Players Are Hacking Fallout 4's Pip-Boy App To Unlock More Games

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Bethesda launched the official Fallout 4 companion app today, and it’s pretty slick! Unfortunately, there’s not much you can actually DO with the app yet...unless of course you happen to mess with the game’s files.


The app, which lets you connect to Fallout 4, can only be run in demo mode right now. Demo mode gives you access to a few things, like a fake character’s stats, inventory, and map data. You can also play games with the app—but the only one available right now is “Atomic Command,” Fallout 4’s take on Missile Command where you must stop atomic bombs from destroying key American cities. Here’s what that looks like, courtesy of Casey Likes Games:

What tech-savvy players have discovered, however, is that tweaking the game’s files also unlocks other games within the app. Here’s Robert Petersen, showcasing a game called “Red Menace.” It’s a riff on Donkey Kong, only the player has to save Vault Girl from a communist (of course). The communist throws atomic bombs at you instead of barrels (naturally):

It’s not a straight-clone, curiously enough. On the second level, for example, Vault Boy has to walk against a conveyer belt. Eventually, the player even gains a Power Armor, which allows Vault Boy to tank atomic bombs. Heh.

Here are a few more games, showcased by TroyIrving. They include: Zeta Invaders (which takes cues from Space Invaders, obviously), Pipfall, a game where you must collect bobbleheads before time runs out, and an RPG called Grognak, which is actually the most impressive game on the Pip Boy app. Behold:

You can check out the Pip Boy app for iOS here, and for Android here.



PsychoNun (Is actually a dude)

Edmund McMillen had a point, it would have been way more awesome for the games to unlock at the intended time as a surprise or something, but dataminers just like to take the fun out of everything by killing our sense of surprise.