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Blackthorne (SNES)

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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 SNES A dead orc. There's no blood in the SNES version.
Blackthorne SNES Inventory
Blackthorne SNES ... and sent to another dimension until he is strong enough to return and defeat Sarlac.
Blackthorne SNES Using a Hover Bomb to blast a door

Alternate Titles

  • "Blackhawk" -- European title

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The Press Says

GamePro (US) Aug, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Total! (Germany) Dec, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Oct, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Game Players Sep, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 2002 7.7 out of 10 77 Aug 10, 2011 15 out of 20 75
neXGam 2002 7.2 out of 10 72


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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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J. Michael Bottorff (1796) added Blackthorne (SNES) on Mar 17, 2003
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