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Torchlight

MobyRank MobyScore
Linux
...
5.0
Xbox 360
80
3.9
Macintosh
...
4.0
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Description

Thick veins of the magical ore Ember lie beneath the streets of Torchlight, and fortune seekers have been flocking to the small mining town since its discovery. To extract the valuable ore, a labyrinth of tunnels has been dug deep into the earth. What the miners don't know, but will soon discover, is that something much more deadly resides beneath. Ruined civilizations, now long forgotten, have hidden horrors no one can even imagine .. and now those horrors are about to surface. It is up to you and your trusty companions to stop the onslaught of monsters and save the town's citizens.

Torchlight is a single-player action role-playing game in which you play one of three character classes: The Destroyer (a warrior), The Alchemist (a spellcaster), or The Vanquisher (a rogue). Each character class has unique weapons and armor and three skill sets.

Although the majority of gameplay is handled in typical Diablo-like fashion (exploring, killing monsters, completing quests, buying and selling, levelling up, etc.), there are a few distinguishing features. For instance, your character has a private stash for storing excess items. All of your party members also share an additional pack which can be used to transfer items between them.

The animal companion you choose at the beginning of the game can be used for a variety of purposes. This pet can wear two rings and an amulet, can carry as many items as you can in its own pack, and levels up with experience. Its items can be sold to shopkeepers or shared between the party. You can teach your pet tricks, like fetching dropped items or to cast two spells of your choosing. To turn your pet into a vicious fighting monster, feed it fish before a battle. Different fishes found or caught by you in the game have varied effects on your pet.

Most levels in the game are randomly generated. Inside you'll find secret rooms, traps, swinging bridges, levers, shrines, non-monster encounters, and elevation changes. The game features an auto-map feature to help you find your way around, and tool tips for getting acquainted with the gameplay.

Screenshots

Torchlight Macintosh We are being asked to help: the main story begins
Torchlight Macintosh This spider does not fight for us...
Torchlight Macintosh We have found our first set item.
Torchlight Windows Special effect of skill

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User Reviews

Fun hack and slash experience, but nothing more. Windows Alex M. (1173)
Diablight! Windows agamer (75)
Cute and cuddly Diablo clone. More like Fate II. Windows Rod Mayton (10)
What? huh? Where? STOP IT! Windows Pixelspeech (955)

The Press Says

Game Shark Windows Nov 09, 2009 A 100
Total PC Gaming Windows 2009 9 out of 10 90
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Nov 02, 2009 16 out of 20 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) Xbox 360 Mar 14, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Nov 05, 2009 8 out of 10 80
3D Juegos Windows Nov 06, 2009 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de Xbox 360 Mar 09, 2011 80 out of 100 80
Clubic Windows Oct 28, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Corner Windows Jul 21, 2010 74 out of 100 74
Gamekult Windows Oct 29, 2009 7 out of 10 70

Forums

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Jun 18, 2013

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Torchlight appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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