Fallout Shelter 2020 Review and Guides
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Do you like Fallout games? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Overseer of a Vault? Well, you can do just that in Fallout Shelter. It is a spinoff title of Fallout series that lets you take the role of the Overseer of one of the numerous Vaults scattered across the Wasteland. It’s up to you to ensure that your Vault and its denizens survive all the hardships that come their way.
Over 10 million installs on Google Play where it sits with 4.6 out of 5 stars from around 3.2 million user scores…
Fallout Shelter was co-developed by Bethesda Game Studios and Behaviour Interactive. It was published by Bethesda Softworks on June 14th, 2015. Initially, the game was only available for iOS devices, but shortly after its launch, it was also published for Android in August 2015. It was critically acclaimed and following its massive success, Fallout Shelter was also released for Microsoft Windows in July 2016, Xbox One in February 2017, and Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch in June 2018.
Currently, Fallout Shelter has over 10 million installs on Google Play where it sits with 4.6 out of 5 stars from around 3.2 million user scores. On the iTunes App Store, Fallout Shelter has 4.8 out of 5 stars score with about 280k user ratings. On Steam, the game has a Very Positive user review score of 87% from over 32 thousand reviews.
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In its essence, this is a management simulation game…
In its essence, Fallout Shelter is a management simulation game. From the get-go, you are assigned as an Overseer of one of the Vaults, and your goal is to ensure the survival and wellbeing of its dwellers. Initially, you will have several dwellers joining your Vault, and during the short tutorial segment, you’ll be taught the basics of the game. You’ll be tasked with creating several rooms to accommodate your dwellers and their needs. Four of the most basic room you start with (other than the Vault Door and the Elevators) are Living Quarters, Power Generator, Diner, and Water Treatment. You will get to choose where you want to place these rooms in your Vault. Also, you can build multiple rooms of the same type. If you build two rooms of the same type next to each other, they will be merged into one larger room. You can merge up to three rooms of the same type. For production rooms, this will increase the number of resources these rooms generate, and will also make it easier to upgrade the rooms (the cost of upgrading one large room that consists of three merged rooms is lower than the cost of upgrading three individual small rooms).
Similar to other Fallout games, the SPECIAL system is back in Fallout Shelter. This time, the system is tied to each of your dwellers. Also, each of the rooms is associated with one of the traits. You can assign dwellers to specific rooms. If you assign them to production rooms, the rate at which these rooms generate resources will depend on the associated traits of the assigned dwellers. As for the training rooms, sending dwellers there will allow them to increase one of their traits. There are also various outfits that can boost some specific traits for your dwellers, and equipping them with those outfits can be very beneficial.
Similar to other Fallout games, your main resource in Fallout Shelter are bottle caps. You can earn these by completing achievements, leveling up dwellers, rushing production, sending dwellers on missions, and etc. For those that want to speed things up, there is also the option of purchasing bottle caps via microtransactions. Each of the rooms will require a certain number of bottle caps to build. Because of this, it is very important to plan your Vault in order to optimize production rates and minimize costs.
In addition to bottle caps, Vault dwellers are also your main resource. Increasing the population of your Vault will unlock additional rooms, and that is very important for progression. There are numerous ways of increasing your population. Firstly, dwellers will occasionally show up at your Vault, and you’ll be able to obtain them that way. Secondly, you can sometimes rescue dwellers by completing some missions. Thirdly, you can put a male and a female dweller in the living quarters. This will result in those dwellers making babies, which will also increase your population. Occasionally, you will be able to obtain some rare or even legendary dwellers. These are some of the familiar characters from other Fallout games, such as Preston Garvey, Piper Wright, Dr. Madison Li, and many others. These dwellers have much higher SPECIAL traits and are very valuable for your Vault.
From time to time, incidents may happen in the Vault. These include accidental fires, radroach or mole rats infestation, etc. Other than that, your Vault will sometimes be attacked by Raiders or Deathclaws. These attacks can be quite detrimental for your Vault’s progress, so having some of your dwellers equipped with good weapons and outfits can help you deal with the attackers easier.
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The general Fallout vibe is everpresent in this title…
Fallout Shelter is quite an addictive game, to be honest. You’ll constantly be watching over your dwellers and monitor their progress and interactions. Also, incidents and attacks on the Vault will place a sense of urgency, which will additionally increase the overall atmosphere. As for the soundtrack, it is highly reminiscent of the other Fallout titles. The general Fallout vibe is everpresent in this title, which is another reason why it’s so popular. All in all, you will constantly want to check what your dwellers are doing and monitor the Vault’s progression, which means that the developers hit a bullseye when it comes to the atmosphere.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Developers wanted to create an eye-pleasing environment, and frankly, they succeeded at it…
The graphics of Fallout Shelter are rather simplistic but in a good way. All of the characters are designed highly reminiscent of Fallout’s signature Vault Boy and Vault Girl. That means that all of them are 2D models, placed in a 3D environment. Still, even though the Vault itself is 3D, the characters fit nicely into it. Characters themselves are decently animated and are quite fun to watch. Most of the rooms are very nicely detailed, and you can always zoom into any of them and see the plethora of details they possess. It’s evident that the developers wanted to create an eye-pleasing environment, and frankly, they succeeded at it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Fallout Shelter is not too demanding…
When it comes to the hardware requirements, Fallout Shelter is not too demanding. Android users will require at least an Android 4.1 compatible device, while players using iOS will need iOS 7 or later. These are fairly low in terms of hardware requirements, so nearly anyone with a smartphone will be able to run Fallout Shelter. As for the PC version, the minimum requirements are Windows 7 64 bit OS, Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9550 @2.83GHZ (or AMD equivalent), 2GB of RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1Ghz, Radeon HD 6970 1GHz. This means that anyone possessing a computer that is not more than 10 years old will be able to run Fallout Shelter.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is a single-player game, you will be completely ok with being F2P…
When it comes to free to play, Fallout shelter is not too bad. Yes, you can buy various packs and goodies via microtransactions, but you can progress through the game without much trouble simply by playing. The most important thing to mention here is that Fallout Shelter is not a game you should rush through. Taking a casual approach and playing it during your daily break is completely fine. Your progress will not be limited if you are free to play player, but it will take some time for your Vault to progress. On the other side, you can always purchase packs via microtransactions, which will significantly speed up your progress, if that’s the route you want to take. Still, since Fallout Shelter is a single-player game, you won’t be competing against other players, so in that regard, you will be completely ok with being F2P.
