Behold Torchlight, a fresh new Action RPG franchise developed by Runic Games. Torchlight is being developed in Seattle by a veteran team composed of the designers and leads of projects like Diablo, Diablo II, Mythos, and Fate. Our team has spent many years honing and evolving this unique style of gameplay.
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Mixed (15 reviews) - 66% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Oct 27, 2009

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Behold Torchlight, a fresh new Action RPG franchise developed by Runic Games. Torchlight is being developed in Seattle by a veteran team composed of the designers and leads of projects like Diablo, Diablo II, Mythos, and Fate. Our team has spent many years honing and evolving this unique style of gameplay.

The adventure is set in the mining settlement of Torchlight, a boomtown founded on the discovery of rich veins of Ember - a rare and mysterious ore with the power to enchant or corrupt all that it contacts. This corruptive power may have dire consequences however, and players set out into the nearby mountains and depths below to discover the full extent of Ember’s influence on the civilizations that have come before.

Runic Games will initially release Torchlight as a standalone Single Player game, Torchlight will be released in the latter part of 2009 as a download or in box. Following the single player release, work will commence on a fully-featured MMO version.

Single Player Version

Players will choose from among three character classes, and venture from the safety of the town of Torchlight into randomly generated dungeon levels, with a huge variety of creepy monsters, endless variations of loot to find, and quests to complete. The endless randomization ensures a long-lived gameplay experience.

  • Randomization - Our level layouts are randomly created, so each adventure is unique. Monsters, treasures, puzzles, and items are also different each time you embark on an adventure
  • Easy, approachable interface - Torchlight is designed to be easy to play right from the beginning. The intuitive interface gives players easy access to a rich and varied world
  • Retirement System - Once characters are sufficiently leveled up, they can “retire” and bestow specific benefits and perks to new characters
  • Pets - Players will choose a pet to accompany them. Pets can level up along with the player, and will help in battle, carry items, and perform a variety of helpful services
  • Character Classes - Players will create and customize a character from one of three classes available, and choose an animal companion. Through cosmetic choices, skill path decisions, and the treasures they acquire, each character will be custom-tailored and different
  • Fishing - Players can take a break from the high-energy pace of adventuring to visit one of the fishing holes and relax and see what they can catch. Fish have interesting benefits for the player and pet, and other rewards can also be discovered
  • Included Editor - Runic Games is embracing our modding community by including an editor so our players can create and design their own content
  • Steam Cloud - Save your game progress to the Steam Cloud and resume from another computer. However, save games are not cross platform; PC saves will not migrate to Mac and vice-versa.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: x86-compatible 800MHz processor
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Graphics: DirectX-compatible 3D graphics with at least 64MB of addressable memory (such as an ATI Radeon 7200, NVIDIA GeForce 2, or Intel GMA 950)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 400MB


    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256MB dedicated RAM (ATI Radeon X1600 or nVidia equivalent)
    • Hard Drive: 800MB
    • Other Requirements:
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Once you take your nostalgia glasses off when looking at Diablo 1, you'll realize Torchlight is a superior game in almost every way. I do wish it had a "Darker" feel to it, however. I'm able to look past that though because the game is great
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3

I've played this game in 2016, and despite aging graphics, this game is a shining jewel.

Graphic design is amazing of talent, finely polished and readable. Battles are spectacular and shining with effects, but still easy to read. Animations are excellent, musics really fit... There is real talent in this game. It's a small game that builds upon a perfect engine and very smart design of the (rather few) features provided.

It's a jewel. I liked it way more than Diablo 3 crap.
F*ck you Blizzard fans, by the way. Just because.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
I wanted to like Torchlight because i really enjoyed Diablo 2, but found the lack of seriousness distracting

You cant deny it is good at what it does and is priced cheap, but it felt empty the deeper i went..


