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Description

Part of the Shining game universe, Shining the Holy Ark is a pure console-style RPG (unlike Shining Force games, that were strategy/RPG hybrids). You play the role of a young swordsman Arthur, who decided to work as a mercenary for various people needing his services. On his first mission, the King of Enrich sends him to a mine, in order to find and punish a renegade ninja who has escaped from him. However, an accident occurs that makes Arthur realize that he'll have to do much more than his usual mercenary assignment, and that there is a true evil in the world that must be defeated at all costs.

The game features 3D graphics and utilizes first-person perspective for dungeons and battles. The turn-based battles are of a traditional Japanese RPG kind, except the addition of "Pixie System". In various places in the game you can find pixies who can later be used as allies in battles.

Screenshots

Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Aborigine Mansion ~ In the mansion the group finds Basso lying unconscious in a hallway.
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Enrich Dungeon ~ This is absolutely no joke! Stop breeding like rabbits!!
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn South Shrine ~ Melody's Elemental spell level 2. The Coin Beast has the highest defense of all foes - only magical attacks can do decent damage.
Shining the Holy Ark SEGA Saturn Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "シャイニング・ザ・ホーリィアーク" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Shine On You Crazy Diamond MasterMegid (902) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
You’re in for some dungeon-crawler RPG goodness. Rik Hideto (463816) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Video Games May, 1997 85 out of 100 85
RPGFan Jul 27, 1999 82 out of 100 82
RPGFan Jun 06, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RPGDreamers 2003 8 out of 10 80
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1997 31 out of 40 78
Game Revolution Jun 06, 2004 B 75
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Feb 17, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Hey Poor Player Oct 17, 2010 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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etempest (1083) added Shining the Holy Ark (SEGA Saturn) on Nov 01, 2002