Maybe Mixing Artwork Isn’t So Bad In Shining Mars

By Eugene . March 3, 2014 . 10:00am


Shining Mars is the next in the long line of smartphone RPG titles from Kemco, but unlike their more retro-based general RPG fair, this is going for a softer, cuter style.


The game mixes both 3D animated sprites with hand-drawn 2D monster artworks in a tale that explores the mystery behind “something important forgotten”. The subtitle also suggests there’s more to life than meets the eye, billing Shining Mars as “a story about life”.

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The choice of graphic style is peculiar, but seems to work from the short trailer video, including a pastel-style art for the overland map that’s a little reminiscent of the map of Norende in Bravely Default. It helps that the background music is suitably haunting and fits the theme of feeling adrift from the rest of the world.


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There also seems to be a recent thing with Kemco and animal playable characters, in this case the feline-looking Topasu.


Shining Mars is available on Android now in Japan, with an iOS version due in June.

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  • JonathanisPrimus

    I expected another Tony Taka same face game from SEGA.

    • megaten666

      It’s not like this art is much better.
      Tony Taka for the Shining series is what Satoshi Urushihara for the Growlanser and Langrisser games. Without them, the games just feels weird.

      • Actually all of the real Shining Force games came out long before Tony Taka got his mitts on the series

        • R.I.P. Classic Shining Force.

          Really wish Nintendo would have Camelot make more cool games like they used to, instead of just using them as a Mario Sports factory with the occasional Golden Sun game.

        • megaten666

          I know that much. I just think Tony Taka’s art makes a Shining game a Shining game.
          Well, whatever.

  • César H. Sandoval

    Tony’s art was better. There! I said it.

    • Nanaki

      You sure did..

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      His art is nice but this art is good too

    • Landale

      And has nothing to do with this. Despite the game’s name, this has nothing to do with Sega’s Shining series because it’s Kemco.

  • Rafael Budzinski

    …one thing for sure, this is the best looking RPG from Kemco up to date.

  • TerrenceEncore Jones

    Another cool looking Shining Game that I may not be able to play.

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