Several weeks prior to the release of the highly anticipated Fallout 4, Bethesda released Fallout Shelter for IPhone and Android. The mobile phone game was an instant hit, and generated tones of hype for Fallout 4.
In Fallout Shelter, players are the Overseer of their very own Vault Tech Vault. Starting out with just a few essential rooms (nuclear reactor, water purification, etc) it is your job to run your vault, care for your vault dwellers, and slowly expand. Over time, new wastelanders will ask for permission to be part of your community. Your vault dwellers can also have children, which will expand your population. Eventually, you’ll be able to unlock a wider variety of rooms, and continue to expand.
Outside forces are also out to pillage your little community. Watch out for dangers such as radroaches, raiders, and more. Don’t worry! You can arm your vault dwellers with weapons unlocked from expanding and exploring the surrounding area.
Dwellers will also come with a set of stats. Just like characters from the Fallout games, certain stats will make each dweller better at specific tasks. Unlock and build training rooms in order to boost your dweller’s stats, and run an efficient vault community.
Oh, and did we mention that you can use the Fallout Shelter app to remotely control the PipBoy in your Fallout 4 game?
We have enjoyed playing Fallout Shelter on our smart phones and tablets for some time now. Now, along with the new DLCs, Bethesda has released Fallout Shelter for PC. Now anyone with a Fallout Shelter account can enjoy playing the game on their PCs at home.
Fallout Shelter for PC features all of the mechanics found in the mobile phone version of the game. It contains the standard Vault Tech rooms and items, but also adds in some new content to freshen up the game again. The PC version of the game allows for use of hot keys to make up for the lack of touch screen. It has also adjusted some of the combat mechanics so it is easier to heal your injured vault dwellers during battle. That will come in handy, seeing as they have introduced a few new types of enemies as well.
One of the new rooms released with the launch of the PC version is the Overseer’s Office. This is a room that allows your vault dwellers to go out on quests. Like exploring the wastelands, quests need time to allow your vault dweller to travel. Once at their destination, you will point and click your way through abandoned buildings to scavenge for supplies to bring back to your vault. It is possible for your dweller to encounter enemies such as raiders and radroaches during these quests. However, the loot is more than worth the time and effort.
Keep an eye out for new loot when you boot up your Fallout Shelter on the PC. Along with new rooms, this upgraded version of the game also contains new weapons and other items. One interesting new item is Nuka-Cola Quantum. Giving your vault dweller some of this glowing blue drink will speed up their traveling and crafting times, and skip more than one quest objective per day. It can be pretty handy stuff in a pinch.
Pros for this new version of Fallout Shelter mainly include the introduction of new rooms and loot. The sound and graphics for this game also get a bit of an upgrade from the mobile version. The load times are also much better since the game can be run on a more powerful platform.
Cons for this game are mainly that it doesn’t add a significant amount of new elements. This is essentially the same game with a few new shiny toys thrown into the mix. After playing the game for a year already, I found that the new additions didn’t extend the replay value as much as I would have liked.
It is also not easy to transfer your saved data from your mobile version to the PC version of the game. There are no syncing options, so for most people you’ll likely be starting from scratch. I’ve heard that some Android users have posted ways of transferring saved data, but I am not sure yet about IPhone. One would think that Bethesda could have used our login information to make the saves transferable.
Overall, if you liked the phone version then you won’t have many complaints about the PC version. The download from Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter web page is free, so what the heck? Now if you excuse me, I am going to go questing for more Nuka-Cola Quantum.
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