Heyo Nerdites! I wanted to stop in with a quicker hit to drop a little bit of knowledge for those who may not be in the know. Fallout Shelter was released today for Android OS (Finally!), and with it comes the ability to play this title on your PC!While Fallout Shelter is out — natively — for iOS and Android, you now have the ability to play it on your desktop or laptop via Android on solutions for PC like Andyroid or BlueStacks. I’ll go a little into each program and some of the pros and cons for these two applications and give you a bit of video of Fallout Shelter in action on Windows! Android Authority has a more information on the differences between the two here.
Shut up and take my bottlecaps!
Thankfully you will not be needing to shell out precious bottlecaps to use either of these programs. While both offer more enterprise/developer focused paid subscription models, each offers a full fledged version of the program free of charge for your enjoyment.
Whether BlueStacks or Andyroid is better for you will largely depend on your personal user experience and features that you may want. The one noticeable con goes into the BlueStacks column right away, though, as part of their free product involves downloading “featured” apps as a way to pay their bills. This comes off a little iffy to me personally, but they do have to pay the bills and I have been able to back out of these downloads easily enough. Andyroid does show “featured” apps to you, but they are never automatically downloaded.
There is also a noticeable pro in Andyroid’s favor in the ability to use your phone as a remote controller for the action on the PC side. Both programs offer gamepad support, but the ability to use your phone as a controller does give Andyroid a slight head start coming out of the features gate.
Suit up and roll out
Installation is fairly straight forward in both programs. While BlueStacks will just “work” on most systems, there is a caveat and another pro for Andyroid in that it takes advantage of virtualization (it runs on Orcale’s Virtual Box) on modern CPUs — and thus the feature needs to be enabled in your BIOS. This is great to me, as it infers better overall performance on the part of Andyroid. But if the Andyroid installer dings you for not having Virtualization enabled in your BIOS, and these words make you not even want to bother, then just go ahead and roll with BlueStacks.
BlueStacks is no fuss solution. But when it comes to side by side comparisons, Andyroid had the better performance overall for Fallout Shelter on my side.
These solutions for running Android on your PC are useful for more than just Fallout Shelter too. If you were wanting to work more generally with Android apps on your computer, including things like productivity apps, then I would have to suggest Andyroid. It scores higher in this area too due to using a more updated version of Android OS than BlueStacks does, and just generally being better for overall app use. Bluestacks looks to have more of a focus on just gaming.
When it comes to the game itself, I’ve been toying with it for the past hour before launching into this article. It’s entertaining so far at least! I can’t launch into a review yet, as I’m only just now getting to play the game. I’m reminded of games SimTower or the parred down mobile games like Tiny Tower from Mobage, but with more depth for sure.
There are IAP in this game, but just like they said at E3 2015, none of it is needed to access any of the features of the game. You pay for “lunchboxes” which give you randomized cards that unlock loot to equip on your shelter denizens and resources, but you can also gain these through in game activities.
I’ll likely launch into our first ever mobile game review after I have been able to spend more time with this title; but frankly, I need way more time with this game to say whether it’s worth your time.
At least that’s all it will cost, if you choose. Whether you play it on iOS, Android, or Android on PC, you can now play Fallout Shelter on dang near everything now.
Til next time, enjoy a bit of gameplay from BlueStacks!
BlueStacks – http://www.bluestacks.com/
Andyroid – http://www.andyroid.net/
Fallout Shelter on Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bethsoft.falloutshelter