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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 Introduction
Blackthorne SEGA 32X Have a conversation with the other characters.
Blackthorne SNES ... our young Hero is given the light stone ...
Blackthorne SNES One of the bigger enemies

Promo Images

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Blackthorne Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Group

User Reviews

Where Memories Dwell DOS MAT (155335)
Surely Blizzards finest hour DOS helm lehm (13)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic SEGA 32X Jan 20, 2001 A 100
Power Play DOS Nov, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Play Time SNES Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Score DOS Jan, 1995 83 out of 100 83
Defunct Games SEGA 32X Sep 10, 2005 80 out of 100 80
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Joker DOS Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 70 out of 100 70
Play Time DOS Dec, 1994 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Nov 11, 2003 7 out of 10 70

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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.

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.

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Contributed to by J. Michael Bottorff (1770), POMAH (42225), Kabushi (180585), Terok Nor (24116), MAT (155335) and quizzley7 (21124)