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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 DOS Reverse Shoot
Blackthorne DOS No, this is no highly increased gama contrast. Screen really goes weird when things explode around ya ;)
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Introduction frame – The monstrous King Vlaros, followed by his "sidekicks", plans the next move.
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance The purple guy has some remote wasps.

Alternate Titles

  • "Blackhawk" -- European title

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User Reviews

Where Memories Dwell DOS MAT (74159)
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
Defunct Games SEGA 32X Sep 10, 2005 80 out of 100 80 SEGA 32X Aug 20, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Dec, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 SNES 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
GameZone Game Boy Advance Oct 23, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
PC Fun DOS Nov, 1994 11 out of 20 55
Gamers Europe Game Boy Advance Oct 03, 2003 5.5 out of 10 55
PC Format (UK) DOS Dec, 1994 53 out of 100 53


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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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