I’m a massive fan of the Fallout video game franchise. I’ve played them all multiple times and when I heard that I could play Fallout on my tablet, I got excited. It took me a while, and a new tablet, to finally do it, but when I did… well, color me underwhelmed.
I mean honestly, I’m just not impressed with the gameplay. As much as I liked building settlements in Fallout 4, the micro-management aspect in Fallout Shelter just bores me. I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care what jobs they do, I don’t really like to watch them move around the Shelter, they’re just pawns and frankly, they wind up pissing me off more often than not.
Plus, the game really isn’t intuitive. The only way to have a successful vault is to know which resources have to go where and how large they have to be. But nowhere in the game itself does it tell you any of that. I started two different vaults before I finally looked on YouTube to find the solution to a vault that constantly runs out of resources. It would have been nice if it had been part of the actual game.
And it isn’t at all balanced. There are fun parts to be sure, but between the fun parts are really long periods of boredom. The times when you’re just doing resource management, waiting until you have enough people or enough resources, or more often than not, enough bottlecaps to get back to the fun bits.
Finally, it doesn’t last long enough, at least from what I’ve heard. Once you hit a certain point, there’s just no point to continuing, and it really isn’t even possible to fill in all of the available space with your vault. You max out at 200 settlers, but it becomes a drag, again from what I’ve seen, at around 100 settlers. And even if you do max out at 200 settlers, there’s no real way to fill all of the space you have available. Your available space is massive, but what’s the point of building rooms that you just don’t have people to staff?
All of that said though, I’m still playing, just because I want to max everything out and be done with it. I don’t see myself playing this one over the long term. It’s certainly a cool idea in a fantastic universe, but if I wanted to be playing Civilization, that’s what I’d be playing. The theme just doesn’t seem to fit with what Fallout actually is.