developer: Runic Games
Game mode: single player
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.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium III 800 MHz, 512 MB RAM, graphic card 64 MB (GeForce 2 MX200 or better), 400 MB HDD, Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Microsoft Xbox 360
Uses: Xbox Live