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Sega Genesis
SEGA of America
Sonic Co.
UPC: 10086013122

Released: 10-01-92
Players: 1

Game Genre:
Tactical RPG
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Shining Force

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Rating: 9.4
(146 votes)
Plays: 31,326
Filesize: 1,168kb

Shining Force (Sega Genesis) Screenshots

X Shining Force
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by rcarter2 (5/5)
Location Guardiana: Guardiana Destroyed
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Location : The Shining...duo...
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Final Screen... I beat the Dark Dragon!!!!
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suoon sun+moon
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Introduction : Introduction.
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Introduction : Starting menu!
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Introduction : Introduction.
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Introduction : Introduction
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Battle : Final attack to dark dragon
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Battle : Anri in her tight suit
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Battle : Tao in her bikini
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Cut-Scene : Max destroyed Dark Dragon but can't move!
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Cut-Scene : Kane attacks Guardiana
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Cut-Scene : Admiral Akbar inspired many easter eggs
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Cut-Scene : Co-starring Ziggy StarDust
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Misc : says guy standing in front of the drawbridge
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Misc : says the really old dude
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Misc : darn thieves stealing the loot before i can
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Misc : "How Green Was My Dragon"?
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Level : You said "blast" 3 dialogues in a row...
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Level : Almost got defeated.

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Shining Force Review by: janus - 8.9/10

Shining Force: COnquer evil at all cost
After wreaking havoc in Thornwood, Dark Sol decided wreaking havoc in Guardiana by controlling the kingdom of Runefast. Using the distraction, he will try an summon Dark Dragon, a terrible foe sealed 1000 years ago…

Graphs: 8/10

The graphics are a very nice improvement from Shining in the Darkness, a (distant) prequel to the game. Towns and villages are huge and
there are lots of town folks to talk to. Although your characters walk clumsily (compared to Shining Force II), they are well-drawn and all have distinctive features – you can distinguish every centaur. There are many hidden characters, and even more classes of characters than SF II! Unfortunately, once a chapter is over there is no going back. So make sure you get everything in time.

The battlefields are nice and varied. Their drawings are all right for the time, but the details are much better on Super Nintendo games – mountains, rivers, deserts, etc., show finer images. They can be very challenging as some backgrounds (sand, rock) will considerably slow you down in your course (except if you are flying). This will make planning crucial in forests so enemies don’t catch up and gang on someone.

In addition, battles are very well drawn. Unlike the Final Fantasies, you can see many of your characters attack the enemy directly, especially after they are promoted (centaurs throw their lances/jump to the enemy, arrows reach the enemy, birdmen charge the enemy directly, many jump at them...) However, characters themselves, except for the Hero and flying allies, are rather static before they attack. On their side, many enemies are static too before they attack. However, bats are flying, horsemen move one leg and seashells are crawling. Also, their attack movie is more elaborate than almost any SNES RPG.

Finally, magic is very well drawn. The stronger the spell, the more it pushes Genesis graphics to the limit. Fire 4, for example, sends a raging storm of fireballs that looks more menacing than the same spell in SF II. Some enemies are unique spells (fire/ice breath, laser ray) that are deadly and well-drawn too.

Music: 9/10

Even after all these years, I still love the soundtrack. It is very varied; there are five (counting the one at sea) different battlefields music, each of them with an appropriate military music. Unfortunately, there is only one battle theme for everyone, which could have been improved.

It is also very fitting. The normal town theme is lively, whereas the sad one (after a town has been attacked (also known as Shade Abbey)) does sound sad; there is even a sad theme when a new ally joins in such a situation. Also, the castle music sounds regal enough and the intro music has an intriguing tone that sounds mystical (you also hear it when meeting a certain prophet).

Addictiveness: 8/10

As I said above, there are many hidden characters, and finding them all can be challenging. In fact, you might need a FAQ to find many of them as they can be hidden in place like a bush.

Also, as in most RPGs, you have to grind quite a bit if you want your characters to be strong enough. Fortunately in this game (unlike SF II), you CAN pick up treasures on the battlefield, so you can sometimes stock on Atlas Axes or Herbs and sell what you don’t need!

Story: 8/10

To add to the addiction, the story is very-well presented. It’s a classic tale of the fight between good and evil, but it includes many plot twists (and some Deus Ex Machina against you) and keeps you on the edge of your seat at many places.

In ages long forgotten...
             ... Light fought Darkness for control of the world.
                 Dark Dragon led the evil hordes of Darkness.
           The Ancients fought back with the Powers of the Light.
         Dark Dragon was defeated and casted into another dimension.
            The Lord of Darkness vowed to return in 1,000 years.
             Time passed and Dark Dragon was forgotten by all.
              Ten centuries of peace ruled the land of Rune.
        Until the kingdom of Runefaust brought war and fear to Rune.
               Hordes of evil creatures ravaged every land.
           Here and there, strongholds of Good still held out...
          ... awaiting a Hero who could wield the Powers of Light!

