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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 You can see your character on the title screen
Torchlight Windows Fame increasing
Torchlight Windows Lava filled level
Torchlight Windows Unique rifle

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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. Hypercake (1197) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Diablight! agamer (75) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Cute and cuddly Diablo clone. More like Fate II. Rod Mayton (13) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars
What? huh? Where? STOP IT! Asinine (1006) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Apr 06, 2010 84 out of 100 84
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov 27, 2009 83 out of 100 83
Hooked Gamers Nov 01, 2009 8.3 out of 10 83
2404.org PC Gaming Dec 10, 2009 8.2 out of 10 82
Mana Pool Aug 29, 2010 8.2 out of 10 82
Eurogamer.fr Nov 09, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 05, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.it Nov 06, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Jan 07, 2010 8 out of 10 80
3D Juegos Nov 06, 2009 8 out of 10 80


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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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phanboy_iv (137) added Torchlight (Windows) on Oct 31, 2009
Other platforms contributed by Hamish Wilson (167), Hammerlore (1013) and WWWWolf (452)