Oversee a community bomb shelter during the apocalypse
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.