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Shining in the Darkness

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Genesis
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3.7
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Shining in the Darkness Genesis The World Map
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Saving your game in the Temple
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Doing a little weapon-shopping. Now doesn't that guy look familiar?
Shining in the Darkness Genesis The intro screen where you name your character

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 Genesis Mr. Huh (112)

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Genesis Dec, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Shin Force Genesis Aug 21, 2014 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Genesis Aug 06, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Jeuxvideo.com Wii Aug 06, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Power Play Genesis Dec, 1991 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Sega-16.com Genesis Aug 29, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Mean Machines Genesis Nov, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Nintendo Life Wii Aug 13, 2007 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
GameSpot Wii Aug 13, 2007 6 out of 10 60

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