Shadow of the Beast II (Genesis)

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Essentially a side-on scrolling beat 'em up in the vain of The Way of the Exploding Fist, but with an epic storyline and puzzles a-plenty.

The introduction, now an Amiga classic, shows the Beast-mage stealing your infant sister and the purpose of the game is to rescue her back. On the way a variety of puzzles, sub-quests and really nasty monsters dog your every step.


Shadow of the Beast II Genesis On the bridge, trying to avoid those weird flying things
Shadow of the Beast II Genesis This guy makes a skeleton out of me in no time
Shadow of the Beast II Genesis Trying to get down through the branches and nasty monsters
Shadow of the Beast II Genesis You start the game behind the tree

Alternate Titles

  • "シャドー・オブ・ザ・ビーストⅡ 獣神の呪縛" -- Japanese spelling
  • "SOTB2" -- Informal title
  • "Shadow of the Beast II: Jūshin no Jubaku" -- Japanese title

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Sega Force Mar 18, 1993 98 out of 100 98 Mar 29, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Play Time May, 1993 68 out of 100 68
Video Games Jan, 1993 27 out of 100 27


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The original game was developed using a 25Mhz PC in PDS 2. Whereas the graphics were created on a 25Mhz Amiga 2000 with a 68030 processor board.

The next game in development after this became the shoot 'em up, Awesome.


According to the Amiga game manual, it took:
    Fact Box -
  • Total Memory Used: 3.5 megabytes
  • Graphics Data: 2 megabytes
  • Music & Sound Data: 1 megabyte
  • Music Sample Rate: 20 kilohertz
  • Screen Update: 50 time a second
  • Project Duration: 12 months


  • EMAP Image's Golden Joystick 1991
    • April 1991: Best Graphics - 16 Bit

Jeremy Johnson (737) added Shadow of the Beast II (Genesis) on Aug 12, 2003
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