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Altered Beast[a] is a 1988 beat 'em up arcade game developed and manufactured by Sega.[2] The game is set in Ancient Greece, and follows a centurion who is resurrected by Zeus
Zeus
to rescue his daughter Athena. In order to save his daughter, Zeus
Zeus
transforms the centurion into beasts with the use of power-ups. After its initial arcade release, it was ported to several home video game consoles and home computers, including the Mega Drive/Genesis, for which it was a pack-in game.

Contents

1 Gameplay 2 Plot 3 Home versions 4 Reception 5 Legacy

5.1 In popular culture 5.2 In other media

6 Notes 7 References 8 External links

Gameplay[edit]

Player 1 fighting against the undead in the first level of the arcade version

Altered Beast
Altered Beast
is a side scrolling beat 'em up game with light platform elements. The player can punch, kick and jump. Up to two players can play at once. Each player controls a centurion, fighting undead creatures and monsters in a setting resembling Ancient Greece, with originally five levels, in a graveyard, the Underworld, a cavern, Neff's palace and base at the city of Dis. One of the enemies, a white two-headed wolf (blue in the Mega Drive version, and a blue ox in the DOS version) upon defeat releases a Spirit Ball, a power-up orb which increase the strength and size of the player character. Three orbs turn the centurion into a beast, which in the original version were a werewolf, a thunder weredragon, a werebear, a weretiger, and the more powerful golden werewolf. Each beast has its own abilities, such as the dragon's flight and lightning, and the bear's petrification. After becoming the beast, the character can face the end-level boss, though the boss will also appear regardless of whether or not the character is transformed if the player takes too long to complete the level. Upon the boss's defeat, Neff appears and removes the transformation orbs. Plot[edit] A Greek Warrior who had died in battle is resurrected by Zeus. The Warrior is ordered by Zeus
Zeus
to save his daughter Athena
Athena
from a Demon God called Neff in the Underworld. To become able to withstand the perils, the warrior gets the ability to collect three spirit balls on each level, the last of which transforms him into a human/beast hybrid of formidable power. After a series of battles in a journey that ends in Dis, the centurion finally defeats Neff and rescues Athena. In the original arcade game, the end credits are interspersed with images of actors in costumes for the different characters and monsters of the game, implying the whole game was a film production.[3] Home versions[edit] Altered Beast
Altered Beast
was ported to several platforms after its original release in 1988. It was released for Master System, PC Engine (in HuCard and CD-ROM² formats), Family Computer, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, MSX, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Amiga
Amiga
and MS-DOS. The Mega Drive/Genesis version was the original pack-in game for that system in North America, Europe, and Brazil, before being replaced by Sonic the Hedgehog. A hand-held version of the game, made by Tiger
Tiger
Electronics was released in 1988. Certain differences are seen between the several versions of the game. Some of them, like the Master System
Master System
version, were only single-player, and had only four levels. Others provided different beasts to mutate into, such as a humanoid lion, or a shark form seen in the Famicom version. The Mega Drive version is included in the compilations Sega
Sega
Smash Pack, Sega
Sega
Genesis Collection and Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, with the latter two also including the arcade version as an unlockable game. The Wii's Virtual Console
Virtual Console
service offers emulated versions of both the arcade and the Mega Drive port, while the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Network
PlayStation Network
have a re-worked arcade version with HD support, online leaderboards and network play.[4] Sega
Sega
released an official iOS port of the Mega Drive version in late 2010, The 2010 IOS
IOS
Conversion of Altered Beast
Altered Beast
was taken down in 2015. In 2017, Altered Beast
Altered Beast
was rereleased on iOS and Android it is part of the Sega
Sega
Forever Collection. The game has also seen a 3D port for the Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS
as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop. It retains the original game and local multiplayer, and also features a new mode with random transformations. It is based on the Mega Drive/Genesis port, not the arcade version. Reception[edit] In its initial arcade release, Altered Beast
Altered Beast
was a well-received game. Its conversion to the Mega Drive/Genesis was considered inferior to the arcade in terms of sprite quality. However, the Genesis version was more advanced than the arcade version in one regard: its utilization of parallax scrolling. Mega placed the game at #10 in their list of the 10 Worst Mega Drive Games of All Time.[5] Its re-release for the Wii's Virtual Console
Virtual Console
was given a lukewarm reception by GameSpot
GameSpot
and IGN, describing the game as merely decent with some nostalgic value.[6][7] The Xbox Live Arcade
Xbox Live Arcade
re-release was even described by IGN
IGN
as "relic of the arcade heyday that just doesn't hold up today".[8] Legacy[edit] Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms, developed by the now defunct 3d6 Games
3d6 Games
and published by THQ, is a 2002 sequel for Game Boy Advance in the style of the original arcade game. It adds new features like power-ups, new beast forms and destructible environments.[9] A PlayStation 2
PlayStation 2
title was released by Sega
Sega
in 2005, known as Jūōki: Project Altered Beast
Altered Beast
in Japan
Japan
and simply Altered Beast
Altered Beast
in Europe. Rather than serving as a sequel to the original game, the newer title features a more modern setting that is unconnected to the original game. In Project X Zone 2, Ulala from Space Channel 5
Space Channel 5
summons centurion in his werewolf form as part of her Solo Unit attack. In popular culture[edit] In 1993, Matthew Sweet
Matthew Sweet
named his album Altered Beast
Altered Beast
after the game.[10] The Australian psyche-rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard released a 9 part song titled "Altered Beast" off of their album Murder of the Universe. Neff's Rhinoceros-Man form makes a cameo in the Walt Disney Pictures film Wreck-It Ralph.[11][12] In 2009, the alternative rock band Breaking Benjamin
Breaking Benjamin
released a promo flash game "Altered Benjamin" based on "Altered Beast". It featured lead singer Benjamin Burnley
Benjamin Burnley
as a main character.[13] Sacramento Death Metal
Death Metal
band Alterbeast, renamed themselves from Gary Busey Amber Alert in 2013. In other media[edit] Sega
Sega
has formed the production company Stories International and teaming up with Evan Cholfin for film and TV projects based on theirs games with Altered Beast
Altered Beast
as an animated project.[14][15] Notes[edit]

