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Shoggoth Rising looks absolutely insane, from iOS and Android to universal app on Windows and Windows Phone

Let's get one thing out of the way already. The visuals for this game look absolutely insane. Shoggoth Rising has originally launched on iOS and Android last December, but now it's on Windows Phone, too. You play as Ned, who has survived a shipwreck. You found a lighthouse, but you're far from being safe. Waves of sea creatures are going after you and you need to kill them before they kill you.

Head past the break to watch our gameplay video on the Nokia Lumia 930.

Immediately after launching the game, you'll be impressed with how it looks. The background on the main menu has lightning, rain, waves, and it's moving around like you're on a boat. Before you even start playing, we suggest heading over to the settings and tinker with the five graphics quality options: lowest, low, medium, high, and ultra. We've selected ultra on our Nokia Lumia 930.

You are positioned on top of the lighthouse. Use your weapons to prevent the creatures from climbing up to harm you. You start out with a gun called Blunderbuss, but eventually unlock other weapons such as a Rumgun and Cannon. They each have different damage points as well as ammunition. When the creatures get too close, you need a plank to hit them. It can also be upgraded to increase damage.

When things get overwhelming, you have special weapons that can help. The first one gets unlocked at level 7. It's called St. Elmo's Fire, which is a bolt of lightning that causes a lot of damage to all the creatures currently climbing up. There's a countdown after using the special weapon until you can use it again.

You can move the camera around for a better view of the creatures climbing up. It'll make it easier to shoot them. You can swipe up, down, left, right, and even pinch to zoom. The top of the screen displays your health. This decreases when the creatures get close and hit you. The round ends if the health meter reaches zero.

Surviving a round gives you money, which you can use to upgrade your weapons. It's necessary to upgrade because the creatures become stronger and harder to kill. They become faster, stronger, and even get bigger. The upgrade menu shows the weapons you currently have and displays the amount of damage you can cause if you upgrade. The prices increase as you go up a level.

There are currently 20 levels in the game grouped as the first episode. The second episode is listed in the menu, but it is currently locked with a message that says, "coming soon."

Shoggoth Rising costs 99 cents at the Windows Phone Store. Since it is a universal app, you can buy it once and install the game on both Windows Phone and Windows devices. There's also a free trial available. It's interesting that there are no in-app purchases available to get more credits. You actually have to play the game to earn the upgrades.

Check out Shoggoth Rising and let us know what you think in the comments!

Thanks for the tip, Frank H.!

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Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

80 Comments
  • Cool.
  • Yup
  • Cry cry... 512 mb devices not supported... Cmon lets cry...
  • Crying
  • You should not be crying According to the crap eaters in this forum, with a 512 Mb phone you are not missing absolutely anything. Oh, wait ...
  • Uwaaaaaahhh uwwaaaaahh :'(
  • I cri erytim :'(
  • I've down graded to a Lumia 521 ever since my HTC HD 7 stopped working. Since then I've never been able to get a decent phone from T-Mobile... By decent I mean something with a big screen. 5" or more
  • You're not missing anything. There's a reason why it's only got 500 downloads on the Play Store.
  • Oh? What's the reason?
  • Cry :(
  • wwwwaaaaahhhhhhh :cry: :cry: wwwwaaaaahhhhhhh :cry: :cry:
  • And I'm just sittin here with a 1 GB RAM device
  • Crying :'(  
  • :(
  • Playing on my 520.
  • @BlackGoku
    How are u playing it on a 512 MB device?
  • jajajaja 512 mb devices, making you cry since 2014 when Modern combat 5: Blackout rised.
  • well my excuse is that i dont like how this game is not because i have a 512 ram
  • This game looks great. Can't wait to play.
  • That is not what shoggoths look like. Fail.
  • Shoggoths, um, don't actually exist. They come from someone's imagination, lol.
  • Lol
  • lol
  • lol
  • It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train—a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter. He has a point.
  • Haahaa that's not a shoggoth, that's Rodney.
  • Exactly, and H.P. Lovecraft was pretty detailed in his retelling of his imagination.
  • Lmfao
  • The level he played was called The Deep Ones, and they match the description of Deep Ones, so there's a fail somewhere, but it's not in the game.
  • Does it supported 512mb device? #justwindowsphonepeasantthings
  • Unfortunately not at this time.
  • Maybe you guys should have different banner colors for easy differentiation.
  • I hope I win :)
  • Not available here in Brazil. Oh Gosh!! :(
  • Did you expect anything less?! Do your stuff Guilherme!
  • Spin you sh** brazil guy :D
  • I downloaded it two days ago and I think it's a must have game
  • An excellent game no doubt!
  • Love the first two reviews in the Store. 1 stars from 512mb users.. Genius.
  • Yeah I saw that, hoping my review balances the star rating a bit!
  • That's not cool.
  • Indeed. How did they download the app, though?
  • Yea I wonder that too lol
  • maybe they downloaded on win 8.1 desktop, and thought they can play it on their 512 mb devices and guess what!!
  • I love seeing more universal apps. It definitely makes me more apt to download it.
     
