Fallout Shelter will get you addicted before Fallout 4 arrives

Say goodbye to your weekends, you’re going to play it non-stop since it doesn’t have paywall timers

If we told you there is a game that doesn’t require an internet connection, nor restricts you by waiting for a timer, you’ll be thinking we’re crazy.

Apparently, so is Bethesda Software, the makers of the upcoming Fallout 4. Its new mobile game in the Fallout universe throws the freemium model out the window.

Named Fallout Shelter, the iOS-only (for now, we hope) mobile game issues a challenge to you, the overseer - build your own nuclear shelter, gather dwellers, keep them happy and alive. And maybe, even re-populate the world that’s now a total wasteland.

Besides being a free game, it’s already available, right after Bethesda was showcasing Fallout 4 and threw out this little surprise announcement at E3 2015.

We’ve had a go at it and noticed a striking resemblance to the underground base of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Facilities are built underground, each having its own unique function to maintain the vault and even able to merge into a bigger facility.

Then, there’s the little nod to The Sims, keeping the dwellers busy with jobs, raising their satisfaction level and building new facilities to maintain the base, we mean, shelter. Also in a reference to the cutesy animated Pip-Boy characters featured prominently in the Fallout series, the game takes on the same art style in a 2D world.

If you’re in denial at the state of the world, just leave the dwellers within the confines of the shelter. Or, send them out into the desolate wasteland and hunt for resources, which in this case are bottle caps that act as the in-game currency and isn't in short supply.

As such, you won’t need to rely on in-app purchases to speed things along. Chances are, you won’t even consider tapping the in-app store to purchase lunch boxes for items and currency - these are also in abundance when you complete objectives.

In other words, Fallout Shelter is, for a very long time, a truly free mobile game that doesn’t sucker you into paying for a free game. The only caveat? Once you start, you can’t stop since it works even without an internet connection.

We apologise for getting you hooked onto this addictive game and taking away your weekend time with the family.