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Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Introduces Its Scrappy Band of Characters in a New Trailer

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is an upcoming French indie game that might not be on your radar but probably should be.

This action RPG originally started in the imagination of creator Samir Rebib twenty years ago, and a successful Kickstarter campaign launched back in 2014 (along with a boost from Focus Interactive) is making it a reality. This game features a beautiful art style, an intriguing game world, and a combat system that has more in common with the fighting game genre than your typical RPG.

Plus, you can ride dinosaurs.

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom

In case you’re wondering, the term Shiness is apparently pronounced like shyness. It’s a portmanteau of shine and darkness, and it’s also a reference to a type of spiritual energy called Shi in the game’s lore.

To learn more about the characters you’ll be hanging out with in this game world, check out the character trailer below.

I’m especially fond of Poky, who looks like he came straight out of an episode of Disney’s TaleSpin.

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom

To see more of the game’s world, and to hear a bit of its incredible score, you can also check out the music trailer from a couple weeks back.

Looks (and sounds) incredible, doesn’t it?

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom launches digitally for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 18.

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