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Several years after the events described in Shining Force II, an orphan named Mars begins his work as a guard in the Odegon castle. One night, a strange fog descends upon the land, and Mars witnesses a mysterious elf entering the Ancient Shrine. Through a series of events and lies on his part, Mars becomes the elite guard of the princess, and soon has to redeem himself by stopping the dark elf Pazort from destroying the world.

Shining Wisdom is the fourth game in the Shining series, but is completely different from the others. Neither a turn-based dungeon crawl like Shining in the Darkness, or a tactical RPG like Shining Force, the game plays very similarly to Zelda with its overhead exploration, action combat and occasional puzzle-solving. RPG elements are very light; the protagonist's health can be increased by finding HP bubbles, but there is no experience system of any kind. The game proceeds by collecting various items found in dungeons and then combining them with magical orbs to create different spell effects that can be used to tackle enemies and solve the riddles that must be bested to beat each labyrinth.


Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn Another Shining staple, the ability to change colors around.
Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn Better stock up on these, we're gonna be taking lots of damage throughout.
Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn A dark hallway is always followed by...
Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn There's no place like home...! Screw you Dorothy, there's no place like the kitchen!

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Alternate Titles

  • "シャイニング・ウィズダム" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Sep, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Shin Force Mar 04, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
Hobby Consolas Jul, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Consoles News Jul, 1996 80 out of 100 80
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Jul 19, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Jun, 1996 61 out of 100 61
Game Zero Sep, 1996 28 out of 50 56
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jul, 1996 22 out of 40 55
RPGDreamers 1996 5 out of 10 50
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Aug 18, 2008 4 out of 10 40


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Flying_O (59) added Shining Wisdom (SEGA Saturn) on Nov 25, 2003