Shining Force
Resurrection of the Dark Dragon

Format: GBA

4 005209 053358
Age Restrictions: 3+
30 April 2004

A mysterious traveller is secretly planning to resurrect the Dark Dragon. He has convinced the King of Runefaust to invade the kingdom of Guardiana in an effort to realise his sinister plan. You are a promising young warrior who was found seriously wounded and washed ashore on the coast of Guardiana. The severity of our injuries have cost you your memory. When Guardiana is attacked, you are thrust into the role of leader and must unravel the mystery behind the Legacy of the Gods and put a stop to Dark Dragon's revival at any cost, or the world shall perish...

Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon is an extremely engaging and complex game - one in which you're going to need your wits about you in order to complete. It's no good going in heavy handed, you will need to carefully plan each move if you are to progress anywhere quickly.

You start the game just before you are recruited by the king to go on a quest. And in order to do this effectively, you are going to have to track down some skilled individuals who are also eager to do what's right for king and country. Once you've gathered your band of men it's time to set off. Within a few minutes you'll encounter your fist band of enemies and learn how this turn-based adventure works.

You can move several characters each turn and attack the opposition, heal, defend or run away. The latter won't help you in the long run, and a careful combination of the main three moves should see you easily complete the first battle. Don't worry if any of your crew die, because you can resurrect them at any church you come across on your travels. Churches also provide you with an opportunity to save and load your progress.

While you can resurrect your band of merry men, you can't resurrect yourself. Once you perish that's the end of the game - so you might have to do a bit of running away yourself after all.

On your travels you'll need to collect cards (which can be found all over the place - in bookcases, kind souls will give them to you, and you can collect them when you kill certain enemies). These cards are split into four categories (effect, copy, imitate and move) which can be used to defeat enemies in battle.

Playing on and off, we managed to complete the game in a week, but that doesn't detract from the addictiveness of the game. Now we have completed the game once, we can start a new game and continue to collect the cards we missed.

This game is fantastic fun and will have you coming back time and time again.

Ray Thompson

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