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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.