Altered Beast

• Publisher: Activision
• Developer:
Release Date: 1989
Michael J. Archer
GFX: Mark Jones
Music: Martin Walker

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 73%
Our Game Rating: 79%


FILE: alteredbeastend.zip


> ALTERED BEAST by Activision

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Altered Beast by Activision is a decent conversion of the arcade game by Sega. It’s a sideways scrolling beat-em-up, where you can transform into a more powerful creature. You’re task is to rescue Athena, the daughter of Zeus from her captors. The game is quite slow and repetitive – and quite a challenge...

And so the bird turns...

...into Athena!

A purple man flashes his cash.

The yellow thing and green thing have a friendly chat.

A bear talks to a load of yellow hanging bugs.

A green chap shouts to a purple chap: "COME ON THE IF YOU THINK YOU'RE 'ARD ENUFF!"

The Telly Savalas Fan Club have their yearly gathering.

Freddie Mercury makes a come-back as a wolf-like monster
and jumps up on stage to sing: "I WANT TO BREAK FREE!"

Freddie Mercury says to the ghost-like figure: "THREE'S A CROWD, MATE!"

I haven't the foggiest as to what's going on here!

CHEERS! The End!

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using a trained version (see download link) of the game with the emulator speed set much faster than normal to make things a bit more exciting.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have beaten the crap out of the final end of level boss a dove appears and flies around the screen. The dove lands and transforms into Athena, who is now free. You are then treated to a slideshow of various pictures showing our hero’s successful mission. Very nice indeed.


  • Neil: Well worth a look, if you can drag yourself through the repetitive levels. Some nice animation and well drawn pictures provide a fitting end to a good arcade conversion. If you can’t be bothered, there are a few cracked versions around which allow you to view the ending without playing the game.
  • Vinny: I've never played Altered Beast on the Commodore 64, but I have always been a fan of the Megadrive/Genesis version, which proved to be a great game. After checking out the Commodore 64 version and playing through, the game does appear to be a little slow and tedious - nothing like the Megadrive version.

    As for the ending... I didn't get to see the bit where the bird turns back into Athena and so I've missed part of the ending. I love the pictures and the fact that the coders have tried to provide an ending to the story, but I'm not quite sure as to what is going on. A text epilogue would have been great, or some captions with each image. Also - because the ending is multiload, there would have been scope for a thumping ending tune. 7/10 from me.

FINAL SAY: A very nice ending (",)

G.E. RATING: 7.5 / 10

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