Fallout Shelter is a new iOS game from Bethesda, makers of Fallout 3 and Skyrim, just to name a few. For those of you who have been playing it in an attempt to scratch that post-apocalyptic itch until Fallout 4 comes out, here are some tips for becoming the most popular Overseer in the wasteland!
1. Don’t build anything unless you absolutely need to. The more rapidly you expand your vault, the more resources you’ll be using up. Don’t put the cart before the Brahmin. For that matter, don’t be afraid to demolish a room for the greater good. You’ll make up the money later.
2. Power > Food and Water. Your vault runs on power. If you don’t produce enough power, you won’t be able to produce food and water, and then you’ll begin a death spiral. Your dwellers will starve and have rad poisoning. Good luck coming back from that.
3. Always have two dwellers out wandering the wasteland, and don’t bring them back until you absolutely have to. You need outfits and guns and unless you feel like sinking tons of your own money into the game, you better have some dwellers out scavenging the wasteland. Outfits help you adjust the stats of seemingly useless dwellers, and rad roaches get tougher as the game progresses, so your dwellers better not be trying to punch them to death. Also, be sure to load your scavengers up with Stimpaks and Radaways because you want to keep them out in the wastes for as long as possible. Longer runs=better gear.
4. Get reproducing. People aren’t going to be lining up at your vault door for very long. After the beginning, if you need to grow your vault population you’re going to have to do it the old fashioned way: Being randomly selected by your Vault Overseer for reproduction duty. (Side Note: Pregnant women don’t attack raiders or rad roaches, so make sure you don’t have too many in one room.)
5. Play one vault at a time. Unless you have all the time in the world and all the money in the world, try to focus on one vault at a time. I was so busy trying to keep up with this vault at the very beginning, I thought I was going to get fired from my real job.
6.Match people to rooms the best you can, but keep overall survival your priority. Be sure to carefully match a dweller with the right assignment to ensure overall happiness, but, for example, if food is getting low, don’t be afraid to move whoever you need into the Diner.
7. Don’t be afraid to keep a room empty when necessary. You don’t always need someone making Stimpaks and Radaways because you’ll max out on them quickly, so unless you need that resource, put those eggheads to work somewhere else for the time being. Don’t forget about their overall happiness though. Bear in mind though, that a rad roach infestation in an empty room can spread to all the rooms around it.
8. Keep a gun in every room. Also, be sure to evenly distribute the quality of the guns, but keep in mind to have your heavy weapons near the vault entrance for when raiders attack. I don’t keep guards in the vault entrance because it’s a waste of good workers, but I keep them as close as possible. Once you fortify the vault door, you have plenty of time to move your heaviest weapons into defense position.
9. Watch for Strays. Sometimes a baby grows up and it slips your attention. Be sure to keep an eye out for adult dwellers wandering around the vault making no contributions and put those slackers to work!
10. You’ll almost definitely need to spend a little real money. At least at the beginning. You might want to buy a few lunch boxes to get someone with a lot of utility in your vault like the Lone Wander’s father James. I can basically stick him anywhere I need. It sucks to spend your money on a free game, but if you can afford the 4 bucks and your vault seems like it’s hurting, it’s usually a worthwhile investment.
So that’s it. I’m including a few screenshots to show where I am as of this article (I actually just hit 81 dwellers). I’m thinking that when I get to 200 dwellers and max out, happiness might start to lag because one of my easy happiness cheats is to send two people for a whoopie session. That being said, at 200 dwellers, when someone’s happiness lags to unacceptable levels, I might just send him or her into the wasteland without weapons, stims or radaway to never return. Being an Overseer is a cruel business.