^ Jūōki (獣王記, lit. "Beast King's Chronicle")

References[edit]

^ "Art Lessons, Auto Racing, and Arcade Action Multiply the Downloadable Fun". Nintendo of America. 28 September 2009. Archived from the original on 2 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-28.  ^ "Altered Beast". The International Arcade Museum. Retrieved 2013-10-05.  ^ "Ending for Altered Beast(Arcade)".  ^ "SEGA Vintage Collection 2 is out!". Sega. 2009-06-10. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  ^ Mega magazine issue 1, page 85, Future Publishing, Oct 1992 ^ Kasavin, Greg (2006-11-19). " Altered Beast
Altered Beast
for Wii
Wii
Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2007-01-14.  ^ Thomas, Lucas M. (2006-11-19). " Altered Beast
Altered Beast
for Wii
Wii
Review". IGN. Retrieved 2007-01-16.  ^ Hatfield, Daemon (2009-10-09). " Altered Beast
Altered Beast
for Xbox 360
Xbox 360
Review". IGN. Retrieved 2007-01-16.  ^ "Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms". GameRankings.  ^ Kelly, Christian: King of Pop, Spin, September 1995. ^ "Image: original.jpg, (1366 × 768 px)". img.gawkerassets.com. Retrieved 2015-09-04.  ^ " Wreck-It Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph
Trailer Goes On An 8-Bit Adventure".  ^ " Breaking Benjamin
Breaking Benjamin
release Altered Benjamin flash game TheyWillRockYou.com - For the love of music! Serving Boston and Greater New England". theywillrockyou.com. Retrieved 2015-09-04.  ^ Marc Graser (December 11, 2014). " Sega
Sega
Taps Evan Cholfin to Adapt its Videogames for Films, TV, Digital Platforms (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2014-12-11.  ^ Dave McNary (December 5, 2016). "Sega's 'Altered Beast,' 'Streets of Rage' Games to Be Adapted for Film, TV". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 

External links[edit]

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at the Killer List of Videogames Altered Beast
Altered Beast
at MobyGames Altered Beast
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at SpectrumComputing.co.uk The arcade version of  Altered Beast
Altered Beast
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