Shining Soul

Game Boy Advance
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
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  1. GMR Magazine
    70
    Achieves portable "Diablo"-ness like no one's business... The main problem with [it] is that it quickly gets repetitious and is best played with the three friends that the game supports. [Oct 2003, p.80]
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    70
    Eminently playable, and more importantly, replayable. All the hacking and slashing should get old after a while, but the infamous "quest for stuff" kept me going for the long haul. [Oct 2003, p.168]
  3. Game Informer
    65
    The action is poorly designed and repetitive, and the quest is void of challenge. [Sept 2003, p.125]
  4. 60
    A super-deformed take on Diablo, wholly devoid of strategy or audiovisual pizzazz.
  5. 60
    It's an action/RPG, and a pretty boring one at that - a repetitive dungeon attack that feels like an unexciting "Diablo."
  6. Play Magazine
    58
    A little light on dialogue and only has one village but it supports up to four players and sticks to a formula steeped in nostalgia. [Sept 2003, p.80]
  7. The simplistic gameplay and the lack of both difficulty and any real pressing motivation to complete the game severely limit any appeal.
  8. 55
    Just feels like a shell of a design, good ideas and intentions spattered thoughout boring action sequences.

Awards & Rankings

84
38
#38 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
38
#38 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. JimBob
    Dec 14, 2003
    10
    Awesome in every way. Great graphics. Fun gameplay and the best mutiplayer I've seen before Rebel strike came out.
  2. AaronF.
    Dec 12, 2003
    5
    Game sucks..I can't even frigging save.
  3. XeiderS.
    Nov 5, 2003
    8
    While it won't gain any game of the year awards, it is quite fun as a portable Diablo. Add some friends and it gets even better. Would While it won't gain any game of the year awards, it is quite fun as a portable Diablo. Add some friends and it gets even better. Would have been nice to have more then 4 characters, but Shining Soul 2 should take care of that (early 2004). Full Review »