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The planet known to its inhabitants as Earth is composed out of two realms - the surface, or Lightside, and the underground world, or Darkside. Two cosmic forces, called God and Devil by the humans, were fighting each other fiercely until their final battle in Antarctica led to a catastrophe: the continents of the surface world submerged into the ocean, presumably eradicating all life on the Lightside.

Meanwhile, the isolated underworld, consisting of frozen crystal mountains and lava rivers, continues to exist. A young boy named Ark grew up in Crysta, the only remaining village on the Darkside. One day, he and some other boys hear mysterious voices coming from beyond a door the village elder forbade them to open. Unable to resist their curiosity, the boys open the door, and Ark finds a box with a strange creature inside. By opening the box, Ark inadvertently causes all the villagers to be turned into stones. In order to bring them back to life, Ark has to find five towers within the dangerous Darkside and eventually restore life on the surface of the planet.

Terranigma is an action role-playing game. Ark levels up after having completed an important quest or cleared out an area. He can attack enemies with various weapons, using different techniques: pierce, leap, dash, etc., resulting from the combination of three basic actions - attacking, running, and jumping. Special objects called Magirocks can be collected and converted into rings, which act as one-use items capable of casting magic spells.

The game is closely connected to and often regarded as the final part of a trilogy, the first two games being Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia.


Terranigma SNES Posing in a dark crystal cave. Thinking about NBA Finals, milk tea, and the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard. Or something else, I don't know
Terranigma SNES Surrounded by enemies
Terranigma SNES Intro
Terranigma SNES No! Turned into stone!

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Terranigma Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "天地創造" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Tenchi Sōzō" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Basically interesting, but has a few flaws compared to other RPGs of the time Bregalad (969) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
"Haunting, But Fulfilling" Lou Smith (6) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Strangely Depressing Tom White (14) unrated
An Archetypal Journey (but YOU won't know it) Remus Celloco (4) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

RPGFan Apr 27, 2000 94 out of 100 94
RPGFan Jun 14, 2001 92 out of 100 92 Jul 02, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Joypad Feb, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Total! (Germany) Dec, 1996 1.75 out of 6 85
AllRPG Jun 17, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games Jan, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Legendra Jul 09, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mega Fun Jan, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Thunderbolt Games Oct 25, 2004 4 out of 10 40


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Hidden room

There's a hidden room accessible by entering a trashcan located in the empty lot of Neo Tokyo, after defeating an enemy you'll be transported to an office where you can chat with a group of chickens hard at work programming. These fellows are actually Quintet, and they even explain that they are working on Illusion of Gaia 2 !


The literal translation of the title Tenchisôzô into English is something along the lines of "Creation of Heaven and Earth". Which is exactly the content that the game deals with.


Although both of the other Gaia games were released in North America, for unknown reasons, Terranigma was not, even though an English translation was done for its UK release.

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Unicorn Lynx (181446) added Terranigma (SNES) on May 05, 2003
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