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This is what Donkey Kong on Intellivision could have been like.

Beauty & the BeastGraphics: 4
Sound: 4
Replay Value: 4
Notes: 1-player game
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In Beauty & the Beast we find just how good Donkey Kong could have been on the Intellivision. In this variant, you are Buford, attempting to rescue Tiny Mabel from Horrile Hank. Borrowing an idea from Popeye, Mabel shows her love by casting hearts to you. Unlike Popeye, you don't need to collect these to move to the next level. Instead, they briefly make you invulnerable to the various obstacles you face. (OK, so they act like the hammer in DK.) Rats and birds and bats can knock you from the building, or falling boulders (courtesy of Hank) can crush you.

Perhaps this is based later than Donkey Kong, because rather than scaling the skeletal girders on a construction site, you must climb up the open windows of a skyscraper to reach Mabel. As you advance, the building becomes narrower. Eventually, you reach the top and push Horrible Hank off the top of the building, experiencing a satisfying splat as he hits the ground. Of course, he's one mean cookie, and grabs Mabel again. Boulders move faster, split into two pieces, and can fall at angles and reverse direction, making your life miserable.

The graphics are average for an Imagic game - making them above average for the Intellivision, and this is one of the few Imagic games with music in it. Probably the most famous feature of this game is the airplane that pulls a banner bearing a message to you after you complete each level of the skyscraper. Sometimes, it's encouraging (GREAT JOB!), other times a bit of a challenge to your gaming skills (LUCKY!). This is a really fun game. Best Score: 11300 [4 Buildings Completed] (This is my recent high score - when in top form, I think I completed 7 buildings!)




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, two variations have been found.
Manual Six variants have been identified.
Overlays Two different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, two labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs An in-game Easter egg exists.




A total of two Beauty & the Beast box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Beauty & the Beast Box (Imagic 710007-1 Rev. A) Imagic 710007-1 Rev. A 1982 U.S.A. Standard black tray with cardboard backing; some copies, typically with the later revisions of the manuals, have a white plastic tray w/o cardboard backing; has game name and catalog number on top; game title on silver background on spine
Beauty & the Beast Box (Imagic 710007-2A) Imagic 710007-2A 1982 U.S.A. International Edition—text in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish; game title and part number appear on top of box; game title on silver background on spine




A total of six Beauty & the Beast manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Beauty & the Beast Manual (Imagic 700007-1A) Imagic 700007-1A 1982 U.S.A.  
Beauty & the Beast Manual (Imagic 700007-1B) Imagic 700007-1B 1982 U.S.A. Starting with this revision, the "Game Program Instructions" text was added to the cover.
Image not available. Imagic 700007-1C 1982 U.S.A. Minor changes from rev. B—contact info on back cover and removed a 'Buy American' bullet item from page 12.
Image not available. Imagic 700007-1D 1982 U.S.A. Haven't noticed differences from rev. C yet. Perhaps the replacement overlay order form?
Beauty & the Beast Manual (Imagic 700007-2A) Imagic 700007-2A 1982 U.S.A. International Edition—instructions in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish;
Beauty & the Beast Manual (Imagic) Imagic N/A None Holland Yellow-orange manual in Dutch, from Dunnet; assuming printed in Holland; most pages have a pink Dunnet logo stamped on them; pink warranty registration card included–the front requests game and purchase location, the back is the registration form

The picture of the Intellivision console, shown on page two of the manual, slightly changed.

Rev. A, p. 2: Console

Page 2: Intellivision Illustration (rev. A)

Rev. B-D, p. 2: Console

Page 2: Intellivision Illustration (revs. B-D)

Again on page two, the graphics showing the insertion of the overlay changed.

Rev. A, p. 2: Overlay

Page 2: Overlay Illustration (rev. A)

Rev. B-D, p. 2: Overlay

Page 2: Overlay Illustration (revs. B-D)

On page six, the color of the bird obstacle was changed from yellow to grey, probably to improve contrast and visibility. In the game, the bird is white.

Rev. A, p. 6: Obstacles

Page 6: Bird Obstacle Color (rev. A: yellow)

Rev. B-D, p. 6: Obstacles

Page 6: Bird Obstacle Color (revs. B-D: grey)

The tips page also changed. The "Buy American" tip was added in revision B. Apparently, that tip didn't sit well with someone. It was removed in rev. C. Classic Gamer (check out his Intellivision Gumbo site!) reports that his rev. B copy of the manual appears to have an incomplete masking out of the "Buy American" tip - perhaps an 'in line' change during the rev. B print run? In any case, revs. C and D do not contain this tip.

Rev. A, D (C?), p. 12: Tips

Page 12: Tips (revs. A, C, D)

Rev. B, p. 12: Tips

Page 12: Tips (rev. B added "Buy American")

The back cover also underwent some changes. First, the text crediting the game designer was made more specific.

Rev. A, back: Designer Credit

Back Cover: Credit (rev. A)

Rev. B-D, back: Designer Credit

Back Cover: Credit (revs. B-D)

The second change to the back cover shows that customer service department address changed.

Rev. A-B, back: Contact Info

Back Cover: Contact Info
(revs. A-B)

Rev. D, back: Contact Info

Back Cover: Contact Info
(revs. C, D)





A total of three Beauty & the Beast overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Beauty & the Beast Overlay (Imagic 740007-1A) Imagic 740007-1A 1982   Serif font with white 'MOVE PLAYER' text
Beauty & the Beast Overlay (Imagic 740007-1B) Imagic 740007-1B 1982   Sans serif font with black 'MOVE BUFORD' text; part number and copyright info also relocated
Beauty & the Beast Overlay (Phil Boland 740007-1B<br>PRTD2014) Phil Boland 740007-1B
PRTD2014
1982   Part of the Imagic Overlays 2.0 Set (2016); combines aspects of Rev. A and Rev B overlays




A total of two Beauty & the Beast label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Beauty & the Beast Label (Imagic 720007-1A) Imagic 720007-1A 1982 U.S.A. Picture label
Image not available. Imagic 720007-2A 1982 U.S.A. International Edition—label text in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish; silver label




Title Screen Clever title screen incorporates a small plane pulling a banner with the copyright info. Between levels, it can deliver a message of encouragement—or mild derision—to urge you on to greater feats.
Climb the Latter to Succes Beautifully rendered building with nice touches, like the spinning revolving doors at the bottom. As you climb, the building gets narrower—and hence more difficult—to negotiate.





Winning Screen Easter Egg

Credit: Gilbert Prince

During the Game: Climb to the top of the building, and, while Horrible Hank is falling...
Right Controller: Press: [3]
Easter Egg: You will see the programmer's initials appear on the building (WB for Wendell Brown):

Beauty & the Beast Easter Egg



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