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Altered Beast

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For the PlayStation 2 game, see Altered Beast (2005). For the home computer versions, see Altered Beast (home computers).
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Altered Beast
Publisher: Sega,
Nintendo Famicom
Asmik,
PC Engine
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
NEC Avenue
Developer:
System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Famicom, PC Engine, CD-ROM², Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, iOS, Steam
ROM size:
Sega Mega Drive
512kB,
Sega Master System
256kB
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Pre-SMPS Z80
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1988-06 [1] ¥?  ?
Arcade
World
1988  ?
Nintendo Famicom
JP
1990 ¥?  ?
PC Engine
JP
1989-09-28 ¥?  ?
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
JP
1989-09-22 ¥? HACD9001


Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥5,800 G-4001
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99 Media:Raze UK 11.pdf[2]
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 119
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$R? 042520
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM4002JG



Sega Master System
US
$? 7018
Sega Master System
UK
£24.95 Media:ACE UK 21.pdf[4] MK-7018-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-7018-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM 89 MK-7018-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-7018-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? 7018
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 025020
Sega Master System
KR
₩? ?
Sega Master System
GF
?



Wii Virtual Console
JP
¥600 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
$1000 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
€800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
JP (Arcade)
¥800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US (Arcade)
$1000 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU (Arcade)
€900 points ?



Xbox 360
JP (Download)
¥400pts ? ?
Xbox 360
US (Download)
$400pts ? ?
Xbox 360
EU (Download)
€400pts ? ? ?



Sony PlayStation 3
JP (Download)
¥571 (600) NPJB-00131



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



iOS
JP
¥250 ?
iOS
US
$2.99 ?
iOS
EU
€1.99 ? ?



Altered Beast, called Juuouki (獣王記) in Japan, is a Sega System 16 arcade game released in 1988 by Sega. It was developed by the creator of Golden Axe, Makoto Uchida and shares many graphical similarities as a result. The game was notable as it allows the player to take on the form of various "Were Animals". The Japanese title roughly translates to "Beast King Chronicle".

Story and Gameplay

In Ancient Rome, the evil Demon God, Neff, has kidnapped Zeus' Daughter, Athena. Zeus revives a centurion from the dead to rescue his daughter. This is where the first stage starts, with Zeus saying the famous "Rise from your grave!" line. The centurion must kill the Wolf-like Demons that flash multiple colors (the Mega Drive version lacks the flashing effect and the characters stay blue instead). Killing them unleashes a spirit ball that the player must grab in order to transform. The first two increase muscle mass slightly while the third spirit ball will transform the centurion into a beast depending in what stage the player is in. The Sega Master System version lacks the first muscle increase, jumping directly to the body builder physique.

Once the player has changed into a beast he/she can then confront Neff who will appear and say "Welcome to your doom!" and create a smoke cloud which then disappears revealing a monster that also depends upon stage as well. If the player has not collected three spirit balls before reaching Neff, he will run away two times, after that the level will start over from the beginning. In the Sega Mega Drive version, you will have to fight Neff in human form on the third encounter. After each boss fight Neff's head appears from a hole in the ground and he steals all three of the player's Spirit balls causing the player to revert back to his/her normal state. The player then proceeds to jump down the hole continuing to follow Neff.


Stages

Here is a rundown of each stage. There are five stages in all:

