Beauty and the Beast DownloadsBeauty and the Beast download
If you've seen the movie, you know this tale is as old as time. After being transformed into a hideous beast by a nasty sorceress, the prince has to find somebody who will love him before his magic rose loses all its petals and... oh, you know the rest. But don't let that trick you into thinking this game is kiddie fare -- it's startlingly entertaining and challenging.
As the Beast, you rampage through four chapters of hop- n-swipe action that roughly follow the movie's story line. The Beast must search the castle halls, defend Belle from wolves, and, of course, face a final climactic battle with Gaston, all before time runs out.
ProTip: Don't try to fight these bats in Chapter One. It's easier to just jump over them.
In each chapter, the Beast wipes out animated enemies, such as spiders, wolves, and bats, with swipes of his giant claws. He also navigates past enchanted obstacles, including secret passages, moving blocks, spikes, and other standard platform fare. In addition to walk, jump, and swipe moves, the big guy's got a Stomp, Super Stomp, and Roar (the last two damage enemies and sometimes reveal hidden objects).
His sprite is fairly easy to control, though precision jumping is not his forte, especially when he must leap onto tiny bats and quickly vault to higher platforms. Also, watch out for some nasty slowdown when the Beast's trying to throw objects at his enemies.
Use your Roar to make hidden platforms appear.
An Ancient Fable
Although B&B's graphics are not quite as spectacular as those in Sunsoft's Roar of the Beast, the animations and graphics capture the mood and humor of the movie with a lovely flair. Look for special touches like the darkening of rooms in the Castle when the Beast moves too far away from Lumiere.
The sounds are not particularly memorable. The game does contain some of the movie's music, and the Beast roars with appropriate scariness, but the rest of the FX are standard.
- Watch out for breathing statues. If you stand too close to them, they'll damage you.
- Freeze the bats with your Roar, and then use them as platforms to higher levels.
A Beauty of a Beast
At the high challenge setting, some areas of this game will cause even advanced gamers to roar with frustration. But there's enough entertainment value to keep you playing. While not as enchanting as Aladdin, B&B has the kind of Disney magic that'll make you want to keep it around your castle. It's a beauty.