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VentureBeat / GamesBeat (95 out of 100) (95%)

Fallout Shelter is an endlessly engaging mobile title that gives you plenty to do without overwhelming you with menus and meters. It has both of those things aplenty, but you’re always in control. This game will charm you while challenging you, and while it may not be Fallout 4, it will definitely hold you over until November.

Jun 15th, 2015 · iPhone · read review

VentureBeat / GamesBeat (95 out of 100) (95%)

Fallout Shelter is an endlessly engaging mobile title that gives you plenty to do without overwhelming you with menus and meters. It has both of those things aplenty, but you’re always in control. This game will charm you while challenging you, and while it may not be Fallout 4, it will definitely hold you over until November.

Jun 15th, 2015 · iPad · read review

Jimquisition, The (8.5 out of 10) (85%)

Fallout Shelter may not do much to stand out from the pack in terms of interactivity, but it’s still a game that gets its claws deep into you WITHOUT using the blatant psychological beatings or cynical paywalls employed by far too many mobile releases. It’s a fantastic example of how to do a free-to-play game correctly, and the fact it’s made so much money already through the carrot rather than the stick only goes to show what happens when you don’t treat your audience like cattle.

Jun 19th, 2015 · iPad · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (16 out of 20) (80%)

Bethesda aura eu le mĂ©rite avec Fallout Shelter de rendre “populaire” le jeu sur Mobile pour toute une communautĂ© de joueurs s’asseyant sans vergogne sur le tactile ! Un Tiny Tower-like maĂźtrisĂ© Ă  la sauce post-apocalyptique pour une durĂ©e de vie en deçà des standards du genre. Une premiĂšre Ă©bauche, un premier pas dans l’univers Mobile 
 une tentative sans rĂ©elle faille laissant prĂ©sager le meilleur pour les jeux iOS et Android estampillĂ© Bethesda Softworks Ă  venir.

Jun 26th, 2015 · iPad · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (16 out of 20) (80%)

Bethesda aura eu le mĂ©rite avec Fallout Shelter de rendre “populaire” le jeu sur Mobile pour toute une communautĂ© de joueurs s’asseyant sans vergogne sur le tactile ! Un Tiny Tower-like maĂźtrisĂ© Ă  la sauce post-apocalyptique pour une durĂ©e de vie en deçà des standards du genre. Une premiĂšre Ă©bauche, un premier pas dans l’univers Mobile 
 une tentative sans rĂ©elle faille laissant prĂ©sager le meilleur pour les jeux iOS et Android estampillĂ© Bethesda Softworks Ă  venir.

Jun 26th, 2015 · iPhone · read review

Way Too Many Games (8 out of 10) (80%)

Fallout Shelter is an excellent companion title for whichever platform you decide to play it on and it fits beautifully with the Switch’s portability. It’s full of cute humor, it provides players with a nice gameplay loop, and most importantly, it allows you to freely play it and progress without the need of wasting extra money on time-saving microtransactions. Fallout Shelter is free-to-play done right, purely and simply.

Jul 7th, 2018 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (16 out of 20) (80%)

Bethesda aura eu le mĂ©rite avec Fallout Shelter de rendre “populaire” le jeu sur Mobile pour toute une communautĂ© de joueurs s’asseyant sans vergogne sur le tactile ! Un Tiny Tower-like maĂźtrisĂ© Ă  la sauce post-apocalyptique pour une durĂ©e de vie en deçà des standards du genre. Une premiĂšre Ă©bauche, un premier pas dans l’univers Mobile 
 une tentative sans rĂ©elle faille laissant prĂ©sager le meilleur pour les jeux iOS et Android estampillĂ© Bethesda Softworks Ă  venir.

Sep 22nd, 2015 · Android · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (15 out of 20) (75%)

Avec ce dĂ©barquement sur PC, Fallout Shelter ne se rĂ©invente Ă  aucun moment, recyclant tout simplement sa formule Ă  l'exception des contrĂŽles, souris oblige, afin de la mettre Ă  disposition des joueurs ne souhaitant s'aventurer dans les terres dĂ©solĂ©es du mobile. Identique Ă  la version iOS et Android, cette vie de gestionnaire perd tout de mĂȘme sa dimension nomade et donc une partie de son charme, un phĂ©nomĂšne aggravĂ© par l’absence de transfert de sauvegardes entre les diffĂ©rentes versions du jeu.

Jul 21st, 2016 · Windows · read review

4Players.de (75 out of 100) (75%)

Bethesda, ihr ZeitrĂ€uber! Fallout Shelter ist in seinen besten Phasen wie eine ChipstĂŒte, in die man immer wieder reingreifen muss: Da ein Stufenaufstieg, hier Strom und Nahrung einsacken, die neuen Waffen verteilen und die Kleidung ausrĂŒsten, kurz die Kantine erweitern, jetzt das Feuer löschen und vielleicht noch zwei, drei Paare verkuppeln. Und wĂ€hrend der Finger alles gierig erntet, klimpert es wie in einer Slotmachine - herrlich! Aber in seinen schlechtesten Phasen zieht sich das unheimlich liebevoll designte Gewusel im Atombunker wie Kaugummi. Das Aufbau-Management ist sehr simpel und es passiert zu wenig GefĂ€hrliches. Dann Ă€rgert man sich ĂŒber die kleinen Bugs in der Steuerung, gĂ€hnt angesichts der immer gleichen Defensive bei ÜberfĂ€llen, die totale Lebensversicherung im Ödland und vermisst in dieser ebenso charmanten wie seichten Endlosschleife sowohl Forschung als auch mehr Anspruch, so dass lediglich die Sammelreize die Motivation tragen.

