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The planet Tuul was a peaceful place, until the evil warrior Sarlac used the power of the Darkstone to take control. Blackthorne's father, the good King Vlaros, sent him to Earth just as his kingdom crumbled around him. Now, twenty years later, Blackthorne is grown and must return to Tuul to free it from the clutches of Sarlac.

Blackthorne is a platform action game played from a side-view with non-scrolling backgrounds. It has certain similarities to Prince of Persia, being set in maze-like environments and focusing on exploration and occasional puzzle-solving. Blackthorne fights enemies by shooting at them. His default weapon, a pump action shotgun, can be upgraded throughout the course of the game. Various types of bombs can be used to damage enemies, blow open doors, or destroy generations. Keys must be often found to gain access to new areas.


Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Blast some doors with bombs.
Blackthorne SNES Damn he's evil!
Blackthorne Macintosh Starting out. The mac version features hi-res artwork
Blackthorne DOS Our Hero

Alternate Titles

  • "Blackhawk" -- European title

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User Reviews

Where Memories Dwell DOS MAT (71466)
Surely Blizzards finest hour DOS helm lehm (13)

The Press Says

Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
Mega Fun SNES Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Jeuxvideo.com SNES Aug 10, 2011 15 out of 20 75
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 70 out of 100 70
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 02, 2006 4 out of 6 67
Techtite DOS 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
MikroBitti DOS Feb, 1995 60 out of 100 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jan, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Cut versions

The SNES version (US and European) misses blood effects when shooting prisoners, bleeding corpses and a blood splash in the Blizzard logo and game over screen. In the Japanese SNES version all blood is removed and prisoners can't be shot.

The 32X version only has the cut in the company logo.

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