AlteredBeast System16 US Stage1.png Stage 1 - Werewolf
This is a graveyard of sorts. The centurion, is revived from here by Zeus. Upon collecting three spirit balls, the player will transform into a Werewolf. The Werewolf has the ability to fire energy balls from its hands and do an energy kick that makes it fly across the screen damaging anything in the way without stopping until the player reaches the edge of the screen. Neff becomes a weird horned demon thing that can launch his head off and grow a new one instantaneously. As a result, Neff can fire up to five heads at the player at nearly the same time. The heads then fall straight to the ground. In the Arcade version of this stage Alex Kidd's name as well as Stella's are engraved on some of the destroyable tombstones. Zombies litter the place, including self destructing and hard punching Zombies.
AlteredBeast System16 US Stage2.png Stage 2 - Weredragon
The player is inside a cave. An enemy who would later appear as a steed in Golden Axe is in this stage. (it acts the same too.) Weird Rattlesnake things jump from the ground and ceiling vertically. Strange blobby things will jump on the players head and suck their health away but is easily destroyed by moving the directional button once it is on the player's head. The player Transforms into a Weredragon, which uses electric attacks. Punching makes the Weredragon shoot lightening from its fist while kicking causes it to generate lightening all over its body. Neff changes into a multi-eyed thingy, who can fire eyes at the player which slowly hover across screen.
AlteredBeast System16 US Stage3.png Stage 3 - Werebear
In this stage the player is in a canyon. There are bottomless pits which will cause an instant death for the player and any enemies who fall in. The player transforms into a Werebear in this stage. The Werebear can turn opponents to stone by pressing the punch button and can curl up into a ball and bounce with the kick button. Neff changes into a dragon with a snail shell. It must be attacked repeatedly to make its head come out of the snail shell in the arcade version if the player wishes to do any damage. Neff can also shoot slow moving Swirling fire to damage the player. (Hint: The Bouncing ability makes the fight easier in the Mega Drive version of the game.)
AlteredBeast System16 US Stage4.png Stage 4 - Weretiger
The Player is getting closer to Neff's Lair. The player is now in some sort of sanctuary. Exploding Zombies make a reappearance in this stage. upon collecting three spirit balls the player changes into the Weretiger. The Weretiger is the same as the Werewolf except that all of its attacks are vertical. Neff changes into a floating dragon thing that shoots fire out of its belly and moves up and down as well as forward some. In the arcade version the fire can pretty much waste a single credit (3 lives) with one shot due to the knock down effect present in the game. He shoots Miniature red Weredragons from his body as well.
AlteredBeast System16 US Stage5.png Stage 5 - Golden Werewolf
This is the underworld, complete with Unicorn men and Goat men as well as a host of other nasty new and old enemies. The player will turn into the Golden Werewolf, which as redundant as it is, is only slightly stronger than the regular Werewolf. That being said The attacks are the same. Neff takes on the form of a Rhino man who ironically was a statue that appeared in the background of Stage 4. This boss charges at the player with his horn extended forward or he tries to punch the player.Right before each attack, puffs of steam come out of his nose and he shakes a little.

Ending - Basically in the arcade version, the ending acts like the whole game was a movie. Monsters and the main characters remove their costumes and celebrate the completion of their movie with a toast and mugs of beer. Then it shows a drawn version of each person involved with the game's creation except that a white bar appears over their eyes giving the impression that the don't want the player to see to actually see their faces. Typical Sega humor for that time period.

The Mega Drive version's ending is the same except that the movie cast sequence doesn't happen. Instead credits roll and the Centurion is standing off to the side of the screen with the background of stage 1 behind him. Interestingly the player can control the Centurion during this sequence. When he touches the words of the credits he acts like an enemy knocked him down. He will not die though. In addition to this, if the player decides to play the Mega Drive version again without turning off the power, they will start from the beginning of the game but there will be more powerful and dangerous enemies lurking in the earlier levels. (many of the ones that appeared in stage 4 and 5.) The boss fights also become more fierce. The ending remains unchanged. After the third playthrough loop, enemies and bosses don't become stronger anymore.

History

Sequels and Re-releases

This game was ported to various consoles, including the Sega Mega Drive, which it was bundled with during the console's early years. This version was considerably remixed in terms of enemy layout and hit detection, making it easier to play. There was also a watered down port for the Sega Master System and several ports to non-Sega systems, including console rivals the Famicom and PC Engine. The Master System version is especially notable for receiving abysmal reviews.

In 2006 an emulated version of the Mega Drive port was released for the Wii Virtual Console, followed by the Xbox 360 in 2009, then Steam and iOS in 2010. The iOS version was removed from iTunes in 2015.

And despite being heavily ported and widely distributed, did not see a sequel until Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms for the Game Boy Advance in 2002. This game was developed by the now defunct, 3d6 games and the game's concept is quite consistent with the original game's formula. There were also new beasts to transform into as well as power ups.

A second sequel called, Jūōki: Project Altered Beast was developed by WOW Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. This game is set in a more modern scenario and the story follows a "Genome-Cyborg" named Luke Custer. The game is heavily criticized for bad camera angles and some other crippling programming mistakes.

Magazine articles

Main article: Altered Beast/Magazine articles.

Production credits

System 16 version

Mega Drive version

CD-ROM² version

  • Executive Producer: Shigenobu Nanbu
  • Producer: Toshio Tabeta
  • Director: Takashi Ozama
  • Programmer: Hideki Mesuda
  • Graphic: Yasunori Takahara
  • Music: Metal Yamashita, Fumina Murohoshi
  • Assistant: Chieko Ochiai, Hiroshi Matsuda
  • Special Thanks To: Noriyuki Watanabe, Yoshiko Ishibashi, Fumiko Suzuki
  • Presented by NEC Avenue
  • ©Sega 1988

