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"Great value Diablo clone"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This is made by a bunch of the folks who made Diablo, and it shows. A lot of the gameplay aspects are the same. Its aiming for a more cartoony look rather than trying to be particularly ‘realistic’, but the graphics are surprisingly good considering it was an ‘indy’ production made on a small budget with a smaller pricetag. There are only 3 hero classes, breaking down to the basic Melee Fighter, Ranged Weapons Specialist, and Magic User. But they're all really enjoyable in their difference from each other, and its possible to customize them further using the talent trees. For example, the alchemist. If you follow the arcane talents he's like a spell-throwing mage. But if you follow the lore talents he's more like a minion-summoning necromancer. Lots of variety. The game is basically exploring and conquering various levels of dungeons beneath the town of torchlight. There's no learning curve, its incredibly simple to master. Every player character comes with a pet, your choice of cat or dog (no difference combat-wise) which fights at your side. The best innovation to this game is that your pet has an inventory, and you can load them up with goods that you want to sell off. And when you run out of space, you can send your pet off to town to do the trading for you while you carry on hacking n slashing down in the dungeons. It will return after about 2 minutes, and bring you the gold it received for the sales. So, I recommend this game. Its a lot of fun for those times when maybe you dont have internet access or you've run out of bandwidth, or you're stuck on the laptop that's frustrating as all heck trying to play WoW on.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"The best PC action-RPG available" Purchased on Mighty Ape

Action RPG's by their very nature need to strike a fine balance between being fun to play, and grinding out your character development – Torchlight finds this balance perfectly. Not as overly complex as Sacred 2 or Titan Quest, or blessed with a huge open world to explore, Torchligh excels where it matters most – loot drops and levelling. There is only a single town to explore, and many of the randomly generated levels that make up the storyline have a very samey feel to them but the never ending quest to add that one extra skill point or find that piece of better gear is extremely satisfying.

Despite the complete lack of multiplayer and fairly limited character customisations (you are stuck with the stock looking Warrior, Ranger, Mage archetypes and thats it), the game draws you in with colourful visuals and visceral, entertaining battles. In the middle of a Mage battle with your Pet (who can automatically sell your unwanted loot in town for you) and your various other minions, the screen lights up with ethereal fireballs, exploding creatures and arcs of magical lightning.

After 8 hours of gameplay I'm already level 32 with some very cool unique gear and set items. Compared with 16 hours of Sacred 2 to grind out just 17 levels and some average gear. Torchlight is a stand-out Action RPG and I recommend highly to anyone who can't (or can) wait for Diablo 3.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Visually Appealing Addictive Gameplay"
5 stars"

Torchlight captures what a dungeon crawler should be with visually stunning enviroments and effects, addiction hack and slash mouse clicking and loads of options for character customisation. The addition of a pet as an ally which can carry unwanted loot back to town to sell it is a particularly clever feature, allowing you to continue your adventure uninterrupted.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Developed in Seattle by a veteran Runic Games team composed of the designers and leads of projects like Diablo, Diablo II, Mythos, and Fate.

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 you set out to discover the full extent of Ember’s influence on the civilizations that have come before..

“..a great dungeon crawl…Stop reading and start playing.” Gamespot 8/10
“…The graphics are great, the music engrossing, and the gameplay addictive.” 8.6/10 – IGN

  • 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.
  • Endless randomization ensures a long-lived gameplay experience, with level layouts 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.
  • Included Editor – Runic Games is embracing our modding community by including an editor so our players can create and design their own content.


“…a great dungeon crawl from the designers of the first two Diablo games and the cult hit Fate. Runic Games has forged a letter-perfect copy of the action role-playing formula with fast-paced combat and cartoonish graphics that will keep you clicking until the wee hours…And there are even a couple of "wait, there's more” kickers. Along with being one of the best action RPGs to hit the PC in many moons, Torchlight comes with absurdly undemanding system requirements along with a netbook mode so that you can play it on just about any system. So not only do you get a great game, but you get a great deal in every respect. Stop reading and start playing." 8/10 Gamespot

“…a refreshing – though not revolutionary – dungeon crawler that will occupy gamers for 10–15 hours on the first run-through, and perhaps dozens more across varying difficulty levels and experiments with different character classes…The graphics are great, the music engrossing, and the gameplay addictive. While the lack of multiplayer at first tastes bitter, the single-player campaign more than makes up for it.” 8.6/10 – IGN

System Requirements:

Connectivity : An internet connection is required to activate your installation.
Hard Drive Space : 400MB
Operating System : Windows XP or later
Processor : x86-compatible 800MHz processor
RAM : 512MB
Video Card : ATI Radeon 7200, NVIDIA GeForce 2, or Intel GMA 950 or better
Release date Australia
February 16th, 2010
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