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Shadow of the Beast
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts (EU/US), Victor Musical Industries (JP),
Sega Master System
TecMagik
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Psygnosis
Developer(s) of original games: Reflections Interactive
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Original system(s): Amiga
Sound driver: Sound Images v1.0
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,800 T-60023
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.00[1] 709101
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.99 E195SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E195SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E195SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E195SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£34.99[3] 27019-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F 27019-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 27019-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 27019-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 025270




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Shadow of the Beast, called Shadow of the Beast: Mashou no Okite (シャドー・オブ・ザ・ビースト 魔性の掟) in Japan, is an action game developed by Reflections Interactive for the Commodore Amiga and published by Psygnosis. It was brought to a variety of systems including the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System in 1991 and 1992 respectively. It was followed by Shadow of the Beast II and the Amiga-exclusive Shadow of the Beast III.

Gameplay

You play as the Beast Messenger. Born a human child and kidnapped at a young age by mages who serve the Beast Lord, you were transformed into a monster and had all your memories wiped to enter a lifetime of servitude. However, suddenly, all your memories return to you and you seek revenge and escape.

A and C jump. B punches. B in midair kicks. The players has 12 hit points. Losing all of them (gradually or through instant kill attacks/traps) restarts the game as there are no lives. A bazooka-like weapon can be found later on. A short flying section also exists. Hit detection is very strict. Often the player will run into situations were damage is basically unavoidable, or it's more convenient to take a hit on purpose and use the resulting invincibility to avoid further damage by running away.

The game was a baby step into the realm of non-linear game design, as stages can be at least partially explored and re-explored without having all key items. A fixed set of objectives needs to be performed to play the full however.

After collecting the bazooka, the games graphics can glitch when dying or after leaving the castle. (TODO: Confirm this also happens in the Japanese version)

Versions

The Amiga version was considered impressive for it's time with atmospheric soundtrack and graphics, which had multiple scrolling planes, color usage and diverse graphics, however the Sega Mega Drive was scaled back, with some enemies missing or their position being altered.

The Mega Drive game was not optimised for North American NTSC-U machines, and so runs too fast. This was corrected in the Japanese release, which also makes adjustments to the graphics, adds a proper ending sequence and includes a much need additional healing item in a later stage. The changes were reportedly made at the request of Japanese publisher Victor Musical Industries.

Magazine articles

Main article: Shadow of the Beast/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Mean Machines (UK) #18: "March 1992" (1992-02-27)
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Mega Force (FR) #8: "Juillet/Août 1992" (1992-07-07)
also published in:
  • Joypad (FR) #11: "Août/Septembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[4]
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Gamers (DE) #1/92: "Februar/März 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Master System print advert in
Hobby Consolas (ES) #1: "Octubre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Game Power (IT) #3: "Febbraio 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Game Power (IT) #4: "Marzo 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[5]
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Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
42 №2/92, p128[6]
51 №1, p87Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[7]
84 №28, p48[1]
90 №31, p34
84 №3, p23
78 №40, p138[8]
90 №5, p40-41[9]
84 №4
83 №22, p182[10]
62 №5, p94
48 №9, p21
50 №1, p50-52[11]
82 №15, p120-122[12]
73 №15, p62-63[13]
70 №3/92, p87[14]
34 №2/92, p167
66 №27, p32-33
79 №3, p71[15]
68 №18, p67
54 №1, p89[16]
80 №1, p32-34[17]
37 №1/92, p30[18]
Sega Mega Drive
68
Based on
22 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Shadow Of The Beast MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Shadow Of The Beast MD US Poster.pdf
Poster
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, BR
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Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №2, p114-115[19]
82 №121, p100-101[3]
80 №1, p154Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[20]
86 №2, p38-39[21]
90 №44
90 №3, p21-22
90 №5, p40-41[9]
94 №2, p104-106
92 №21, p148[22]
90 №1, p74-75[23]
80 №53, p85
80 №14, p74-76[24]
80 №19, p93[25]
79 №26, p48
90 №1, p48-49[26]
90 №1, p32-34[17]
92 №1, p24[27]
66 №4/91, p39[28]
Sega Master System
86
Based on
18 reviews

Master System, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU

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Cart
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Sotb sms br manual.pdf
Manual

References

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