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Altered Beast (SEGA Master System)

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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 SEGA Master System Title Screen
Altered Beast SEGA Master System Beast walking
Altered Beast SEGA Master System Winged demons
Altered Beast SEGA Master System Jump - Powered up form

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

GamesCollection Apr 12, 2008 9 out of 10 90
VideoGame Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Defunct Games Aug 28, 2005 55 out of 100 55
Pixel-Heroes.de May, 2004 5 out of 10 50
HonestGamers Jan 12, 2004 3 out of 10 30
Power Play Jun, 1989 17 out of 100 17
Game Freaks 365 Sep 05, 2005 1 out of 10 10

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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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