When I heard that the developers behind Diablo 1 and 2 were developing a downloadable dungeon crawler for only $20, I could not wait to try it out and see what they came up with. It would be an understatement to say that I spent a LOT of time playing Diablo 2, so does Torchlight live up to its pedigree? Read our full review to find out.
If you were at all involved in PC gaming in the late 90’s-early 00’s then you played either Diablo 1 or 2. If this is true, you will absolutely love Torchlight. If not, you will probably still love Torchlight. It follows the same format as most other dungeon crawlers where you click on enemies and watch your character decimate horde upon horde while picking up shiny loot and items. This may sound like a tired formula, but the minute you start clicking away, the hours roll by, and you don’t know where all the time went. I was a little worried that I would not be able to get back into a game of this kind, but obviously this worry quickly passed after I ran through the first dungeon.
The game sets itself apart from Diablo in a number of ways, first of all by giving you an animal companion. This pet can carry items for you, attacks enemies, and can be sent to town to sell items in its pack. Another way is the ability system that is much more numerous, and upgradable than in past games. Abilities can be easily set to the keyboard, and the customization is a really welcome addition here. Unfortunately there is no online play, but maybe in the future it can be implemented. Loot is also a huge factor in the game, and thankfully there is enough to collect here for at least a dozen hours of gameplay if not more.
Torchlight is a great looking game. The visuals look extremely polished with varied enemies and environments that break up the sometimes dull, dark, dungeons with lush green ruins, and other settings. The weapons and armor look great from the beginning, and only look better as you upgrade to more impressive gear. All of this sounds even better when you look at the computer requirements, and see that just about every computer can run this game, and quite well (they even have a netbook option!). The lighting and animations are very solid, and help bring the dungeons to life along with the varied monsters and creatures you fight throughout the game.
If you can’t tell from the rest of the review, I really enjoyed my time playing Torchlight (and am going to play a whole lot more of it). The game feels like a love letter to the great dungeon crawling epics of the late 90’s early 00’s, and it doesn’t surprise me that the developers that created those titles were able to bring the idea to the current age of gaming. If you enjoy great character customization, loot collecting, and a pretty decent story, then you will love Torchlight.
Torchlight is a great downloadable title that should not be missed by anyone who enjoyed the Diablo titles, or anyone looking to get into the game type because they will have a lot of fun with this game. There have been a lot of clones, but this game really nails the formula like none before. For $20 this one is a must buy, and hopefully you heed my advice because there is a lot of fun to be had with this title.