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Free Game Friday: Fallout Shelter

Not only is Friday a day to celebrate the oncoming weekend, get a takeaway and go out for a couple of bevvies with your friends and family, for us here at GameSpew it’s time for #FreeGameFriday. That’s right Spewers; it’s the best day of the week.

This week’s Free Game Friday is a game that I’ve played off and on since its original release on mobile. When it was re-released on PC and Xbox One earlier this year, I picked it back up again and fell in love once more. We’re taking a look at Fallout Shelter, a management game based in the Fallout universe.

In Fallout Shelter you play as the Overseer of one of the vaults where people live after the apocalyptic nuclear war. These vaults protect from the harsh radiation and monsters living on the new dry Earth. As Overseer, it’s your job to expand the vault and keep everything running like clockwork.

Things can get a bit complicated after playing Fallout Shelter for a while, but in the beginning you’re simply screening people that are trying to gain access to your vault. Do they they have valuable stats that will be beneficial to you, or are they a little on the weak side? It’s up to you to decide. You also have to build specific rooms to keep the vault up and running such as the power room that – surprisingly enough – provides electricity to other areas of the vault, or the diner where some of your vault members will eat, mingle and work. Everyone can slowly become a happy family while you stare at them from the outside, deciding who is going to get together with who and make babies.

The first few minutes of Fallout Shelter are pretty chilled out, but it won’t be long until you start losing vault dwellers to radroach attacks, radiation, and hostile raids. After starting to build and populate your vault you’ll want to send some people out on quests to find loot and other great things that will help your vault in the long run. Better weapons and armour will help protect against attack, as well as making your vault dwellers more hardy and better-equipped to deal with the outside world. It’s an ongoing battle of risk versus reward, and as long as your dwellers are well prepared, the risk is generally worth it.

Fallout Shelter can get a little hectic and crazy, but it’s a lot of fun – and boy, is it addictive. If you decide to give Fallout Shelter a try let us know how you get on in the comments below or on Twitter using #FreeGameFriday, we love hearing from you. Here’s to a great weekend everyone and see you next week!

Becca knew that she would be addicted to video games for the rest of her life when she saw the first pixelated zombie shambling across her TV screen while playing Resident Evil 3. She particularly enjoys being scared, laughing until she cries, or just plain crying while experiencing games. When she isn't playing games she loves spoiling her cat Usagi and eating any kind of sushi she can find.