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Several years after the events described in Shining Force II, an orphan named Mars begins his work as a guard in the Odegon castle. One night, a strange fog descends upon the land, and Mars witnesses a mysterious elf entering the Ancient Shrine. Through a series of events and lies on his part, Mars becomes the elite guard of the princess, and soon has to redeem himself by stopping the dark elf Pazort from destroying the world.

Shining Wisdom is the fourth game in the Shining series, but is completely different from the others. Neither a turn-based dungeon crawl like Shining in the Darkness, or a tactical RPG like Shining Force, the game plays very similarly to Zelda with its overhead exploration, action combat and occasional puzzle-solving. RPG elements are very light; the protagonist's health can be increased by finding HP bubbles, but there is no experience system of any kind. The game proceeds by collecting various items found in dungeons and then combining them with magical orbs to create different spell effects that can be used to tackle enemies and solve the riddles that must be bested to beat each labyrinth.

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Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn The usual heartbreaking sob story.
Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn When character portraits show up, you know the character is relevant to the plot.
Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn Which isn't to say we're not gonna SMOKE the hell out of our foes.
Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn Loading your save game also happens in a very Shining-type screen.

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Alternate Titles

  • "シャイニング・ウィズダム" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Apr, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Consoles Plus Sep, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Hobby Consolas Jul, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Video Games Aug, 1996 81 out of 100 81
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Jul 19, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Game Players May, 1996 73 out of 100 73
Mega Fun Jun, 1996 61 out of 100 61
RPGDreamers 1996 5 out of 10 50
Legendra Jul 01, 2001 4 out of 10 40

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Flying_O (59) added Shining Wisdom (SEGA Saturn) on Nov 25, 2003