DescriptionYou are a hero raised from the dead by the god Zeus to rescue his daughter Athena. With scenery inspired by Ancient Greece, you have to fight hordes of undead and demons, with a boss at the end of each level until you meet the god Neff, who holds the girl captive.
The Altered Beast title refers to your shapeshifting abilities. In this platformer, you can collect spirit balls by defeating two-headed wolves, allowing you to mutate into different beasts such as a werewolf, a dragon, a tiger, a bear and others depending on the version. Each form, tied to a level, comes with special abilities such as flight and powerful attacks, easily superseding the basic set of punches and kicks in your human form.
The game can be played in single player mode, or in same-screen multiplayer co-op mode.
- "獣王記" -- Japanese spelling
- "兽王记" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "Jūōki" -- Japanese title
Part of the Following Groups
- Altered Beast series
- Animals: Cats
- Genre: Beat 'em up / Brawler
- Mythology: Greek
- SEGA Vintage Collection series
|Great conversion of the arcade hit, underestimated due to overexposure.||Genesis||Majestic Lizard (655)|
|Welcome to your doom||Genesis||*Katakis* (37815)|
|An original story comes to life in this coin-op conversion.||Genesis||aaron pridemore (11)|
|A cult classic||Genesis||AaronGamer (42)|
|Sloooow down||SEGA Master System||ETJB (447)|
|Slightly better than average arcade conversion.||DOS||gametrader (229)|
|A particularly good conversion of a particularly bad arcade game.||DOS||Tomer Gabel (4388)|
|Nice!!!||Genesis||Thiago Loureiro (3)|
The Press Says
|The Games Machine (UK)||Genesis||Jun, 1989||87 out of 100||87|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Xbox 360||Aug 17, 2009||16 out of 20||80|
|Commodore User||Arcade||Sep, 1988||7 out of 10||70|
|Defunct Games||SEGA Master System||Aug 28, 2005||55 out of 100||55|
|Pixel-Heroes.de||SEGA Master System||May, 2004||5 out of 10||50|
|Lens of Truth||Genesis||Apr 04, 2009||4.5 out of 10||45|
|The Virtual Console Archive||Wii||Feb, 2007||40|
|Nintendo Life||Wii||Nov 20, 2006||30|
|Power Play||Amiga||Nov, 1989||18 out of 100||18|
|Game Freaks 365||SEGA Master System||Sep 05, 2005||1 out of 10||10|
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CompilationA version of Altered Beast is included in Sega's Smash Pack compilation CD.
Genesis pack-in gameThis game was the first pack-in game to come with the Genesis when it first came out in 1989.
MegadriverThe Brazilian Heavy metal band Megadriver, specialized in SEGA MegaDrive music, did a cover of the first level theme, complete with one of the band members saying "Rise from your grave".
ReferencesThe ride-able lizard-birds from Golden Axe make a cameo appearance in the second stage. Bizarrian, a hybrid between an amphibious and a parrot, is also present in Golden Axe.
Version differencesThe NES version adds 3 new stages and 2 unique transformations: a shark, an a bird. On the other hand, the SMS version removes the tiger level. The Zodiac release is an emulation of the Genesis version, but for one player only.
- Power Play
- Issue 01/1990 - Biggest Failure of 1989
Related Web Sites
- Altered Beast coin-op game entry on KLOV (The Altered Beast coin-op game entry on the Killer List of Videogames.)
- Hardcore Gaming 101 (In depth look at the Altered Beast series of games)
- X360A Achievement Guide (X360A's achievement guide for Altered Beast.)