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Altered Beast

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You 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.


Altered Beast Arcade Cutscene after stage 2
Altered Beast DOS Credits
Altered Beast Amstrad CPC Throwing a fireball at your enemies
Altered Beast TurboGrafx CD Transformation screen

Alternate Titles

  • "獣王記" -- Japanese spelling
  • "兽王记" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Jūōki" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Great conversion of the arcade hit, underestimated due to overexposure. Genesis Majestic Lizard (655)
Welcome to your doom Genesis *Katakis* (37850)
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 (4364)
Nice!!! Genesis Thiago Loureiro (3)

The Press Says

VideoGame SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 73 out of 100 73
1UP! Genesis Jan 09, 2015 70 out of 100 70
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Dec, 1989 69 out of 100 69
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) SEGA Master System Jun, 1989 661 out of 1000 66
Nintendo Insanity Wii Dec, 2007 3 out of 5 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx-16 Nov, 1989 6.2 out of 12 52
Retro Gamer Xbox 360 Aug, 2009 44 out of 100 44
Gamers' Temple, The iPhone Dec 19, 2010 40 out of 100 40
The Virtual Console Archive Wii Feb, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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A version of Altered Beast is included in Sega's Smash Pack compilation CD.

Genesis pack-in game

This game was the first pack-in game to come with the Genesis when it first came out in 1989.


The 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".


The 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 differences

The 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
Information also contributed by Mad_Griffith, Matthew Melbourne, Robbb and Zovni

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