Ubisoft's Hungry Shark Evolution comes to Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 8

Just in time for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week is Ubisoft's Hungry Shark Evolution. As a bonus, it is a free Xbox LIVE game to boot. However, if something is free, you know there is a catch, there are either ads or in-app purchases, and this one features the latter. Still, the game looks to be a blast as it has picked up a few awards in the past. Oh, and yes, 512 MB support is there.

As like many things that come to Windows Phone, Hungry Shark Evolution came out nearly a year ago on other platforms. The game though also received a refresh in the last week and Windows Phone is now a part of that, pardon the pun, wave. Let us see what the game entails.

Hungry Shark Evolution

"Experience life as a Shark in the ultimate test of survival. Jaw dropping 3D graphics and action packed gameplay. Grow from a pup into a 10 ton Great White Shark! Eat your way around a diverse aquatic world full of wonder and danger. Feast on tasty sea creatures, swimmers, turtles and fishermen to grow into a giant. Battle enemy sharks, submarines, and the weird creatures of the deep. Chain up combo bonuses to gain massive hiscores!""Complete missions and find treasure to earn coins and gems. Spend these rewards on upgrading your sharks abilities or buy special life-saving items. Progress to unlock the most ferocious beasts in the sea: Mako Shark, Hammerhead, Tiger Shark and the almighty Great White."

As you can see, you are a shark. Perhaps a fantasy of yours, you can live a dream of munching on the sea's prettiest fauna and maybe even an occasional human.

The gameplay is simple, you have a thumb pad on the display that you use to steer the shark around, and you grab things to eat or dodge. In that sense, it reminds me very much of Death Worm, which is one of my favorite games. However, even on a 2.2GHz Quad-core phone like the Lumia 930, the game is slightly choppy. Not prohibitively so, but it is not as smooth as you would hope.

Regardless, it is free, fun, and a little morbid and it has Xbox LIVE achievements. At a 71 MB download, it will not break your storage either. Grab the game and let us know what you think about it, or if there are any highlights we missed (the game just showed on the Store). Also, check out the embedded official trailer to see it in action.

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Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.