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This is a story-driven console-style RPG, and is the first in the three game Shining series for the Genesis (followed by Shining Force and Shining Force II). The Kingdom of Thornwood has been invaded by Dark Sol's men, and it is your job to vanquish them. You will need the Arms of Light to do this.

The game is a first person RPG, with turn-based combat and cartoony graphics. The dialogue is displayed via dialog bubbles appearing above the characters speaking, although the protagonist never speaks. There are no sub-quests - the secrets in the game involve the location and use of special metal for forging esoteric items. There are about 25 to 30 hours of gameplay to be found here, before the final battle and ending sequence.


Shining in the Darkness Genesis Looks like the little slimer got some help
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Battling a Slime Ooze
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Having a little chat with the Tavern-keeper
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Having an audience with the King

Promo Images

Shining in the Darkness Screenshot
Shining in the Darkness Screenshot
Shining in the Darkness Magazine Advertisement
Shining in the Darkness Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Shining and the Darkness" -- Japanese title
  • "シャイニング&ザ・ダクネス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Great game and original concept Genesis Andrew Fisher (707)
The first in the Shining era Genesis Mr. Huh (112)

Critic Reviews

Netjak Genesis Feb 06, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Joystick (French) Genesis Dec, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Shin Force Genesis Aug 21, 2014 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Genesis Aug 06, 2010 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Ação Games Genesis Nov, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Games-X Genesis Oct 24, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Megablast Genesis 1992 76 out of 100 76
Mean Machines Genesis Nov, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Sep 07, 2007 5 out of 10 50


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