Fallout Shelter is one of the most addictive games you can get for a phone or tablet. The gameplay is fairly straightforward. At its core, it is a resource management game. Like with most games you can get on your mobile device there are in-app purchases. But like all the best games you can get a lot out of this one without using them.
However, if you are like me, you will go through the tutorial on Fallout Shelter and realise you have already gimped your early shelter with poor positioning of certain rooms. Here are a few tips so you don’t get 6 hours in and feel you have to start again!
Positioning is everything
When you place two rooms of the same type next to each other they merge into one larger room. This has several advantages. Firstly it gives you extra places to put your slaves…sorry residents. It also boosts the rooms output helping you to gather more resources.
You can merge up to three rooms and where possible we suggest you do. Although on every floor there is room for 8 rooms, so you will probably end up with 3-3-2 and that’s fine. Another tip is to make sure you have your 2 or 3 rooms connected before you begin upgrading. Otherwise, you will end up with rooms that won’t connect as rooms have to be the same level to do this.
Put your power next to the vault door
When you go through the tutorial it gives you several potential positions for your first power room. You want to stick it directly adjacent to your vault door. There are a lot of reasons for this. Firstly, you are probably going to keep your strongest workers in this room, these are the guys and girls who will potentially go off into the wilderness. Therefore it makes sense to have them closer to the door. But it’s also very handy for another reason…
They may seem pesky, but if handled right they literally deliver resources and caps to your door. They are basically Fallout Shelter’s answer to Just Eat. So how do you handle them right? Remember those power rooms? Make sure you have three connected and fully occupy them. Stick all of your best weapons on the people in that room. It will be the first room that the invaders enter and you should have enough firepower to wipe them all out in one hit.
Slow and steady is a better approach when it comes to knocking out sproglets. I thought I just wanted to raise my population as quickly as possible in order to unlock new rooms. This works, to begin with but it hampers you in the long term for two reasons. The first being is that your shelter won’t have the infrastructure to deal with a ton of extra mouths to feed. The other reason this is not good is that it gimps your populace.
The breeding is almost a metagame in its own right. A child’s stats will be affected by the stats of its respective parents. Breed together two top workers and they will produce a well-statted kid. Breed together everyone in the building and you will end up with a mediocre workforce. This is further complicated by the fact that your citizens don’t really like inbreeding (which is pesky) So you can’t just create an awesome boy and girl from your two most awesome parents and increase your population that way. Careful selective breeding is required to produce the most awesome workforce you can.
There you have it. Follow these tips and you will have a burgeoning empire in no time.