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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 A Green Enemy
Blackthorne DOS Introduction
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Go through passages hidden behind waterfalls.
Blackthorne Macintosh The violence is also censored. You can only blow the SWEAT out of them.

Promo Images

Blackthorne Screenshot
Blackthorne Screenshot
Blackthorne Screenshot
Blackthorne Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Blackhawk" -- European title
  • "ブラックソーン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Where Memories Dwell DOS MAT (177346)
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Critic Reviews

Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
GamePro (US) SEGA 32X Oct, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Video Games SNES Nov, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Sep, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 SNES 2002 7.7 out of 10 77 SNES Aug 10, 2011 15 out of 20 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Dec, 1994 9 out of 12 75
GameZone Game Boy Advance Oct 23, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
Game Over Online Game Boy Advance Jan 16, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Techtite DOS 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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.

Available to all

In 2011 Blizzard Entertainment made the game free for all their users through their digital platform. You can find Blackthorne by visiting the downloadable games section through a account and scrolling to Classic Games.

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Contributed to by J. Michael Bottorff (1791), POMAH (49062), Kabushi (200080), Terok Nor (26293), MAT (177346) and quizzley7 (21741)