  • Nice game, but my 930 gets pretty warm after playing it for 15/20 minutes. To nit pick, I always thought Shoggoths were star creatures. Deep Ones, Dagon, Mother Hydra and Cthulhu are water based Lovecraft creatures to name a few. But that really is being fussy, the game itself is pretty fun for 79p!
  • cthulhu fhtagn...
  • Iaa iaa!
  • Brings me back to my school days lol Tekeli-li Tekeli-Li!!!
  • Iä, Iä! Shubb-Niggurath, the black goat from the wood with thousands youngs.
  • Don't make me get the pipes and drums out or this is gonna turn into a party!!!!!!
  • Poor 512mb RAM devices.
  • Lovely game .
  • Cool game! I've been playing it for a while and I like it a lot.
  • Seems like an interesting game but I'd love to see Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land on WP - I think that game is made for the 1520!!!
  • So available for WP which is ARM but not Windows on ARM... nice. So much for universal.
  • I purchased it on my phone but the price is still .99 on the windows store. Trying to get it for my SP3. Update: The Windows App Store still shows it at .99 but it now shows as a Universal App.
  • Awww I was just about to try and download on my Surface 2! :(  I think we need to get the devs of this game a message. If Modern Combat 5: Blackout can run on ARM, then so could this!
  • Nice game! Paid. More and more universal store apps please! When will GTA become an "USA"? Haha
  • Blah
  • A pay app with no IAPs. That is my kind of game. Thanks to the devs
  • If only it has Xbox Live support D:
  • Cha my phone isn't supported :):D
  • Not supposed at non support for 512MB... But disappointed nonetheless
  • Just the best looking game I've ever had on a smart phone! Very nice!
  • Looks great.
  • 512mb please...
  • I don't normally have time for playing mobile games, but this looks worthy of a try, thanks for the heads up!
  • Good games always supported 1gb ram... :(
  • That might actually be the point. Bola Soccer is not a good game, so they updated it for 512 mb ram support. And then again Subway Surfers... :)
  • I wonder what do I have 2GB of ram for?
  • Fed up of this '512mb not supported'......................
    Ordered new phone ASUS ZENFONE 4................$ android $
  • Lol if you bought a new phone anyway, why didn't you just get a WP with 1GB? smh
  • Thanks for the review. We appreciate the feedback from you guys!
  • Wts man plz make game 512mb ram supportive
  • We are currently not able to support 512mb RAM devices. These devices have a memory limit of 180mb which is simply not enough for our high-end graphics. 
  • Can't download for WinRT
  • We are working on a WinRT version.
  • I usually pay for only EA Games And Gameloft...But this one I hope I can pay for this too...Hope it does not break my heart..