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Altered Beast

DOS - 1990

Also released on: Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari ST - Commodore 64 - Genesis - SEGA Master System

Alt names 獣王記, 兽王记, Jūōki, Altered Beast Classic, 3D Altered Beast
Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Beat 'em up / Brawler, Greek Mythology, Platform, Werewolves
Publisher SEGA Enterprises Ltd.
Developer Team Shinobi
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Side view
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.70
4.41 / 5 - 41 votes

Description of Altered Beast

Another SEGA arcade conversion done by Unlimited Software. Altered Beast is a typical arcade side-scrolling beat'em up game. You all know it anyway. The conversion doesn't look too good graphically but plays fairly well. Just don't compare it with the original...

The game plays a bit like Quicksilver's Karnov in design and execution, in which the sprites all have their own colours. The game is quite satisfying as beat-'em-ups go, and my only real criticisms are a) if anything the levels are too short, b) the players look like they're doing ballet kicks rather than karate, and c) with the background and 400 bits of zombie flying around it's hard to see what's going on.

But Altered Beast, like its arcade original, pushes the PC to its limits, and although it's a flawed execution in some ways, I'd still say it's a good game.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

The Boz 2022-10-16 0 point

Altered Beast was one of my favourite arcades at the time from an era where arcades were full of games, not just scamming slot machines. The C64 wasn't the best of conversions, but when I got my Megadrive I had to play this as soon as I saw it in the local video shop (they rented out Megadrive games as well as VHS tapes). Loved this game but it is very 1 dimensional.

Dan 2022-09-24 0 point SEGA Master System version

I LOVED the Master System version of this game as a kid. I still play it occasionally today. The music, the punch/kicks sounds, when Neff changes into the level boss... it all puts me back to being a 10 year old on Christmas, playing this game and thinking it was the coolest game I had ever played. In my mind, this game is perfect. I cannot be convinced otherwise.

Luca 2021-04-14 0 point

You forgot the Spectrum version

bstar 2019-03-14 0 point

I bought this back in the day when I was going through my Genesis envy phase. This port is complete garbage. It should have been a 16 bit VGA conversion, not this c64 looking clone. I'm pretty certain the Genesis version is home port to play.

karter 2018-10-03 -1 point Commodore 64 version

never lıked the game. check recently on the 3ds. and did not like it again.

reyan 2018-09-28 0 point Amiga version

Amiga version is as usual rubbish for an Arcade port.
The Dos version i better on an 8088 4mhz.

Chigurh 2018-02-16 0 point

Wise faum your gave!!!Lol old memories...

Bob Bobson 2011-11-12 0 point DOS version

I played this briefly on an arcade, but didn’t have enough quarters to enjoy it. This may come close.

birzl 2010-03-03 -1 point DOS version

now i just gotta find out wut all the others were..............

brizzzy 2010-03-02 1 point DOS version

this game fucking ROCKS my ass HARD!! I used to play it all the time!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOT WOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!

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