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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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

Windows
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

    Minimum:

    • 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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OfaFishyPhD
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Great game to pass the time. Definitely worth replaying.
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Mistico
( 130.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Highly addictive, straightforward game (just like Diablo).
Cannot write a long review...
Have to go kill some more monsters...
Just a dozen more...
I promise...
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Tantalico
( 71.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
If you are like me, who don't have a good PC to play Diablo 3 or Path of Exile, or if you are a big fan of this genre and wanna know all the good ones out there, then it's still safe to buy this game.

Really good game. Comparing to Diablo 2, it has a lot of improvements, but doesn't have such an immersive story.
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Frobisher
( 72.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
If I were to summarize this game in one sentence it'd be "Child's first Hack n' Slash lootfest for those who weren't around for Diablo 2". And that's perfectly okay. Namely because that's me.

Torchlight is an isometric action RPG where you bind active skills to the mouse and number keys and make your way down 30 floors to kill the big bad, only for you to turn into the big bad yourself in the sequel (Sound familiar?). Along the way you will level up and find incrimental upgrades in the form of magically enchanted gear to buff a list of stats and attributes to make your time much easier.

After that, you're pretty much done, you can then enter an endless dungeon full of ever-increasing baddies onwards to level your character to level 100 and then retire, but you will usually be absolutely done into your early 60s and will want to move on.

If none of that sounds fun, Hack N' Slash games are not your thing. Sorry.
If it does sound fun, congrats; buy this game and get started immediately so you can catch up on all the Hack N' Slashes you missed over the years.
________________________
While many might think that the level to 60 and quit is a dumb thing. I honestly think that might be the entire point. At least for me, this is a game you blaze through during a nostalgia trip and then move on. Your accumulated knowledge from various other loot fests will be put to use here to absolutely destroy the balancing in the game compared to your downward trudge the first time because you thought you could handle Hard (More on that later). I very much look forward to my next playthrough in 2-3 years.

