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If action is what you like, this RPG is definitely for you! The evil Dark Sol has kidnapped your father and the Princess Jessa. Having proven your abilities, you are asked by King Drake to enter the Labyrinth and rescue his daughter. Driven by the desire to find your father, you accept this challenge. Don your armor - you'll need it!

Starting out you will require many healing herbs until you learn your way. Upgrade your armor quickly. Your ability to move up hinges on defeating the KaiserKrab. However, tangling with it too early will prove deadly. Move up a few levels first.

As you prove yourself, you will be joined by two companions, their magic abilities will prove useful, but save the magic for real emergencies. As their levels increase, so does their magic; the spells will allow you to defeat many of the creatures you will face.

Your final battle will require all your ability to win; utilize your resources wisely. Dark Sol is not invulnerable; however, he is formidable. His powers will drain you and your party. But remember - light will overcome darkness - you are the shining knight!

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What sets a great role-playing game apart from other video games? Plot, challenges, complexity - all these are important to any cart. But those who've felt the magic of a RPG know its soul lies in the depth of its fantasy world. Really good RPGs fascinate your imagination and transport you all but bodily to another time and place. A wealth of details, fleshed-out characters, rich graphics, intricate geography, and lots and lots of time and talent build a superb RPG that makes everyday life stand still.

Shining in the Darkness is such a game. It's been evolving under Sega's creative geniuses, who have invested Shining with all the graphic power Genesis has to offer. The action is seen from your perspective: monsters come right off the screen at you, other characters talk right to you. Turn your "head" and the view pans right and left across a panorama too big to be seen in one glance. The kingdom includes a castle, a town, and a monumental labyrinth where most of the action takes place. The story begins with the abduction of your father and King Drake's beloved daughter, Princess Jessa, by an evil knight known as Dark Sol. King Drake summons your character (whom you name whatever you want) to the castle for help.

Before you begin, visit the shops in the town to buy weapons, armor, shields, and protective helmets for the action ahead. Also pick up a few things for healing and for undoing poisoning. It's wise to have the Angel Feather to teleport you out of the Labyrinth (trust us: you do not want to be stuck in there).

Ah, the Labyrinth. It'll send shivers down your spine. Once a knight testing ground, the Labyrinth is now a dungeon swarming with dragons, trolls, mummies, minotaurs, statues that spring to life, armed bouncing balls that attack, poison-breathing toadstools, and throngs of awful creatures bent on destruction. As you get better at the game, the monsters get meaner, so don't expect to ace this cart right away.

When you finally return victorious from the first level, you'll get some help from two steadfast friends handy with magic. After hours and hours at your Genesis, after you've finished all your trials, after you've overcome countless beasts, you'll face a special opponent. But the game isn't over yet! We're honor-bound not to divulge the secret of the final, uppermost level; but trust us: it'll take everything you've got to survive.

Shining in the Darkness definitely is one of the brightest lights in this year's outstanding crop of role-playing games. See you in the Labyrinth...

  • TIP: Upgrade your weapons and armor as often as you possibly can because each trial gets harder.

  • TIP: It's real easy to get lost! So always bring Wisdom Seed with you into the Labyrinth so you find your way around.

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Shining in the Darkness system requirements:SystemP-100.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Shining in the Darkness supports single modeSingle game mode

2017-08-07 Shining in the Darkness game added.

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