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a game by Runic Games, Inc.
Platform: PC (2009)
User Rating: 6.8/10 - 5 votes
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See also: RPGs, Hack and Slash Games, Top Down Games, Isometric Games, Steampunk Games, Dungeon Crawlers, Games Like Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance, Games Like Grim Dawn, Torchlight Series

If You Are a lover of loot, a doyen of dungeons or a coveter of clicks and you can't be bothered to wait for Diablo 3, then I think it's fair to say that you'll be entranced by Torchlights lo-fi charms. It's pretty much got everything you'd want, which, by necessity, means it will have little no appeal to non-fans of the genre. Do I need to whip out the bullhorn and shout "Nothing to see here, move along"? Go on, shoo.

Now with the only eyes reading these words those of loot maniacs, then we can start looking at what Torchlight has to offer you. First up, there's a mix of randomly generated and pre-designed levels to plough through, all filled with your usual dungeon denizens. The gameplay is the tried-and-tested left-click to attack, right-click to launch some other kind of attack or something. I chose to have an ball of electricity handy, although I could have summoned skeletons, used fire traps and so on.

There are three characters/classes to pick from, each with unique abilities, though you can turn yours into ajack-of-all-trades if you so wish. There's no reason you couldn't pick the warrior and make him proficient with ranged weapons, for example. It'd just take longer and be a bit of a waste of time.

Accompanying your chosen avatar through the dungeons is your faithful pet, which you can name yourself. This creature is very useful, as you can send it back to town to sell your worthless junk while continuing to adventure, collecting more junk.

To be honest, I've barely scratched the surface in terms of features and nice little touches. Of course, it's unlikely to be as good or better than Diablo III, so perhaps it should only be purchased as a stopgap measure, but in that capacity it ticks all the boxes that a loot lover could possibly want.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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