Welcome to your Vault


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Michael Keeley

In case you missed it, earlier this year Bethesda Softworks announced the release of “Fallout 4,” scheduled for Nov. 10, 2015.

With this announcement came a special surprise for the fans of the “Fallout” franchise, a mobile game called “Fallout Shelter.” Unlike the other games in the “Fallout” series, this game focuses on the control and management of a Vault within the “Fallout” world, allowing players to manage dwellers much like you would manage Sims (albeit with far less control). And it’s free to play.


You start by giving your Vault an identification number ranging from 0-999. Once you have given your Vault its number you begin with a few Dwellers and a simple yet cozy Vault consisting of a few rooms. You can customize this Vault any way you’d like, but be wary of the three resource gauges that you must maintain in order to create a stable community.

The three gauges are water, power, and food. These three gauges are filled by assigning your dwellers to work in the rooms that produce these resources, making sure you utilize their S.P.E.C.I.A.L abilities to their maximum efficiency. For example, the power plant uses the S.P.E.C.I.A.L ability of Strength, so you will want to assign your strongest Dwellers there for the best results.

Tbuildroomshere are rooms that will let your Dwellers train, raising their S.P.E.C.I.A.L abilities, but they only come later in the game when you’ve reached a higher population. How do you gain more population you might ask? One way is set up a radio room that will broadcast messages across the wastes, luring potential Dwellers in. Another is, of course, the old-fashioned way of hooking two Dwellers up in the residence hall. Every room can be built and upgraded using the famous currency of the “Fallout” world: Bottle Caps.

What would a “Fallout” game be without the occasional disaster? You will need to protect your vault from various dangers including raider attacks, fires and even radroach infestations. Once you have a steady population of dwellers you can equip them with armor and weapons and send them into the wasteland. While exploring, your Dwellers have a chance to find bottle caps and more gear for your other Dwellers to use. Be warned though, even the strongest of Dwellers may face unavoidable death in the wasteland. (Luckily, they can be revived using bottle caps!)

objectivesOne of the daily things you can do within the game is completing objectives. These objectives can give you bonus caps, but can also grant you lunch boxes. These lunch boxes contain playing cards that will reward you with various objects and even Dwellers. Complete the lunch box objectives for a chance at these legendary Dwellers. And if you really want to jumpstart your vault, you can also purchase additional lunch boxes from the store using real-life cash.

Overall, if you’re a fan of the “Fallout” Series, and you enjoy micro-manage community games, then you should give “Fallout Shelter” a try. It is available on both the iPhone and Android. The game can get a little repetitive at times, and you can quickly run out of things to actively do, but these type of mobile games aren’t really meant to be played constantly in my opinion and I’m more than happy to give my Dwellers tasks and check up on them throughout the day.

Grade: B