& Reviewed by Neil Collins
I don't care what anyone says - Shadow of the Beast
is brilliant. It was a title that caused a huge stir on
the Amiga for it's great graphics and sound, but many
thought it lacked gameplay. I, for one, believed that
with a little perseverance, the game was and still is a classic.
Okay - so it's
tricky, but very rewarding if you can get into it and
study the enemy patterns.
The C64 version is a wonderful
conversion. The sprites and backgrounds are very well
drawn, and the parallax scrolling looks great. I am
blown away by how much of the original is crammed into
64k. Yes, it's multi-load and there's a lot of disk
swapping ("I own the cartridge version - Vinny"), but it's worth it. The game itself is a
side-scrolling action/platform game. You play the part
of Aarbron, a man who has been transformed into a beast
through magic. You seek revenge on the evil beast lord
Maletoth who executed your father and made you into his
slave in your beast form. You have to check this game
The game is finally
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Using an infinite energy cheat.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
At the end of the final scene, you have to battle
Maletoth. As this beast is gigantic in size, you only
get to see it's foot, which you have to attack while
dodging it's swipes. Once the beast is defeated you get
to see the end screen. The final screen shows a misty
forest background with a message written on top of it.
The message reads: 'CONGRATULATIONS. YOU HAVE FREED
YOURSELF FROM THE SHADOW OF THE BEAST'. The game then
A huge anti-climax. I love the game, but have to admit
the ending sucks.
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