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Blackthorne

MobyRank MobyScore
PC-98
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SEGA 32X
83
3.7
DOS
66
3.7

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
DOS 56 3.7
Game Boy Advance 11 3.7
Macintosh 3 3.7
PC-98 Awaiting 1 votes...
SEGA 32X 8 3.7
SNES 21 3.9
Windows Awaiting 1 votes...
Combined MobyScore 99 3.7


The Press Says

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100
SNESGamePro (US)
Similar in style to Flashback, Blackthorne offers more action and requires a little less thinking. If you're a platform player, then Blackthorne will quench your thirst.
100
SEGA 32XThe Video Game Critic
The graphics are excellent, with crisp colors, 3D rendered characters, and smooth animation. The monsters are particularly cool-looking. Could this game have been done on the Genesis? Probably, but it wouldn't have looked this good. Gameplay and control is almost exactly like Flashback, but also contains a "hide in shadows" move that can also be used to take cover from gunfire. The gunfights are fun, and prisoners often get caught in the crossfire (cool!). Using a 6-button control pad is highly recommended. Your main weapon is your gun, but you can also use mines, including some nifty remote-controlled mines. As you make your way through various areas, you'll need to blow away some mean looking creatures, destroy generators, and locate keys. Passwords are given at certain intervals. I was really drawn in by this game. 32X fans should not miss this gem.
95
SNESTotal! (Germany)
Das Modul zieht den Spieler regelrecht in seinen Bann, und man muß aufpassen nicht die Zeit völlig zu vergessen. Es gehört einfach in jede gutsortierte Sammlung!
90
SEGA 32XGamePro (US)
With a solid graphical overhaul, Blackthorne delivers where many of the 16-bit conversions flounder in the 32X library. Considering the lack of decent 32X titles to date - Gen(esis 32)X'ers may find the one truly worth owning.
90
SNESVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
Put simply, Blackthorne rocks. The involving gameplay and the intensely depicted violence make this by far the best platform game I've played this year.
87
SNESGame Players
If you enjoyed Prince of Persia, then you're going to enjoy seeing a great game taken to an even greater level. And if you haven't played Prince, then you're going to be really be amazed at the concepts behind Blackthorne. So lock, load and don't take any prisoners.
86
DOSPower Play
Die Gelenkigkeit und die Animation des „Black Hawk“-Titelhelden Kyle erinnert zwar fatal an den königlichen Kollegen auf „Prince of Persia“, damit erschöpfen sich aber die Gemeinsamkeiten schon. Im Gegensatz zum orientalischen Vorbild glänzt „Black Hawk“ durch einen ausgewogenen Schwierigkeitsgrad und erheblich mehr Abwechslung. Die ersten paar Spielstufen sind nur dazu da, den Spieler an Steuerung und Aktionsvarianten Kyles zu gewöhnen, später steigert sich der Anspruch an Geschicklichkeit und Denkvermögen des Spielers gewaltig – aber nicht ins Unmögliche. Jeder Level ist mit der nötigen Mischung aus Taktik und Feuerkraft zu knacken, unfaire Stellen sucht man genauso vergebens wie technische Unzulänglichkeiten. Die Grafik ist gut gezeichnet, die Animationsphasen sind vorbildlich, die digitalen Soundeffekte runden den positiven Eindruck gelungen ab. Kurzum: „Black Hawk“ ist eines der schönsten PC-Actionspiele des Jahres.
86
DOSPC Gamer
Great animation and plenty of bang-bang make this the best action-adventure since Flashback. You'll find yourself doing the same thing over and over again; weak enemy animations. A great mix of gunplay and puzzles, sure to please any arcade fan.
85
SNESMega Fun
Interplay hat mit Blackhawk eines der heißesten Eisen des Action-Adventure-Bereichs im Feuer. Ein derart stimmungsvolles Szenario findet Ihr selten. Hier paßt einfach alles: Düstere und abwechslungsreiche Grafik, eine Musikuntermalung, die unter die Haut geht, und einen guten, wenn auch kurzen Vorspann. Wer schon Flashback mochte, wird von Blackhawk einfach begeistert sein. Denn die Programmierer haben auf einen einfacheren Schwierigkeitsgrad und Passwörter mehr Wert gelegt als beim großen Vorbild, dadurch ist Blackhawk auch etwas für Action-Adventure-Anfänger. Die Steuerung des Helden ist einfacher ausgefallen und die Animation der Spielfigur gefällt mir sogar einen Tick besser als bei Delphines Version. Wer also noch etwas Kleingeld übrig hat, sollte mit einer Anschaffung dieses süchtig machenden Titels liebäugeln.
83
Game Boy AdvanceN-Zone
Ein Hoch auf Blizzard Classic Arcade! Lost Vikings, Rock ‘n’ Roll Racing und Blackthorne wären ohne Vivendi Universal allmählich in Vergessenheit geraten. Im Gegensatz zu etlichen anderen Spielen sind diese Vertreter absolut eine Neuauflage wert! Jeder, der einen GBA besitzt, sollte sich eigentlich keines der drei Spiele entgehen lassen!
