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Altered Beast (Genesis)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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* (37805) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.1
Overall MobyScore (49 votes) 3.2

The Press Says

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The Games Machine (UK)
The gameplay is a natural for the Sega even though it's hardly original — likewise the action is sedate compared with Space Harrier 2 and Super Thunder Blade, but Altered Beast is a coin-op conversion to the letter — and that can't be bad.
Premier jeu sur Sega Megadrive, Altered Beast a sa place parmi les classiques devenus cultes au fil du temps. Le jeu est bien ficelé, il y a une logique et l'intrigue avance à chaque tableau. On regrette la difficulté, gros point faible du jeu, mais qui ne nous empêche pas de (re)passer un bon moment devant notre console, seul ou à deux, entre nostalgiques du genre et de l'époque.
All Game Guide
Graphics and sound are impressive for the first 16-bit game released in 1989. Characters are nicely detailed and the levels scroll without problem. Voices can be heard along with some spooky sound effects. The two-player mode is a great feature because you can both change into the beasts and wreak some havoc. Overall, it is a good action game with cool beast transformations. And while Altered Beast is not too difficult, it could use more levels.
Uma história de muita ação: um centurião romano é ressucitado por Zeus, o deus dos deuses na mitologia grega. Athenas, filha de Zeus, foi seqüestrada pelo perigoso Neff. O centurião, para sobreviver às cinco fases do jogo, vai se transformando em animal, conforme a situação.
What Altered Beast lacks in gameplay and depth it has in pure simple fun. The controls are smooth and intuitive and the gameplay style makes it great for short periods of play. Even though I’m not tied to this game by nostalgia like so many other gamers, I can’t help but like it. To put it simply, this game is just fun.
Altered Beast cumple bien los requisitos gráficos, historia y sonido, también el de dificultad. Es más, con tal de no quedarse corto la aumentaron a niveles sólo aptos para niños asiáticos. No hay continuaciones, ni vidas extras, ni dificultad seleccionable, ni objetos de curación para nuestra escasa barra de salud que se vacía ante al mínimo golpe. Para muchos puede estar bien, puede suponer un reto, pero también supone para algunos una tarea imposible y un agobio que obliga estar más atento de no recibir daño y jugar de forma perfecta que de divertir. Por suerte en el modo de dos jugadores la experiencia resulta más llevadera. Sin embargo hay que recalcar el carácter divertido de la historia: dioses griegos, un protagonista resucitado de la tumba, animales antropomórficos, transformistas, todo es alegría porque aquí están todos locos.
Die Mega Drive-Fassung hinkt dem Arcade-Vorbild grafisch etwas hinterher, glänzt jedoch mit einer guten Spielbarkeit, die sich vor allem in den flotten Angriffen der Spielfigur äußert. Somit ist es um einiges einfacher zu spielen, wenn auch mangels einer Continue-Funktion nicht ganz leicht zu beenden. Der 2-Player Modus ist hier glücklicherweise vorhanden. Da die grafischen Nachteile die Verbesserung der Handhabung aufheben, ist diese Umsetzung mit dem Original gleichzusetzen.
The Video Game Critic
There's a great deal of blood and flying limbs. Powering up as quickly as possible is the key to winning. A transformation screen shows your character turning into a powerful monster such as a werewolf, dragon, or bear. They didn't have morphing technology in 1988, but it still looks cool. Levels range from a cool graveyard to some boring caverns (yawn). The bosses take forever to beat. The digitized voices sound terribly muffled and the collision detection is questionable at times. Two players can fight simultaneously, but the screen tends to get crowded because the characters are large. One particularly bizarre aspect is the charging pigs, many of which contain power-ups. Okay, they're supposed to be two-headed wolves, but they sure look like pigs to me. I like Altered Beast, but it's hardly a game that will appeal to the masses. Hint: Hold down A when pressing Start to resume play at the last level you were on.
Power Play
Altered Beast ist ein wildes Gemetzel, ohne viel Sinn und Abwechslung. Ein bißchen Freude kommt auf, wenn man die Mega-Drive-Version zu zweit spielt, Die Steuerung ist hier recht genau, die Grafik hat Automaten-Qualität und der Sound ist gelungen. Aber das stupide Monster-Treten wird furchtbar schnell langweilig.
Lens of Truth
Originating from the arcades there’s almost no replay value. The game is very short. Not being able to move your character up or down in the field of play makes it easy for enemies to inflict the common cheap hit. Its’ graphics were amazing when released but were quickly put to shame by other games on the system within a year. Its’ sound effects however will always be remembered, as well as the games “transformation screen”. Both had major impacts on the gamers who experienced them.