Fallout 4 was a sure thing at the Bethesda event during E3. We all knew that we’d hear all about the game and probably get excited over some gameplay. But there was a cash grabbing gimmick announcement that wasn’t such a cash grab, and feels like more than a gimmick. In fact, it seems like a must play game reminiscent of Tiny Tower.
As the name implies, Fallout Shelter lets you build your own shelter. A free download on iOS, the game will cost you 200MB of data and possibly hours of your life. Build your underground community, keep them happy, keep up your resources, help them procreate and explore, and generally enjoy some Vault Simulator.
It looks absolutely adorable and I was instantly worried that it would be a pure cash grab. Yes, there are in-app purchases; of course they will need to try and make some money from it. However, there are no paywalls, no timers for things to build that can be sped up with money, and you can play the game offline, too. It’s as if Bethesda listened to me moan about all the issues I’ve had with recent free mobile games and turned them all on their head. I was sold on the game during the announcement and wanted it on my tablet ASAP; luckily, I didn’t have to wait at all.
Of course this will kill productivity, but it’s a good way to go. I’ve already loaded up my vault and I’m totally hooked. It’s cute and addictive in just the right way. Each achievement can unlock more caps (currency) or lunch boxes which yield four cards including rare items or survivors to join you. Lunch boxes can be purchased with real money, but it’s not necessary – I unlocked tons just by playing the game and progressing through the objectives. Oh, and you have to see the next level flirting that happens when you put a man and a woman together in a dwelling – procreation is a sure thing, but those pick up lines are something completely special.
Just be warned, before you know it, more time as passed than you might have planned on spending playing a mobile game. At least now I know how I’ll spend the many hours on the return flight home; the fact Bethesda made it offline capable makes it even more worthwhile. Who needs power, or internet when you can prepare for the end of days and manage your very own vault?
Last Updated: June 15, 2015