Altered Beast is a famous 1988 action game developed by Sega for the arcades and converted to the most successful 8 and 16 bit home computers/consoles at the same year.
A famous side scrolling action game (beat 'em up) that puts you in control of a centurion who had died in battle. The centurion has been raised from the dead to rescue Athena (Zeus' daughter). You battle undead and demonic hordes, controlling the shape-shifting hero. You must fight through five levels in order to save the kidnapped goddess. Opponents on the first level are zombies, and you must use your kicks and fists to explode their bodies into parts! By collecting certain capsules found from the bodies, you may turn into a muscle werewolf! Enter level two as a dragon (!) firing electricity bolts while using an energy shield do avoid damage. In later levels (three, four, fifth) you become again a werewolf smashing everything on your way. Oh, please note that at the end of each level the evil wizards transforms into a huge creature with the customary magician's puff of smoke! Although 'Centurion' was a rank in the Roman Army, the game takes place in a setting resembling Ancient Greece, complete with gods, temples and ruined Ionic columns. The game features a co-op mode which gives a lot of fun and adds to the overall impression of the game.
The Commodore 64/128 version features an excellent intro theme and a really pleasant tune during gameplay along with some SFX (better than the Amstrad CPC version). The graphics look and move way better here, and overall the game is more playable than any other 8bit home-micro computer version. Backgrounds here resembles better the original (arcade) version, using more accurate colors too.
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