Brief Summery: Congratulations! You are the Overseer of a new Vault out in the Wastelands! With only a handful of people under your care to begin with, it is up to you in how your Vault is built and maintained! Keep your dwellers alive, send them to the wastes fir supplies, watch out for raiders, and make some babies! All of this and more, good luck Overseer!
So, for those of you unfamiliar with the Fallout series, it is about post nuclear war where the government set up Vaults to “keep people safe” (more often than not they were experiments) however there are also those who live on in what remains of the outside world. The Overseer is the title of the leader of the Vault.
You begin by picking your Vault number and a small group of dwellers. The beginning is a tutorial which is well put together and doesn’t pull away from gameplay too much. You learn how to build different rooms, all costing Caps ($) and some with requirements that must be met to be unlocked. Most room types can be expanded 3 times, and upgraded 3 times. The size and upgrade of the room determines how many dwellers can work in it. Yes, the people have jobs! Each type of room has a S.P.E.C.I.A.L stat associated with it. Those with that stat set to higher are better suited for the job. There are rooms to train stats up in as well.
Once you have a few rooms and people working in them, it now becomes a game of patience and strategy. Most rooms produce something, water, power, etc. It takes time to make them, while at the same time they are being consumed. It’s a balance of supplies depleted vs supplies replenished. There is also making sure your dwellers are happy!
You can also send dwellers outside the Vault. They will get Caps, supplies, meet the nasties of the wastes, etc. So be sure to equip them with stimpaks and radaway!
After the initial startup the game can slow down a bit with waiting for supplies, more dwellers (via babies or the wastes), and fighting off the occasional fire or radroach infestation.
The music is nice and matches the previous games theme well. The graphics are top notch too, especially for a free game! The rooms even have depth and dimension. You can always use real money as well if you don’t wish to wait around for things, but you can enjoy the whole game without spending a dime. If you like Fallout or city-building styled games, then I suggest this!