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Shining the Holy Ark (SEGA Saturn)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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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.


Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Desire Mine ~ The Kusanagi is Rodi's and Akane's best weapon. Although it has less ATT-points than the Muramasa and the Masamune, it's power attack can instantly kill nearly any enemy!
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Mountain Cave ~ It's not what it looks like! That's one of Rodi's power attacks - at least for one turn the enemy will be perplexed and cannot attack the group.
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Town of Enrich ~ Arriving at the Enrich Castle, the group finds the King, Rilix and Forte in the throne room. There is some uneasy evil atmosphere about the place...
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Three Spirits descend from the ship. Since they feel responsible and they have need for a body too, the Spirits help Arthur, Melody and Rodi. Forte has been possessed by an Evil Spirit.

Alternate Titles

  • "シャイニング・ザ・ホーリィアーク" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

GameSpot Aug 08, 1997 9.1 out of 10 91
Hobby Consolas Jul, 1997 90 out of 100 90
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
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 8 out of 10 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 (1033) added Shining the Holy Ark (SEGA Saturn) on Nov 01, 2002