Fallout Shelter

Plotline of Fallout Shelter

The storyline of Fallout Shelter is essentially quite simplistic. The world has become a post-apocalyptic radiated wasteland forcing survivors to live in underground vaults.  Players adopt the role of the Overseer and are tasked with building and expanding their Vault whilst managing the needs and quality of life of the dwellers, and coping with certain disasters, enemy raids and more!

Fallout Shelter Gameplay


Players can double tap to zoom, and scroll to navigate around the vault without fear of mistakenly moving objects or dwellers without wanting to in this Sim City style build-it platform where Overseers must build the perfect vault by providing water, food, living quarters, and much more. Of the most important rooms that need special attention are the power generator, food producing diner and the water treatment plant which provide the main, most basic of resources and needs that your dwellers must have.

By expanding the vault, new types of rooms and features are unlocked. Players can craft new items, create a radio room to entice more dwellers (and then make babies…), protect against threats from both within and without and explore the wasteland etc.

Features of Fallout Shelter


Rather than being a simple build and wait game, there is also an element of strategy to Fallout Shelter, as certain characters will have different attributes such as strength, perception, endurance, charisma, intelligence, agility and luck. Raising these will not only help you fend off infestations and attackers (beware the DeathClaw!!), but it will also make your dwellers more productive and happy depending on which rooms they are assigned to.

Another key feature to Fallout Shelter is “Mr. Handy”, a butler-like robot who assists in various actions. He roams from room to room across a single floor, collecting resources automatically, but his love of witty one-liners and skill in combat are far more helpful. Mr. Handy can be used to dispatch Raiders, Radroaches, and other unsavory visitors to your Vault. He can also be sent out to the Wasteland — which is impractical, but also funny and therefore a highly advised course of action.

Tips and Tricks for Fallout Shelter

Plan Ahead!


Thinking ahead in Fallout Shelter really, really pays off! For beginners, the best way to do this is through room placement.  By building like rooms beside each other they can combine to form one large, more efficient room.  Therefore, it is advantageous to build different types of rooms vertically and then expand horizontally.  This cannot be streeed enough! To prevent future wastage, think ahead!



One of the most fundamental aspects of Fallout Shelter is finding synergy and harmony within your vault. The easiest way of achieving this is to pay special attention to the special attributes of each dweller and place them in there perfect role / room.  The SPECIAL acronym stands for Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, Luck.  By utilizing each characters prime abilities, rooms will operate more efficiently and dwellers will be happier.  For example, characters with more strength will perform better in power generators. Likewise, having more perception will improve your water production. But what if none of your characters are any good? This is where training rooms come into play.


Progressing through the game certain training rooms will be unlocked. Yet as per the number one rule of Fallout Shelter club, “Plan Ahead!” So despite the initial cost, training dwellers for specific rooms will pay off very quickly!  For a guide of what room trains which ability, please refer below.

  • Strength :            Weight Room
  • Perception :       Armory
  • Endurance :        Fitness Centre
  • Charisma :           Lounge
  • Intelligence :      Classroom
  • Agility :                 Athletics Room
  • Luck :                     Games Room

Upgrade Before Expanding!


As with virtually everything that matters, it is quality over quantity, so by keeping the amount of rooms to the absolute bare minimum and upgrading to get the best efficiency out of each room dweller happiness will stay high and easily maintainable.

Don’t Rush to Rush!


Unlike many other build simulation games, Fallout Shelter offers the chance to “rush” a project or room to completion for zero cost. So…Why wait? Right? … Well, sometimes, as hard as it is to believe the tortoise does win the race.  By rushing a resource, the chance of fire and other disasters increases rapidly!  As a very general rule of thumb, rushing below 30% is fairly safe, anything over 40% is not so recommended.

Dress to Impress!


Upon coming across new outfits and weapons, use them! Matching the right outfit to character will increase output and better prepare for surprise attacks.  This matching is especially crucial when sending dwellers out into the wastelands.

Observe the objectives!


Most objectives aren’t too complex and can be completed with little effort therefore, aiming to complete them can be a fast and easy way to earn valuable lunchbox rewards, which are full of items/gear/resources, and sometimes, even special dwellers!

Another final tip is to sell what you don’t need. Hoarding seems like a great strategy to undertake if it is post-apocalyptic, but if it isn’t useful and taking up valuable storage space, then sell it off and get the cap!

Personal Impressions of Fallout Shelter


The detailed and clean graphics and 3D environments look great for a non-console based mobile game. This along with the retro soundtrack, easy of gameplay make this a great game to easily fall into!

As with most freemium games there are in app purchases available to speed along progress, yet with a little patience, there is absolutely no need to bother spending real life money.

One of the only downsides to the game is that since it is the first of the series to be designed for mobile platforms, it seems to be lacking that certain something to fully carry it over. The apparent lack of a satisfying endgame has also left many users feeling slightly disappointed.  However, all in all, Fallout Shelter is a fun game that is worthy of trying! Three and a half stars out of five.

3 half out of 5

App Specifics for Fallout Shelter

Current Version:
1.5 (iOS)  (Last Update April 21 2016)
1.5 (Android)  (Last Update April 20 2016)

232 GB (iOS)
155 MB (Android)

10,000,000 – 50,000,000

Requires iOS:
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

Requires Android:
4.1 or above

Content Rating:
Rated for 12+

English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish


In-app Purchases:
$0.99 ~ $99.99

Offered By:
Bethesda Softworks LLC

Download Fallout Shelter

App Store : iOS

Download Fallout Shelter for iOS from the App Store Here!

Google Play : Android

Download Fallout Shelter for Android from Google Play Here!


Do you agree with our review of Fallout Shelter? We would love to hear your thoughts on whether you love or hate this game in the comments section below along with any other hints or strategies on how to enjoy the game! Or better still upload a photo link which shows your best character naming interaction!

Also for those who love the meta-data and love to ponder rather than play, be sure to check out the Fallout Shelter Efficiency Data spreadsheet which should answer almost any question possible!




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After spending much too much time playing retro Pong and Donkey Kong on a game & watch as a kid before upgrading to the brick shaped original Gameboy, Water-Mind is loving the evolution of the gaming industry... ... whilst still finding time to paddle down torrential rivers!
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After spending much too much time playing retro Pong and Donkey Kong on a game & watch as a kid before upgrading to the brick shaped original Gameboy, Water-Mind is loving the evolution of the gaming industry... ... whilst still finding time to paddle down torrential rivers!