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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.

Screenshots

Shining in the Darkness Genesis Doing a little weapon-shopping. Now doesn't that guy look familiar?
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Saving your game in the Temple
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Having a little chat with the Tavern-keeper
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Looks like the little slimer got some help

Promo Images

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Shining in the Darkness Screenshot
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Shining in the Darkness Screenshot

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

Great game and original concept Genesis Andrew Fisher (505)
The first in the Shining era Genesis Mr. Huh (112)

Critic Reviews

Sega Force (UK) Genesis Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Genesis Dec, 1991 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1991 10 out of 12 83
RPGFan Genesis Apr 18, 1999 82 out of 100 82
Ação Games Genesis Nov, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Megablast Genesis 1992 76 out of 100 76
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
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Sep 07, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Genesis Feb, 1992 Unscored Unscored

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