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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 DOS Duel
Blackthorne SNES ... and sent to another dimension until he is strong enough to return and defeat Sarlac.
Blackthorne SEGA 32X Have a conversation with the other characters.
Blackthorne PC-98 Using the Levitator to get to an otherwise out of reach place

Promo Images

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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 (182705)
Surely Blizzards finest hour DOS helm lehm (13)

Critic Reviews

Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
Power Play DOS Nov, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Play Time SNES Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
N-Zone Game Boy Advance Nov 28, 2003 83 out of 100 83
Game Freaks 365 SNES 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 70 out of 100 70
Techtite DOS 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Format (UK) DOS Dec, 1994 53 out of 100 53
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jan, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Available to all

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

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.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • September 1994 (Issue 62) - Game of the Month (SNES version)



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