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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 Your enemies are mostly orcs, and their color tells you about their strength and weapon they carry.
Blackthorne DOS A Blue Enemy
Blackthorne DOS No, this is no highly increased gama contrast. Screen really goes weird when things explode around ya ;)
Blackthorne DOS Duel

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Where Memories Dwell コナン (92149) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Surely Blizzards finest hour helm lehm (13) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer Jan, 1995 86 out of 100 86
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
PC Joker Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1994 9 out of 12 75
The DOS Spirit Dec 02, 2006 4 out of 6 67
Techtite 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
MikroBitti Feb, 1995 60 out of 100 60
PC Fun Nov, 1994 11 out of 20 55
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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コナン (92149) added Blackthorne (DOS) on May 16, 2000
Other platforms contributed by J. Michael Bottorff (1794), POMAH (35663), Kabushi (132109), Terok Nor (19569), コナン (92149) and quizzley7 (21202)