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Blackthorne (DOS)

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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 Pow! Right in the head. Now I'm really angry!
Blackthorne DOS Introduction
Blackthorne DOS The End - You Are Dead !
Blackthorne DOS Lighting effects aren't any 3D state of art, but you sure will know when you're being shot at.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Where Memories Dwell MAT (104171) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Surely Blizzards finest hour helm lehm (13) unrated

Critic Reviews

Power Play Nov, 1994 86 out of 100 86
PC Gamer Jan, 1995 86 out of 100 86
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1994 9 out of 12 75
PC Joker Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1994 71 out of 100 71
The DOS Spirit Dec 02, 2006 4 out of 6 67
MikroBitti Feb, 1995 60 out of 100 60
PC Format (UK) Dec, 1994 53 out of 100 53
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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MAT (104171) added Blackthorne (DOS) on May 16, 2000
Other platforms contributed by J. Michael Bottorff (1794), POMAH (36361), Kabushi (143910), Terok Nor (21024), MAT (104171) and quizzley7 (21167)