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The Red Menace

The holotape game Red Menace being played on a Pip-Boy 3000 Mk IV

A video game, colloquially referred to as a holotape game,[1] is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a device such as on terminal, PIP-Boy, or even a dedicated video game console.[2]


Holotape games[]

Prior to the Great War, holotape games were a rising medium of entertainment that saw moderate success in public, with holotapes being sold stand-alone or being included in magazines to entice sales.[3] Dedicated companies[4] and divisions of companies[5] were created to develop holotape games in an attempt to get a foothold in this burgeoning market. Holotape games spanned a wide spectrum of genres, including strategic defense,[6] platforms,[7] and text adventures.[8] Holotape games had mechanics like save files, allowing one to save their score or progress in certain games, although saves could be lost, forcing players to restart.[9]

Terminals would attempt to keep up with the rapid progression of holotape games, with RobCo Industries developing consumer terminals capable of handling the highest-end graphics.[10][11] Companies would also market consoles for use on television sets to reach wider markets than the hobbyist terminal market.[2] Certain terminal games also provided players with multiplayer and full 3-dimensional experiences.[12]

Holotape games (and in turn holotape game players) are often looked down upon for being childish and generally a complete waste of time with no redeeming social value.[13] However, there are some individuals, human and robot alike, that not only enjoy playing holotape games but also boast about their skills.[14]

List of known holotape games[]

Name Description Appearances Developer
Atomic Command Defend eight cities from nuclear bombardment by firing missiles to obstruct the trajectories of the incoming warheads. Fallout 4, Fallout 76, Fallout (TV series) Planned Diversion Programming
Automatron Destroy the evil robots before they overwhelm you. Fallout 4, Fallout 76 Planned Diversion Programming
Cut content Cyberhood, Prince of the Matrix Unknown Fallout Unknown
Fallout 2 A multiplayer 3D game. Fallout 2 Unknown
Grognak & the Ruby Ruins Grognak the Barbarian and his party embark to vanquish the evil warlord Grelok from the realm. Fallout 4, Fallout 76 Hubris Comics Game Studio
Captain Cosmos in "Jangles' Big Day" Cut content Unknown Fallout 4, Fallout 76 Unknown
Nuka Tapper Serve bottles of Nuka-Cola down four bar lanes to various customers as customers become more frequent. Fallout 76 Unknown
Pipfall Find five Vault-Tec bobbleheads scattered throughout the wasteland while avoiding obstacles. Fallout 4, Fallout 76 Vault-Tec Game Studios
Red Menace Rescue Vault Girl from the Red Menace as you hop over barrels and dodge atom bombs. Fallout 4, Fallout 76 Vault-Tec Game Studios
Reign of Grelok Grognak must adventure a fantasy landscape via text to defeat the evil warlord Grelok. Fallout 3 Hubris Software
Wastelad Wastelad, emerging from Vault 1, must journey through a post-apocalyptic wasteland to stamp out Chairman Cheng once and for all. Fallout 76 Hubris Comics Game Studio
Zeta Invaders Destroy a grid of invading alien targets while defending four buildings, and any cattle within the crossfire with a roving tank. Fallout 4, Fallout 76 Unknown
Zorbo's Revenge Mentioned Unknown Fallout 76 Unknown


Video games are mentioned or appear in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout 4, Fallout 76, and Fallout (TV series).


  1. Vault Dweller: "How's the holotape game, Sofia?"
    Sofia Daguerre: "It's been soothing to play games again -- a few moments of normalcy once more. I think it even helps my headache a bit."
    (Sofia Daguerre's dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Old Man McGee: {350}{}{You must be one of those pre-war video game consoles.}
  3. RobCo Fun
  4. Planned Diversion Programming
  5. Vault-Tec Game Studios and Hubris Comics software division
  6. Atomic Command
  7. Pipfall and Red Menace
  8. Grognak & the Ruby Ruins and Reign of Grelok
  9. Samuel: "Can't believe I lost my Nuka Tapper saves, ugh."
    (Samuel (Wastelanders)/Dialogue)
  10. RobCo Sales & Service Center terminal entries; RobCo Sales & Service Center terminal, Calvin Crenshaw
  11. RobCo Sales & Service Center terminal entries; RobCo RX-9000 terminal: "ROBCO Model RX-9000 Terminal System
    The future of gaming has arrived! Impress your friends with the new ROBCO RX-9000.
    This terminal features an upgraded processor and cutting-edge graphics unlike any other terminal on the market. Please see a sales associate for a compatible game demo holotape."
  12. DataPlex 2000 SmarTerminal: "{117}{}{This terminal seems to be an Apricot-brand terminal. It's running something called Fallout 2. Wow, it looks like it's multiplayer and 3D.}"
    (DataPlex 2000 SmarTerminal interactions)
  13. The Vault Dweller: "{180}{}{Yeah, I had a friend.}"
    Cleo: "{182}{}{Sorry I can't be more useful. Oh, and then there's the rumor about the ship from outer space. I think someone's been playing around with too many of Rufus's stupid games.}"
  14. Sofia Daguerre boasts about her skills in various games, the Rust Devils had an ongoing leaderboard competition with Automatron, Samuel boasts about his Nuka-Tapper score, and various other characters.