Fallout Shelter for iOS
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Bethesda's impact on this year's E3 has been two-fold, as far as Fallout 4 is concerned. Not only did we have our first look at the upcoming Fallout 4, we were also treated to Fallout Shelter – a stand-alone iOS game that was released just minutes after its announcement.

While our biggest complaint in this regard has been the fact that the game was not announced for Android, we are still currently hooked on to our iPhones and iPad to get the most out of the game, although it needs to be said that the game does require a bit of understanding before you can claim to successfully master it.

So if you are hooked on to Fallout Shelter like we have been, it goes without saying that you will require a bit of help moving ahead. Here are a few tips for Fallout Shelter that will help you master the very basic features of the game.

Fallout Shelter – Updated Gameplay Guide

  • As far as Dwellers are concerned, you will notice that whenever you touch and drag a Dweller to a particular room, you'll be treated to a number of pop-ups for each of them.
  • The pop-ups indicate the dweller's productivity in that particular area. If it shows a zero on the screen, it probably means that the person is not suited for that particular room.
  • For instance, if you are looking to access the Power Station, when you tap on the hammer icon in the top right of the screen, you will note that the Power Station is associated with Strength.
  • This means that if you are looking to assign a Dweller to the Power Station, make sure that the particular person has the required stats and skills to pull the job off successfully. Ones with the better numbers will also do better in that room.
  • Know that the only form of currency in Fallout Shelter, or for that matter any Fallout game, are the Caps. While you will be treated to a few free Caps at the start of the game, you will need to earn more yourself as the game progresses.
  • Caps, as currency, are required for a plethora of jobs, including upgrading your facility, getting rid of rocks or even expanding your colony with more rooms for Dwellers to be more comfortable in.
  • The best way to earn Caps is by taking up and completing objectives successfully. Apart from that, you can also expect Cap rewards from Lunchboxes, making it absolutely imperative to keep a check on your Pip-Boy from time to time.
  • Make sure that you spend on only whatever is needed. Once you can chalk out a distinct difference between need and want, life in Fallout Shelter (eve real life) becomes easier.
  • When you start off with the game, Fallout Shelter will teach you how to add a couple of essential rooms to your settlement, such as the Power Station and Water Treatment. There isn't any other way around this and you will need to add those rooms before progressing.
  • Adding more rooms will require more manpower from your Dwellers, and if you don't have Dwellers assigned to a room that requires assistance, some of your other facilities might go dark.
  • Even if you leave out every other room in your settlement, it's almost imperative that you assign as many Dwellers required for your Power Station. After all, that's the most important room in your game.
  • One of the best ways to increase the number of Dwellers is by populating the Living Quarters with more people. You will require as many helping hands as possible to keep your settlement up and running all the times.
  • It's important that you think about populating your Living Quarters with more and more Dwellers from that start of the game, since these are the ones that will ensure that places like the Water Treatment, Power Station and others remain active.
  • If you have some spare Dwellers still waiting for a job, move them back to the Living Quarters. If a couple of Dwellers get to know each other better, they will move secretly into the back room for some privacy (if you know what we mean), only to reappear with a number of smiley faces in the area.
  • Once they emerge, one of the Dwellers will be pregnant, and soon she will deliver another helping hand for your settlement. The more Dwellers you add, the better chance you have of unlocking several secret rooms. For instance, the Medbay can only be unlocked once you have added 14 Dwellers.
  • If you are ever confused about your objectives (they aren't always clear), you can always locate them by tapping the Pip-Boy icon in the bottom right of your screen.
  • As soon as you are updated about your tasks, look for the easiest job that you can knock off without sweating much.
  • Completing objectives successfully can often reward you with either Caps or Lunchboxes, with the latter being the best bet to access all kinds of goodies in the game.
  • You can earn Lunchboxes for free, although you could also buy them with in-app purchases to speed things up. However, that's completely optional.

Have you picked up Fallout Shelter yet and how hard or easy are you finding it? Let us know in the comments section below.

[Source: Prima Games]