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Fallout Shelter Nintendo Switch Impressions

Last night, Bethesda had their E3 press conference. They made many announcements, but my favorite was Fallout Shelter for the Nintendo Switch. I knew what the game was, vaguely, and thought it might be interesting. The fact that the game was free and that it came out last night excited me even more. I downloaded the game and I’ve had the chance to play it some. Here are my first impressions of Fallout Shelter for Nintendo Switch.

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter is a free downloadable game and its currently available on the Nintendo Switch eshop. The game does have some micro-transcations but only for little extra things. You do not have to buy anything to play this game.

I’ve played Fallout Shelter a bit now. I’m a huge simulation game fan. You may already know that about me. So it was a given that I’d be interested in Fallout Shelter. It is a simulation game afterall. But do I like the game so far?

I am absolutely addicted to Fallout Shelter. Yes, its a free game, yes the graphics are simple, but the gameplay has me totally hooked. The best way I can explain the game is by saying its a cross between Tomadachi Life and The Sims. The layout of the Fallout Shelter reminds me a lot of the apartments in Tomadachi (and so does the dialogue and the fact that babies are born), though the micromangement is more like The Sims. Thankfully you don’t have to make sure these people get to the bathroom.

In Fallout Shelter, you build your Shelter, bring people into it, make sure they have enough food, water, and energy. You’ll see your shelter grow, characters level up, and get new items to give to them. I also like that you can send characters out into the wasteland. That part of the game plays out as a sort of text adventure.

Fallout Shelter may seem simple but theres a lot to it. I was surprised that this game is 1.4 GB. Its a big game! And it looks pretty good in portable mode. Its not bad on the TV, but I do think this game was meant to be played in handheld mode.

If you like simulation games at all, I highly recommend you go get this game now. Its free and totally addictive.

Alright, now I have to go play more Fallout Shelter!


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Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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