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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 DOS Hey you there, hiding behind that stone!? I see you.
Blackthorne DOS Meateating plans are having problems digesting you... they always seem to explode for no apparent reason, hehe. Maybe they bite at your shotgun trigger.
Blackthorne DOS Our Hero
Blackthorne DOS Sarlac! I've been looking for you. I think we have some score to settle.

Promo Images

Blackthorne Magazine Advertisement
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 MAT (222191) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Surely Blizzards finest hour helm lehm (13) unrated

Critic Reviews

Secret Service / New S Service Mar, 1995 255 out of 300 85
Score Jan, 1995 83 out of 100 83
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
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1994 9 out of 12 75
The Retro Spirit Dec 02, 2006 4 out of 6 67
Techtite 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
MikroBitti Feb, 1995 60 out of 100 60
PC Fun (French) Nov, 1994 11 out of 20 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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MAT (222191) added Blackthorne (DOS) on May 16, 2000
Other platforms contributed by J. Michael Bottorff (1759), POMAH (62780), Kabushi (256621), Terok Nor (30543), MAT (222191) and quizzley7 (21707)