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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 DOS To activate a bridge you must have a key... you can try jumping across but...
Blackthorne DOS Hey you there, hiding behind that stone!? I see you.
Blackthorne DOS Title
Blackthorne DOS Pow! Right in the head. Now I'm really angry!

Alternate Titles

  • "Blackhawk" -- European title

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User Reviews

Where Memories Dwell DOS MAT (72388)
Surely Blizzards finest hour DOS helm lehm (13)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) SNES Aug, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Power Play DOS Nov, 1994 86 out of 100 86 SEGA 32X Aug 20, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Dec, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Defunct Games SEGA 32X Sep 10, 2005 80 out of 100 80
IGN Game Boy Advance Sep 24, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
neXGam SNES 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Nov 11, 2003 7 out of 10 70
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 02, 2006 4 out of 6 67
Gamers Europe Game Boy Advance Oct 03, 2003 5.5 out of 10 55


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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.

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Contributed to by J. Michael Bottorff (1797), POMAH (33731), Kabushi (121977), Terok Nor (18430), MAT (72388) and quizzley7 (21211)