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.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,809 reviews) - 93% of the 2,809 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 27, 2009

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"A very fun arpg, Its like diablo 2 but you have a pet you can use to shop while in a dungeon, there are fewer classes but its still very replayable."

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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:
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
110.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Fortune smiles on you, 10/10 would play again.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
67.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
I don't really play games like Torchlight. The style of action RPG known for titles like Diabli never really interested me. It seemed like a repetitive slog of killing and looting identical enemies who changed only statistically, becoming incrementally more difficult so as to retain the same amount of exertion required for their deaths. Torchlight, however, managed to keep me entertained for quite some time. I found the diversity in enemy types, artistic direction and player abilities to be engaging, and I found myself drawn in to Torchlight.

The gameplay hardly needs explaining--it's like Diablo. You control most everything in the game using the mouse and some hotkeys. I chose to play as the 'vanquisher' class, focusing on ranged weaponry and magic related to it. The abilities of this class mostly serve to complement her ranged weapons, and I managed to completely finish the game without even equipping a melee weapon. I did find that the class benefited significantly from having summoning spells, allowing players to fire powerful ranged spells at enemies while minions keep them at bay. Although it may sound dull, I quite enjoyed it--a lot of powerful weapons felt great to use, and I was impressed by the game's lenience toward players interested in multiple gameplay styles--nothing stopped me from summoning an army of skeletons, even though I didn't choose the class focused on that at the start of the game.

Torchlight's balancing feels fine, though later levels do feature some enemies with huge damage output that were a pain to get past. I really liked the way the game's entire story takes place in a single dungeon, with the player's gradual descent into the earth beneath the titular town slowly revealing different fortresses and ancient ruins all lying beneath the ground. The game begins with entry into the mine upon which Torchlight's economy is reliant upon, but before the game's end you'll see a sprawling necropolis, colourful, flooded ruins and a fiery dwarven fortress. The graphical diversity keeps things interesting, and everything's quite pretty too. I liked the cartoony art style, but I found it quite curious how many enemies were simply recoloured, buffed up a bit and reused.

The music is memorable and eerie, complementing each area well and adding to an atmosphere that one wouldn't expect from a game as simple as Torchlight.

On release, some criticised Torchlight for it's lack of any form of multi-player component. I personally found this to be a good decision, as a single-player game tends to be more focused. Torchlight, despite the admirable streamlining of UI and gameplay still contains a large amount of engaging content, even after the final boss. I just don't know if Torchlight will be one of those games that the average player can get a huge amount of mileage out of--while I found the content to be sufficient, it certainly does get old at a certain point.

Torchlight serves as a solid single-player RPG, and I highly recommend it, but it's certainly not a huge game, and will lose its appeal eventually.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
59.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
What if Blizzard and Runic had a debate on which game is better? It would go something like this:

Blizzard: We have Diablo 1 and 2 that are the best classics ever! For only $20 each!
(Might be more even considering Diablo 1 is hard to come by at stores that sell used games).

Runic: We have Torchlight that has a level editor AND doesn't screw gamers over their money for expansions/dlc. Only $15!

Blizzard: Yeah? We have Diablo 3 with stunning graphics! And that's for $40 new and $30 used!
(Depending on where you buy it, and it's $60 at the blizzard store if you buy the digital deluxe edition, or $40 if you buy the standard for Reapers of Souls).

Runic: We have Torchlight 2 with the steam shop. Only $20!

Conclusion: Get Torchlight. While you're at it, get Torchlight 2. You could get Diablo 3 for the price of Torchlight 1 and 2. Just get Torchlight 1 and 2. They're a lot better and funner (I know funner is not a word, but it's the right word to describe this game). Torchlight may not have the best graphics, but it does promise you the best quality for playing through the game and not being bored one bit. If you play the game for the graphics, I do feel sorry for you. But, still tryout Torchlight.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
A classic action RPG with a lighthearted attitude.
+ Solid gameplay
+ Classes (the classic trinity)
+ Graphics
+ Setting
+ Loot
+ Tons of mods (no Steam Workshop though)
- Linearity
- No multiplayer
- No customisation (there are mods for that)


Torchlight is a classic action RPG developed by Runic Games. It features Diablo-esque gameplay with a cartoonish art style.

There is not much to say about the story: Torchlight is a mining town where a magic mineral called Ember is stored. Alric, once an adventurer like you*, has been corrupted by the One Ring tainted Ember and fell to the Dark Side went rogue. You are to enter the depths of the underworld and track him down. The gameplay is solid and focuses on going deeper down while completing quests and eviscerating thousands of nasty creatures. The setting is an interesting mix of medieval fantasy and steampunk: magic and swords meet robots and firearms. One should not be surprised to see a robot bard who gives monster contracts.

There is a classic trinity: a warrior (Destroyer, male), a rogue (Vanquisher, female), and a sorcerer (Alchemist, male). Each of the classes have 3 skill trees which provide a player with a variety of playstyles. Unlike in Diablo, some skills are shared among the classes (e.g. passive skills which provide an xp boost, dual wielding damage bonus, etc.). What is also unique is that every character can learn to use various spells (up to four at a time). Wanna be a dual axe wielding Destroyer who can also cast fireballs on demand? No problem!

The art style is pretty much timeless: the graphics are decent even now (there are texture mods should anyone be interested). Even though there is not much freedom to explore, randomly generated dungeons are diverse enough to keep one entertained for hours. Moreover, the game is paced just about right – the "just one more level" phenomenon is real. Speaking of art, the soundtrack is just astounding which is hardly a surprise. It was composed by Matt Uelmen, the author of Diablo's soundtrack.

It is a shame that there is no multiplayer, as gathering a group and venturing forth is a staple for action RPGs. The only companion a player will go with is a pet: either a cat or a dog. Pets can support you in a fight, cast spells (up to two at a time), and go to town to sell your items. The player can also feed them fish which make them change into different creatures. Speaking of downsides, there is no character customisation.

In conclusion, Torchlight is a marvellous action RPG which can provide hours and hours of highly enjoyable gameplay. One should do themselves a favour and play this gem. A 9/10.

*Wait, wrong game.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Just beat the boss; didn't do the Shadow Vault. 8/10 would recommend. This game is a lot of fun. It does get a little same-y at times, which is why I'm not starting the endless Shadow Vault at the moment. I'm looking forward to getting the sequal during the winter sale.
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