Over­see a com­mu­nity bomb shel­ter dur­ing the apoca­lypse

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

This is a twisted take on games such as “The Sims,” in which play­ers con­trol ev­ery as­pect of the lives of a small com­mu­nity. A mo­bile ad­di­tion to the “Fall­out” game se­ries, the app puts play­ers in charge of an un­der­ground shel­ter built af­ter nu­clear bomb­ing rav­ages the Earth’s sur­face. Play­ers com­mand ev­ery­thing about the com­mu­nity as its “over­seer,” from how it man­ages food and power to what cit­i­zens’ chil­dren are named. The game is sim­ple enough for any­one to play, but par­ents should note that it’s rated 12 and up thanks to the sort of cyn­i­cal gal­lows hu­mor you might ex­pect from a game set in a postapoc­a­lyp­tic imag­in­ing of the Eisen­hower age. Death and car­toon­ish vi­o­lence are in­escapable, even if the art makes it all look like a car­toon.

You’ll def­i­nitely get more out of Fall­out Shel­ter if you’ve played any of its re­lated con­sole games. It’s rife with in-jokes for fans, who’ll rec­og­nize its aes­thetic as well as props and en­e­mies pulled from the se­ries. But you don’t have to come armed with deep “Fall­out” knowl­edge to en­joy Fall­out Shel­ter— just a dark sense of hu­mor. Free for iOS de­vices.

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