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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 Looks like the little slimer got some help
Shining in the Darkness Genesis The intro screen where you name your character
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Having an audience with the King
Shining in the Darkness Genesis The World Map

Promo Images

Shining in the Darkness Screenshot
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

Netjak Genesis Feb 06, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Sep 22, 2008 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Sega-16.com Genesis Aug 29, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Ação Games Genesis Nov, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Play Time Genesis Jan, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Legendra Genesis 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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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