I’m a slow learner. This is why several dozen innocent imaginary digital civilians had to suffer at my inexperienced hands while I learned to play Fallout Shelter. For those that aren’t aware, Fallout Shelter is a new mobile/tablet gaming app from Bethesda, the makers of Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and the upcoming Fallout 4. They’ve made other games as well, mind you, like the upcoming Doom, Dishonored, Skyrim. But Fallout Shelter is – as far as I know – their first app.
In Fallout Shelter you are assigned as Overseer of a VaultTech underground Vault, a fallout shelter for the nuclear apocalypse that decimates the earth and mutates beasts, man and contaminates water and food supply of anything that didn’t seek shelter. Inside the Vault of your creation, you must build the rooms necessary to maintain life. Food, water, power, medical supplies. You can even send people out into the Wasteland to scavenge for supplies and money. It’s a sim game set in the Fallout universe, basically, complete with disasters that can sabotage your gameplay. There are instructions included with the game, but if you’re like me, you don’t like to waste valuable time reading them! You just want to dive in and have some fun, build up your tiny world and enjoy it. So, here’s a few tips I’ve learned though lots of trial and error – mostly error.
1) Water Supply Means Life and/or Death – The biggest problem when I started playing Fallout Shelter was radiation sickness. It didn’t seem to matter what I did, my Vault dweller’s eventually became irradiated and began losing health. Once that red bar appears on their health meter, it’s like a shot through the heart (to me anyways) because I didn’t know what was causing it. Turns out, it’s the water supply! If you don’t keep a steady, strong supply of water running through the Vault, the folks inside will begin to succumb to radiation poisoning. Having a water supply isn’t enough, you have to keep that sucker in the green at all times. Once it begins falling below the acceptable limit, that’s when your radiation problems begin. So keep it in the green at all times, folks.
2) The Best Population Comes From Within – If you’re like me, you’ll eventually hit a dry spell. No one will stumble across your Vault and knock on the front door seeking shelter. When this happens, it can be a long, dry spell before the next visitor shows up. That’s why you have to make use of what you have! When folks stop a knockin’ go straight to your closest, best resource – your Vault dwellers, and get two of them (male and female) in the living quarters alone. Nature will do the rest, and before you know it, little Vault dwellers will be running around in no time! Keep a stead supply going or you’ll find yourself waiting even longer while they grow up to become contributing adults.
3) Man That Door! – Raiders. I hate Raiders. Raiders seem to always come in groups of three and always seem to bust right through my 2nd level Vault door. So try to upgrade that door to the max level as soon as you can, and always, always keep 2 guards in the entrance way with pretty decent weapons. The more you can take out before they start swarming the inside of your Vault the better. As an aside, I actually blamed Raider attacks on my radiation problems. They always seemed to coincide. I’d have a Raider attack, then the next thing I knew, my people were coming down with radiation sickness. Took me a bit to catch on to the water trick, though.
4) Don’t Expand Too Fast – The worst thing you can do is go into the game and just start throwing rooms down. Take your time, grow slowly, and don’t deplete your resources. Every resource is extremely important. If you begin expanding your Vault by multiple floors and unnecessary rooms before you actually need them, you’re going to regret it in the long run. The more rooms you have the more your resources are going to be stretched. Especially your power. Take it easy, have patience and you’ll be rewarded with a happy, friendly Vault.
As I grow and learn more, I’ll share with you other tips I come across. Have fun and enjoy this little addition to the Fallout universe!