's name is 69 or 420.

Shut up. Bet your vault’s name is 69 or 420.

Each dweller has their own SPECIAL abilities, and each ability works for different rooms. For example, someone with high agility does great in the kitchen (not sure why…guess they’re good at fast food…HURR HURR). Assign the right dweller to the right room, and you get better, and faster results.

babby's first vault

babby’s first vault

Your fault needs to run three basic things. Power, food, and water. Of course there’s other things you can add, such as a storage room, living quarters (which you’re going to need a lot more of if you’re going to get more dwellers in your vault), and science labs. The more dweller in the rooms working, the better (although they are limits to its size, small, unupgraded rooms usually have two workers, double-size room has four, and triple size has upwards of six). I actually like how this is set up, for example if the room is full of workers, but you find one with better abilities, you can just drag them into the room and the one with the lowest ability will switch out and go somewhere else. You can rush rooms to get resources faster, but there is a penalty if it fails.

You can also send dwellers to go outside and explore the Wasteland. …Well, explore it on an imaginative sense, you can’t see what’s actually going on but your dweller keeps a nifty journal log on their pipboy, which gets relayed back to you so you know what’s going on. The longer they’re out, the better the loot. It’s wise to send Stimpacks with them in case they get in trouble. Because where there’s good loot…there’s a lot more powerful enemies. The good news is though, when you call them back they stop taking damage or radiation for the duration of their travels back to the vault. It takes a dweller approximately half the time to come back.

Amata, you're my girl.

Amata, you’re my girl.

Your vault can also get attacked, by raiders, mole-rats, radroaches or death claws. Now I haven’t actually had a death claw attack, thank god, but one you build up each resources, have okay armor and decent weapons (4+ damage), it’s pretty easy to take down these things. You can always upgrade the duability of the door, but they’re still going to get in regardless, I guess it just slows them down.

Sometimes new potential vault dwellers come out of the desert, but it isn’t very often. You’ll have to rely on having your dwellers bang each other until someone pops a kid. Basically you just drop a male + female couple in the living quarters, wait awhile (or not, if they have high charisma), and the female will become pregnant after they build enough affection. It again takes some time before the child is born, and after that you have to wait again until they grow into an adult. I tested if you could do incest…but nope, Besthesda has it’s ancestry organized, so that’s nice. I mean you can’t view it, but dwellers will know they’re related.

Flirting.

Flirting.

Banging.

Banging.

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Eventually you can make rooms that upgrade SPECIAL stats but meh. To be honest, I liked utilizing whatever perks they already had, but I guess it’s okay since most dwellers that come in from the wasteland to join your vault have shitty stats so…gotta do something with them. Clothing raises certain attributes, so that helps fix some of the problems.

You can get lunchboxes after doing certain tasks, or buying them. They contain cards, with either resources, weapons or dwellers. There’s a guaranteed rare card in every box, and a potential for a legendary. My first vault I had Amata, but then everything went to shit…

Jason's calling for you...

Jason’s calling for you…

So, my thoughts.

This game is pretty straight forward, and the tutorial is extremely short. I started building out kinda messily, but hey I wasn’t trying to organize and I just wanted to start. Everything went fine for awhile, I sent dwellers out to find things, I had some make babies, and resources were fine. Hell, I even got Amata out of the lunchbox.

…Then suddenly everything went to hell.

Resources short, fire everywhere, dwellers killed by raiders…the whole happiness of the vault down to 9%. I guess people don’t like working next to dead bodies. Who knew? I don’t know what happened. People were working so poorly because I had no resources, and now they were dying so I couldn’t get more! It was a vicious downward spiral until I just simply gave up and made another vault. 😀

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…And that one went a lot better. I managed to make it down five levels, and have 50+ dwellers. Sure, some people died but I just revived them with caps.

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Now, is this game fun? Mildly, but there’s not awful lot to do most of the time. It’s just a basic game of maintaining order, so you’ll have to check in once and awhile and make sure to gather resources. It’s kind of fun getting rewards from completing tasks, and lunchboxes are fairly exciting. There’s also chitchat among dwellers, which are kind of funny to read, too. If you plan ahead, and organize you’ll do a lot better with resources. You should make sure to equip every dweller with a weapon, and hopefully after a few hours of playing you’ll at least get maybe half a dozen 12-20+ damage weapons, reserve that for vault door guards or wasteland adventurers. Makre sure to use everyone’s strengths for the right rooms. Dwellers can become unhappy if they are assigned the wrong job.

Anyway…once I hit 100 dwellers I assume things will get more chaotic and I might have to get myself a Mr.Handy. Hopefully Bethesda adds some more free content in the future to change it up a bit.

Definitely a good time waster until November 10th. 🙂

PS: This game has a tendency to crash on occasion quite randomly (at least on my phone, a Motorola G). It once crashed when I tried to open a lunchbox I got from a task. I lost the lunchbox and received nothing. So…just a warning. It’s still pretty good though. EDIT SEPT 4th: The game is now crashing constantly, the maximum I can play at once is 15 minutes before a crash. Usually they’re every five minutes or so. I can’t tell if my phone is too old and running out of memory from all those damn dwellers or levels, or its more of a problem on Bethesda’s end. Either way plz fix, asap.

Image Credits: All screenshots taken by me. Please do not repost without permission. …Also I’m sorry they’re kinda shitty. 9/10 times when I try to take a screenshot my phone has a seizure and I have to close the game. Blargh!

EDIT 25/9/2015: Vault crashes consistently after 80 dwellers, I can’t even load the game. Made another vault, same problem. Pretty much stopped playing altogether. I’m a bit disappointed, guess I gotta wait for a patch.