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Fallout Shelter for iOS

Key Details of Fallout Shelter

  • Create a brighter future underground for the dwellers and protect them from the dangers of the wasteland.
  • Last updated on 4/15/2024
  • There have been 4 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Fallout Shelter is a post-apocalyptic building game that puts you in charge of rebuilding civilization in a vault. Eighteen years after its Windows debut, Fallout is finally available for iOS and coming soon to Android.


Simple yet immersive narrative: After a devastating nuclear war, much of the world is destroyed, and what's left is perilous. You're tasked with overseeing the construction of a new civilization in a state-of-the-art underground vault. You must maintain power for the facility and add, dress, feed, and placate workers to increase productivity, or increase procreation by putting men and women in the same room. If you're low on supplies like armor, weapons, or Caps (the game's currency), send workers out to collect.

Easy to pick up: Even if you're entirely unfamiliar with the Fallout series, you'll quickly get the hang of this game. Just click Create Vault, choose a vault number, and start building by clicking the green hammer.

Action: The game throws in random disasters -- fire, Radroach outbreaks, raider attacks -- to test your vault and keep you on your toes.

Retro graphics: The retrofuturistic graphics are reminiscent of 1950s, atomic-age civil-defense films and are very cool.

Help: Fallout Shelter gets you going with a thorough introduction and plenty of helpful hints.


No Portrait mode: You can play Fallout Shelter only in Landscape mode.

Sticky controls: We often found it difficult to drag and drop characters into the vault or from room to room.

Microtransactions are necessary: You can send your workers out to collect loot, but if you want the best weapons, armor, and dwellers, you'll have to pay for them by buying lunch boxes. You can win lunch boxes early in the game, but that opportunity is short-lived.

Bottom Line

Fallout Shelter immerses you in a dreary, desolate world that you won't want to leave.

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Full Specifications

October 9, 2017
Latest update
April 15, 2024
Operating System
iOS 16.4
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Create a brighter future underground for the dwellers and protect them from the dangers of the wasteland.
App Store Best of 2015. Mobile Game of the Year - 2016 DICE Awards. Winner 2015 Golden Joystick Best Handheld/Mobile Game. "Might just be the best free-to-play game out there" - GamesBeat. "Bethesda's first entry into iOS gaming is awesome. Game of the Week" - TouchArcade. "Probably the best game of E3 2015" - Gizmodo. "Fallout Shelter is simple to play and addictive as hell." - GameZone. Fallout Shelter puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault from Vault-Tec. Build the perfect Vault, keep your Dwellers happy, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland. Fallout Shelter requires at least an iPhone 5, iPad 3, or iPad mini 2. BUILD THE PERFECT VAULT. Create a brighter future. underground. Select from a variety of modern-day rooms to turn an excavation beneath 2, 000 feet of bedrock into the very picture of Vault Life. OVERSEE A THRIVING COMMUNITY. Get to know your Dwellers and lead them to happiness. Find their ideal jobs and watch them flourish. Provide them with outfits, weapons, and training to improve their abilities. CUSTOMIZE. Turn worthless junk into useful items with Crafting. Customize the look of any dweller in the Barbershop. PROSPER. A well-run Vault requires a variety of Dwellers with a mix of skills. Build a Radio Room to attract new Dwellers. Or, take an active role in their personal lives; play matchmaker and watch the sparks fly. EXPLORE THE WASTELAND. Send Dwellers above ground to explore the blasted surface left behind and seek adventure, handy survival loot, or unspeakable death. Find new armor and weapons, gain experience, and earn Caps. But don't let them die. PROTECT YOUR VAULT. From time to time, idyllic Vault life may be disrupted by the dangers of post-nuclear life. Prepare your Dwellers to protect against threats from the outside. and within. Vault-Tec has provided the tools, but the rest is up to you. What are you waiting for. Get started building your Vault today for FREE. Requires iOS7 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5 or later, iPad Mini 2 or later, iPad 3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2. This app offers in-app purchases. Please note that you may disable in-app purchasing directly from your device. For more information, visit http://support. apple.com/kb/HT4213.