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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.


Torchlight Windows Yet another equipment upgrade
Torchlight Windows The Enter key stops the game.
Torchlight Macintosh We have company: the story-related NPC fights on our side
Torchlight Windows Lava filled level

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Alternate Titles

  • "火炬之光" -- Chinese spelling

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User Reviews

Fun hack and slash experience, but nothing more. Windows CupcakeX (1197)
Diablight! Windows agamer (75)
Cute and cuddly Diablo clone. More like Fate II. Windows Rod Mayton (13)
What? huh? Where? STOP IT! Windows Asinine (1006)

Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine Windows Oct 29, 2009 8.75 out of 10 88
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Mar 08, 2011 8.7 out of 10 87
Hellbored Windows Nov 01, 2009 8.6 out of 10 86
Christ Centered Gamer / Christ Centered Game Reviews Windows Feb 14, 2010 84 out of 100 84
Game Observer Windows Dec 02, 2009 84 out of 100 84
Hooked Gamers Windows Nov 01, 2009 8.3 out of 10 83
Mana Pool Windows Aug 29, 2010 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpot Windows Oct 29, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Multiplayer.it Windows Nov 04, 2009 7.8 out of 10 78
411mania.com Xbox 360 Mar 05, 2011 Unscored Unscored


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1001 Video Games

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


  • Game Developers Choice Awards
    • 2010 (10th Annual) - Best Debut Game
  • GameShark
    • 2009 - Best Indie Game
  • Gamespy
    • 2009 - Sleep When You're Dead Award

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