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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 SEGA 32X Hiding in the Shadows
Blackthorne SEGA 32X Animated introduction
Blackthorne DOS Sarlac! I've been looking for you. I think we have some score to settle.
Blackthorne DOS Reverse Shoot

Promo Images

Blackthorne Screenshot
Blackthorne Screenshot
Blackthorne Screenshot
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 (222038)
Surely Blizzards finest hour DOS helm lehm (13)

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer DOS Jan, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Play Time SNES Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Score DOS Jan, 1995 83 out of 100 83
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Dec, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Retro Game Reviews SEGA 32X Jan 05, 2018 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Defunct Games SEGA 32X Sep 10, 2005 80 out of 100 80 SEGA 32X Aug 20, 2004 8 out of 10 80
neXGam SNES 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Nov 11, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Gamers Europe Game Boy Advance Oct 03, 2003 5.5 out of 10 55


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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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