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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 Lighting effects aren't any 3D state of art, but you sure will know when you're being shot at.
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Introduction frame – The monstrous King Vlaros, followed by his "sidekicks", plans the next move.
Blackthorne DOS Introduction
Blackthorne SNES You have to destroy the terminal to get past the barriers

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic SEGA 32X Jan 20, 2001 A 100
PC Gamer DOS Jan, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Video Games SNES Nov, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Sega-16.com SEGA 32X Aug 20, 2004 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
neXGam SNES 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA 32X Jul 01, 2005 7 out of 10 70
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 02, 2006 4 out of 6 67
Techtite DOS 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 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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