I always thought I SHOULD like the Fallout series. Its latter day iterations are basically sci-fi Elder Scrolls, right? But here's the thing - even though I'm a big sci-fi fan, what really appeals to me is cyberpunk stuff and robots and things like that. I mean sure I LIKE Star Wars, but what really scratches my nerd itch is the works of Philip K Dick. Oh, and also, I've never had much interest in the post apocalyptic worlds of Mad Max and all that stuff. So... yeah, Fallout has never grabbed me.
Years ago I attempted to play some of the original PC game and I bounced off it hard. Later I picked up Fallout 4 on Xbox One because I had heard it took place in New England. I never even played the darn game. And I sold my Xbox stuff around the time my daughter was born. I suspect I MIGHT like the Wasteland games as they're turn based strategy. Right? I think?
Anyway, Fallout Shelter is a spin-off mobile game that was ported to Switch. And I think it's fairly popular as far as mobile games go. I've been reading the HG101 book, Epopee which collects interviews with French developers, and this title came up. It's free so I gave it a go over the weekend. I think I put in a couple of hours and... meh.
This game is SUPER slow unless you want to spend money. A true mobile F2P cash-cow kind of game. Much of my time with Fallout Shelter was waiting for something/anything to happen. And I think that if you don't want to spend money on it (I don't), then this game is meant to be played in ten minute bursts, or maybe during commercial breaks when you're watching TV. But sitting and focusing on it like a true blue full featured game? Not so much.
I've played and loved a lot of free games over the years. Games like Lightseekers and Fortnite and Tetris 99 all come to recent mind. These are games that can over dozens of hours of enjoyment without costing you a dime. Games so good that you might consider tossing money to the developers after 50 hours because - wow - you feel like they deserve it for all the fun you've had. Fallout Shelter does not do this for me.