Altered Beast Review
- Old-school beat'em-up style.
- Challenging boss fights.
- You can be a werewolf and a GOLDEN werewolf!
- Dated gameplay and graphics only a mothe- I mean nostalgic fan could love.
- Accelerometer controls?
Altered Beast is a classic in many senses, but while it's great to see the game republished it's most certainly not remastered; a great conversion for the Mega Drive back in the day, but a bit sloppy for modern gamers.
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SEGA have been busy in their mineshafts, digging down through the lower strata of their video game release bedrock and recently managed to recover and repackage a classic that just about everyone from the 90s should remember - Altered Beast.
As a spirit summoned by Zeus to fight off the evil Neff you are able to to collect spirit balls in order to power up and transform in to were-creatures over five different stages. Each level scrolls automatically, forcing you to continually fight off various demons until you can make the final transformation and fight against the level boss. It's an interesting concept that's made all the more challenging for its quirky hit detection and odd enemy AI, but the game's virtual controls are rarely at fault and you're more likely to die from a cheap-shot from the boss than a poorly timed tap.
While it's understandable that SEGA are continuing to emulate titles from the Mega Drive, Altered Beast has aged quite badly in terms of gameplay and especially in the visuals that are often cluttered thanks to excessive detail reproduced with a limited palette. A re-release of the Arcade version would have been far better for iDevices as it still looks great even today.
If you have a hankering for old-school beat'em-ups, Altered Beast will provide you with at least a bit of satisfaction as you attempt to conquer this extremely unforgiving title. Better yet, if you have a friend with the game, link up for some multiplayer fun - but whatever you do, just avoid the accelerometer controls.
DescriptionVenture into the underworld in SEGA’s legendary beat ‘em up Altered Beast, now available on mobile. Play free and fight your way through the legions of hell!
Risen from the grave to fight the terrors of Hades – you are the Altered Beast. Morph into killer predators using mystical power orbs, then claw, maul, and hack your way to the depths of hell to rescue Zeus’ daughter, Athena. Combat waves of demons, overcome grotesque boss battles, and tear the armies of the damned limb from limb!
Altered Beast joins the SEGA Forever classic games collection, a treasure trove of free SEGA console classics brought to life on mobile for the first time!
- Five hellish levels of undead terror, each with their own nightmarish boss battles
- Transform into apex predators – morph into a wolf, bear, tiger, or dragon – each with their own devastating attacks
- Collect mystical power orbs to boost your strength and attack power
- Combat demons from the ruins of ancient Greece to the depths of hell
- All cheat codes from the original present and working
SEGA FOREVER FEATURES
- PLAY FREE
- SAVE YOUR GAME PROGRESS AT ANYTIME
- LEADERBOARDS – compete with the world for high scores
- CONTROLLER SUPPORT: MFi compatible controllers
- OFFLINE PLAY
- GAMES RELEASED EVERY MONTH - Download them all!
- INCLUDES iOS 10 STICKER PACKS
- "A coin-op conversion to the letter" [87%] - Robin Hogg, The Games Machine #19 (June 1989)
- “If you're a fan of beat 'em ups, this one's made for you.” [87%] Computer & Video Games Complete Guide to Consoles Vol. 1 (1989)
- Altered Beast originally featured twice as many action moves, but these were stripped out to make the gameplay simpler and more fun
- The arcade version’s ending implies the entire game was just a play, with the demons being nothing more than actors wearing monster costumes!
- Neff's Rhino form makes a cameo in Wreck-It Ralph (2012) as a member of the Bad-Anon villains support group
CLASSIC GAME FACTS
- Originally released in arcades worldwide in 1988
- Altered Beast was a Genesis pack-in title in North America
- Altered Beast was officially ported to NEC's PC Engine and CD-ROM² systems
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Game apps are ad-supported and no in-app purchases are required to progress; ad-free play option available with in-app purchase.
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