At E3 2015, Bethesda was bursting at the seams with Fallout reveals. There was the reveal that Fallout 4 would have mod support on consoles, the announcement that the game would have crafting and base building and they also launched Fallout Shelter, a free to play mobile app. People were sceptical at first; how could Fallout Shelter matchup up to a full Fallout game? But as soon as everyone* began building their own Vault-Tec vaults, those doubts quickly went out of the window.
*Everyone on iOS, that is. As the game was making headlines about the 70 million play sessions it racks up every day, and the $5.1 million that it made Bethesda in its first two weeks of availability, Android users were patiently awaiting the Android version of Fallout Shelter. It’s been a long wait but Fallout Shelter (Android) is finally here. Find out more after the break.
Fallout Shelter on Android
For those out of the loop, under the rock, or those who’ve been avoiding the game due to its free to play status, Fallout Shelter allows players to build their Vault-Tec vault by choosing rooms (such as living quarters, medical bays and power generators) and then populating it with ‘dwellers’. These dwellers have their own needs and skill levels, which must be catered to, with you making sure that they stay alive and don’t die to a radroach infestation or a sudden outbreak of fire.
You can also send your dwellers off out into the wasteland around your shelter. You can give them armour and weapons and let them tackle the monsters of the wasteland for XP and resources, such as more guns, more armour and caps (the currency that can be spent on building more modules). It’s dangerous and they can die; a huge risk if you can’t afford to revive them, and new dwellers don’t come around often either. If you need to increase your population though, rest assured that your dwellers can reproduce.
The monetisation features of Fallout Shelter aren’t too harsh, either. Buying lunchboxes (boxes of cards that contain resources or dwellers) is entirely optional and they can be earned through normal play, by completing objectives. And speaking of lunchboxes, a new update has introduced a robot named Mr. Handy to the game. He’s a premium character, which means you’re more likely to get him from a lunchbox but if he does join your vault, he’ll be able to work in a module or head out to the wasteland.
Finding the game on the Google Play marketplace is difficult as it doesn’t yet show up at the top of the ‘Fallout Shelter‘ search results. Here’s a direct link to the Fallout Shelter Google Play listing.