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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.

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Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Enrich Dungeon ~ This is absolutely no joke! Stop breeding like rabbits!!
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Arthur and his team find Rodi deep inside the abandoned mine - a fight is unavoidable. But destiny has different plans - a ship crashes through the ceiling and causes the cave to collapse.
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Tower of Illusion ~ The master of the Tower of Illusion: Blader. On the topmost floor the group will find the High Priest who will proceed with the ceremony of evolution.
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Enrich Castle ~ The group finds Rilix and the bodies of the King and Forte lying on the ground. Prepare for the hardest fight of the game...

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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 (61805) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameSpot Aug 08, 1997 9.1 out of 10 91
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
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 (1032) added Shining the Holy Ark (SEGA Saturn) on Nov 01, 2002