Terranigma (SNES)

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The planet known to its inhabitants as Earth is composed out of two realms - the surface, or Lightside, and the underground world, or Darkside. Two cosmic forces, called God and Devil by the humans, were fighting each other fiercely until their final battle in Antarctica led to a catastrophe: the continents of the surface world submerged into the ocean, presumably eradicating all life on the Lightside.

Meanwhile, the isolated underworld, consisting of frozen crystal mountains and lava rivers, continues to exist. A young boy named Ark grew up in Crysta, the only remaining village on the Darkside. One day, he and some other boys hear mysterious voices coming from beyond a door the village elder forbade them to open. Unable to resist their curiosity, the boys open the door, and Ark finds a box with a strange creature inside. By opening the box, Ark inadvertently causes all the villagers to be turned into stones. In order to bring them back to life, Ark has to find five towers within the dangerous Darkside and eventually restore life on the surface of the planet.

Terranigma is an action role-playing game. Ark levels up after having completed an important quest or cleared out an area. He can attack enemies with various weapons, using different techniques: pierce, leap, dash, etc., resulting from the combination of three basic actions - attacking, running, and jumping. Special objects called Magirocks can be collected and converted into rings, which act as one-use items capable of casting magic spells.

The game is closely connected to and often regarded as the final part of a trilogy, the first two games being Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia.


Terranigma SNES Starting the game
Terranigma SNES Frozen by vicious wolves in a snowy forest!
Terranigma SNES Some physical activities are possible. Throwing stones while a cactus is watching. Or are those brussel sprouts?..
Terranigma SNES Intro

Alternate Titles

  • "天地創造" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Tenchisôzô" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Basically interesting, but has a few flaws compared to other RPGs of the time Bregalad (929) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
"Haunting, But Fulfilling" Lou Smith (6) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Strangely Depressing Tom White (14) unrated
An Archetypal Journey (but YOU won't know it) Remus Celloco (4) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameTrip.net Apr 21, 2010 10 out of 10 100
Nintendo Life Apr 19, 2009 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
SUPER-NES.COM 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
Player One Jan, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 02, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Joypad Feb, 1998 88 out of 100 88
AllRPG Jun 17, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games Jan, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Legendra Jul 09, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mega Fun Jan, 1997 80 out of 100 80


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The literal translation of the title Tenchisôzô into English is something along the lines of "Creation of Heaven and Earth". Which is exactly the content that the game deals with.

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Cor 13 (174202) added Terranigma (SNES) on May 05, 2003