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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 Sarlac! I've been looking for you. I think we have some score to settle.
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Use remote wasps to remotely blast guys and other things.
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Duel: Press 'up' to hide and avoid being shot.
Blackthorne SNES Game Over

Alternate Titles

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

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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
Power Play DOS Nov, 1994 86 out of 100 86
N-Zone Game Boy Advance Nov 28, 2003 83 out of 100 83
Game Freaks 365 SNES 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
neXGam SNES 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Game Over Online Game Boy Advance Jan 16, 2004 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Nov 11, 2003 7 out of 10 70
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 02, 2006 4 out of 6 67


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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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