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Shining Force II is a strategy/RPG hybrid with cartoon-like graphics. The game is comprised of two modes: exploration, in which the hero and his companions engage in the role-playing game standard of talking to townspeople, exploring new lands, and furthering the plot; and battle mode, in which the combat is resolved from a tactical point of view, with individual combats being resolved from a close-up view with animated characters.

The plot consists of such quests as saving a princess from the clutches of demons, rebuilding the hero's hometown, and uniting the various forces of good together against the hero's nemesis. Along the way, the hero will be joined by many characters who seek to aid him in his journey. Several of these characters can only be obtained by completing side quests. In addition, random battles can occur between the programmed scenarios, giving the hero's party a chance to obtain experience and gain levels outside of the set scenarios.

There are several difficulty levels in the game, selectable when starting a new game. In addition, there is a configuration code that allows cheats to be activated, including the ability to control the enemy units.


Shining Force II Genesis Galam mage attacks
Shining Force II Genesis Character sheet
Shining Force II Genesis The priest can perform multiple services
Shining Force II Genesis Strategy in underground hall

Promo Images

Shining Force II Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)
Shining Force II Screenshot
Shining Force II Screenshot
Shining Force II Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "シャイニング・フォースⅡ 古えの封印" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Shining Force II: Inishie no Fūin" -- Japanese title
  • "샤이닝 포스 2" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

One of the best Tactical RPGs on the Mega Drive Genesis Infernos (19641)
Chess with a story line Genesis Ian Kelleher (8)
Simple and engaging Genesis kurikthebasher (5)

Critic Reviews

Joypad Genesis Feb, 1994 97 out of 100 97
Retro Archives Genesis Oct 06, 2017 19 out of 20 95
Shin Force Genesis Mar 23, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
RPGFan Genesis Apr 16, 2000 90 out of 100 90
IGN Genesis Oct 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IGN Wii Oct 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Genesis Sep, 1994 87 out of 100 87 Genesis Jun 14, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
Power Unlimited Genesis Feb, 1995 7.9 out of 10 79
GamePro (US) Genesis Sep, 1994 3 out of 5 60


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  • GameFan
    • 1994 - Overall Best Strategy Game of the Year
    • 1994 - Best Genesis Strategy Game of the Year
  • Game Players
    • January 1995 (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - named best Genesis RPG game in 1994

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