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

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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Look, this game is great if you like a simplified Diablo type game. It has a more vibrant color palette than Diablo games, making it more cartoony and more accessible to young children, but the gameplay is solid and fast enough for anyone to enjoy. I'd rather play the sequel Torchlight 2 because it is twice the game this one is, and it has multiplayer which this one does not. The story is pretty bare and simple here. Basically this is a good game and I would say worth a playthrough, but if you want your money's worth then get Torchlight 2 over this one. However if this game's style is not to your liking then I would recommend checking out Grim Dawn which is graphically superior and mechanically similar to this and the Diablo series. If steampunk is more your style then give The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut or Victor Vran. If you want something more anient gods style then check out Titan Quest: Anniversary Edition.
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1 of 16 people (6%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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 16 people (6%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
just get the second one
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
355 of 369 people (96%) found this review helpful
128 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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260 of 305 people (85%) found this review helpful
15 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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72 of 75 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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54 of 60 people (90%) found this review helpful
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
TL;DR? See Conclusion

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Also see my:
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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35 of 35 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
90.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
Fun and solid dungeon romp reminiscent of the Diablo series. (Yep, it's going to get compared/referred to Diablo whether we like it or not)

Randomly generated dungeons with tons of randomly generated loot. Cliche story with a tiny twist (didn't see that coming a mile away. Nope, nadda, nah). Solid gameplay, great graphics and music.

Would have played this game much longer if Torchlight II wasn't already here (well, actually I did, since I already first played it off Steam). 10/10
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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
85.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2013
This game is a great action rpg. It's not a refined as TL2, however there is more than enough game here to stand own it's own. The story isn't bad, the graphics hold up well. The end boss is actually an epic battle.

A few downsides: drops do not highlight unless you hit 'alt'. I found my thumb perminately locked on the 'alt' key. There is not shopping list for your pets. If you do the Bard's quests you will have to town port after almost every level. Pets pathing and selecting drops is sometimes stressful.

The goods: Lots of levels. It took me about 22 hours of play time to get to the final boss that was on dungeon level 32. There are 100 more dungeon levels past that. Character development is very open. Just because your a warrior doesn't mean you can't wear a robe and wield a wand. Potions drop from about 60% of the mob kills: This seems like a con in the beginning, but once you hit the lower levels you'll be thankful.

If you have this and haven't played it, why not? If you can pick this up on a sale then I would definately recommend it.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
good, but I havent played it yet
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18.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
Great ARPG that started the series. Most people will tell you to go straight into Torchlight 2, it's true, it's way better and improved upon a lot of things, but I still feel Torchlight 1 is fun. The amount of content and fun you're getting for the price you payed is just amazing in both cases. Definitely recommend both T1 and T2! If you love Diablo or just ARPGs and tons of loot in general, then you will never get bored! Plus both 1 and 2 have mod support so you can pretty much customize it to your liking!
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Ozzie Arcane
16.3 hrs
Posted: October 16
If ever there was a game that was overrated it would probably be the first Torchlight.

People would say things like "If you liked Diablo then there is nothing to dislike about Torchlight" while completely ignoring that even the first Diablo had multiplayer and Torchlight does not.

Torchlight has another problem where moreso then most games I've played with RNG loot like this, I seem to always be using gear that is at least 10 levels below my level because everything that drops is worse then what I already have. At about the halfway point in the story I had to rely on purchasing items from the Weaponsmith whenever something decent would show up, because all the loot seems to suck.

At the end of the day, if you want to play a game like this you're probably better off getting the sequel or looking elsewhere entirely.
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35.7 hrs
Posted: October 14
This game is such a great game. Even now, a long time after release. I actually played Torchlight II first and then came back to this one. And as much as I loved TL II, this was every bit as good to me! This game somehow manages to be great mindless fun mixed with an awesome story. This is a game that can give me hours of relaxed gaming fun but yet still captivates the imagination. I strongly recommend both this and TL II if you are looking for a fun bunch of hours gaming!
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12.8 hrs
Posted: October 11
Pretty fun. Has lots of action, but mostly the tactics are just a matter of hitting your buttons really fast. A lot of item management, but easier than some other item-heavy games. Fun to have firearms with swords and magic all together.
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49.1 hrs
Posted: October 10
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21.7 hrs
Posted: October 8
I've come back to Torchlight (steam) having completed it already when it first came out. And even after so many years, it's still fun to play. With the "Ultimate Torchlight Mod-Pack" installed, it's like a fresh new game with some excellent custom classes to mess around with (Jedi Knight and Santa Claus my current favourites). And lets not forget, the integration of steam cloud saving, means that if you get bored again you can always pick it up down the line without having to grind everything from start. Brilliant!
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31.9 hrs
Posted: October 8
An all around great game with tons of endless play or multiple replays. A Diablo clone that does everything right and better. The continual search for loot and just one more skill point will keep you engaged without ever being a grind. The only reason this game is not still on my machine is because the sequel has co-op multiplayer to bring a friend along. Playable on almost any machine, this is a solid game that looks fabulous for such low requirements, and is well worth the hours you will pour into it.
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26.2 hrs
Posted: October 2
Without a story, an RPG is just lots of clicking. And in this case, picking up inventory that you can't use.

Torchlight has virtually no plot, no lore, and maybe around a dozen characters. It's also really easy. I swear, I will click on stuff if I feel there is a purpose to it. But I didn't feel that here.
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