However, that doesn't mean the game is without a large share of flaws due to its age. I will go over the Pros and Cons
________________________
Pros
  • This game was $20 during its release back in 2009. It has since been given out in bundles, as well as a free gift to people at one point. It's currently $15 as of this review and usually gets 75% off during sale times.
  • The art style used here is timeless. Even after 7 years, it looks as good as it did day 1
  • VERY easy to run on a modern-day windows system (At least compared to Diablo 1/2)
  • It is an excelent gateway to other Lootfests
  • 4 basic character atrributes are simple to understand. Life, Melee damage, Ranged Damage, and Elemental Damage.
  • You have access to a pet that can sell your garbage for extra coin without you needing to leave
  • A lot of numbers do not have a soft cap to them. So if you exploit the start of the game, you can get enough gems to get something dumb like 16 +4% crit chance gems which totals to roughly an 80% crit chance after maxing the skill on the tree
  • Simple and robust modding system, drag mod files into mod directory and you're set.
  • You can somehow remember every single line in the game despite only playing it about 5 times through total
Cons
  • The Pet is 95% useless in any combat situation, the best thing they can do is maybe draw some mobs away from you before he dies again..
  • And again....
  • And again......
  • As this game is over 7 years old, you can believe you can have a difficult time trying to find mods, let alone developers who still support them.
  • Movement speed is one of the worst things. If you pick the melee or mage, you move like a snail. Picking the ranger will have you move like a turtle. Get movement speed enchants and Haste ASAP
  • Difficulty scaling is by far one of the worst I have ever seen in a game. More on that later
  • This game was released during an awkward point where you combined basic attacks as well as active skills; meaning you run out of mana constantly
  • Store weapons and armor are at least twice as good as loot you find in the dungeon; so you will be mostly buying new gear instead of finding a really nice equip.
  • No easy way to identify multiple items at once without binding the scrolls to a hotkey
  • An overwhealming majority of your early-game skills are outclassed by the ones around level 25. Resulting in quit a handful of wasted skill points.
  • No non-cheat/mod way to respec your character. Once you pick a skill and confirm, it's there forever.
  • Unique/legendary gear is largly just a rare item with a unique model, hardly an guarenteed stat rolls, and the ones that are guarenteed are largly useless in my experiance.
  • As with all Diablo-typed ARPGs, it is almost impossible to list a name for this genre.
________________________
Now then, on to my biggest complaint throught the review; the higher difficulties are 100% trash. Do not even bother picking them unless you want to hate yourself. I have did a little research on Floor 1 and concluded that the HP and damage scaling is like this: Easy = 50%. Normal = 100%. Hard is 200% and Very Hard is about 300%. Besides that, nothing else changes; no extra loot drops, no mob changes, just extremely high numbers for your level. As such, the only way you can get through most of the floors is to overlevel like crap before then, which is just padding to make the game longer.
Tacked onto this, the final boss is one of the worst designed bosses in history, in my opinion. At level 28, with a 79% crit chance after 15 +4% crit chance gems it took me 25 minutes of nonstop running and potion chugging to defeat him on Hard, As Seen Here. (Sorry about the waternark, issues with shadowplay) I will admit, I was 2 levels behind him, but this is with 0 going back to grind in a 5 hour speedrun.
________________________
HOWEVER. Despite all my gripes with my most recent playthrough, I will still wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone on the fence about playing a Hack N Slash Loot Fest ARPG Diablo Clones, and a fun little romp for veteran players to break the game the way they want it to, especially for only $15.
Just, you know, not on Hard or Very Hard
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BYE BCH
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
SO DAMN GOOD
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gCrusher
( 47.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
The steampunk-esque theme looks great, the game plays well, and having a pet means less returning to the surface. Can't beat that music, from the composer of Diablo. A wonderful RPG that feels like FATE but is way more polished.
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Prince Darkell [DSS]
( 37.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
From the same makers of FATE, it's a good hack n' slash third-person RPG adventure game. Fairly simple and linear questing (with some bonus quest dungeon maps you can take). Fun for vegging-out on. The editors for both this one and it's sequel are fun to mess around in as well. The sequel has a lot more depht, but it's worth at least $8.00. Give it a quick whirl on the next Steam sale.
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Bright
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 10
I'd say just buy the sequel, but I'll recommend anyway as the game's still good.
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aborg
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
It's really good....for a game that was created in 2009
these days it kinda sucks...but still fun just very very repetitive
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Subzéro [TR]
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
its a good (i dont want to say that but) alternative (yes i said it) for diablo. torchlight 2 is better btw
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
its a good (i dont want to say that but) alternative (yes i said it) for diablo. torchlight 2 is better btw
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
It is a bit "old" as concept but it is still a great game and it can be fun. Ofc there are better games at this day, because it is a bit boring after some hours, But its an "old style" hack and slash. If you like diablo style, it is the game for you.

But I found it too easy at the maximum difficulty.

I I wouldnt mind play it again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
105.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Hoards of mobs ready to be slashed, loots collected, missions completed. If you like the Diablo series, then you will enjoy this precious hack&slash: after all these years, it is still a good game to be played. The cartoon graphic is enjoyable, while the gameplay is fast and direct.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
The steampunk-esque theme looks great, the game plays well, and having a pet means less returning to the surface. Can't beat that music, from the composer of Diablo. A wonderful RPG that feels like FATE but is way more polished.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
72.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
If I were to summarize this game in one sentence it'd be "Child's first Hack n' Slash lootfest for those who weren't around for Diablo 2". And that's perfectly okay. Namely because that's me.

Torchlight is an isometric action RPG where you bind active skills to the mouse and number keys and make your way down 30 floors to kill the big bad, only for you to turn into the big bad yourself in the sequel (Sound familiar?). Along the way you will level up and find incrimental upgrades in the form of magically enchanted gear to buff a list of stats and attributes to make your time much easier.

After that, you're pretty much done, you can then enter an endless dungeon full of ever-increasing baddies onwards to level your character to level 100 and then retire, but you will usually be absolutely done into your early 60s and will want to move on.

If none of that sounds fun, Hack N' Slash games are not your thing. Sorry.
If it does sound fun, congrats; buy this game and get started immediately so you can catch up on all the Hack N' Slashes you missed over the years.
________________________
While many might think that the level to 60 and quit is a dumb thing. I honestly think that might be the entire point. At least for me, this is a game you blaze through during a nostalgia trip and then move on. Your accumulated knowledge from various other loot fests will be put to use here to absolutely destroy the balancing in the game compared to your downward trudge the first time because you thought you could handle Hard (More on that later). I very much look forward to my next playthrough in 2-3 years.

