For those of you that often lose yourself in the twisted worlds and creatures that H.P. Lovecraft has inspired, Shoggoth Rising is a dream come true, and it crawled onto iOS and Android platforms this month. If, however, you have no idea who Lovecraft is and can’t even begin to understand a ‘Shoggoth’, here’s what you’ll be facing:
“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.” — H. P. Lovecraft, At The Mountains of Madness.
Intrigued? You should be.
Shoggoth Rising has been released by Dreipol, a studio based in Zurich, in collaboration with Noir Ink. Playing as a sailor named Ned, at the top of a lighthouse on a stormy night, you’ll be fighting off sea monsters using touch controls, and two different gameplay modes.
In Story-Mode, the player fights through 20 levels to face Shoggoth in a final and decisive battle. In Survival-Mode, players defend themselves against increasingly stronger opponents, and each level Ned remains alive allows the player to unlock and activate new weapons.
As a person who has recently been learning more about Lovecraft and his macabre creatures – isn’t Twitter a wonderful thing – I’m excited to get my hands on a game that gives me a chance to blast these ancient creatures right between the amorphous eyes,
Shoggoth Rising is available now, worldwide, in iTunes and Android App Stores. The game, inspired by the fantasy stories of H.P. Lovecraft, costs only $1 until December 31, 2013. After that, it goes back up to a reasonable $2, so if you like your Lovecraft nightmares cheap, grab the game now.