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Shining in the Darkness (Genesis)

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This is a story-driven console-style RPG, and is the first in the three game Shining series for the Genesis (followed by Shining Force and Shining Force 2). The Kingdom of Thornwood has been invaded by Dark Sol's men, and it is your job to vanquish them. You will need the Arms of Light to do this.

The game is a first person RPG, with turn-based combat and cartoony graphics. The dialogue is displayed via dialog bubbles appearing above the characters speaking, although the protagonist never speaks. There are no sub-quests - the secrets in the game involve the location and use of special metal for forging esoteric items. There are about 25 to 30 hours of gameplay to be found here, before the final battle and ending sequence.


Shining in the Darkness Genesis The World Map
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Battling a Slime Ooze
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Saving your game in the Temple
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Having a little chat with the Tavern-keeper

Alternate Titles

  • "Shining and the Darkness" -- Japanese title
  • "シャイニング&ザ・ダクネス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The first in the Shining era Mr. Huh (112) unrated

Critic Reviews

Netjak Feb 06, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
1UP! Dec 12, 2001 91 out of 100 91
Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 91 out of 100 91
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Sep 22, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Shin Force Aug 21, 2014 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Aug 06, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Power Play Dec, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Video Games Sep, 1991 85 out of 100 85
RPGFan Apr 18, 1999 82 out of 100 82
Legendra 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Daniel Reed (20) added Shining in the Darkness (Genesis) on Jul 25, 2002
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