In this coin-op conversion, 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 singleplayer mode, or in same-screen multiplayer co-op mode.
- "獣王記" -- Japanese spelling
- "兽王记" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "Jūōki" -- Japanese title
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A version of Altered Beast
is included in Sega's Smash Pack
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
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.
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- Issue 01/1990 - Biggest Failure of 1989
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