80
MacintoshAll Game Guide
The graphics are very good -- colorful, offering a nice background to the action without being glaring. And the action is never monotonous, because you will have enough to do just staying alive. One shot won't take you out (it takes about three to do that), but your enemies can blast you out of the scene and back one scene. So, keep an eye on your life bar. When it gets low, be extra careful.
80
Game Boy AdvanceGame Informer Magazine
When it first came out, this game put a darker, more violent edge to puzzle-oriented games like Prince of Persia and Flashback. Not only can you blast enemies with infinite shotgun fire, but you can turn these same blasts on the hapless human prisoners. Special weapons like player-controlled flying mines and rolling grenades are all necessary to work through the brilliantly designed levels. There aren’t many thinking-man’s action games like this on the GBA.
80
SNESElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Blackthorne is one of the best action games to come around in quite some time. It's more or less a puzzle game too, with lots of brain power involved in solving it's mysteries. It plays as well as it animates: amazing. The dark mood of this cart is great and blowing away the prisoners is a ghoulish treat. This game is a must-see. If you've ever wanted a game that's easy to get into, you'll like this one.
80
SEGA 32XSega-16.com
Blackthorne is definitely in the top few 32X games and is just as good as all of the other versions. Despite few flaws and minor problems, this game turns out to be very decent. It is terribly underrated in my opinion anyway and is (this is going to make me very unpopular) ten times better than Super Metroid. It’s highly probable that the 32X version won't be easily obtained so I think getting the Game Boy Advance one would be a better and easier bet.
80
SEGA 32XDefunct Games
This game is relatively hard to come by, and goes for about 50 bucks when it is located. I'd only buy it if I was a collector, as the game play experience (if not the graphics) is available much cheaper on the Super NES. Still, if you're looking for a good adventure game in the same vein as Flashback and Out of this World, look no farther than Blackthorne.
79
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Rein technisch macht Black Hawk nicht allzuviel her. Die Steuerung ist zweifellos mehr als gelungen, aber vor allem grafisch bleiben die großen Sprünge aus. Insgesamt wirken die Hintergrundgrafiken etwas farbarm und lieblos gezeichnet. Das gilt zwar auch für den Titelhelden und die zahlreichen ekligen Monster, jedoch sind sie zumindest ansprechend animiert worden und gleichen diese Mängel dadurch wieder aus. In puncto Sound darf man ebenfalls nicht allzuviel erwarten: viel mehr als das dumpfe Grollen einer Pump Action und das Knallen einer Peitsche bekommt man hier nicht zu Gehör. Bevor Sie jetzt aber einen falschen Eindruck von dem Spiel bekommen: Black Hawk macht wirklich Spaß! Die Mängel auf der technischen Seite machen die Programmierer durch das ausgezeichnete Gameplay und die tolle Atmosphäre mit links wieder weit. Wem Flashback gefallen hat, der sollte sich Interplays Variante unbedingt zulegen!
77
SNESGame Freaks 365
Even though this review is of the SNES version, if you don't have an SNES, the PC version is just as good, if a bit slower paced, and there is also a version on the GBA, probably a port of the SNES version. Whatever version of the game you play, you owe it to yourself to give this game a try at some point. It's arch-realism may be a bit much for some people, but it is a fun and challenging game in its own right anyway.
75
SNESJeuxvideo.com
S’articulant autour d’un gameplay déjà éprouvé dans de nombreux jeux du même genre (Another World, Flashback, Prince of Persia), le soft se distingue de ses aînés de part le côté tactique que revêtent les affrontements. De plus, l’univers particulièrement riche et mature de BlackThorne dispose d’un background complet, et fait rapidement oublier son manque d’originalité. L’obscurité omniprésente et une certaine lourdeur dans le contrôle de Kyle pèsent un peu sur la qualité du titre sans être pour autant être un frein à l’amusement. Comme dit l’adage : « c’est dans les vieilles marmites que l’on fait les meilleurs soupes », et cela n’a jamais été aussi vrai qu'avec Blackthorne qui se doit d’orner votre étagère.
75
Game Boy AdvanceIGN
As fun and challenging as the game is, Blackthorne is a finite design that's much shorter than Blizzard's previous two games. Once players make it through the adventure, there's nothing more waiting for them. Blackthorne definitely offers welcome gaming nostalgia on the handheld, but games like Ubi Soft's Splinter Cell have advanced this game style much further on the GBA.
72
SNESneXGam
Der große Überflieger, als welcher BlackHawk teilweise von der damaligen Fachpresse abgefeiert worden war, ist er letztlich nicht. Doch keine falsche Bescheidenheit - der kluge Mix aus Rätsel & Action lockt auch über 10 Jahre nach Release noch vor den betagten 16-Bitter aus dem Hause Nintendo. Für Flashback-Fans ein echtes Muß!
72
Game Boy AdvanceGameZone
Blackthorne is made up of four levels, but the levels are pretty large. The length of the game is just right for an adventure game; not too long and not too short.
