There are numerous characters to collect during your adventure, and they range in terms of races, attack types, magic, movement range, etc. Additionally, players are rewarded for exploring and discovering new characters, which otherwise may be passed by.
The layout and various terrain types of each battle ground encourage the player to reconfigure which characters they will take into each battle. For example, some characters strive in the thick woods, while flying characters can soar over rivers and mountains.
At its core, Shining Force is a turn-based tactical strategy adventure. It’s an older 2D game, so you won’t find any features such as attacking from the high ground. However, you will find enough strategic elements in the 2D format, such as how some characters do well as front-line tanks, while others are best at attacking from the rear (e.g. archers and mages). As with chess, your leader cannot fall in battle or the battle is lost.
For its time, the artist qualities of this game are top-notch, and what stands out as the prime visual element of Shining Force is the character design. Each character can be promoted during the adventure, and there are unique looks for the different stages of their development.
You can now play it on your iPhone!