However, that doesn't mean the game is without a large share of flaws due to its age. I will go over the Pros and Cons
________________________
Pros
  • This game was $20 during its release back in 2009. It has since been given out in bundles, as well as a free gift to people at one point. It's currently $15 as of this review and usually gets 75% off during sale times.
  • The art style used here is timeless. Even after 7 years, it looks as good as it did day 1
  • VERY easy to run on a modern-day windows system (At least compared to Diablo 1/2)
  • It is an excelent gateway to other Lootfests
  • 4 basic character atrributes are simple to understand. Life, Melee damage, Ranged Damage, and Elemental Damage.
  • You have access to a pet that can sell your garbage for extra coin without you needing to leave
  • A lot of numbers do not have a soft cap to them. So if you exploit the start of the game, you can get enough gems to get something dumb like 16 +4% crit chance gems which totals to roughly an 80% crit chance after maxing the skill on the tree
  • Simple and robust modding system, drag mod files into mod directory and you're set.
  • You can somehow remember every single line in the game despite only playing it about 5 times through total
Cons
  • The Pet is 95% useless in any combat situation, the best thing they can do is maybe draw some mobs away from you before he dies again..
  • And again....
  • And again......
  • As this game is over 7 years old, you can believe you can have a difficult time trying to find mods, let alone developers who still support them.
  • Movement speed is one of the worst things. If you pick the melee or mage, you move like a snail. Picking the ranger will have you move like a turtle. Get movement speed enchants and Haste ASAP
  • Difficulty scaling is by far one of the worst I have ever seen in a game. More on that later
  • This game was released during an awkward point where you combined basic attacks as well as active skills; meaning you run out of mana constantly
  • Store weapons and armor are at least twice as good as loot you find in the dungeon; so you will be mostly buying new gear instead of finding a really nice equip.
  • No easy way to identify multiple items at once without binding the scrolls to a hotkey
  • An overwhealming majority of your early-game skills are outclassed by the ones around level 25. Resulting in quit a handful of wasted skill points.
  • No non-cheat/mod way to respec your character. Once you pick a skill and confirm, it's there forever.
  • Unique/legendary gear is largly just a rare item with a unique model, hardly an guarenteed stat rolls, and the ones that are guarenteed are largly useless in my experiance.
  • As with all Diablo-typed ARPGs, it is almost impossible to list a name for this genre.
________________________
Now then, on to my biggest complaint throught the review; the higher difficulties are 100% trash. Do not even bother picking them unless you want to hate yourself. I have did a little research on Floor 1 and concluded that the HP and damage scaling is like this: Easy = 50%. Normal = 100%. Hard is 200% and Very Hard is about 300%. Besides that, nothing else changes; no extra loot drops, no mob changes, just extremely high numbers for your level. As such, the only way you can get through most of the floors is to overlevel like crap before then, which is just padding to make the game longer.
Tacked onto this, the final boss is one of the worst designed bosses in history, in my opinion. At level 28, with a 79% crit chance after 15 +4% crit chance gems it took me 25 minutes of nonstop running and potion chugging to defeat him on Hard, As Seen Here. (Sorry about the waternark, issues with shadowplay) I will admit, I was 2 levels behind him, but this is with 0 going back to grind in a 5 hour speedrun.
________________________
HOWEVER. Despite all my gripes with my most recent playthrough, I will still wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone on the fence about playing a Hack N Slash Loot Fest ARPG Diablo Clones, and a fun little romp for veteran players to break the game the way they want it to, especially for only $15.
Just, you know, not on Hard or Very Hard
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
130.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Highly addictive, straightforward game (just like Diablo).
Cannot write a long review...
Have to go kill some more monsters...
Just a dozen more...
I promise...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
64.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
My cat is a hoarder.

And we spends days fishing for Muckfish and Ice Angels together.
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339 of 353 people (96%) found this review helpful
120 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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253 of 294 people (86%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 22, 2011
there is a horse joke that i appreciated
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67 of 70 people (96%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
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!

9/10
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