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Description

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.

Screenshots

Blackthorne SEGA 32X Hiding in the Shadows
Blackthorne SNES Damn he's evil!
Blackthorne SNES Talking to one of the slaves
Blackthorne SEGA 32X The Desert

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) SEGA 32X Oct, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Oct, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Play Time SNES Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
N-Zone Game Boy Advance Nov 28, 2003 83 out of 100 83
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Sep, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Defunct Games SEGA 32X Sep 10, 2005 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 02, 2006 4 out of 6 67
Techtite DOS 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

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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