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Play A Game, See The World In Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Companion App, Out Now

by Jeff Cork on Nov 05, 2015 at 03:03 AM

Fallout 4 launches next week, but if the series has taught us anything it's the importance of preparedness. While you wait, you can now download the game's companion app for your iOS, Android, or Windows Phone device. Much of the functionality isn't working – it's a companion app, after all – but you can poke around with the interface, play a game, and even catch a glimpse of the game's map.

The Fallout Pip-Boy app is available on iTunesGoogle Play, and Windows Phone for the cool cost of zero bottlecaps. After the system initializes, you'll be prompted to connect it to your device. Don't fret – go into demo mode to see what each of the menus does in a simulated session. Check out Atomic Command, a fun little time waster that's Fallout's take on the classic Missile Command game. You can also see what a few of the game's perks do, both at their first level as well as as they evolve.

The big thing that wastelanders will likely nerd out on is the map. There's only one icon in the demo, and that's for Vault 111. The image below only shows a slice of the world, too, since you can scroll around. You'll have to use your imagination, but it beats looking at box art for the umpteenth time.

Fallout 4 comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 10.

 

Our Take
Companion apps can be handy, especially for a game like Fallout 4. I could take or leave the wrist-mounted Pip-Boy fantasy; I'm more interested in being able to have a second screen dedicated to my map.