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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 Game Boy Advance Duel: Press 'up' to hide and avoid being shot.
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Hang on and climb up edges.
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance Duel: Wait for a useful moment to shoot your enemy.
Blackthorne Game Boy Advance The purple guy has some remote wasps.

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

There are no reviews for the Game Boy Advance release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Critic Reviews

N-Zone Nov 28, 2003 83 out of 100 83
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2003 8 out of 10 80
IGN Sep 24, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
GameZone Oct 23, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
Game Over Online Jan 16, 2004 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Nov 11, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Oct 09, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gamers Europe 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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MAT (186120) added Blackthorne (Game Boy Advance) on Sep 21, 2003
Other platforms contributed by J. Michael Bottorff (1783), POMAH (52209), Kabushi (209503), Terok Nor (26691), MAT (186120) and quizzley7 (21719)