Shadow of the Beast 2

a game by Psygnosis

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genre: Platformer

See also: Shadow of the Beast Games

When we last left our hero, 7 the Warrior-Messenger, at the end of Shadow of the Beast, he had just shed his beastly bad looks for slightly better human features by beating the foul demon Zelek's horrible hordes. Now, cruel Zelek's in deep doodoo with his demonic boss, so he's wrapped his talons around the Warrior-Messenger's little sister! Zelek's a real animal -- but he ain't seen nuttin' yet!

A Game with Bite

If you beat Shadow of the Beast by Electronic Arts, you'll find Beast I! a small step up the evolutionary ladder -- but that's alright. This time around, your hero's a hunky Tarzan look-alike who sprints everywhere, usually into packs of nightmare-looking monsters. This is a top-notch action/adventure game that's sure to make you howl.

The side-view, multi-scrolling hit-and-run action jams your thumb muscles as it messes with your mind. The game isn't organized by stages, but instead by tasks you must complete to find key game-winning ingredients, such as the Scroll, the Ring, and the Magic Spell.

ProTips:

  • You need the Magic Axe to find the Ring. Once you get past the open forest area, follow the Acid Drops up. The Acid creature has the Axe.
  • On your way to free Israam's prisoner, make sure no one cuts down the first rope you climb down.

Cruelty to Humans

This game's challenge is hairy -- as in HAIR-REE! On your way to Zelek's castle, Beast dishes out a mean mix of intense monster fighting and brain-twisting, multi-step, puzzle solving that's guaranteed to bring out the animal in any Pro. Normal Mode is abnormally hard, and Ridiculous Mode is no laughing matter. Even Easy Mode will make intermediate players cry for their mommas. At least, Treasure Chests relinquish just enough Health Potion to keep you going -- barely. Since there are no continues and no passwords, it's all the way in one play.

Animal Control

Beast M's controls are solid. Your beastie boy runs like a deer. He jumps, he climbs ropes and chains, he flips switches, and he pushes stones. Your standard monster masher is a Mace, which acts like an extended punch. You'll find an Axe, magic spells, and other weapons along the way, too.

  • You need 16 gold coins to ultimately complete the game.
  • To grab the Ring, you must free BOTH of the prisoners locked up in the prison.

The seamless items interface is particularly handy. You can hold four things at any time and a nice, ever-present, onscreen display lets you know what you're holding without intruding on the game play.

Clams and Effects

Beast II's graphics will catch your eye just like its predecessors. As in the first version, the animation's a bit stiff, but the artsy pix are beautifully drawn and colored. The psychedelic, fantasyland backgrounds and the detailed character sprites are especially fresh.

Beast's sounds really sing, too. The synthesizer music pops, and the sound effects add excitement to the game.

May the Beast Man Win

Shadow of the Beast II has animal magnetism. If you feel the call of the wild, check it out. Just don't expect any creature comfort.

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Shadow of the Beast 2 Downloads

Sega Genesis Shadow of the Beast 2 download
  • Manufacturer: Psygnosis Limited
  • Machine: Sega CD

This addictive little game doesn't have great graphics or real slick controls, so why does it get people hooked? Maybe because it's such a challenge to complete or because it may cause you to (gasp!) think! Give this one a rent!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Psygnosis Limited
  • Machine: Sega CD

This addictive little game doesn't have great graphics or real slick controls, so why does it get people hooked? Maybe because it's such a challenge to complete or because it may cause you to (gasp!) think! Give this one a rent!

reggie posted a review
  • Manuactuer: Psygnosis Limited
  • Genre: action/RPG
  • Players: 1
  • Levels: 1
  • Difficulty: moderate

Here I am, armed only with a spiked metal ball on a chain and my god given brains, trying to defeat monsters that are way bigger than me. I'm lonely and tired and on a far away planet, trying to save my little sister from life as a Beast Mage for the evil Maletoth.

Sound interesting? If your answer is yes, then Shadow of the Beast II is for you. Otherwise, just turn the page. Even with all of its CD-ROM finesse, this game won't leave you spellbound or even amazed, but the solid gameplay could possibly get you hooked.

Well, I got hooked. I ended up playing this game for many hours. I cursed at the screen when I died and begged for more than the six lives allotted to me to get the job done. Alas, I started from scratch - again and again and again and again...

Granted, this game isn't the greatest thing to come around since Pamela Anderson. Because it is hard to control and the graphics aren't all that good, the average player may shut this game off after about ten minutes, but it's a solid effort that makes you think, pisses you off, and, when you finally finish it, gives you a great deal of satisfaction. That's not bad for a game idea that's as old as, well, your shadow.

  • Graphics: 6
  • Music & Sound: 6
  • Innovation: 5
  • Gameplay: 6
  • Replay Value: 7
  • Overall: 63%
reggie posted a review

If this quest was simply a test of physical prowess, you would be all set. But the truth is our journey will be filled with diabolically challenging puzzles In order to save your sister from the evil Beast Master Zelek, you need to scour Kara-Moon and confront him face to face. But, to succeed you must master the most deadly weapon: your mind.

A sinister, intelligent game, filled with fiendish puzzles and challenging battles, Shadow of the Beast II is not your ordinary role playing game, stressing brawn alone. Beast II features an essential blend of strength and brain power. Well orchestrated music tracks, eight-way scrolling and cinematic animated sequences transport you to Kara-Moon, the land of the Beast.

reggie posted a review

If this quest was simply a test of physical prowess, you would be all set. But the truth is, your journey will be filled with diabolically challenging puzzles. In order to save your sister from the evil Beast Master Zelek, you need to scour Kara-Moon and confront him face to face. But, to succeed you must master the most deadly weapon: your mind.

A sinister, intelligent game, filled with fiendish puzzles and challenging battles. Shadow of the Beast is not your ordinary role playing game, stressing brawn alone. Beast II features an essential blend of strength and brain power. Well orchestrated music tracks, eight-way scrolling and cinematic animated sequences transport you to Kara-Moon, the land of the Beast.

reggie posted a review
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