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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 Game Boy Advance Use remote wasps to remotely blast guys and other things.
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Get some hints in practice mode.
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Climb up ladders.
Blackthorne DOS Pow! Right in the head. Now I'm really angry!

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 (162827)
Surely Blizzards finest hour DOS helm lehm (13)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic SEGA 32X Jan 20, 2001 A 100
Game Players SNES Sep, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Sega-16.com SEGA 32X Aug 20, 2004 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Dec, 1994 9 out of 12 75
Play Time DOS Feb, 1995 75 out of 100 75
neXGam SNES 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
GameZone Game Boy Advance Oct 23, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
Game Over Online Game Boy Advance Jan 16, 2004 70 out of 100 70
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.

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 (1800), POMAH (46087), Kabushi (187176), Terok Nor (25957), MAT (162827) and quizzley7 (21746)