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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 DOS These stone golems can actually only be destroyed while walking.
Blackthorne DOS Pow! Right in the head. Now I'm really angry!
Blackthorne DOS Sup down 'ere? What's with the bomb orchestra?
Blackthorne DOS Duel

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 MAT (230265) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Surely Blizzards finest hour helm lehm (13) unrated

Critic Reviews

Power Play Nov, 1994 86 out of 100 86
PC Gamer Jan, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Secret Service / New S Service Mar, 1995 255 out of 300 85
Retro Archives Mar 28, 2022 16 out of 20 80
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1994 79 out of 100 79
PC Joker Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Play Time Feb, 1995 75 out of 100 75
MikroBitti Feb, 1995 60 out of 100 60
PC Fun (French) Nov, 1994 11 out of 20 55
PC Format (UK) Dec, 1994 53 out of 100 53


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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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MAT (230265) added Blackthorne (DOS) on May 16, 2000
Other platforms contributed by J. Michael Bottorff (1759), POMAH (65577), Kabushi (257593), Terok Nor (32343), MAT (230265) and quizzley7 (21706)
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