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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 The intro screen where you name your character
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Saving your game in the Temple
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Having a little chat with the Tavern-keeper
Shining in the Darkness Genesis Battling a Slime Ooze

Promo Images

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Great game and original concept Genesis Andrew Fisher (688)
The first in the Shining era Genesis Mr. Huh (112)

Critic Reviews

Netjak Genesis Feb 06, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
1UP! Genesis Dec 12, 2001 91 out of 100 91
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Sep 22, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Genesis 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
Retro Archives Genesis Sep 15, 2017 16 out of 20 80 Genesis Aug 29, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Mean Machines Genesis Nov, 1991 69 out of 100 69 (UK) Wii Sep 07, 2007 5 out of 10 50


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