Cross-platform strategy game Skulls of the Shogun goes live on Windows Phone and Surface

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Cross-platform strategy game Skulls of the Shogun goes live on Windows Phone and Surface

Seattle-based studio 17-Bit's cross-platform strategy game Skulls of the Shogun has landed on Windows Phone, Surface, and Xbox Live Arcade.

Shogun is a turn-based strategy epic with the rapid-fire immediacy of an arcade game.

In our hands-on preview of Skulls of the Shotgun, we said it "never gets too bogged down in number crunching and unit positioning".

It's got a full 15-or-so hour story mode, with an off-beat spin on Japanese lore. You play as General Akamoto, a genius tactician who's just been stabbed in the back and subsequently washes up on the shores of the afterlife.

Skulls of the Shogun

So, you'll quickly put together a ragtag army of the undead to fight through the four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter - not the hotel chain) and become the reigning champ of the hereafter.

On everything but Zune

But, Skulls of the Shogun's real claim to fame is its cross-platform compatibility with just about every device that Microsoft's making these days.

This means you can play the game on Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Microsoft Surface, and Windows 8 PCs. Plus, the game boasts a four-player asynchronous mode that works across all those devices.

And if you you buy it on multiple platforms, you can continue those multiplayer brawls - or your single-player progress in the campaign - on another device. Just save and restore your progress via Xbox Live.

Take your turn

Skulls of the Shogun is available now on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 for the special launch price of £3.99 / $4.99. There's also a free demo on offer if you're on the fence.

It's also available on PC, Microsoft Surface, and Xbox Live Arcade.

Mark Brown
Mark Brown
Mark Brown spent several years slaving away at the Steel Media furnace, finally serving as editor at large of Pocket Gamer before moving on to doing some sort of youtube thing.