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Review: ‘Fallout Shelter’ sufficient for short term entertainment

Fallout Shelter

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To keep fans busy from the announcement of “Fallout 4” until its release, Bethesda Softworks released the mobile game “Fallout Shelter” to a plethora of positive reviews. “Fallout Shelter” mobile was great, but became very boring after a few months. Now, Bethesda has decided to release its PC port of the game on Steam, and is superior to the mobile version in just about every way.

While the graphics have stayed the same, “Fallout Shelter” on PC is the best version of the game. With a mouse, it is easier to navigate the game’s interface, but at its core, it is still very much a mobile game. Players are forced to wait for the rooms to produce resources, which have the same waiting times as if it was a mobile game. It would have been a good idea to speed up these waiting times for the PC version, as players would have longer stretches of time to play the game. However, this becomes less of a problem as the player’s vault becomes more advanced and more activities become available for the player.

The addition of quests made the game more enjoyable and gave the game new replayability, but again, on PC, the wait times are very atrocious. Moving the vault dwellers during these quests and during regular gameplay is much easier with a mouse however, and was personally a much more enjoyable experience. With all there is to do in game now, players can really become involved in the game, unlike when it first came out and there were only a few features. Some fun activities are the quests mentioned above and the crafting of weapons and armor, reminiscent of the crafting of “Fallout 4.”

“Fallout Shelter” for PC is essentially a cleaner, but less accessible version of the mobile port. However, the PC version still reigns supreme with its ease of use, and it’s very easy, and preferable, to leave the game open while playing another game.

“Fallout Shelter” is an enjoyable, yet slow, game that provides short bursts of entertainment when needed, but in the long run, has failed to live up to its expectations of a PC game. That being said, it is a great game to play when only a few minutes of free time are available, or if a pure mobile game ported to PC fits your play style. Honestly, it is worth a try for anyone who enjoyed the mobile game and wants an easier and more streamlined way to enjoy it.

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