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  • Summary: Shiness is an action-RPG that takes you on a journey across a universe on the verge of collapse. After crash-landing on a hostile island, you find yourself in a conflict spanning multiple kingdoms. Face off against dangerous enemies in hyper-dynamic fights, mixing magic with traditionalShiness is an action-RPG that takes you on a journey across a universe on the verge of collapse. After crash-landing on a hostile island, you find yourself in a conflict spanning multiple kingdoms. Face off against dangerous enemies in hyper-dynamic fights, mixing magic with traditional fighting game mechanics. Gain experience to evolve your characters, learning exciting new skills and spells. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Apr 18, 2017
    86
    What French developer Enigami has managed to achieve with Shiness is admirable considering its humble beginnings. It's clear that a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into making this adventure a reality. It's also clear that the developers fell victim to the same bogeymen that typically hinder most ambitious indie projects: time and money. Albeit flawed, Shiness is an indie gem that doesn't quite live up to its potential, yet still puts many big budget games to shame.
  2. Apr 26, 2017
    77
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Games Master UK
    Jun 20, 2017
    73
    A fantastic effort that mostly delivers on the promises made during its funding campaign. [June 2017, p.71]
  4. Apr 18, 2017
    70
    A great RPG and a remarkable beat'em up that sometimes is too ugly for being excellent due its indie (and low cost) roots.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jul 7, 2017
    60
    The result is a charmingly clunky yarn that doesn’t wow, but has more to offer than clichés alone. [July 2017, p73]
  6. Apr 24, 2017
    60
    Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom could have been a great RPG but each strength is countered by an even stronger flaw which inherently makes the overall game quite bad. Perhaps the studio was too ambitious for its means.
  7. Apr 20, 2017
    40
    Enigami’s attempt to craft a full Action-RPG experience as an indie developer deserves praise, and, visually at least, it comes close to aping its peers. However, a meaningless story, awful dialogue, irritating combat and an utter lack of pace sees it come up short in every other area that matters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 21, 2017
    10
    This game is amazing! I've been playing it for a few hours, and I really like the story, the gameplay, the artistic style and the soundtrack.This game is amazing! I've been playing it for a few hours, and I really like the story, the gameplay, the artistic style and the soundtrack. For the company's first game, it's very strong. Expand
  2. Jun 12, 2018
    9
    Hey this is an indie title that strives for greatness. it has this naruto anime feel.it is colorful and has fun and lively charactersHey this is an indie title that strives for greatness. it has this naruto anime feel.it is colorful and has fun and lively characters great game to tell the truth its the music that keeps me playing the driving beat, the anime action rpg elements make this great. plus it got it on psn for 7 bucks GREAT GAME Expand
  3. Aug 21, 2018
    8
    Ratchet & Clank meets Tekken meets Dragon Quest, with the bending from Avatar: The Last Air Bender. I got this on sale for like $9 looking forRatchet & Clank meets Tekken meets Dragon Quest, with the bending from Avatar: The Last Air Bender. I got this on sale for like $9 looking for a distraction while waiting for DQ11 and it has far exceeded that. The story is good, the combat is clunky yet fun, the world is a cell shaded wonderland, and the characters are actually interesting. The only gripe I have is a low frame-rate in the second third of the game during a semi open-world segment. Solid 8/10, glad I got it at such a good price. It's still on sale at the time of writing this review, although after playing it, I'd say that it's still easily worth it at the full $29.99 USD ($39.99 CAD) price tag. Expand
  4. May 12, 2017
    8
    This game is a 7 but gets an extra point for the price/length ratio, $30/30 hours, impressive. Okay so there's a weird curve in the gameThis game is a 7 but gets an extra point for the price/length ratio, $30/30 hours, impressive. Okay so there's a weird curve in the game play, maybe 7-8 hours in is where it actually starts to get good, which is bizarre. Word of advice, don't give up on this game, it's worth it, do the stupid crypt quest, get past king Meos, and get into the open green area, that is when I truly started enjoying the game, and I almost quit entirely before I got there. The combat gets HARD for a while until you get used to it. Also don't be a hero you need health items, a lot, at all times, or you'll be grinding/dying/losing progress. Pretty neat art style too. Expand
  5. Apr 18, 2017
    7
    Shiness: The Lighting Kingdom
    A game that grows on you.
    In shiness the lighting kingdom you play as chado trying to get to the source of the
    Shiness: The Lighting Kingdom
    A game that grows on you.
    In shiness the lighting kingdom you play as chado trying to get to the source of the evil shi…
    And as you progress through the story you unlock companions that join in on your adventure...
    This game took a while for me to like…
    It’s a very awkward feeling game... and from the combat to the platforming its stiff…
    Even by the games end I still wasn’t in love… but I did come to ultimately enjoy this game…
    The worst part of this game is the puzzles…
    Each character has a unique ability that lets them solve pieces to puzzles that stop game progression…
    you never know when one will show up.. but thankfully even though you can only have 3 members in your party at a time, you can quickly swap characters in and out of your team when these puzzles do appear and you don’t have the right character with you…
    Thankfully these puzzles are easy, but still a bit annoying…
    Other than solving puzzles which are few and far between, you’ll be going to a point on the map in the various locations you visit and try to avoid or defeat every enemy in your way to level up…
    The combat system though much like the entire game takes some getting used to and definitely lacks a bit of polish…
    You can parry attacks, block them, roll, kick and punch… use disciplines you unlock from shops, chests and defeating enemies for in battle perks or unlocking magic attacks that use one of the 4 shi elements…
    It’s easy enough to spam ranged attacks, though some enemies are immune to certain magic and there is a certain amount of shi you can use before you go to a save point and restock..
    But each battle takes place in a dome that changes colors, and your character is able to concentrate to refill needed shi during battle and get a boost of regeneration if the elements match…
    And eventually you’ll be able to do a hyper moves which pauses the battle and lets you quickly put in the right button combination on screen and pull off a power move that usually take away about half of an enemies health…
    The problem with this though is that it gets a little old watching the scene playout each time…
    You are able to skip the animation, but I found doing so will sometimes cause the game to not read any damage done to your opponent, but still depletes your hyper meter…
    So in tough fights I advise not taking the chance by skipping
    And speaking of bugs and unpolish…
    You are able to able to switch between any of the 4 characters in your party anytime during battle as well as map commands such as heal with enemy and ally stipulations..
    But the switching isn’t the most responsive system in the world…
    I found myself mashing the swap button to make sure my character didn’t die…
    And occasionally you’ll kind of be forced to swap when your character gets stuck midair.. which was rare, but did happen a few times…
    I also ran into a bug after a certain boss about 10 hours into the game that after defeating them my character got stuck behind an invisible wall…
    Which are everywhere… in places that they shouldn’t be so that if it does happen players can hop back into the map instead of being stuck and having to quit the game, reload and fight the boss all over again like I did… and after defeating them the 2nd time.. My character was standing on air again... but thankfully I could jump forward to stop it from happening again…
    Shiness: The Lighting Kingdom is an enjoyable journey…
    I had fun…
    I enjoyed swapping the disciplines, learning new combos for my characters, swapping the gear in my party and I loved the fact that non active party members leveled up with the rest of my crew…
    But a lack of polish definitely hold this good game back from being great…
    I give Shiness: The Lighting Kingdom
    a 7.0/10
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