The next time a conservative critic wants to deride gaming as a waste of time, you might want to point out that a developer named Radication Games has created a title that enables players to help work on treatments for tuberculosis.
In an ideal world, this review would’ve appeared a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we live in a world that gets MEGA-HACKED by the forces of evil from time to time.Now, Fallout Shelter‘s time has finally come.
Perhaps you were one of those who contributed to Fallout Shelter’s 70 million plays per day when the mobile app first launched? Since Bethesda unveiled the iOS game at E3, the little post-apocalypse-management-sim-that-could has been going from strength to strength. Case in point: it raked in about $5.1 million in microtransactions within the first two weeks.
This is according to website SuperData’s June report on the gaming industry, in which the market data company praised Bethesda for cracking a pretty hard nut in terms of core gamers and their general opinion towards mobile titles. “By emphasizing unobtrusive monetization and offline playability,” the report reads, “Bethesda managed to earn the respect of a consumer group that is otherwise highly critical of free-to-play monetization.” Further great news is that Fallout Shelter managed to topple Candy Crush Saga as the top grossing mobile game for the month. Take that, King Games!
You can pick up Fallout Shelter for free on iOS, with an Android version expected sometime next month.
Despite Origin’s less-than-stellar reputation amongst gamers, you’ve got to give EA credit for attempting to entice new members into its fold. Origin has a decent library, and every now and then they offer a game – often a classic title – for free as a show of good faith.
The latest such offering is Theme Hospital. For those not in the know, the game is one of many in a varied line of management simulation titles created by defunct developer Bullfrog in the ’90s. It requires efficiency and micromanagement, it has a lot of twisted humour and it’s considered a requisite on any retro gamer’s résumé.
To obtain it, make sure you have the Origin client installed, then head on over to this page. It’s only available for a limited time (curiously left unspecified), so get it while you can.
Old-time players may be interested in using the CorsixTH Engine. It features a lot of bug-fixes and gameplay tweaks and offers some fresh new challenges. Graphics are untouched though, so don’t expect it to be an HD upgrade or anything.
When Wesley dictated that Rickismo Afrikanus be the most beneficent dictator he could possibly be in Tropico 3 (a management sim in which you play the bumbling dictator of a tropical paradise), he thought he was giving him a challenge. He thought that Rickismo – author, velvet revolutionary, multi-award winning Noble (sic) Laureate* and the people’s greatest but most humble servant — could not possibly achieve peaceful rule of the like not experienced since the Renaissance.
But there are two things you must know about Rickismo: he refers to himself in third-person — always — and that whilst his humility is second to none, it’s an undeniable fact that he single-handedly thwarted eighteen increasingly convoluted assassination attempts (the last involving a silky llama, a whip, and a promising cabaret invitation).
Rickismo is no stranger to adversity: indeed, he welcomes it as a common-but-no-less-valuable Tropican may welcome air to breathe, or decent living wages, or rights. And while the challenges were great, he succeeded where lesser men and women would have failed, thanks in minor part to his peoples’ tireless efforts but largely due to his eleemosynary [I’ve just Googled this word, and it is not at all what I was expecting. Make of that what you will. – Ed.] gaze.
What follows is Rickismo’s extensive, detailed and objective account of his leadership, insights, wisdom and fiscal acuity, as documented by that most competent and impartial biographer: himself.
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