Altered Beast is an all time classic 1988 action game developed for the arcades by Sega and at the same years converted to almost all successful 8 and 16 bit home computers and consoles.
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 Commodore 64/128 version features an excellent intro theme and a really cool in-game tune along with some nice sound effects (which are better compared to the Amstrad CPC version). Also, the visuals look and move way better as well and overall the game is more playable than in any other 8bit home computer. The backgrounds on the C64 resemble better the original (arcade) version and use more accurate colors!