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Part of the Shining game universe, Shining the Holy Ark is a pure console-style RPG (unlike Shining Force games, that were strategy/RPG hybrids). You play the role of a young swordsman Arthur, who decided to work as a mercenary for various people needing his services. On his first mission, the King of Enrich sends him to a mine, in order to find and punish a renegade ninja who has escaped from him. However, an accident occurs that makes Arthur realize that he'll have to do much more than his usual mercenary assignment, and that there is a true evil in the world that must be defeated at all costs.

The game features 3D graphics and utilizes first-person perspective for dungeons and battles. The turn-based battles are of a traditional Japanese RPG kind, except the addition of "Pixie System". In various places in the game you can find pixies who can later be used as allies in battles.


Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Desire Mine ~ Monster encounters happen randomly during dungeon exploration. Battles take place in a turn-based format, allowing you to start physical attacks, use magic and items, or opt to run away.
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Desire Mine ~ With the magic of Inferno, Arthur was able to remove the mystic barrier created by Rilix... One of Akane's power attacks. Chances are low, but the Spike Dragon may drop the Kusanagi...
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Enrich Dungeon ~ Taking the hidden underground passage to the throne room of the Castle of Enrich. Akane joins the team after they acquired the Sacred Sword.
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Aborigine Mansion ~ In the mansion the group finds Basso lying unconscious in a hallway.

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Alternate Titles

  • "シャイニング・ザ・ホーリィアーク" -- Japanese spelling

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Shine On You Crazy Diamond MasterMegid (896) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
You’re in for some dungeon-crawler RPG goodness. リカルド・フィリペ (71360) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Hobby Consolas Jul, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun May, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Video Games May, 1997 85 out of 100 85
RPGFan Jul 27, 1999 82 out of 100 82
RPGDreamers 2003 8 out of 10 80
RPGFan Jun 06, 2000 80 out of 100 80
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Jun 06, 2004 B 75
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Feb 17, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Edge Jun, 1997 6 out of 10 60


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etempest (1035) added Shining the Holy Ark (SEGA Saturn) on Nov 01, 2002