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Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon is a remake of the first Shining Force game. The story still revolves around the Runefaust army trying to resurrect the Dark Dragon, but it features some new additions like new characters and additional story sequences in-between battles. Furthermore, dialogues have been expanded and the main hero has a background story now and is able to talk. Graphics have also received a complete overhaul, and the sound quality has been improved, although the compositions are the same as in the original.

The heart of the game are of course the tactical turn-based battles. You can take up to twelve different members of your Shining Force into battle. There are many different classes ranging from fighters and magicians to healers, knights, monks, ninjas and many more. In-between battles you can explore various towns to buy new weapons and items or chat with the townsfolk. There are also a number of secret characters and items to be discovered.

Shining Force's gameplay has also seen some changes. The interface has been slightly simplified and you can now organize your units before battles. During battles, it is now possible to view upcoming turns, which makes it much easier to plan your next steps. To make the battles more interesting, even for fans of the original, you receive certain bonuses (usually money or a weapon) for completing battles in a set number of turns. Finally, a card-collecting side-quest has been added. Cards can have various effects in battle and one character is able to transform into the cards that you have found.


Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance Mini map
Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance Viewing the turns during battles is a great help.
Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance King Alterone
Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance Max is attacking a Dark Dwarf.

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Alternate Titles

  • "光明力量:暗黑龙复活" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Shining Force: Resurrection du Dark Dragon" -- French Title
  • "Shining Force: Resurrecction del Dragon Oscuro" -- Spanish Title
  • "Shining Force: La Resurrecione del Drago Oscuro" -- Italian Title
  • "Shining Force: Auferstehung des Schwarzen Drachen" -- German Title

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Hey there's a Dragon in my pants! MasterMegid (902) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Jul 31, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Retro Archives Sep 24, 2017 19 out of 20 95
RPGFan Jun 24, 2004 95 out of 100 95
The Review Busters 2004 8.75 out of 10 88
Gamer 2.0 Jun 06, 2004 8.2 out of 10 82 Jan, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82 May 05, 2004 8.2 out of 10 82
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Sep 23, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
64 Power / big.N / N Games May, 2004 69 out of 100 69


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    • 2004 – #10 GBA Game of the Year

Mobygamesisreanimated (11184) added Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon (Game Boy Advance) on Dec 05, 2004
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