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A very well-made hack-and-slash game, created by a small studio Runic Games, whose members contributed to such productions as Hellgate London, Mythos or the Diablo franchise. The story begins in the eponymous village of Torchlight, under which large deposits of a magical ore called ember have been discovered. However, the sudden mining boom resulted in another discovery, this time of a great evil lurking underground. This is where the protagonist steps in. You choose from three character classes: Alchemist, Destroyer and Vanquisher. Every class has branched development options and a unique fighting style. The character is accompanied by an animal follower, which helps you with fighting and can carry your items. Like a proper RPG, Torchlight features dynamic real-time combat utilizing the isometric view. The defeated foes drop large quantities of money and useful items, which can be equipped by the protagonist. The visuals are similar to those of Diablo III, although they are slightly more “sugary.”

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PC / Windows
Game Torchlight (PC) cover

Torchlight | PC

Torchlight release date for PC:

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27 October 2009 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.675 / 10 calculated out of 1686 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.4 / 10 calculated out of 10 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox 360
Game Torchlight (X360) cover

Torchlight | XBOX 360

Torchlight release date for XBOX 360:

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09 March 2011 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.825 / 10 calculated out of 58 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 6 players' votes.  

Torchlight is a hack ‘n’ slash game created by Runic Games, a small development studio from Seattle. Though it is their debut production, the team members have previously worked on such titles as Hellgate: London, Mythos and the Diablo series.

The game’s story is not particularly unique, which should not be surprising to the fans of the genre. The adventure in Torchlight starts in a small village where a huge deposit of Ember has been discovered. As you might guess, the miners dug too deep, and by doing so, they unearthed a great evil. This is where our character comes into the picture. The player’s task is to go through 34 levels of dungeons, killing hordes of enemies on his way, and to defeat the evil Odrak.

The developers gave three completely different character classes at our disposal: Alchemist, Destroyer and Vanquisher. Each of those has four traits, three skill trees and lots of items to find. They can also have an animal companion that proves helpful not only in combat but also by carrying our inventory and selling stuff to the traders in the village.

The graphic style of Torchlight is nowhere near that of the Diablo series. Both the dungeons and the opponents are very colorful, which is not necessarily to everyone’s liking. Blizzard’s fan should not be disappointed with the soundtrack, though, as it was composed by Matt Uelmen, the composer of the musical scores of Diablo, Starcraft and World of Warcraft.

Uses: Xbox Live