So several weeks ago, I finally broke down and bought a mobile device. I don't own a cell phone or a smart phone (shock, gasp, OMG, WTF? - go ahead,
get it out of your systems, even my son's teacher though he was lying when he said he didn't have a mobile phone....).
I got myself a nextbook Ares 8 tablet:
The main reason for the purchase was to play some games when I'm out camping in the woods when I'm kicked back and done with other things you do
while camping. I got myself Minecraft Pocket Edition to play on it, and promptly didn't play it, as instead, my son took over the tablet for a while,
Messing around with it, I saw a free game in the Google Play store. Free is always good in my book, and it had something to do with Fallout, which
makes it even better!
So I downloaded and started playing Fallout Shelter
in which you have to build and maintain a Vaulttec Vault
and manage your dwellers.
The game is quite addicting.....my wife, who had never played any Fallout game, immediately became addicted....and once again, I no longer had control
over the tablet....hehehe.
Part of the problem of playing games on this Ares 8 is the fact the screen is only 8 inches, and I can't see things! How much better it would be if I
could play this game on my PC at home!
Well, I made that happen, but realize that what I did, you don't have to do here soon as the game while only available for Android and iOS systems,
is about to be released again for Microsoft Windows sometime this month according to Bethesda (along with a huge update that is adding things to the
However, not wanting to wait (hey! it's an ADDICTION man!), I did some research and found that yes, you can play this on your PC. All you have to do
is use an Android emulator.
Now, there are several out there. And the most popular one is Bluestacks
. However, Bluestacks would not install
Fallout Shelter for me.....each time I tried to install it, Google Play would whine about the fact that I was not using a wireless connection (no
kidding, my desktop is hooked up with a Cat5 network cable).
However, I was able to make this work with Droid4x
. And a little bit of file manipulation.
Droid4x allowed me to get Fallout Shelter installed on my PC, but it did not quite install it all the way. There were some files missing, but I was
able to transfer them from my tablet, and presto! Fallout Shelter is working on my desktop computer:
Love being able to see this game on my 22 inch flatscreen monitor instead of the little 8 inch tablet. I can really zoom in and see how my Vault
Dwellers are doing:
Working the radio station:
Fighting off Rad Roaches:
And of course my wife now has this on her desktop computer too! hehehehehe. Not only that: She's now playing Fallout New Vegas with plans to get
Now....I know, I know....I could have just waited until they released it for Windows this month........but....
Did I mention I'm addicted to this game?