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In a wondrous land perhaps not so far from our world, a strange and terrible series of events took place. The powers of darkness, led by Dark Dragon, fought for control of the world of Rune. Legendary warriors of light fought them with the ancient and modern weapons of the time, and drove Dark Dragon into another dimension. But Dark Dragon vowed that in a thousand years he would be able to break through the inter-dimensional barrier, back into this world.

A thousand years of peace and tranquility passed. The people of the world were happy to live their lives in contentment, able to spend time rediscovering the magical and technological wonders destroyed by Dark Dragon and using them to benefit all people. But the kingdom of Runefaust has begun a massive attack of the kingdoms of Rune - intending to help Dark Dragon return to this world. A small band of warriors has been sent out on a dangerous journey to fight against the dark forces of Runefaust.

Shining Force is a tactical role-playing game. As the player character makes his way through the lands of Rune, he is joined by other warriors who wish to stop the forces of Runefaust. Each warrior has their own strengths and weaknesses. As the player progresses through the game the characters gain new weapons and spells.


Shining Force Windows Skeleton
Shining Force Windows Desert fight
Shining Force Genesis Knights are the key to most battles
Shining Force Windows Team (linear filter)

Promo Images

Shining Force Screenshot
Shining Force Screenshot
Shining Force Screenshot
Shining Force Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "シャイニング・フォース ~神々の遺産~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention" -- US title screen title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

One of the best RPGs, one of the best games Genesis Andrew Fisher (617)
My personal favorite Sega Genesis game Genesis Ryan Connely (8)
Incredible Game Genesis Wesley Salisbury (2)

Critic Reviews

Shin Force Genesis Aug 15, 1999 9.3 out of 10 93
RPGFan Wii Nov 28, 2007 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines Genesis 1992 91 out of 100 91 Genesis Dec 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited Genesis Nov, 1993 8.9 out of 10 89
RPGFan Genesis Aug 03, 1998 88 out of 100 88
GameFan Magazine Genesis May 01, 1993 86.5 out of 100 86
IGN Wii Jul 31, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85 Genesis Mar 10, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Sega Force Genesis Nov 04, 1993 84 out of 100 84


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Land effect 2 Ash Ligast II (1672)
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In July of 2004 released an article detailing the "Best Strategy RPGs Of All Time". This article did not contain any mention of Shining Force, or it's sequels. After the article was Slashdotted the user community outcry about the absence of Shining Force was so great that actually retracted the article.


  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #86 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

Related Web Sites

  • Shrine at RPGClassics (Fansite containing a walkthrough and detailed information about characters, monsters, and other items pertaining to the game (English))
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