Gaming Boulevard wrote their review of Shadow of the Beast and concluded:
Shadow of The Beast is a flawed game. Its combat is dull and its narrative is a complete mess. The platforming sections, while nothing revolutionary or even amazing, are fun enough to get through. Visually the game is amazing. Every monster and character are visually interesting and creative. As are the levels combined with the smart and beautiful lighting. Shadow of the Beast is extremely flawed and by all counts should be a worse game considering its flaws. Despite that, a lot of people will be able to enjoy themselves with the combat regardless. And the ones that don't will still be able to appreciate the visuals, designs and fairly simple platforming.