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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.


Blackthorne SNES Title
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Duel: Press 'up' to hide and avoid being shot.
Blackthorne Macintosh The violence is also censored. You can only blow the SWEAT out of them.
Blackthorne SNES ... our young Hero is given the light stone ...

Promo Images

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Blackthorne Screenshot
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Blackthorne Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Play Time SNES Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Dec, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Sep, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 SNES 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
neXGam SNES 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
Play Time DOS Dec, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA 32X Jul 01, 2005 7 out of 10 70
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 02, 2006 4 out of 6 67
PC Fun DOS Nov, 1994 11 out of 20 55
PC Format (UK) DOS Dec, 1994 53 out of 100 53


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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 platform. You can find Blackthorne by visiting the downloadable games section through a account and scrolling to Classic Games.

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Contributed to by J. Michael Bottorff (1791), POMAH (49063), Kabushi (196432), Terok Nor (26230), MAT (174464) and quizzley7 (21743)