The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that's OK. If you disagree with what we've chosen, let's try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…


Fallout Shelter

Unless you've been living under a rock with your fingers in your ears on Mars for the last week, you're likely fully aware of the extent that Bethesda just killed it at E3. There isn't a game that exists right now that I'm more excited for than Fallout 4, and both Doom and Dishonored getting new games is awesome. On our side of the gaming fence, The Elder Scrolls: Legends sounds intriguing, the Pipboy stuff looks incredible, and I can't stop playing Fallout Shelter.


If you haven't tried it by now, the premise is great. It's another builder-style game, heavily leaning on Tiny Tower style gameplay but absolutely dripping with Fallout flavor. It's been fascinating watching the game roll out, as its announcement came with the entirely expected reaction of people being angry about free to play... Then those people tried it, and haven't stopped playing since. There's typically so little overlap between the self-proclaimed hardcore gamers and casual gamers who like free to play builders, but Fallout Shelter manages to straddle that fence flawlessly.

It makes me wonder if the problem here isn't necessarily free to play, or builders, but maybe that no one has really managed to offer that kind of very typical App Store-style gameplay in a package that appeals to the core gamer demographic before. Well, spending the week at E3, you're in the thick of the most hardcore of core gamers. It was rare to see people playing a game on their phone that wasn't Fallout Shelter.

Fallout Shelter 2

We're all about the game, which you probably could tell by now judging by our first impressions, our extensive guide, an interview with Bethesda's VP on the game, and even how to build a fallout shelter in Minecraft because sure, why not.

Bethesda's first entry into iOS gaming is awesome, and if the quality level of The Elder Scrolls: Legends is similar, I expect that's going to be a real treat too. Seriously though, I don't care how you typically feel about free to play, you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't at least give Fallout Shelter a spin.

  • Maglor

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  • rezn

    Great game, thought I was doing okay. ..then all of my people died at once today. Back to the old drawing board..

    • mindseyes

      Yes my issue is I built all the rooms to fast so I stay around 15% if I'm lucky I will have to delete a lot of rooms or figure out why my food never goes up when there max and upgraded

  • vicsark

    Awesome game. XCom Tiny Tower is a dream come tru thanks to Bethesda 🙂

    No building timers, plenty of missions to get Capsules currency and boxes, no IAP needed, a (surprisingly) very fast pace of progression.
    Graphics are over the top, humor omnipresent.
    And underneath it is a well balanced game that has real gameplay elements in it, contrary to most of the builders, here when you make mistakes, you may lose big time. But once you get the hang of it, it's not that hard,at least for now (90 pax) 😛

    Have a first try to understand the core mechanics and make mistakes before committing to a save and buy IAP.

    Expand carefully, upgrade and connect your buildings, train your dwellers, send some looting outside, and be careful of the nursery side. Don't have too many babies at once.

    The core game, the shelter, doesn't continue to play while you're logged out. So the only thing to worry about is the dwellers you send outside looting.

    • mindseyes

      Thanks that's my issue I need to connect the buildings !

    • vicsark

      Rate of progression is crazy, I now have 150 dwellers, adding 30 a day. It's beginning to sound a lot like work to manage that many lol

  • Press2Play

    Without a doubt.Most addicting game for me as of now.Good work Beth.


    I must be doing something terribly wrong. I've had two shelters completely crumble right before I hit 30 survivors. As soon as I start building the radio station and weight room, suddenly all my resources aren't producing fast enough, and I don't have enough caps to upgrade, and people are sick and dying, etc. I destroy rooms to lessen the load, but then I'm just not producing enough of anything to continue. I can't figure out how to properly manage the economy in this game!! Any tips for me? I want to love this game, but it's driving me crazy that I can't get past this hump.

    • Durduhdur

      My vaults crumble much quicker than 30 people. It isn't clicking with me either. Very fun game but you aren't alone man.

    • theundertow

      I have spun up a few at this point - none are too many more over 30 but that one seems to be doing the best.

      I've been trying to build out rooms by 3 and then making sure you have the best for the task in the rooms.

      Also early in the game when you get the a couple lunch boxes easily, make sure you get a good card or two (ideally with a high skill vault dweller) as that speeds up the timers on the major rooms (power/water/food). If you don't get something good, reroll.

      • Hoot3000

        Keep an eye on the position of the line in the resource bar. This is your demand. By upgrading and building more it lowers this bar. But don't over build until u have too.

  • Ben Mudrow

    Fun game but it crashes on my IPad. Hard to keep good resorces coming in. Maybe I expanded to my base to quickly.

    • Rawk GWJ

      Me too. It crashes one iPad 4. Pretty sad.

  • tehFork

    I'm no good at this game. I think I may delete it. Glad others are having fun with it though!

  • torosama

    Just a tip on the quests. Don't do the sell and item/weapon or the equip armor ones. It makes the third quest cycle between 50 water and 50 food and rank up dweller. Giving you infinite lunch boxes. I literally have around 80 lunchboxes saved.

    Also if note, if you find the correct dwellers state wise it reduces the timers for resources. When I started playing guys with +9 in skills the timer was like 1.5minutes. It is all about managing resources and rushing when the value is low to create some surplus to tide you over. My first vault sucked, but he second one blew the doors off combined with lunchbox exploit made the game soooooo fun.