(From the introduction of the game).

Depth: 9/10 
As I said the plot contains many twists. Evil characters will sometime join you/advise you before they have to fight you (loyalty, you know). The Legacy of the Ancients spans across eight long chapters, each one containing its twists and plots to slow your progress towards Runefast. Will you be able to stop the resurrection of Dark Dragon?

Difficulty: 6/10

Since it’s an RPG, level-grinding usually does the trick. Not in this game. Some bosses are very strong and vicious early on – one of them already has Freeze 3 before you can realistically get promoted. Plus ALL bosses have unlimited magic, so they can freeze/burn your ass off pretty easily. On many battlefields, especially in caves or near mountains, your progress will be slow, if not impossible due to rugged terrain. In other words, there will often be a chocking effect when passing mountains, making that ally vulnerable to enemies, especially if they are flying.

Fortunately, you don’t have to complete all fights. Should you reach the next village/dungeon/get the strategic treasure before the battle is over, you can get away from it. Plus, once you get the Quick ring, you get one more person able to make your team fly away from a battle (and that person permanently gets +1 agility each time he/she uses it).

In short, I warmly recommend this game to any RPG lover out there. It has a lot to offer, a good plot that twists from time to time and many secrets to be found. You will see that you don’t need to have the newest game out there to have a good time.
  Graphics 8   Sound 9   Addictive 8   Depth 9   Story 8   Difficulty 6

Shining Force Game Description

The Continent of Rune has slumbered in peace for 50 generations. A horde of invaders swarm across the border, while a dragon that has slept for centuries stirs in its tomb. Only the King's youngest swordsman and his war party can defy the Dark Dragon's evil power and crush the mighty army! Control up to 10 different characters at once. Increase their skills and attributes through strategy, combat and exploration. Search through 8 brilliant scenarios. Sub-quests and imaginative sequences make every game a new adventure!

Shining Force Reviews

Overall 9.4    Graphics 8.3    Sound 8.6    Addictive 9.3    Story 8.8    Depth 9.1    Difficulty 7.8

Shining Force: COnquer evil at all cost   janus
After wreaking havoc in Thornwood, Dark Sol decided wreaking havoc in Guardiana by controlling ...
  Graphics 8   Sound 9   Addictive 8   Story 8   Depth 9   Difficulty 6

      Review Rating: 5/5     Submitted: 01-08-15     Updated: 01-08-15     Review Replies: 0

Shining Force Game Review!   bluethew0lf
Shining Force is in the top three of my favorite video games. I first played it in Sega Smashpack II...
  Graphics 8   Sound 8   Addictive 9   Story 9   Depth 8   Difficulty 7

      Review Rating: 4.8/5     Submitted: 04-06-15     Review Replies: 5

At the very least a Classic.   Clemontone
Shining Force Legacy of Great Intention is, in my opinion, the best Sega Genesis game. (personally m...
  Graphics 10   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 10   Depth 10   Difficulty 8

      Review Rating: 4.4/5     Submitted: 11-11-10     Updated: 05-24-11     Review Replies: 0

Shining Force Review   Nighthawk0973
When I was a kid I used to play this Turn-Based Strategy. I don't remember what it was called. I jus...
  Graphics 10   Sound 8   Addictive 9   Story 9   Depth 10   Difficulty 9

      Review Rating: 3.9/5     Submitted: 12-17-11     Review Replies: 3

One of the best rpg's of all time   pigboy
I've been playing this game ever since I had it on The Sega Smash Pack as a little kid, and ever sin...
  Graphics 7   Sound 8   Addictive 10   Story 10   Depth 10   Difficulty 9

      Review Rating: 3.3/5     Submitted: 02-17-14     Review Replies: 1

Better Times   Navajo96
An amazing game that brings back so many memories of my childhood the graphics were amazing for what...
  Graphics 9   Sound 9   Addictive 10   Story 8   Depth 9   Difficulty 8

      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 12-01-13     Review Replies: 0

My first RPG   j-flo777
The Shining series has been deep and meaningful to many people. And many people have come together f...
  Graphics 9   Sound 10   Addictive 9   Story 10   Depth 9   Difficulty 8

      Review Rating: 2.3/5     Submitted: 10-28-14     Review Replies: 0

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Shining Force Cheat Codes

Name Characters (Must have completed game first): Start a new game and go to the Name Your Character screen. Put the cursor on end and hold: Start+A+B+C on 2P while holding: Start+A+C on 1P. You will see another character. Continue this until to name all characters or until you please.

