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TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Fallout Shelter’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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