STORY / GAMEPLAY
Altered Beast is side scrolling beat 'em up game that puts you in control of a Centurion who died in battle. The Centurion has been raised from his grave to rescue Athena (Zeus' daughter). You battle against hordes of undead and demonic creatures, controlling the shape-shifting hero through five different levels in order to save the kidnapped Greek goddess. The opponents on the first level are zombies and you must use your kicks and fists to smash their bodies into pieces! By collecting certain capsules coming out from their bodies, you transform into a huge and strong werewolf! You then enter level two as a flying dragon (!) firing electric bolts while using an energy shield to avoid damage. On the upcoming levels (the third, the fourth and the fifth) you again transform into a werewolf smashing everything on your way. At the end of each level the evil wizard transforms into a mighty creature with a customary magician's puff of smoke! Although 'Centurion' was a rank in the Roman Army, the game takes place in a setting that resembles Ancient Greece with gods, temples and ruins. Altered Beast features a co-op mode granting lots of fun and adding to the overall impression of the game.
GRAPHICS / SOUND
The Amstrad CPC version features colorful graphics but the animation is bad, rendering this version almost unplayable! The background scrolling is awful and cannot compare to the C64 version which looks and plays way better! It's obvious once again that the CPC version is a direct port from the ZX Spectrum but with more colors. The game's sound is just basic with some weak sound effects and a music score taken from the original!
GAMEPLAY SAMPLE VIDEO
On our video below you may watch the Amstrad CPC, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, NEC PC Engine, Atari ST, Amiga OCS, Sega Mega Drive and the arcade original versions of the game.