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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 SNES The fourth area - Sarlac's keep
Blackthorne SNES Man-eating plants
Blackthorne SNES The third area - a desert
Blackthorne SNES Using a Hover Bomb to blast a door

Promo Images

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Blackthorne Screenshot
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Blackthorne Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Blackhawk" -- European title
  • "ブラックソーン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Aug, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Game Players Sep, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Play Time Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Play Time Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Video Games Nov, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1994 32 out of 40 80
Game Freaks 365 2002 7.7 out of 10 77 Aug 10, 2011 15 out of 20 75
neXGam 2002 7.2 out of 10 72


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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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J. Michael Bottorff (1782) added Blackthorne (SNES) on Mar 17, 2003
Other platforms contributed by POMAH (53512), Kabushi (211150), Terok Nor (27024), MAT (190103) and quizzley7 (21717)