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  • Summary: Fallout Shelter is a post-nuclear strategy and simulation experience that puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault. Build the perfect Vault from a variety of rooms, oversee your very own thriving community of Vault Dwellers, and protect them from the dangers of theFallout Shelter is a post-nuclear strategy and simulation experience that puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault. Build the perfect Vault from a variety of rooms, oversee your very own thriving community of Vault Dwellers, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland. Vault-Tec has provided the tools, but the rest is up to you. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Jun 16, 2015
    95
    Fallout Shelter is an endlessly engaging mobile title that gives you plenty to do without overwhelming you with menus and meters. It has both of those things aplenty, but you’re always in control. This game will charm you while challenging you.
  2. Jun 19, 2015
    85
    It’s a fantastic example of how to do a free-to-play game correctly, and the fact it’s made so much money already through the carrot rather than the stick only goes to show what happens when you don’t treat your audience like cattle.
  3. Jun 18, 2015
    80
    Well designed and made, this free app is also pretty fair as for in-app purchases and later levels reachability. The perfect post-apocalyptic companion for your mobile and tablet gaming moments.
  4. Jul 1, 2015
    70
    Fallout Shelter is a cool concept, and a nice mobile title to pop on to for a few minutes each day (after spending more significant time chunks getting your facility sustainable). It could use some more content and things to do later on; special events, new rooms, or anything else that adds variety and interaction would improve the otherwise pleasant formula.
  5. Aug 4, 2015
    70
    Fallout Shelter is an interesting game until you reach the fifty dweller mark. After that, the game gets easy and monotonous.
  6. Jun 26, 2015
    68
    Fallout Shelter feels like a solid foundation for a deeper and better game.
  7. Jun 23, 2015
    45
    An exceptionally uncreative piece of schlock.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 45
  2. Negative: 12 out of 45
  1. Nov 23, 2015
    10
    The game is just amazing. I love play this game. For me this game is amazing ! Nothing more to comment because this game is amazing ! I rateThe game is just amazing. I love play this game. For me this game is amazing ! Nothing more to comment because this game is amazing ! I rate this 10/10 Expand
  2. Jul 4, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Fallout Shelter is a very good game, better than any of those stupid microtransaction games. Its worth getting it! Expand
  3. Jun 19, 2015
    9
    This is the best mobile game ever made. I am playing it on my iPhone 5s, I do not own an ipad so i cannot say how performance is on that butThis is the best mobile game ever made. I am playing it on my iPhone 5s, I do not own an ipad so i cannot say how performance is on that but from what ive played (a few days worth now) its simply amazing. This is the first mobile game i have ever got into as im not really a fan of iOS games but this has me hooked and i even spent 17 pound in game! IF this game has this effect on me then i cannot imagine what it will do if your a hardcore mobile gaming fan!!!!!!! Expand
  4. Jul 2, 2015
    7
    Started out strong, but fell a little flat with me due to radroach issues. I felt like I had to slow my expansion to a crawl or invest heavilyStarted out strong, but fell a little flat with me due to radroach issues. I felt like I had to slow my expansion to a crawl or invest heavily into P2W lunchboxes. Pacing is lackluster. Lots of crashing out of the on my Ipad Mini. Expand
  5. Jul 24, 2015
    6
    Gameplay:
    The gameplay is very simple. As the vault overseer, you must keep your vault alive and happy, all while increasing the amount of
    Gameplay:
    The gameplay is very simple. As the vault overseer, you must keep your vault alive and happy, all while increasing the amount of dwellers and rooms. I did enjoy the fact that once you pressed the option to build a room, it would build immediately. There's no incentive to have to spend real money just to speed up the process. Your dwellers have certain S.P.E.C.I.A.L skills and you must assign them to rooms accordingly. Dwellers with high amounts of strength should be put into rooms that require strength and so on. Occasionally, your vault will be attacked by raiders, radroaches, and even fires! This game is exciting to play at first, but over time, the enjoyment of the game quickly fades as the gameplay becomes extremely repetitive. There's no real incentive to keep playing after a few weeks.

    Annoyances:
    This game had a lot of annoyances that detracted from the overall enjoyment of the game. There is a ridiculous of amount of lag while moving around your vault, which does not help when your vault is under attack. Another thing that hurts the gameplay is that the controls wouldn't work the way the should. For example, when tapping on a dweller, their S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats are shown and if you click on another dweller immediately, the first dwellers' stats still show up! It seems minor and nit picky, but it's a matter of life-and-death when you're trying to heal your dweller in the middle of an attack. That minor glitch allows your dweller to be killed and ruins the enjoyment of the game.

    Graphics/Appearance:
    Fallout Shelter has the classic look of the Fallout series: characters, enemies, and weapons. I did enjoy the 3d effects of the rooms while looking through the vault. The overall aesthetics are simple and pleasing.

    Verdict:
    I wouldn't recommend this game because of the ridiculous lag and the repetitive gameplay. It's fun to play for a couple of weeks, but soon, you'll realize the gameplay is not dynamic and becomes a chore.
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  6. Oct 3, 2015
    5
    I HATE FREE TO PLAY MOBILE GAMES but for some reason i like fallout shelter, I've never played a fallout game before (yes i know i have notI HATE FREE TO PLAY MOBILE GAMES but for some reason i like fallout shelter, I've never played a fallout game before (yes i know i have not lived) so it can't be a likeness for fallout, i just like the game. The point of the game is to build up your vault and keep your dwellers happy while increasing their numbers. There's no story but it doesn't need one, the game-play is just like most free to play games click on the screen for a few seconds then done for half an hour, there nothing to do after that, sure you could build some new rooms (if you have the caps) but that will last for a few minutes, sure you could send someone out to the wilderness to collect resources but all you have to do is drag a guy out of the vault (which is really hard to do on a mobile due to the small screen so best to play this on a iPad) and then look at the screen for a new notification to come saying that's he's sad or that he found 15 caps, which is just boring, like most mobile games there no interaction if your vault if low on resources all you can do is wait or press the rush button (which make the room you choose to rush make resources faster) which most of the time fails and kill 15 dwellers, also when your vault is low on resources it looks like is does nothing, the dwellers health goes down slightly then that's it, it doesn't kill them from what I've seen, so whats the point if the one thing to do in the game does nothing. Most free to play mobile games have a some kind point to playing the base/single player game like total conquest the point to playing the base/single player game was so you could destroy other players while defending your town but fallout shelter doesn't have that, you just play the game to keep your dweller alive (there's no multiplayer) there's nothing to keep you playing.
    The art style in fallout shelter is brilliant everyone is design like the vault boy, its just looks great and the art style is most likely why i like the game.
    I recommend this game to anyone who needs to kill 30 seconds a few times a day or to anyone who like the art style of the game or likes fallout.
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  7. Aug 14, 2015
    0
    Game was fun until the update. Right after the update my vault went on the fritz. I got into my vault one time and watched all of my resourcesGame was fun until the update. Right after the update my vault went on the fritz. I got into my vault one time and watched all of my resources drain right after the update. My Vault Residents health status dropped across the board and my production rooms ceased their intended purposes...production! Enter DEATHCLAWS! This all happened within 20 minutes. Three deathclaws attacked my vault. I had 177 residents at the time of the attack. I have 75 residents left. You read that right. The deathclaws took out 102 residents. I liked the game as a 10-15 minute time-suck. Also I purchased one of the lunchbox packages (one of the cheaper ones) against my better judgement. The items you get can be taken from you throughout the game. Example, you get a card for 500 caps, raiders come and take caps (after update). You pay Bethesda (?) for stuff. They give stuff. They take stuff back after giving stuff. Expand

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