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Shadow of the Beast -- Psygnosis Ltd.

An evil mage has transformed you into a hideous beast in Shadow of the Beast, by Psygnosis. Exact your revenge and restore the world to order in this side-scrolling action game for the Atari Lynx.

Ferrari Man
Graphics, sound, challenge... it's all here, just about a 1/4 inch behind your character. It would seem the collision counter was a little off. That was the games biggest problem. But after a full days play, this little obstacle was overcome. Music was excellent--as were graphics. Although quest direction was slightly altered, Shadow of the Beast closely followed the original Amiga version.

A pretty good version of the computer original. A lot of the old levels are there but a few things have been added such as floating platforms and enemies who react to your movements. The multi-level scrolling was very well done. The enemies have been changed along with the dungeons, so the game is a new challenge. Game control isn't too bad; sometimes the collision counter doesn't register on the enemy. Definitely more challenging than the original. The best thing yet, you don't have to switch disks all the time or wait for loads. A good representation, and worth the money.

Of all of the versions of this game that I have played this ranks in some ways as the easiest. It definitely follows in the tradition of being one of the most frustrating games I've played no matter what system it's on. The graphics as well as sound are all top notch, and that's what always attracts me to this game. But after a short time I always get frustrated and toss the game aside, if for no other reason than I'm just not entertained. If you are a fan of Beast, get this version. Hopefully it will be the one to satisfy you.

While I thought both the graphics and the soundtrack were excellent, I was still disappointed with this translation. The play control was inordinately poor and was very frustrating. Not bad, but could have used some improvement.

>>>>> 75.0/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 4.5 4.0 4.5 4.5
Sound 4.5 3.5 4.5 4.5
Gameplay/Control 3.0 3.5 3.0 2.0
Longevity/Playability 3.0 4.0 3.0 3.0
Overall 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
Total 19.0 19.0 19.0 18.0

Originally appeared Vol 1, Iss 5 (12/92-01/93)