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Altered Beast
Box artwork for Altered Beast.
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Distributor(s) Xbox Live Arcade, Wii Virtual Console, GameTap, Nintendo eShop
Designer(s) Rieko Kodama, Makoto Uchida
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Sega Genesis
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Sega Master System
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Wii Virtual Console
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Xbox Live Arcade
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Nintendo 3DS
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
System(s) Arcade, NES, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, Sega Channel, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Amstrad CPC, MSX, Atari ST, MS-DOS, TurboGrafx-CD, TurboGrafx-16, Tapwave Zodiac, Wii, Xbox 360, Windows, iOS, Nintendo 3DS
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
ESRB: ESRB E.png Everyone
OFLC: OFLC PG.svg Parental Guidance
PEGI: PEGI 7.png Ages 7+
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Altered Beast (獣王記 Jūōki?, lit. "Beast King's Chronicle") is a 1988 arcade game developed and manufactured by Sega. After its initial arcade release, it was ported to several home video game consoles and home computers. Makoto Uchida was the primary developer of the game and also was responsible for the creation of Golden Axe. A re-worked arcade version was released for Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade on June 10, 2009 with HD support, online leaderboards and network play. Another port was created in 2013 as part of the 3D Classics series for the Nintendo 3DS and released through the Nintendo eShop, which took advantage of the platform's 3D features.

Altered Beast is a side scrolling, platform, beat 'em up game that puts the player in control of a centurion who has died in battle. The centurion has been raised from the dead to rescue Zeus' daughter, Athena. The player battles undead and demonic hordes, controlling the shapeshifting hero. He must fight through several levels in order to save the kidnapped goddess. Although 'Centurion' was a rank in the Roman Army, the game takes place in a setting resembling Ancient Greece, complete with gods, temples and ruined Ionic columns.

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