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Like The Sims, but post-apocalyptic

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You'll have to wait until November until Fallout 4, but another completely new Fallout game was both announced and released today. Post-apocalyptic Sims-a-like Fallout Shelter is out now for iOS, and we've spent some brief time with it on an iPad — you can watch our first 10 minutes above.

It's hard to tell how well the game will hold up over several hours, but initial impressions are positive. Fallout Shelter is a well-produced, quirky game with a dark sense of humor and a neat inversion of typical free-to-play mechanics at its core. You have to build and upgrade rooms to expand your vault, the kind of thing that would normally prompt you to spend a token bought with real-world money if you wanted to do so quickly.

But in Fallout Shelter, you can instantly speed up the process — the cost is that it carries the risk of catastrophic failure, so you might see your residents succumb to fire or radroach infestation.

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As you will see, this happened to me pretty often.

Interest piqued? You can download Fallout Shelter for free on iPhone and iPad here.