Avoid Party Members
The game forces you to allow Tao, Ken, Lowe, Hans, and Luke to join the party before the first battle of the game. There is a way to avoid getting these characters in your party. To do this, when in town at the opening of the game there is a gate but two guards will stop you if you try to leave. There is a blond man in a purple vest near the gate and if you stand one space above him, you will eventually force him to step in the path of one of the guards. At this time you can run past and exit the gate and the guard will not be able to block you. This will send you to the first battle with only Max, making the game quite difficult. Also, even though you avoid taking these characters in your party, they will still speak during some of the cut scenes.

Get Adam without defeating Chaos
Before the battle against Chaos is over, cast egress. Adam will be at HQ, and will be battle-ready. Normally you would have to speak to him after the battle, giving you the chance to miss recruiting him.

Spell level range
As soon as you get Heal 4 and try to use it, press Left to change it to level 3. The spell range of 3 spaces will flash. Then press B to change it back to level 4. It will have the same range as level 3

Shining Force Game Genie Codes

NPNT-F4J8 Medical Herb levels up every party member in your battle party when used in battle: levels increase to 19 if initially below 19 and to 99 if initially 20 or above.
ABWT-EAB2 Egress requires 0 MP to use.
ABWA-EAH2 Blaze requires 0 MP to use.
ABWA-EAH6 Blaze 2 requires 0 MP to use.
ABWT-EAAA Blaze 3 requires 0 MP to use.
ABWT-EAA2 Bolt requires 0 MP to use.
ABWT-EAA6 Bolt 2 requires 0 MP to use.
ABWT-EABA Bolt 3 requires 0 MP to use.
ABWT-EABE Bolt 4 requires 0 MP to use.
ABWT-EAAN Freeze 2 requires 0 MP to use.
ABWT-EAAY Freeze 2 requires 0 MP to use.
ABWA-EAD2 Aura requires 0 MP to use.
ABWA-EAD6 Aura 2 requires 0 MP to use.
ABWA-EAEE Aura 4 requires 0 MP to use.
ABWA-EADJ Heal requires 0 MP to use.
ABWA-EADN Heal 2 requires 0 MP to use.
ABWA-EADT Heal 3 requires 0 MP to use.
ABWA-EADY Heal 4 requires 0 MP to use.
C3WA-FNDG Heal has the effect of Heal 3.
C7WA-FRDG Heal has the effect of Heal 4.
F3WA-E6SG Muddle has the effect of Bolt 3.
F7WT-E8L0 Muddle has the effect of Bolt 4.
E3WA-ENS0 Blaze casts Blaze 3.
E7WA-ERS0 Blaze casts Blaze 4.
FKWA-EYS0 Blaze casts Freeze 3.
FPWA-E0S0 Blaze casts Freeze 4.
F3WA-E6S0 Blaze casts Bolt 3.
F7WA-E8S0 Blaze casts Bolt 4.
C3WA-FNH0 Blaze casts Heal 3.
C7WA-FRH0 Blaze casts Heal 4.
DPWA-F0H0 Blaze casts Aura 4.
9K4T-EAA6 Goblins drop 250 Coins
1B4T-E0A6 Goblins drop 3000 Coins
7B4T-F526 Goblins drop 65000 Coins
7B4T-F526 Goblins drop 65000 Coins
9K4T-EADN Dark Dwarf drops 250 Coins
1B4T-E0DN Dark Dwarf drops 3000 Coins
7B4T-F55N Dark Dwarf drops 65000 Coins
9K5A-EAE6 Giant Bats drop 250 Coins
1B5A-E0E6 Giant Bats drop 3000 Coins
7B5A-F566 Giant Bats drop 65000 Coins
9K5T-EAEN Pegasus Knights drop 250 Coins
1B5T-E0EN Pegasus Knights drop 3000 Coins
7B5T-F56N Pegasus Knights drop 65000 Coins
1B6A-E0A6 Torch Eyes drop 3000 Coins
7B6A-F526 Torch Eyes drop 65000 Coins
CKNT-F0A8 Medical Herb recovers everyone's HP in battle
HBNT-F0A8 Medical Herb gives everyone in your party the TurbO Pepper
HFNT-F0A8 Medical Herb gives everyone in your party the Bread of Life
CKNT-F0BR Healing Seed recovers everyone's HP in battle
CKNT-F0BR Healing Seed gives everyone in your party the TurbO Pepper
HFNT-F0BR Healing Seed gives everyone in your party the Bread of Life
HBNT-F0B8 Antidote gives everyone in your party the TurbO Pepper
HFNT-F0B8 Antidote gives everyone in your party the Bread of Life
FBPA-EAH6 Middle Sword becomes stronger
FBPT-EAA6 Steel Sword becomes stronger
EPPT-EAHN Spear becomes stronger
EPPT-EAFN Steel Lance becomes stronger
EFRA-EAA6 Hand Axe becomes stronger
EPRA-EADN Wooden Staff becomes stronger
EPRA-EAGN Wooden Arrow becomes stronger
3PJT-EBXW Max starts with Egress, Heal 4, and Bolt 4 spells
3KJT-EDXW Max starts with Egress, Aura 4, and Freeze 4 spells
2BJT-EXXW Max starts with Egress, Heal 4, and Blaze 4 spells
93NT-F93E Medical Herbs cost 98,300 Coins.
ABNT-EABY Healing Seeds are free
ABNT-EACE Antidotes are free
ABNT-EADE Angel Wings are free
ABPA-EAHY Short Swords are free
ABPT-EAAE Middle Swords are free
ABPT-EABE Steel Swords are free
ABPT-EABY Broad Swords are free
ABPT-EAHY Spears are free
ABPT-EAFE Bronze Lances are free
ABRA-EAAE Power Spears are free
ABPT-EAGE Chrome Lances are free
ABRA-EABE Hand Axes are free
ABPA-EAGY Great Axes are free
ABRA-EADY Wooden Staves are free
ABRA-EAFE Power Staves are free
ABRA-EAEY Holy Staves are free
ABRA-EAGY Wooden Arrows are free
ABRT-EAAE Buster Shots are free
97JT-F9DR Max starts with a Long Sword
AFJT-F9DR Max starts with a Long Sword and a Healing Seed
APJT-F9DR Max starts with a Long Sword and a Shower of Cure
BFJT-F9DR Max starts with a Long Sword and a Bread of Life
BBJT-F9DR Max starts with a Long Sword and a Turbo pepper
BBJT-F9DR Max starts with a Long Sword and a Buster Shot
AFJT-ECDT Max starts with two Healing Seeds
APJT-EGDT Max starts with two Shower of Cures
BFJT-EWDT Max starts with two Breads of Life
S3JT-F65T Max starts with two Buster Shots