Try Torchlight 2 though if you was "okay" or better.
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Great gameplay similar to Diablo 2 helps me forget obout ugly cartoon graphics. It's more fun than Diablo 3.
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353 of 367 people (96%) found this review helpful
124 people found this review funny
53.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2015
I Love this game!! I'm 51 yrs old and playing games on computer for the first time. This game is very intuitive. It is not only fun to play but gives me a chuckle every minute or so to boot! Military Retirement is starting not to look so bad after all!!
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257 of 301 people (85%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 22, 2011
there is a horse joke that i appreciated
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71 of 74 people (96%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
That kind of game that keeps you from pretty much having a life. "One more floor and I'll go make dinner"- you think.. 5 hours later: "Ok, that's IT! This is the last floor and then I'm hitting the bed!" Spoiler: It will never happen, you will never stop, Runic Games knows how to get ahold of your soul.. Nobody should be keener for fast runs with this one!

Still loving the game,despite my lack of sleep. The classes aren't many but the characters adapt as you level up and allocate points.You get your very cute little pet,too. Despite starting with Torchlight II and only now buying Torchlight I, I'd say it's as addictive and awesome.

TL,DR -> Go grab this awesome game!

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53 of 59 people (90%) found this review helpful
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
TL;DR? See Conclusion

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Torchlight II Review

Torchlight is a Top-Down Action RPG Dungeon Crawler developed by Runic Games in 2009. The game invokes a Diablo-esque / Fate-esque gameplay mechanic mostly because the developers were former members of the teams that made said Diablo and Fate games.

PLOT (No Spoilers):
The game is set on the town of Torchlight, a small mining community who stumbled across a strange new mineral called 'Ember' which produces an unfortunate side effect to anyone who comes into contact with a corrupt piece. The player takes on the roles of the Alchemist, the Vanquisher or the Destroyer who makes their way through the deep mines and caves of Torchlight to stop a great evil from rising and destroying the world.

+ Classical Formula: -(Also a CON, see below) Although the game is dangerously familiar to Diablo, Torchlight executes this formula almost to perfection. The loot system, monsters, player classes and gameplay mechanic were applied and utilized very well in a way that gives a renewed interest on the genre.

+ Artistic: -Graphically, its not the most pleasing game, but its true artistic quality is with the style. It deviates from the regular dark, gothic themes of most games in the genre and instead, replaces it with a cartoon look in a steam punk setting.

+ Map Variety: -Story wise, you're only headed down, but each map you enter has completely different themes. You can be exploring a dark dank cave one moment, and the next, find yourself in a long forgotten stone crypt or an ancient temple.

+ Sound and Music: -The composer is Matt Uelman, Composer for works such as Diablo, World of Warcraft and Star Craft, and with a track like that, you can only expect greatness in the music quality.

- No Multiplayer: - The game is a single player experience. No multiplayer mode whatsoever which disappointed many fans.

- Story: - Rather weak and forgettable story with too few side missions.

- Classical Formula: -(Also a PRO, see above), Strip it down to its bare minimum and you have a generic Diablo Clone right down to the Story. PERSONALLY, I think its GOOD since the newer generation of gamers who never got to experience the glory of the original Diablo can now experience it through Torchlight.

GREAT GAME FOR GREAT VALUE. Although some may argue that Torchlight (1) is obsolete because of the release of Torchlight II, the first title still provides a lot of entertaining hours with its Diablo (1) type of gamestyle.

Sale or full price, this game deserves your attention however, you may also want to check out Torchlight 2 since it expands the world and introduces multiple new classes.

You would think that its just your average Dungeon Crawler RPG and you would be right since all the elements of Torchlight are the basic elements to an Action RPG, HOWEVER, it's how Torchlight merges those elements that make it stand out from the rest. From start to finish, this game uses and applies the tried and tested classical formula to create a wonderful and memorable experience.

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73 of 90 people (81%) found this review helpful
73.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 25, 2013
You like Diablo II? This is the game for you. It lacks Diablo charm and aesthetic, but the mechanics are pratically the same.
Even if multiplayer is absent, the game is really good, and every Diablo fan should have it.
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Posted: September 26
just get the second one
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43.9 hrs
Posted: September 16
Great game, But dont use mods in your first run, they make you too OP and ruins the fun or use mods that dont take away the challenge. Good I didnt and even beat the game in HARD mode before beging to mod it.
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8.1 hrs
Posted: September 12
Very good diablo style action RPG.
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never understand this type of games...
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Still a solid and fun entry into ARPGs.
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