Jun 26th, 2015 · iPad · read review

Game Over Online (70 out of 100) (70%)

Fallout Shelter is an interesting game until you reach the fifty dweller mark. After that, the game gets easy and monotonous. By this time, you have a strong base of people generating core resources and the only thing you’re missing is a flow of bottle caps which the passage of time will give you from the structures you’ve built and the increase in level from your dwellers. You’re no longer micromanaging anymore. I had at least a third if not more of my dwellers at level twenty or higher. And every time they increased levels, I collected an equal amount of bottle caps. Now multiply this by two and money stops becoming an issue. Boredom sets in as you’re waiting for your structures to generate money whilst your people gain experience. There’s no incentive to move people to different professions (serfdom anyone?) and the utility of a water purification plant (expensive) compared to a water treatment plant (cheap) isn’t that much different.

Aug 3rd, 2015 · iPad · read review

Pocket Gamer UK ( ) (70%)

Fallout Shelter on Switch is the same great game it's always been, but it's unclear why you'd jump from mobile to this version

Jun 11th, 2018 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Game Informer Magazine (7 out of 10) (70%)

Fallout Shelter is a cool concept, and a nice mobile title to pop on to for a few minutes each day (after spending more significant time chunks getting your facility sustainable). It could use some more content and things to do later on; special events, new rooms, or anything else that adds variety and interaction would improve the otherwise pleasant formula.

Jul 1st, 2015 · iPhone · read review

Game Informer Magazine (7 out of 10) (70%)

Fallout Shelter is a cool concept, and a nice mobile title to pop on to for a few minutes each day (after spending more significant time chunks getting your facility sustainable). It could use some more content and things to do later on; special events, new rooms, or anything else that adds variety and interaction would improve the otherwise pleasant formula.

Jul 1st, 2015 · iPad · read review

GameStar (Germany) (69 out of 100) (69%)

Wenn ich unterwegs Lust auf Fallout bekomme, spiele ich Fallout Shelter. Sitze ich eh schon am Rechner, kann ich auch gleich ein richtiges Fallout starten, denn Fallout Shelter fesselt einfach nicht pausenlos an den Bildschirm. DafĂŒr war es nĂ€mlich auch nie gedacht. FĂŒr nebenher ist es ganz nett, wĂ€hrend man im Internet surft oder einen Meinungskasten schreibt. FĂŒr cleveres Ressourcen-Management oder komplexe Charakterplanung ist das Spiel allerdings zu primitiv. Hier und da mal ein Klick, dafĂŒr reicht zur Not auch nur eine GehirnhĂ€lfte. Der Spielspaß endet spĂ€testens dann von alleine, wenn der Vault voll ist. Irgendwann gibt es keinen Platz mehr fĂŒr zusĂ€tzliche RĂ€ume oder Bewohner. Und da der Bunker ohnehin fast vollautomatisch lĂ€uft, gibt es dann auch keinen Grund mehr, sich darum zu kĂŒmmern.

Jul 19th, 2016 · Windows · read review

IGN (6.8 out of 10) (68%)

Fallout Shelter is at its best early on: when your fledgling vault is barely able to scrape by, and every raider attack has the potential to topple your fragile society. Once your vault is firmly established, all fear of losing, and thus the fun, fades away. Combine this with a lack of compelling longterm goals, and you have an experience that’s fun for a few days, but lacks long-term appeal.

Jun 26th, 2015 · iPhone · read review

CGMagazine / Comics and Gaming Magazine (6.5 out of 10) (65%)

To a fault, Fallout Shelter is the same game that you can play on any other platforms. The gameplay loop is simple yet engaging, though the lack of variety in the mid and end game remains disappointing. For newcomers, Fallout Shelter is an okay game that can casually occupy your time. But if you’re a veteran, I can’t see any reason why you should play this version.

Jun 22nd, 2018 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Nintendo Life ( ) (60%)

The timer-based gameplay is made to be dipped into a few times a day, and while this works on Switch, it was evidently designed with other devices in mind. Yes, touch functionality exists, but the experience on Switch doesn’t compare with dedicated phones or tablets, and if being able to play on the bus isn’t a concern, the PC version would be better still. Fallout Shelter is handsomely presented with a nice resource management loop that’s worthy of investigation, but it’s tough to recommend this version if you've got access to other platforms.

Jun 18th, 2018 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Games TM (6 out of 10) (60%)

It's really not all that deep of a game. There's not a massive variety of rooms, you can't really interact with your dwellers much and while being Overseer of a Vault makes for a good title, it doesn't have much of the sinister side to it that makes Fallout's Overseer position so interesting. What we're getting at is there's not much space for classic simulation sadism here. It's all happiness and accumulation, which is fine and pleasant, but not gripping.

Aug 13th, 2015 · iPhone

TechRaptor (5 out of 10) (50%)

Stays loyal to Fallout but it's just not exciting enough

Jun 22nd, 2015 · iPhone · read review

TechRaptor (5 out of 10) (50%)

Stays loyal to Fallout but it's just not exciting enough

Jun 22nd, 2015 · iPad · read review

Switch Player ( ) (50%)

Fallout Shelter isn’t the introduction to the series Nintendo fans deserve. It’s a rather mediocre freemium game, and Bethesda would likely have been better served getting a main series game out on Switch first.

Sep 19th, 2018 · Nintendo Switch · read review

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