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Description

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.

Screenshots

Shadow of the Beast II Genesis Main menu
Shadow of the Beast II Atari ST Something breaking house's roof.
Shadow of the Beast II Atari ST Enemies with a shield.
Shadow of the Beast II SEGA CD The intro appears to be identical to the Amiga version.

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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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Critic Reviews

The One Amiga Sep, 1990 86 out of 100 86
Raze Amiga Nov, 1990 83 out of 100 83
Play Time Atari ST Mar, 1992 79 out of 100 79
Sega-16.com Genesis Mar 29, 2010 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Nov, 1990 605 out of 1000 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1990 59 out of 100 59
Mean Machines Genesis Jan, 1993 58 out of 100 58
Mega Fun SEGA CD Aug, 1994 50 out of 100 50
Play Time SEGA CD Aug, 1994 45 out of 100 45
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1990 42 out of 100 42

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Trivia

Development

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.

Manual

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

Awards

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

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