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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. Kyle Blackthorne's father, the good King Vlaros, sent him to Earth just as his kingdom crumbled around him. Now, twenty years later, Kyle 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. Kyle 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 generators. Keys must be found to gain access to new areas.


Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Game over screen
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Get some hints in practice mode.
Blackthorne Macintosh The violence is also censored. You can only blow the SWEAT out of them.
Blackthorne DOS A Red Enemy

Promo Images

Blackthorne Screenshot
Blackthorne Screenshot
Blackthorne Magazine Advertisement
Blackthorne Screenshot

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 (230267)
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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) SNES Aug, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Oct, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES Feb, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Secret Service / New S Service DOS Mar, 1995 255 out of 300 85
Play Time SNES Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Retro Archives DOS Mar 28, 2022 16 out of 20 80
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Retro Spirit DOS Dec 02, 2006 4 out of 6 67
PC Format (UK) DOS Dec, 1994 53 out of 100 53
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jan, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Available to all

In 2011 Blizzard Entertainment made the game free for all their users through their digital platform. You can find Blackthorne by visiting the downloadable games section through a 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.


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

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