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Experience Fallout Shelter on NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1, Get Free In-Game Loot
2015 has given us not one, but two new Fallout games. The one that has been getting all the attention is, of course Fallout 4, a vast and complex game in which the player has to survive in a world ravaged by nuclear conflict after escaping from an underground bunker.
The other game set within the same post-apocalyptic world is Fallout Shelter, a smaller, more intimate game designed for touchscreen devices that puts the player in the role of an overseer, whose job it is to build, and maintain a subterranean shelter and look after civilians following a nuclear detonation.
The best news of all, however, is that if you buy an NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1, Fallout Shelter comes preloaded on it. The SHIELD Tablet K1 is perfectly suited to playing Fallout Shelter on, not just in light of the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor powering the device, but also because of the tablet’s gorgeous 1920×1200 HD screen.
This is particularly important as the game is a masterpiece of tiny detail. The fallout shelter of the title is made of compact, but highly detailed rooms featuring subtle object animations and lighting effects that bring the environment to life. The tiny civilians are no less impressively drawn and animated.
Exclusively available to SHIELD Tablet K1 owners, NVIDIA is giving away a free bundle of five Lunchboxes in Fallout Shelter to the first 50,000 players who register. To redeem your in-game prize, go to the Settings app on your SHIELD Tablet K1, tap About Tablet, then tap Status and then copy your device’s serial number and enter it into this redemption page.
Like Fallout 4, Shelter has a retro style, a sort of fusion of 1950s sensibilities but with modern technology. At the start of each game you are assigned a very basic shelter and a few limited resources. Civilians immediately begin to appear from the wasteland and assemble at the outer door of the shelter and this is where your job as overseer truly begins.
The aim is a simple one. You need to expand the shelter by building more rooms, and you must generate resources – power, food, water and items – in order to keep the inhabitants of your shelter, healthy, happy and safe. You begin with the basics, building power plants, water purifiers, living quarters and diners in order to fulfill those basic needs. You then look at the characteristics of each civilian to see where their strengths lie and literally drag and drop them into a room so that they can get started on their assigned tasks. Once done, you will gradually begin to accrue resources to fund additional expansion.
This being a post-apocalyptic tale, you also have to have one eye on the future and boost the population of your shelter. The larger your population the more building options you have. As time goes by you will be able to build store rooms, radio studios, gyms and sports facilities and so on and in doing so your population will thrive. Occasionally raiders will try to storm the shelter so you also have to arm some of your civilians for defensive purposes and send them on missions out into the wasteland to recover weapons and other useful objects that aren’t available in the shelter.