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Gallery

Promotional material

Digital manuals

Artwork

Physical scans

System 16 version

System 16, US
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Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №26, p144Media:ACE UK 26.pdf[6]Media:ACE UK 26.pdf
87 №1, p48
67 №4, p26Media:CGtC UK 04.pdf[7]Media:CGtC UK 04.pdf
87 №19, p17Media:TGM UK 19.pdf[8]Media:TGM UK 19.pdf
47 №3, p79Media:MDAG UK 03.pdf[9]Media:MDAG UK 03.pdf
53
67 №1, p76Media:MegaTech UK 01.pdf[10]Media:MegaTech UK 01.pdf
53 №7/89, p54Media:PowerPlay DE 016.pdf[11]Media:PowerPlay DE 016.pdf
40 №23, p52
74 №1, p19Media:SegaPro UK 01.pdf[12]Media:SegaPro UK 01.pdf
48 №18, p64
Sega Mega Drive
65
Based on
11 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
AlteredBeast MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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AlteredBeast MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Alteredbeast md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU
Altered Beast MD AU Cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
AlteredBeast MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
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Altered Beast MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Alteredbeast md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
AlteredBeast MD KR Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, CA
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Cover

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
66 №21, p50Media:ACE UK 21.pdf[4]Media:ACE UK 21.pdf
49 №1, p48
60 №91, p86Media:CVG UK 091.pdf[13]Media:CVG UK 091.pdf
45 №6, p104Media:HobbyConsolas ES 006.pdf[14]Media:HobbyConsolas ES 006.pdf
43 №18, p49Media:TGM UK 18.pdf[15]Media:TGM UK 18.pdf
17
17 №7/89, p54Media:PowerPlay DE 016.pdf[11]Media:PowerPlay DE 016.pdf
53 №9, p12Media:StheSegaMagazine UK 09.pdf[16]Media:StheSegaMagazine UK 09.pdf
40 №23, p55
68 №1, p19Media:SegaPro UK 01.pdf[12]Media:SegaPro UK 01.pdf
65 №69, p67
Sega Master System
48
Based on
11 reviews

Master System, US
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Cover
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Alteredbeast sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
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Cover
Master System, EU
® variant
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Cover
Master System, BR (cardboard)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR (cardboard; newer)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR (re-release)
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Cover
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Cart
AlteredBeast SMS BR Manual Blue Alt.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR (re-release; newer)
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Cover
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Cart
Alteredbeast sms br manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU
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Cover
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Master System, SE

Master System, GF

AlteredBeast sms arabic manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, KR

AlteredBeast SMS KR Cart.jpg
Cart

Famicom version

NES, JP
AlteredBeast NES JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngAlteredBeast NES JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Cart
AlteredBeast NES JP Manual.pdf
Manual

PC Engine version

PC Engine, JP
Altered Beast PCE HuCard JP Back.jpgAltered Beast PCE HuCard JP Spine.jpgAlteredBeast PCE JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Altered Beast PCE HuCard JP Card Back.jpgAlteredBeast PCE JP Card.jpg
Card
Altered Beast PCE HuCard JP Manual.pdf
Manual

CD-ROM² version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №26, p21Media:TGM UK 26.pdf[17]Media:TGM UK 26.pdf
CD-ROM² System/Super CD-ROM² System
60
Based on
1 review

CD-ROM², JP
Altered Beast PCE CD-ROM2 JP Back.jpgAltered Beast PCE CD-ROM2 JP Front.jpg
Cover
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Disc
Altered Beast PCE CD-ROM2 JP Manual.PDF
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 154d59bb
MD5 2ed5293e46abe1e74edeb96da0e7a618
SHA-1 38945360d824d2fb9535b4fd7f25b9aa9b32f019
512kB 1989-01 Cartridge (US/EU)

External links

References

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NEC Retro has more information related to Juuoki.
  1. http://vc.sega.jp/vca_juouki/
  2. File:Raze UK 11.pdf, page 76
  3. File:EGM US 002.pdf, page 69
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:ACE UK 21.pdf, page 50
  5. http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/jp0177npjb00131_00svcalteredbeastx.html
  6. File:ACE UK 26.pdf, page 144
  7. File:CGtC UK 04.pdf, page 26
  8. File:TGM UK 19.pdf, page 17
  9. File:MDAG UK 03.pdf, page 79
  10. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 76
  11. 11.0 11.1 File:PowerPlay DE 016.pdf, page 54
  12. 12.0 12.1 File:SegaPro UK 01.pdf, page 19
  13. File:CVG UK 091.pdf, page 86
  14. File:HobbyConsolas ES 006.pdf, page 96
  15. File:TGM UK 18.pdf, page 49
  16. File:StheSegaMagazine UK 09.pdf, page 12
  17. File:TGM UK 26.pdf, page 21


Games in the Altered Beast/Juuouki Series
Altered Beast (1988) | Altered Beast (LCD) (1990) | Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms (2002) | Altered Beast (2005) | 3D Altered Beast (2013)