Altered Beast

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  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Compatibility: 4.4 and up
  • Author: SEGA
  • Content rating: Rated for 12+
  • Package name: com.sega.alteredbeast
  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Version: 3.0.2
  • Size: 161 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: SEGA
  • Content rating: Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Languages: English
  • In-App Purchases:
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Altered Beast

What’s the Greek for “Beat’Em Up”? There must be some term like “pankration”, meaning fight against anyone you meet in this cruel antique environment. “Altered Beast” is one of the genre masterpieces, presented by Sega before many of today’s gamers were born. The great fighting game of 1988 (even before the consoles!) is, by the word of Hades, back from the dead and in your mobile devices again!

As the consoles came around, this game was the default one to go with them. No wonder it left a good memory… Wait! It’s still there!

Graphics 5/5

And we don’t need to emphasize that the game was first released three decades ago for weak arcade machines hardware. It looks better than many of today’s games made in that old-fashion pixel manner.

Yes, it’s a simple 2D scrolling beat’em up action with pixelized characters and schematic background. But the designers somehow managed to make one level look like Ancient Greece as we know it, another looks like a luxurious palace, yet another sends you to the depths of hell, and so on. No, the designers’ work doesn’t look like a piece of “primitive art”.

The adaptation is quite good. Unlike pitiful exceptions like Comix Zone, this one runs as smooth and fast as a real Greek Marathon runner. You can play it on 2017 flagships or middle-class devices of 2014, the game is not that sensible to hardware capabilities.

Gameplay 4,5/5

Is it easy to be a hero? Hades no! Especially if you embody both human and unhuman powers, taken back from the dead and sent by Zeus himself to save his daughter Athena. When you’re on a mission like that, zombies, demons and beasts will always hunt and haunt you. But, fortunately, the hero can beat their powers out of them and inherit their beastly manners. Well, who said you’re a human? You’re a half-god! And the exams you’re to pass are also divine. Or rather hellish!

Yes, the very first level will get you a bit embarrassed: how? Has anyone ever gone through this nightmare? The answer is “yes, you can too”. YouTube is full of playthrough videos, and no, it’s not easy, yet possible. That’s because you grow stronger along with your enemies.

On the first level your unhuman entity is a wolf, then you turn to a dragon, a bear and a tiger, and by the end, you’re a wolf again, but a much stronger one. But it takes some initial victories, a warm-up before you show your nature. Levels have no fixed length or time, they last as long as it takes you to collect all the bonuses for your transmutation or to spend your lives and die. And after you discover your inhuman side, there’s a boss waiting. By the way, if your transformation takes too long, the boss will appear anyway.

The developers tried to keep the original gameplay as intact as can be. Some innovations made its way, though. This time the game requires constant Internet connection and your score can find its place in global leaderboards. Still, these changes are too minor to spoil the classical experience.

Well, as the description says, even the cheat codes from the original version are still actual. We confess we didn’t try them, but we do believe.

Unfortunately, there were things developers had to sacrifice for obvious reasons, and the most sensible loss is a multiplayer mode. There’s no slightest hope that this limitation of mobile devices is easy to overcome.

Controls 4,5/5

Sega keeps its traditional values intact. You’re still equipped with a virtual joystick controlling your character’s movements and three buttons for a hit, a kick and a jump. It’s all like you used to see in old handheld consoles. Android power allows you to connect hardware joysticks and controllers, both OTG and wireless ones. Yes, we do recommend this tactile enhancement. As you fight, your body should lead your mind, not follow it. And it’s better to do with your fingers on the real buttons than on the virtual ones.

Maybe (let’s hope) some Korean or Chinese genius will soon introduce double wireless controllers for Android, or Google will add this feature into Android Q or R. Then Sega should think about bringing back multiplayer mode, one of the main attractions of the original Altered Beast.

Replay Value 5/5

We’d rather say you’re forced to replay it many and many more times unless you’re a joystick Chuck Norris. Yes, YouTube grandmasters demonstrate how to go through to the very end in 14 minutes. But for most players minutes will stretch into endless hours of tries and fails. Tell us the truth, isn’t that exactly what you wanted from a brutal ancient Greek action? So it takes tons of sweat to become a champion in a virtual world as well. And remember, heroes don’t complain when they fail. They start over.

In-app purchases

If you have seen any resurrected game from Sega treasury, you know the rules. You can pay $2.99 and get rid of ads you see between your tries. Also, you’ll be able to save your progress locally and feel free to play when you’re offline.

The free version features all the levels and elements you have in the paid one, and video ads can be interpreted as necessary breaks between endless attempts (yes, again, you’ll need many tries). Yes, you can play Altered Beast on Android for free, and the only reason to pay for it (as we see it) is your respect to Sega Corporation.


An old classic fighting game that has a great history and possibly more re-releases on new platforms that are yet to come. Cool hard gameplay and great (even after almost three decades) graphical part, that’s why Altered Beast is worth playing. And thanks to the developers, it’s not altered as much as some other revived masterpieces.

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Classic beat’em up is about Ancient Greece, so do those 30 years make any difference?

Pros : Extremely hard gameplay taking all of your attention;
Graphical splendor still actual even in 30 years;
Good transferring to Android;
Original flavor intact.

Cons : Only 5 levels;
Some casual players may find Altered Beast for Android too hardcore.

Graphics 5.0

Gameplay 4.5

Controls 4.5

Replay Value 5.0

Average : 4.8

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