71
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Blackhawk gehört zu den Programmen, die man einfach startet und spielt - ohne großes Intro, ohne langwieriges Regelstudium. Die Bedienung erlaubt trotzdem einige Finessen. Vor allem die Unterscheidung zwischen gezogener und weggesteckter Waffe gefällt mir gut - vom coolen nach-hinten-Schießen ganz zu schweigen. Sicher, mit Blutspritzern wird nicht gespart, aber bei einem Action-Adventure ohne Realismus-Anspruch stört mich das nicht. Die Grafik sieht auf den Bildschirmfotos etwas müde aus, gefällt aber durch ihre detailreiche Animation. Die Monster sehen richtig schön übertrieben böse aus - vom grünen Schützen-Ork bis zum daherrollenden Steinmonster.
70
MacintoshMac Gamer
Overall, Blackthorne offers nice arcade action, although the Kyle figure you control reacts too slowly to your commands at times (i.e. it takes too long to pull out your gun, and while you are doing so, the closest enemy blows you away). The gameplay offers some nice features, like the ability to avoid gunfire by stepping into the shadows. But despite that, it's hard to forget that the game originated from the SuperNES game system, because the port shows throughout.
70
SEGA 32XDigital Press - Classic Video Games
While this is a slow, plodding adventure, it's an entertaining one. You can easily adjust to the pacing early on, and if you've spent anytime with Prince of Persia, you'll recognize this style early. If you need something with more action or gunplay, this is the worst thing you could do to yourself. If you want a thinking mans action title, Blackthrone fills that niche nicely.
70
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot
Despite the fact that its graphics leave something to be desired, Blackthorne's gameplay and atmosphere are just as satisfying as they were on the Super NES nearly a decade ago. This game is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys platform-based puzzle games.
70
Game Boy AdvanceGame Over Online
Blackthorne's main character is Kyle Blackthorne, a military man who is pit against a cast full of mutated monsters and Tolkien-like goblins that are armed not with bows and arrows but explosives and guns. Blackthorne himself is armed with a shotgun.
67
DOSThe DOS Spirit
Det kan nok skrives mye om hvor enkelt og gjennomtenkt Black Thorne, dog den virkelige følelsen får du ikke før du selv sitter deg ned med det. Vi kan egentlig ikke si stort mer enn at dette er en Gylden DOS Spirit i plattform-sjangeren det finnes få sidestykker til. Anbefales!
60
DOSTechtite
One of the last of the arcade-style 2D action games on PCs, this was the typical tale of macho, fully-armed human against alien soldiers. The graphics were well done, as was the animation, mapping, and overall gameplay. One of the more amusing animations was when an alien laughs after shooting you once, and you get the last laugh...by shooting him right back! However, this did have a tendency to get old after a while, and some jumping puzzles were a lot more difficult, without the ability to scroll from screen to screen (you often had to jump with a leap of faith, in screen 1, hoping that you make it to the cliff/end-of-bridge shown in screen 2). Regardless, it's worth a marginal thumbs up, if just because it was so much fun, elsewhere in the game...
60
DOSMikroBitti
BlackThorne on hyvä käännös, mutta täysin turha sellainen, eikä se ole oikein kotonaan PC:ssä. Kyle on kelvollisesti elävöitetty, mutta muuten grafiikka on karua ja äänitausta ärsyttävää konsolivingutusta. Miksiköhän Interplay käänsi näin yksinkertaisen pelin?
60
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpy
Though I enjoyed the slower pace of the game, some may find it annoying, especially if you've just come from the likes of Ninja Five-O and are expecting more of the same. The levels are designed very deliberately and are very aware of the way Kyle and his various resources are supposed to be used in order to get past each obstacle. It's the kind of attention to the finer points that Blizzard puts in all of its games, but is definitely hampered by the GBA's control set. If you're looking to relive a bit of the gameplay styles of the past in a portable form, then Blackthorne is worth the dough -- particularly if you're a fan of the PC or SNES versions as this is a 1:1 conversion. If you're looking for a fast-paced, run-'n-jump platformer or high-action murder simulator, you'll probably want to give this game a pass.
55
DOSPC Fun
Voici un jeu complètement pompé sur Flashback, mais dans un univers différent. Rien de neuf donc, si ce n'est la jouabilité qui est excellente. Hélas ! Les touches du clavier pour manier votre personnage sont très mal choisies... Un jeu de plate-forme sans surprise, mais agréable.
55
Game Boy AdvanceGamers Europe
So, I think the time has come to sum up. Another day, another GBA rehash - and Blackthorne is no different. The gameplay is competent, and with tweaks this could've been a rather good game. However, as it is it's a flat-out port, which stinks of laziness. Unless you are a complete Prince of Persia/Flashback freak, and want something in a similar mould to relive the old glory days, we really can't recommend Blackthorne.
53
DOSPC Format (UK)
But whereas Flashback and Another World are well-paced games that ooze atmosphere and excitement, Blackhawk is a monotonous plod through level upon level of similar puzzles and graphics. It's not a bad game by any means, but by the same token, it's not a particularly good one either.
40
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
So who is BLACKTHORN going to please? I'd put my money on “nobody”, not because it is unspeakably horrible – it isn't – but because it is weak enough to be over-looked, particularly, when better choices are so readily available. One of these days, I'm sure someone is going to top Mechner at his game...but not this time, not with this game.