In Blackthorne, a horizontal and vertical scrolling platform game, take on the role of Kyle Blackthorne, returning to his home world to rid it of the evil forces that deposed his family. Travel through rain forests, caverns, underground complexes, and stranger locations. Face mutant beasts, hideous goblins, renegade human bandits, and a selection of other nasties that have enslaved his people. Armed with a shotgun and ready to wreak havoc, Kyle jumps, climbs, shoots, and demolishes his way through the levels. Played in standard platform fashion, Blackthorne also places a lot of emphasis on puzzle solving. You'll need quick wits and quick reflexes to survive this title from Interplay's 1994 holiday lineup. Super NES and Macintosh versions are also available.
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 is a game that will always be remembered as a legend. It's one of those games that were 'most wanted' at the time of their release. It spread like a virus, almost instantly. Everyone wanted it, and everyone had it. Why? Well, the recipe is simple - all it takes is a tough, charismatic, macho character with a shotgun, set loose in a fantasy world to reclaim the throne which is rightfully his.
Sound tacky? Who cares; the game is great! Now that you pretty much know what you're supposed to do (and what could be more fun than blasting evil aliens that are torturing your kind?), the rest is much better than the storyline. It's a classic platform game, so you are constrained to two dimensions. That will be more than enough, believe me.
There are countless levels, each set of levels containing different enemies and new weapons and scenery. This pretty much ensures that the game doesn't become monotonous. Sound and graphics are very amusing and above-average.
Overall, its a great package - a real gamer's game, so to say.
More than enough to deserve its rightful place on our site!
I remember playing the demo of this game and it was called Blackhawk. Then when I started looking for the whole game it was called Blackthorne... I have no idea why they did that. But anyway, this is the story of the son of a king. You play Blackthorne who has to recapture the throne. It's set in a strange fantasy world with strange goblin like creatures and firearms.
It's played like Prince of Persia with the difference that Blackthorne is more focused on combat and puzzles than on platform elements. You start of with a shotgun and you have to fight (and think) your way through several levels of badies and puzzles. The fighting is done well, but can get a little repetetive after a while. There are some good puzzles here but most consist of find a switch or something like that. The graphics are good and the animation is good (some really nice animation on the main character). The sound isn't that good, mostly sonsisting of a shotgun blast now and again. But if you like the Prinnce of Persia style of game this will probably be to your liking.
Blackthorne is basically a scrolling platformer, but if you play it for a bit you'll realise that its a bit more involved and you have to solve puzzles. You play the role of an escaped slave or has managed to find a shotgun, you have to carefully guide him through each mission to ultimately free his people of slavery. Your character has many moves and he is kind of like a 2D Lara Croft. You cannot save during the level but you get a code at the end, this is how you tell its a console port.
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