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Description

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.

Screenshots

Blackthorne PC-98 Stonefist is burning
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Duel: shoot the enemy backwards.
Blackthorne SNES The third area - a desert
Blackthorne SEGA 32X Have a conversation with the other characters.

Promo Images

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Blackthorne Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Where Memories Dwell DOS MAT (186091)
Surely Blizzards finest hour DOS helm lehm (13)

Critic Reviews

Mega Fun SNES Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Play Time SNES Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Mean Machines SEGA 32X Nov, 1995 80 out of 100 80
IGN Game Boy Advance Sep 24, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Play Time DOS Feb, 1995 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA 32X Jul 01, 2005 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Nov 11, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Game Over Online Game Boy Advance Jan 16, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Gamers Europe Game Boy Advance Oct 03, 2003 5.5 out of 10 55

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Trivia

Available to all

In 2011 Blizzard Entertainment made the game free for all their users through their digital Battle.net platform. You can find Blackthorne by visiting the downloadable games section through a Battle.net account and scrolling to Classic Games.

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.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • September 1994 (Issue 62) - Game of the Month (SNES version)



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