Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
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  1. An arcade RPG clone of "Gauntlet Dark Legacy."
  2. Cheat Code Central
    Only two kinds of gamers would appreciate this title: beginners and those looking for an easy hack-and-slash party game.
  3. Play Magazine
    BS is no gem, mind you, but it is strangely addicting, as these games tend to be when the mood strikes. [June 2003, p.57]
  4. Official Xbox Magazine
    It's the same as "Gauntlet: Dark Legacy." And by "the same," we mean "virtually identical." [Jan 2003, p.92]
  5. 52
    It's definitely more fun with your friends, but in the same way that eating broccoli with a saltine is better than eating the green alone.
  6. Yes there is some fun to be had but you’ll get bored long before you unlock all the characters or see the final 26th level.
  7. Playing this game alone borders on punishment, so I stress the point that if you are a loser and do not have any friends; please steer clear of Blackstone and all its unholiness.
  8. 40
    A good-looking but brain-dead, thumb-numbing game.
  9. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Seems to have sprung up from the sharp minds of bored high school students who probably spent too much time playing "Gauntlet." [Winter 2002, p.109]
  10. Game Informer
    Unlike "Gauntlet," Black Stone is so poorly executed, that it is absolutely no fun to play. [Feb 2003, p.104]
  11. It baffles me how a game like this could be made. I cannot fathom why, during the development process, someone did not just say, “Enough is enough,” and scrap the project entirely.
  12. Like a botched cloning experiment from a B movie, with developer Xpec Entertainment playing the mad scientist's role and Gauntlet playing the test subject. The beast that's emerged from the cloning chamber is just what you'd expect: a shambling, ugly, and dumb version of the source material.

Awards & Rankings

#59 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. God
    Jun 13, 2003
    This game is ok but all i wanted to no is eventully do u get new weapons and clothing like in gauntlet legends ?
  2. Sideshow_Bob
    Apr 27, 2003
    I can't believe I paid full price for this game! I am so starved for a GOOD RPG for the Xbox I heard that is was a roleplaying game I can't believe I paid full price for this game! I am so starved for a GOOD RPG for the Xbox I heard that is was a roleplaying game (loosely). The controld are set up okay, but the movement to the game is very blocky. The controls are slow and unresponsive when trying to attack quickly. And I am not at all fond of some of the camera view while fighting. This was just a very poor attempt at a Guantlet Legacy clone. I think this compnay should rethink it's staff for making a game like this. But worst of all shame on me for buying this garbage. Full Review »
  3. JackHandy
    Apr 11, 2003
    This game reminds me of a cheap whore. It's fun for a while but when it's over, you're left with a rash and a headache.