Blackthorne

Critic Score User Score
Windows
...
5.0
DOS
68
3.7
SNES
84
3.9
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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 Hey you there, hiding behind that stone!? I see you.
Blackthorne SNES The third area - a desert
Blackthorne SNES Inventory
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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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic SEGA 32X Jan 20, 2001 A 100
GamePro (US) SEGA 32X Oct, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Players SNES Sep, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Power Play DOS Nov, 1994 86 out of 100 86
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 70 out of 100 70
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 02, 2006 4 out of 6 67
GameSpy Game Boy Advance Oct 09, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Fun DOS Nov, 1994 11 out of 20 55
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jan, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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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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Contributed to by J. Michael Bottorff (1794), POMAH (35857), Kabushi (134662), Terok Nor (20073), MAT (96976) and quizzley7 (21180)