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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 Game Boy Advance Duel: Wait for a useful moment to shoot your enemy.
Blackthorne SNES The fourth area - Sarlac's keep
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance This blue guy cannot be shot, just use a bomb.
Blackthorne SEGA 32X Scary Castle

Promo Images

Blackthorne Screenshot
Blackthorne Screenshot
Blackthorne Screenshot
Blackthorne Screenshot

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
PC Gamer DOS Jan, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Play Time SNES Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Score DOS Jan, 1995 83 out of 100 83
PC Joker DOS Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 70 out of 100 70
Game Over Online Game Boy Advance Jan 16, 2004 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Nov 11, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Game Boy Advance Oct 09, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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.

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