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Game Characters in Shining Force

Max (19)
Lowe (8)
Ken (6)
Gong (5)
Tao (5)
Luke (4)
Mae (4)
Zylo (4)
Anri (2)
Gort (2)
Hans (2)
Lyle (2)

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Comments for Shining Force

reaper13342 10-24-18 - 10:27 PM
 One of the best games ever made for the genesis, Really wish they would have kept this type of gameplay in the more modern Shining games..
janus 01-08-15 - 03:11 PM
 Great game, but the controls were more fluid in Shining Force II. In I, it takes at least a second before you can change direction when you hit a corner
Zylo 12-21-14 - 01:09 AM
 Funny i just remembered where i got my username from XD
juggalo969 09-20-14 - 02:18 AM
 i can't get how to get kokichi can some help me
Raymondc22 01-21-14 - 02:54 PM
 this Game is really cool and fun. i think that its kinda like a chess game.
jnisol 12-01-13 - 06:11 AM
 I have a question is the game easy?
jc2p2 10-03-13 - 07:28 PM
 Have beaten this game many times through. Any questions ask here and I will answer :)
PokemonMan1993 05-09-13 - 09:17 AM
 for a walkthrough go to
jbeefy94 10-14-12 - 06:08 AM
 Late game weapons can only be equipped by promoted units
Caylok 07-22-12 - 09:09 PM
 Sketch83-54 You rock! Thanks for fixing my black screen problem!
Ghuntz 07-17-12 - 08:20 PM
 is there any way to play without the sound?
Ghuntz 07-15-12 - 09:27 PM
 The Armored Skeletons wont pop up if you move one of your team on there spawn point during the Dark Dragon fight
SimEarth 07-13-12 - 09:47 PM
 Beat this game as a kid, it was nice
warrior32 06-27-12 - 10:45 AM
 now i here the song but i still have a black screen
warrior32 06-27-12 - 10:44 AM
 i have the latest firefox web browser and java plus the plugin and i see black screen and keeps on loading and some one help me
warrior32 06-27-12 - 10:43 AM
 hello all
anthonyvanw 06-25-12 - 10:31 PM
 Gong is the s*** and promotions are for when your chaacter gets maxed out and land effect is how the land effects how many spaces you movee
Demonspike 06-25-12 - 02:05 PM
 Screw the promotions, they aren't worth doing.
Demonspike 06-23-12 - 05:05 PM
 Gong is USELESS!!
Demonspike 06-23-12 - 11:53 AM
 What's the "Land Effect" do?
anthonyvanw 06-17-12 - 03:57 PM
 Does anyone know how why you cant equip the good weapons later on in the game?
modernhalo76 06-16-12 - 11:53 AM
 f4 is to load
modernhalo76 06-15-12 - 02:26 PM
anthonyvanw 06-14-12 - 02:03 PM
 try clicking on the scree it might be paused
ryanshowtime 06-11-12 - 09:36 AM
 how to fix

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