‘Fallout’ mobile game a massive hit on Apple’s App Store


AFP

SAN FRANCISCO — A free mobile game spun from blockbuster video game franchise ��Fallout�� has rocketed to the top of the charts at Apple’s online App Store. Bethesda Softworks on Thursday announced that ��Fallout Shelter�� became the most downloaded game in 48 countries, and the most downloaded application of any kind in 25 countries, shortly after its release last week. ��We play games on our phones all the time, and have always wanted to make one,�� Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard said in a release. ��To have our first mobile game be enjoyed by so many is stunning.’�� ��Fallout Shelter,�� which lets players make in-game purchases of virtual items, became the third top-grossing application at the App Store within two days of its release, according to U.S.-based Bethesda. ��Fallout Shelter�� was played more than 70 million times a day around the world in the week after its release on June 14, the company said. The game is described by its creators as ��a post-nuclear strategy and simulation experience that puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault�� similar to fictional survival bunkers depicted in the video game franchise from which the application sprang. Bethesda, a unit of ZeniMax Media, released the mobile game as it showed off a keenly awaited ��Fallout 4�� at the Electronic Entertainment Expo media event in Los Angeles. ��Fallout 4�� opens with scenes showing a young family in a setting that blends 1950s America with the future.

Nuclear bomb blasts send people racing for shelter, and the main character becomes the sole survivor, emerging two centuries after the devastation. A collector version of the game comes with a real-life Pip-Boy wrist-wear device, a gadget well-known by fans of ��Fallout.�� The wearable Pip-Boy is designed to hold smartphones, and there will be an application to make it an extension of the game, according to Howard. ��Fallout 4�� will be released on Nov. 10, with versions of the game tailored for play on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles as well as on personal computers powered by Windows software. The mobile application is only available for devices powered by Apple software.