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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 Doing a little weapon-shopping. Now doesn't that guy look familiar?
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Saving your game in the Temple
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Having an audience with the King
Shining in the Darkness Genesis The intro screen where you name your character

Promo Images

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

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Consolemania Genesis Dec, 1991 97 out of 100 97
Sega Does Genesis Apr 21, 2021 A- 91
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Sep 22, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Wii Aug 06, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Power Play Genesis Dec, 1991 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Ação Games Genesis Nov, 1997 8 out of 10 80 Genesis Jul 14, 2021 7 out of 10 70
Legendra Genesis 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 (UK) Wii Sep 07, 2007 5 out of 10 50


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