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Altered Beast (Genesis)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Altered Beast Genesis Look at me, what a bulk
Altered Beast Genesis Swamp level
Altered Beast Genesis ... apparently not
Altered Beast Genesis A small cut scene between levels

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. Majestic Lizard (655) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Welcome to your doom *Katakis* (37800) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
An original story comes to life in this coin-op conversion. aaron pridemore (11) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
A cult classic AaronGamer (42) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Nice!!! Thiago Loureiro (3) unrated

The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Jun, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Jeuxvideo.com Aug 17, 2009 16 out of 20 80
VideoGame Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Sega-16.com Oct 05, 2004 7 out of 10 70
VicioJuegos.com Aug 28, 2010 66 out of 100 66
Pixel-Heroes.de May, 2004 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic May 01, 2001 C+ 58
Power Play Jun, 1989 53 out of 100 53
Lens of Truth Apr 04, 2009 4.5 out of 10 45

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Trivia

Compilation

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.

Megadriver

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".

References

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.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - Biggest Failure of 1989
Information also contributed by Mad_Griffith, Matthew Melbourne, Robbb and Zovni

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