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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 Amstrad CPC Stage 2
Altered Beast TurboGrafx-16 The magician appears
Altered Beast Amstrad CPC Title
Altered Beast ZX Spectrum These zombies come to bits easy

Promo Images

Altered Beast Screenshot
Altered Beast Screenshot
Altered Beast Screenshot
Altered Beast Screenshot

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "獣王記" -- Japanese spelling
  • "兽王记" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Jūōki" -- Japanese title
  • "Altered Beast Classic" -- iOS and Android release title
  • "3D Altered Beast" -- Nintendo 3DS title

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User Reviews

Great conversion of the arcade hit, underestimated due to overexposure. Genesis Majestic Lizard (676)
Welcome to your doom Genesis Katakis | カタキス (41272)
An original story comes to life in this coin-op conversion. Genesis aaron pridemore (11)
A cult classic Genesis AaronGamer (45)
Decent platform beat 'em up with impressive werebeast, greek mythology theme Arcade Andrew Fisher (688)
Sloooow down SEGA Master System ETJB (450)
Slightly better than average arcade conversion. DOS gametrader (233)
A particularly good conversion of a particularly bad arcade game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4643)
Nice!!! Genesis Thiago Loureiro (3)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Computing Amiga Dec, 1989 82 out of 100 82
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Nov, 1989 825 out of 1000 82
Commodore User Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 73 out of 100 73
TouchGen iPhone Dec 24, 2010 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com Genesis Aug 28, 2010 66 out of 100 66
All Game Guide SEGA Master System 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Retro Gamer Xbox 360 Aug, 2009 44 out of 100 44
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jan 23, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Retro Archives Commodore 64 Feb 22, 2019 7.5 out of 20 38

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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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