ROM Hackers Update Mega Drive 'Shadow Of The Beast' Port To Feature Amiga Visuals

Shadow-of-the-Beast-Colour-HackShadow of the Beast is one of those games you either love or hate. Whether or not you consider it to be nothing more than just a parallax background demonstration, you cannot deny that it went on to influence many more platformers with its graphical style. On that note though, despite setting such high standards upon its release on the Commodore Amiga, the Sega Mega Drive port of the game was somewhat pale in comparison visually. Knowing this, one talented ROM hacker has revived the game and brought it back in line with the original release.

Similar to his previous colour adjustment hack for Streets of Rage 2, Pyron has been working on many more titles to give them a new lick of paint. Amongst these are patches for games such as Final Fight CD (one which brings the colours more in line with the arcade original) and Street Fighter II Championship Edition which amends the questionable colour palette used by Capcom. Needless to say this ROM hacker with an eye for colour has definitely learnt a few tricks, all of which have now been applied to Shadow of the Beast on the Mega Drive.

While this ROM hack may only appeal to a select few retro gamers out there, it's great seeing these adjustments made to old games to showcase how they could have looked.

Link: Shadow of the Beast Mega Drive Colour Adjustment ROM Hack Patch

Link: Pyron's Other Colour Adjustment Hacks

Last Updated ( 19 December 2014 )  


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(Link to this comment) alexh 2015-01-05 11:41
Has he enhanced the colours through programming? i.e. Increasing the number of on-screen colours by changing colour palette mid screen?

Or is this a simple 1:1 swap where he's re-quantised all the graphics using a different choice of colour palette?

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