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System(s): Sega 32X
Publisher: Sega
Licensor: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer(s) of original games: Blizzard Entertainment
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega 32X
ESRB: Teen
Sega 32X
R$89.9989.99 152130
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Non-Sega versions

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Blackthorne is a cinematic platformer developed by Blizzard Entertainment and published by Interplay in 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and DOS-based PCs. A year later the game was ported to the Sega 32X by Paradox Development, said port being published by Sega rather than Interplay due to the latter's withdrawing from the 32X market.


Blackthorne is a slow paced action platformer similar to Prince of Persia or Flashback, though has a greater emphasis on gun combat.


Unlike the original versions, the 32X version of the game utilises pre-rendered 3D computer graphics for its sprites and also updates the backgrounds, as well as adding a new area, and keeps the level of blood seen on the IBM PC version.

This version formed the basis for a Macintosh conversion released in 1996, this time published by Interplay themselves (through their MacPlay division) but developed by another company instead of either Blizzard or Paradox.

In February 2021, Blackthorne was re-released as part of Blizzard Arcade Collection for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC alongside several versions of The Lost Vikings and Rock n' Roll Racing. The compilation includes the 32X version, the Super NES version, and a "Definitive Edition" based on the SNES release that adds a map feature and multi-language support.

Production credits

  • Game Design: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Level Design: Ronald Millar
  • Programming: Frank Pearce, Patrick Wyatt
  • Additional Programming: James Anhalt
  • Producers: Ronald Millar, Matt Findley
  • Executive Producers: Allen Adham, Alan Pavlish
  • Artwork: Roman Kenney, Stu Rose, Jason Magness, Ronald Millar, Samwise Didier
  • Art Technician: Joeyray Hall
  • Sound and Music: Glenn Stafford
  • Text and Dialog: Micky Neilson, Ronald Millar, Frank Pearce
  • Play Test: Interplay Productions, Blizzard Entertainment
32X Quality Assurance
  • Director: Jeremy S. Barnes
  • Assistant Director: David Simon
  • Lead Tester: Dan Forsyth
  • Testers: Jason Coggeshall, Chris Parker, Jeff Woods, Larry Smith, Derek Gibbs, Aaron Oliaz, Martin Bauer
32X Conversion by Paradox
  • Programming: Chris Sehy & James Higgins
  • Artwork: Paul Interante, Terry Lloyd, Damon Dubois
  • Sound & Music: Mike Bartlow & Brian Schmidt
  • Additional Level Design: Terry Lloyd
  • Interplay Producer: Feargus Urquhart
  • Assistant Producer: Reg Arnedo
In-game credits
Blackthorne 32X credits.pdf

Blackthorne 32X Credits
  • Game Design: Paradox Development
  • Snow World Design: Terry Lloyd
  • Manual By: Sean Cramer
  • Manual Edited By: Reginald J. Arnedo
  • Manual Illustration: Scott Bieser
  • Story By: Keith Herber
  • Special Thanks To: Steve Ackrich, Joy Sneer, Jane Chaney, J. Tony Smith, Brian Paw, Steve Goodale, Jeff Gregg, Earl Malit, Curtis Clarkson
US manual
Blackthorne 32x us manual.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: Blackthorne/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

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Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
Mega Force (FR) NTSC-U
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-U
Sega 32X
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4 reviews


32X, US
BlackThorne 32X US Box Back.jpgBlackThorne 32X US Box Front.jpg
BlackThorne 32X US Cart.jpg
Blackthorne 32x us manual.pdf
32X, BR
Blackthorne 32X BR Box.jpg
Blackthorne 32X BR Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega 32X
CRC32 d1a60a47
MD5 c238b112113b0297b2b9f4f618d56598
SHA-1 4bf120cf056fe1417ca5b02fa0372ef33cb8ec11
3MB Cartridge (US)

External links

  • Sega of America webpage: 32X


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