Shining in the Darkness

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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 Doing a little weapon-shopping. Now doesn't that guy look familiar?
Shining in the Darkness Genesis The World Map
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Looks like the little slimer got some help
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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The first in the Shining era Genesis Mr. Huh (112)

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Genesis Dec, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Video Games Genesis Sep, 1991 85 out of 100 85 Genesis Aug 06, 2010 17 out of 20 85 Wii Aug 06, 2010 17 out of 20 85
RPGFan Genesis Apr 18, 1999 82 out of 100 82 Genesis Aug 29, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Megablast Genesis 1992 76 out of 100 76
Legendra Genesis 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Wii Aug 13, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Nintendo Life Wii Aug 13, 2007 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60


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