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 US-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 November 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.

Dhoom:3 outshines Waar, breaks box office record in Pakistan

  • PTI, Karachi
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  • Updated: Dec 25, 2013 12:37 IST
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Bollywood icon Aamir Khan's latest release Dhoom:3 has broken box office records in Pakistan in the first week of its release, with multiplexes running five shows a day to capitalise on interest in the film.



In the country's largest city of Karachi, Dhoom:3's box office receipts from 56 screens on its opening day was around Rs 20 million. This easily broke the record set by the Pakistani film Waar last month for the highest box office collections on the first day of release.

"Waar grossed Rs 11.4 million on its opening day but Dhoom:3 has surpassed that by a large margin," said Nadeem Mandviwalla, one of Pakistan's leading exhibitors and distributors.

Dhoom:3 was released at a time when the screening of Indian movies has come under a cloud because of an order from the Lahore High Court barring the exhibition of "illegally" imported films.

The Dhoom:3 craze in Karachi has reached such heights that multiplexes are running the film on all their screens and having five shows a day on one screen - something unheard of in the Pakistani film industry.



"There is no doubt that Dhoom:3 has been a massive hit and the reason for this is clearly Aamir Khan and the pre-release publicity for the film," Mandviwalla said.

Abdul Haq, manager of Capri Cinema here, said that while Waar was released during the Eid holidays, Dhoom:3 was released on a normal weekend.

"There is great interest in the film and we are getting audiences of all ages and sexes," Haq said.

Mandviwalla said, "Dhoom:3's success comes at the end of a year during which Pakistani films have done well at the box office and have also been received well.

"It will be interesting to see by what margin Dhoom breaks the record for the highest box office collections in Pakistan, which is held by Chennai Express with grosses of Rs 100 million."

Mandviwalla said 2013 was a great year for exhibitors and distributors and the success of Chambeli, Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, Waar, Chennai Express and Dhoom:3 showed that Pakistani and Indian films could co-exist on screens.

 

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