This game is rated PEGI 12
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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 8 months ago.
Gameplay involves selecting rooms and persons to upgrade, repair or build. You can select individuals to move around the vault, assign them jobs, train them up, or send them on missions. You can name your inhabitants and even encourage relationships that provide babies that grow up quickly to be useful workers. You need money that is gained by levelling up your dwellers, exploring the Wasteland, going on missions, completing achievements, as well as finding the mysterious stranger that randomly appears and disappears in your vault.
Missions provide your vault with weaponry, outfits, pets (which improve statistics of their owner), junk to build weapons and outfits in the vault, and currency when they return. They are often multi-part and follow a simple storyline. The game uses real-world time to get to missions, although you can accelerate this with purchasable cola bottles or take a risk on a negative outcome by "rushing" the room.
Combat is automatic. Creatures and other enemies randomly enter the vault and will attack your people. If they are armed they will fight them off. Pregnant dwellers and children will run away. Dead dwellers can be revived if you have enough money. Dwellers out on missions automatically attack what is in the room and you monitor their health and give them syringes and radiation medication as needed to prevent them dying. If you lose all your people out on a mission, then it will fail.
The Fallout Series started in 1997 as a PC turn-based adventure game and has developed into a vast multi-console open world experience. Other games in the series include:
- Fallout 1997 (Mac, PC)
- Fallout 2 1998 (Mac, PC)
- Fallout 3 2008 (Windows, Xbox 360, PS3)
- Fallout: New Vegas 2010 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
- Fallout 4 2015 (Windows, PS4, Xbox One)
- Fallout Shelter 2015 (Android, iOS, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) (a spin off Time Management game set in the same universe)
- Fallout 76 2018 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The result is an unusual way to dip into the Fallout universe. The cartoon style of the game matches the tutorials in the main game of Fallout and fans will recognise characters and creatures from those games but it's not necessary to have played Fallout to play this.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence, Mild Themes, Mild Sexual References, Online Interactivity.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Players need skills in logical thinking and planning.
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- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
Although you can buy things for your vault with real money, this is not necessary as long as you are patient enough. You can buy cola bottles to get to missions more quickly.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
The entry and exit of the mysterious stranger is only indicated by an audio cue, and various alarms sound to indicate attacks so may be difficult for deaf players.
Characters are very small, and set designs are very busy with multiple moving objects.
You can save the game at any point, and there are also automatic saves.
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