Blackthorne is an action adventure game that plays like a platformer. The player is put in control of the games protagonist, Kyle "Blackthorne" Vlaros
as he progresses through the games many levels, attempting to thwart the evil Sarlac
. The games levels are large, and winding, and are filled with puzzles
and enemies. Kyle will have to run, jump, and climb in order to get around each level, and utilize a number of tools as well. The game's control is, generally, slower than most platformers. The player loses a lot of control when they run, and running is best for long, straight corridors and long jumps. For the most part, the player will progress slowly, climbing up ledges, and making tough jumps.
Combat in Blackthorne is slow and strategic. The player wields a shotgun with unlimited ammo
, and can use grenades in combat as well, though these are best used to destroy doors. When an enemy is encountered, they will often back up and wait before attacking. Kyle can also back up to avoid their shots. Enemies will reload and move after shooting, which is when the player should take advantage to eliminate their foe.
Items play a large role in Blackthorne. They are numerous, and used in many instances for puzzles and clearing obstacles. There are also a number of interactive items in the environment that Kyle must use.
Items Hover Bomb
: A basic granade like item that explodes on contact. Will kill most enemies in one strike, but is most useful for destroying doorways. Bridge Key
: Electronic keys that activate bridges. Bridge keys can be removed and work on any bridge. Remote Wasp
: A floating bomb that Kyle can control remotely. He is completely open to attack when using the bomb. Potion
: Refills Kyle's stamina. Levitator
: A triangular platform which extends into a pillar that Kyle can stand on to reach high areas. Iron Key
: A key which deactivates laser fields Fire Bomb
: Bombs which damage anything they contact, and explode the moment they hit the ground.