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Shining Force II is a strategy/RPG hybrid with cartoon-like graphics. The game is comprised of two modes: exploration, in which the hero and his companions engage in the role-playing game standard of talking to townspeople, exploring new lands, and furthering the plot; and battle mode, in which the combat is resolved from a tactical point of view, with individual combats being resolved from a close-up view with animated characters.

The plot consists of such quests as saving a princess from the clutches of demons, rebuilding the hero's hometown, and uniting the various forces of good together against the hero's nemesis. Along the way, the hero will be joined by many characters who seek to aid him in his journey. Several of these characters can only be obtained by completing side quests. In addition, random battles can occur between the programmed scenarios, giving the hero's party a chance to obtain experience and gain levels outside of the set scenarios.

There are several difficulty levels in the game, selectable when starting a new game. In addition, there is a configuration code that allows cheats to be activated, including the ability to control the enemy units.


Shining Force II Genesis Kazin casts spell
Shining Force II Genesis Chester rush!
Shining Force II Genesis Chester vs goblin
Shining Force II Genesis In a village

Promo Images

Shining Force II Screenshot
Shining Force II Screenshot
Shining Force II Screenshot
Shining Force II Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "シャイニング・フォースⅡ 古えの封印" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Shining Force II: Inishie no Fūin" -- Japanese title
  • "샤이닝 포스 2" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

One of the best Tactical RPGs on the Mega Drive Infernos (16536) 2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars
Chess with a story line Ian Kelleher (8) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Simple and engaging kurikthebasher (5) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Joypad Feb, 1994 97 out of 100 97
Retro Archives Oct 06, 2017 19 out of 20 95
RPGFan Aug 03, 1998 95 out of 100 95
Mean Machines Sep, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Legendra Jan 17, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Oct 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Play Time Oct, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Random Access Jan 26, 2013 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games Nov, 1994 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) Sep, 1994 3 out of 5 60


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  • GameFan
    • 1994 - Overall Best Strategy Game of the Year
    • 1994 - Best Genesis Strategy Game of the Year
  • Game Players
    • January 1995 (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - named best Genesis RPG game in 1994

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Daniel Reed (29) added Shining Force II (Genesis) on Jul 29, 2002
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