  • shoxx64

    How to make the ppl happy ? Do I have to Constantly switch them ? With different activities ?

    • Mariah

      Assign them to the task they are good at. If they work too hard get them to the living quarters for a while.

    • torosama

      Also if they are unhappy but then with someone of the opposite sex in the quarters. They will make a baby and their happiness shoots way up. Once pregnant I put the man back to work haha.

    • Tito Belgrave

      It's all about the water... green water levels make dwellers happy and it fights off radiation. This tip alone saved the game for me. Keep your dwellers hydrated and you're good to go.

  • nicoper

    I downloaded this a few days ago, although I haven't started it yet, I suppose I should try it out...

  • FunkDoctaSteve

    has Anyone tried this with ipad mini?

    • dave71

      Yup plays well for a few hours then crashes over and over .. Shame really good game 🙁

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  • Gabriel.est

    Probably Apple pushing out second gen iPad and first gen iPad mini gaming that people would buy newer devices. My mini and second gen pad still works great.

  • Raginbird

    Fun game, but want to effing smash it right now. Spent $4 to support developer, and get rewarded with constant, annoying raider attacks. Had three in 10 min. Managed to fight those off and everyone is happy, then rad roaches kill 7 of my 27 dwellers. I had them contained in a room with everyone armed and Watched these things take countless rounds before they die (way more than the raiders). Which sucks,because they just keep multiplying in the meantime. Gonna work for caps to revive folks, but it kinda takes the fun out of it with such bs.

    • Jake7905

      We call those free-to-play shenanigans around these parts.

    • heretikeen

      For a game that's obviously meant as an ad for an upcoming AAA game, this app is astonishingly heavy on "pay to have fun". Deleted it on the second day, was fun on the first one, though.

  • Seniku Moonjewel

    Lol, notice how often freemium shit is Gotw.. Eli, stop fapping to freemium 😛

    • Shaun Musgrave

      This is the sixth free game of the week this year, out of 22 games this year. That's counting Star Wars Rebels as 'freemium', too. If there's a skew, I don't think it's in the direction you suspect, haha.

      • vicsark

        "You may have your own opinion, not your own reality" said Shaun the wise stating facts. Alas, his words were lost in alternate realities 😛

  • JKT123

    How can this possibly have been made game of the week when it crashes so frequently for such a huge number of people? Get over 15 dwellers and it crashes non-stop. The Rush button may as well be labelled the Crash button. Get anywhere near 20, with rooms needed to support them, and you can't even load your vault anymore.

    It's an OK game while you can play it, but unless you are using the latest devices, forget it because you won't be able to play it for long.

    • GreatWizard

      Probably memory issues. My second and current Vault (the first one all died due to me learning the game) now has 100+ people, and the 6+ heats up and slows down after like 1 minute of gameplay, but it never crashed on me.

    • diaskeaus

      I have the same issues. Most of the time the game won't even load up, and nothing else is running except the game. Crashes, crashes, and more crashes. They obviously rushed the game for E3, but I really really hope a patch is incoming, and that they will offer compatibility for the iPad 4 and other unsupported devices.

    • torosama

      Never had a single crash on this game.

  • quickfinga

    iPad Air 2 here - not even one crash so far and my shelter is finished already: 200 ppl all working in rooms, no one wandering around doing nothing - everyone got a weapon. I guess that's it, I can upgrade rooms now or build new ones, but makes no sense, all 3 resources are max.

  • gregoreos

    How do u save across devices ? ...I want to download it on my phone w the shelter i built on my iPad .. No iCloud??

    • Krikaoli

      Yeap . It is really a shame Fallout Shelter not having an iCloud save option...

  • I-Am-Boss

    Utterly pointless game.

  • JCaps

    I can only see one problem with this game. It gets pointless way too quickly and I didn't even really play it that much. After a week or so I had around 50 dwellers all outfitted with weapons and clothing. There's literally nothing left for me to do. All crisis are easily averted now (fire, raiders, roaches). And managing 50 dwellers is challenging enough. Can't imagine 100. I just don't see an incentive to keep playing at this point other than maxing out stats or just reaching max dwellers ( which I don't find fun ). I think bethesda didn't a great job but ultimately they are still learning about the mobile space.

    Couple of tips to make the game more fun
    -different modes like hard with (permadeath due to old age and the occasional accidental death)
    -vary the raider attack sizes
    -quests with exploration options
    -having more social problems and events (the dweller A doesn't like dweller B so fighting persists, dweller is crazy so you exile him, outside dweller is actually a raider so steals resources and sabotages power reactor on top of leaving)
    -have more crisis that only certain types of skills can counter

    This game needs to give people a reason to keep playing

    • Design by Adrian

      I agree fully. I usually get tired of this kind of games, but not this fast.

  • scyna0805

    Is there any sync between devices iPhone and iPad ?

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  • Franklin McMahon

    No iCloud?! I'm kind of stunned that this AAA studio did not add in anything for cloud saves. I bought lunch boxes and leveled up on my iPhone, went to my iPad and had to start from scratch. Especially these types of games where you spend weeks leveling, purchase packs and play on multiple devices depending on where you are..again very, very surprised Bethesda left this feature out. I hope it is added soon!