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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.


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There are 210 other screenshots from other versions of this game or official promotional screenshots.

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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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Critic Reviews Aug 17, 2009 16 out of 20 80 Feb 19, 2007 69 out of 100 69
Nintendo Insanity Dec, 2007 3 out of 5 60
GameSpot Nov 19, 2006 5.2 out of 10 52
IGN Jan 16, 2007 5 out of 10 50 (UK) Jan 23, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
The Virtual Console Archive 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Nintendo Life Nov 20, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 30
Nintendo Life Jun 26, 2009 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 30 (UK) Jul 26, 2009 2 out of 10 20


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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.


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".


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.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - Biggest Failure of 1989
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