Shadow of the Beast takes place in a fantasy world where an Evil Lord called Maletoth killed Aabron's (our hero's) father and then cast a spell to the youngster turning him into a wild, strong and ugly beast (Aabron actually looks much like the ancient Greek god, Pan). Now our hero must take his revenge and break the curse gaining back his human nature. He must fight against large enemies, monsters, magician lords, skeletons, traps and finally confront the powerful Maletoth. The journey is tough and Aabron needs each and every drop of energy in order to survive. His only weapons are his bare hands plus some rare tools that he can use on the way. In terms of gameplay Shadow of the Beast is one of the most difficult games ever created for the Amiga so it needs patience and some good skill in order to survive.
The game was originally released on the Commodore Amiga computers by Reflections (published by Psygnosis) being one of the most technically advanced games ever released, and ported to the Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and several 8/16bit video-game consoles.
The C64 version is an excellent work on graphics, scrolling, gameplay and sound for the 8bit Commodore. Although the graphics are missing some of the original backgrounds (but found on the CPC and ZX), the game runs way faster here. Sprites move fast, scrolling is fluid whilst at least five levels of parallax scrolling are featured here!
There is nothing better to say about the awesome music on this version too! All original tunes are greatly composed (thanks to the SID chip) and offered during gameplay, but SFX are missing.
In general the C64 version of the SOTB, was the best among all other 8bit home-computer ports.