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I was looking for a role playing game on the iPod Touch and came across Shining Force. Normally I don’t like to repay for games I already own. I have Shining Force on the Genesis. And I also have it on a compilation on the Playstation 3. But the iPod Touch is portable. So I spent the ninety-nine cents. The strategy role playing genre is my personal favorite kind of video game. It is like chess all grown up. Leveling up certain characters takes skill and cunning. If a mistake is made players can egress back to town and have their dead resurrected by the priest. For a price of course.

The visuals in Shining Force seem basic, but still show off an intelligent design. The cast of characters is diverse. There are knights, dragons, skeletons, werewolves, and more. Players give the commands, their characters go through an attack motion, and the enemy goes through a damage reaction. That is the extent of the violent content in Shining Force.

The classic sounds and music in Shining Force brought back memories of my youth. I enjoy the music as it flowed freely through the eight chapters. The storyline revolves around evil characters trying to bring back Dark Dragon - a very evil character. The player is part of the team of light whose job is to stop it. Since this is an older role playing game you can probably guess what winds up happening.

For the price there is an amazing amount of content. Shining Force includes numerous characters. In fact the players team is huge, and there are many different characters that can be used. This allows the player various choices in what kind of a team they want. The battle fields present different challenges. Shining Force constantly kept me on my toes, and had me adjusting my strategy while I was playing.

I love the strategy aspect of Shining Force. The on screen controls include a ghosted D-pad, A, B, and start button. At times the D-pad was irritating. Mainly because my fingers blocked where it was. I do appreciate how I could leave this app, and when I came back in, I was right where I had been. This included right in the middle of a battle.

The main lesson in Shining Force is to stop evil. It also hints at an ancient culture that was extremely technologically advanced. Players use force again and again to stop the evil forces. Beating the game means the player has granted peace to that world. Of course that is until the sequel is played. I enjoy this franchise, and hope for some true sequels to Shining Force in the very near future. I enjoyed my time with Shining Force on the iPhone/iPod Touch.
- Paul


Graphics: 87%
Sound: 89%
Replay/Extras: 99%
Gameplay: 89%
Family Friendly Factor: 85%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch/Genesis
Publisher: Sega
Rating:   ‘9+’ - 9+
{Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence}

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