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This is a remarkable game to casually play, especially if you are a fan of the Fallout franchise…
When everything is taken into account, Fallout Shelter is a remarkable game to casually play, especially if you are a fan of the Fallout franchise. The atmosphere of the game is simply amazing, and you will definitely enjoy every single minute you spend playing it.
How to improve your gaming experience and gameplay…
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Here is the part when we get a bit more in-depth. We compiled a list of useful guides, tips, and tricks that will help you throughout your gaming journey and hopefully make it more fun and easy! Enjoy!
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- How to get more dwellers?
- How to give birth?
- How to get pets?
- How to get Mr. Handyr?
- How to repair Mr. Handy?
- How to move rooms?
- How to merge rooms?
In order to progress through the game, it is very important to have as many dwellers as possible. There are numerous ways to get more dwellers in Fallout Shelter, and here are some of them. Firstly, new dwellers will occasionally appear at your Vault door. All you have to do is pick them up and assign them to one of the rooms. This is by far the simplest way of acquiring dwellers, but sometimes, it can take a while for new people to show up at your Vault door. Secondly, you can get dwellers by exploring the wasteland. If you send some of your dwellers to explore the wasteland, there is a chance they may encounter some survivors and bring them back when they return. Thirdly, once you build a radio studio, you can send a broadcast, which may entice some people to show up at your Vault door. Fourthly, completing certain quests will sometimes award you with new dwellers, so keep an eye out for those. Fifthly, you can get new dwellers by mating an adult male and female dweller in the living quarters. This process will be explained in detail in the section below. Lastly, you can also acquire dwellers from lunchboxes. This method is entirely RNG, so if you are lucky, you might end up getting some rare, or even legendary dwellers this way.
One way of acquiring more Vault dwellers is by pregnancy. If you place an adult male and a female in the living quarters, the two of them will hook up as long as they are not related. As a result, female dwellers will become pregnant. During pregnancy, female dwellers can continue working as normal, but there are some things you need to be aware of. In the case of incident or attack, pregnant dwellers will panic and run to the living quarters to hide. They won’t be able to help solve the incident during pregnancy, so be mindful of that. Also, it takes around three hours until a pregnant dweller is ready to give birth. When this happens, you will be notified, and a baby icon will show up above the pregnant dweller. Simply click on that icon, and your dweller will give birth. You will then be able to choose a name for the child. It’s also worth noting that it takes another three hours until the child grows up and is ready to start working. During these three hours, the child will take up a dweller slot, but won’t be able to work or help defend the vault against attacks.
Having pets is very important in Fallout Shelter. They can provide various bonuses for dwellers they’re assigned to. This makes them highly valuable, especially while sending dwellers on quests. Most commonly, pets are acquired from Pet carriers. These can be obtained at random, by opening lunchboxes or by purchasing them via microtransactions.
Mr. Handy is a robot character, which serves as an assistant to Overseer of the Vault in Fallout Shelter. He can be obtained by opening lunchboxes. This method is very RNG-based, so you’ll need to be very lucky to get Mr. Handy this way. Mr. Handy can also be obtained by purchasing Mr. Handy boxes. These boxes can sometimes be acquired as a reward from various objectives.
Unfortunately, there is no way to repair Mr. Handy in Fallout Shelter. As he gets damaged, his health will drop, and eventually, he will be destroyed. However, once that happens, you will be able to revive him (even in survival mode) for 2000 caps. As a general rule, once his health drops low, you might want to send him into the wasteland to collect some caps. This will make it easier for you to revive him when he eventually does end up destroyed.
Sadly, moving rooms in Fallout Shelter is not possible. There is no option to relocate the room after you build it, so you have to be extra careful with how you build your Vault. The only way to move room is to select the room, destroy it, and build it somewhere else. Destroying a room will give you back some resources, but this will be significantly less than the initial cost of the room. Because of this, it is extremely important to plan your Vault since every mistake can be quite costly.
In Fallout Shelter, it is possible to merge up to three small rooms into one larger room. In order to do that, you need to build up to three same rooms next to each other. These rooms need to be on the same floor, and they need to be adjacent to each other. In other words, you cannot have any other room or elevator between these rooms. Once you build two or three rooms of the same type next to each other, they will automatically merge into one larger room.