Black Dawn (video game)

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Black Dawn
Black Dawn.jpg
European PlayStation cover art
Developer(s) Point of View Saturn
Black Ops Entertainment PSX
Publisher(s) Virgin Interactive
Platform(s) PlayStation, Saturn
Release PlayStation
  • NA: September 30, 1996
  • JP: December 27, 1996
  • EU: February 1997
  • NA: 1996
  • JP: April 25, 1997
  • EU: 1997
Genre(s) Shooter game
Mode(s) Single player

Black Dawn is a helicopter-combat simulation, published by Virgin Interactive. It was released on the Sony PlayStation in 1996, and the Sega Saturn in 1997.


Set in 1998, the player controls a helicopter ace recruited into a black ops counterterrorism strike force named Operation Black Dawn. The player pilots the agile AH-69 Mohawk, an advanced combat helicopter with a powerful arsenal of weaponry.


The game consists of seven campaigns that take place in different areas, and each campaign has a number of different missions. In addition to search-and-destroy objectives, there are hostages that require saving. The game has drawn comparisons with Soviet Strike, another helicopter simulator released in the same year. However, Black Dawn resembles an arcade game rather than a typical simulator, not least because various power-ups are obtained from destroyed enemies.

The soundtrack was originally composed by Tommy Tallarico.


The "Action Theme" background music was used in Sonic and the Black Knight, a 2009 video game for the Wii. It was rearranged and used as the background music for the "Molten Mine" Stage.

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