Blackthorne

Critic Score User Score
SNES
84
3.9
Game Boy Advance
71
3.8
PC-98
...
5.0
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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 Game Boy Advance Use a key to activate the bridge.
Blackthorne SNES The third area - a desert
Blackthorne SNES Game Over

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
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Oct, 1994 9 out of 10 90
N-Zone Game Boy Advance Nov 28, 2003 83 out of 100 83
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Sep, 1994 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Game Freaks 365 SNES 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
PC Joker DOS Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
neXGam SNES 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
PC Fun DOS Nov, 1994 11 out of 20 55

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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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