Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 61 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. Apr 17, 2011
    70
    Well made Diablo clone that does almost everything right except bringing a co-op mode. Gets a little repetitive after a while.
  2. Mar 9, 2011
    90
    Even without multiplayer, however, Torchlight on XBLA is as close as you can get to dungeon crawling nirvana for $15. Like its PC counterpart, it removes the cruft of the genre, allowing players to get right down to the loot-driven core with a minimum of fuss. And now, thanks to the streamlined controls, we get it all without the constant clacking of a mouse.
  3. Mar 9, 2011
    75
    It's customization, through thousands of equip pieces, the true heart of Torhclight. No coop and basic hack'n'slash combat make the rest just part of the average action RPG. Try before you buy.
  4. 90
    Fortunately, what this exceptional new version of a PC favorite lacks in story, it more than makes up for with deep character customization, ever-more-powerful loot, and a dungeon-generation system that'll devour whole days of your life. [April 2011, p.76]
  5. Apr 14, 2011
    97
    Torchlight is a highly enjoyable game, easy to get the hang of and the over all design elements are very pleasing. Torchlight by Runic Games is necessary game to have in the library of games for any true sword and sorcery fan. This game is dungeon crawling, sword and sorcery at its purest and fun form.
  6. Apr 7, 2011
    60
    Torchlight does very little wrong, and is probably the most streamlined game in the genre. The problem is rather that the genre is getting more and more irrelevant itself. The game lacks DeathSpank's humor and Diablo's mystical universe, and is sadly reduced to a decent single player MMO.
  7. Apr 5, 2011
    80
    Runic have created a highly-accessible dungeon crawling game that's highly competitive with the best of the genre.
  8. Mar 31, 2011
    89
    For those looking for something to tide them over until Diablo III finally comes out, Torchlight should be your first port of call. However, if you already played the PC version, there is little here to make you buy it again.
  9. Mar 30, 2011
    100
    Anyone that played the PC version should be right at home here. In fact, the game is basically the same all around, which, disappointingly, means that the XBLA version of the game also lacks co-op. This is the only real downside to Torchlight.
  10. Mar 30, 2011
    80
    The Xbox-Live Arcade version of Torchlight is definitely a memorable port. Thanks to certain smart adaptations, the game works very well with a controller instead of mouse and keyboard. The only thing that holds back Torchlight is that it can feel a bit limited at times with Torchlight 2 just around the corner, and due to the lack of cooperative modes.
  11. Mar 29, 2011
    78
    Torchlight is a welcome addition to the XBLA portfolio. It's still a good game with all the good and bad aspects it had a couple of years ago when it came out on Steam.
  12. Mar 29, 2011
    80
    Torchlight is a long game and a good choice for lovers of role-play action games.
  13. Mar 28, 2011
    75
    Overall, Torchlight 360 is great if simple fun, especially for folks looking for a bit of Baldur's Gate or Diablo nostalgia on the 360.
  14. Mar 25, 2011
    90
    When love and passion for dungeon crawlers come together, the results are games like Torchlight. This action/RPG is the best choice for those who just canʼt wait for Diablo III. Great gameplay, long hours, addiction and a low price tag, all in one!
  15. Mar 24, 2011
    82
    Rarely will we see an arcade game that can keep you playing for well over double the amount of hours as some retail titles. Rarer still to see an arcade game that can do all of this with such amazing quality and innovation. By offering up one of the best dungeon crawlers since Diablo, you already know that Torchlight is a must have for your arcade library.
  16. Mar 24, 2011
    80
    Even without a multiplayer option, it is well worth the download… and with Torchlight 2 on the not-too-distant horizon, a good lead-in to what looks to be an excellent sequel.
  17. Mar 22, 2011
    83
    Even though this version of Torchlight has its fair share of recurring issues, it's likely to hit the loot hunger spot for Xbox 360 owners. If you're a veteran of the original, though, there's very little here that you haven't seen before.
  18. Mar 21, 2011
    90
    With deep character customization and addicting gameplay, Torchlight becomes easily worth the 1200 Microsoft Point price tag.
  19. Mar 20, 2011
    70
    Despite originally being a PC game, Torchlight still manages to make the transition to Xbox 360 with pride. The frame rate is a bit rough, but apart from that it shines brightly and is well worth its asking price.
  20. Mar 18, 2011
    80
    Like loot? You'll Like Torchlight. From ex-Blizzard staff, this is kind of a given.
  21. Mar 18, 2011
    94
    This is one you will enjoy from start to finish, and it absolutely belongs in your 360 library.
  22. Mar 18, 2011
    80
    Movement feels smoother with the analogue stick, and that inevitably helps when you're crawling your way through hordes of skeletons.
  23. Mar 17, 2011
    82
    While multiplayer would've really pushed Torchlight to new heights, the game is no slouch as it stands. Fans of hack-n-slashers and role playing alike will equally come out in droves and make a $15 purchase., and deservedly so.
  24. Mar 17, 2011
    85
    For fifteen dollars, you get a lot of gameplay with Torchlight. It's very much made for people who are already fans of the genre, but I could see a new player having fun with it too; on Easy or Normal, it begins slowly enough that just about anybody could get up a good head of steam. It's not the kind of thing you play if you're looking for a strong, unforgettable narrative, but it'll keep you busy for at least a few days.
  25. Mar 17, 2011
    84
    Torchlight is a brilliantly crafted RPG that has survived the PC-to-360 porting process incredibly well. The usual awkward console-RPG menu systems are present and correct but the game's charm, depth and sense of fun more than make up for any such issues.
  26. Mar 16, 2011
    85
    It has charm and polish that elevate it beyond a simple Diablo clone to something special in its own right.
  27. Mar 16, 2011
    90
    Minor graphical issues and clunky inventory management aside, Torchlight for XBLA does a spectacular job of translating a PC dungeon hack-and-slasher to two analogue sticks and face buttons.
  28. Mar 15, 2011
    75
    Torchlight is undoubtedly a bold and successful clone of Diablo. Because of graphical glitches and the lack of multiplayer, the game isn't a masterpiece of the genre, but certainly we are looking at a video game fun and addictive at the right point.
  29. Mar 15, 2011
    80
    Clearly following Diablo's steps, this is a game that makes a virtue of its simplicity. The biggest flaw is the low number of scenarios, something we expect to be fixed on the upcoming Torchlight 2.
  30. 70
    Put all the flaws aside though, and you've got a very competent dungeon crawler that has been almost perfectly optimised for a console – and that's something I have to admire the developers for. Just don't expect to be playing this one with your friends.
  31. Mar 14, 2011
    80
    Torchlight is a relatively cheap game that will keep you entertained for hours to come. Furthermore it's fun to fight against all the enemies and it manages to stay fun, thanks to different surroundings and enemies.
  32. Mar 14, 2011
    80
    Torchlight is a highly recommended game for everyone that enjoys occasional looting and exploring. Even though a co-op mode would've been nice, this is still a lot of game for your hard earned Microsoft points. An insta-buy!
  33. Mar 14, 2011
    70
    Torchlight is an interesting game that mixes action and RPG elements. It is addictive and entertaining, yet sometimes repetitive, but we expected more from this port, which lacks competitive and cooperative online play.
  34. Mar 14, 2011
    88
    If you liked Diablo then Torchlight is your thing! The fingerprints of the former Blizzard developers are all over this and it feels great. This game proofs that this genre is not out-dated. Get yourself back in the mood for a dungeon crawler.
  35. Mar 11, 2011
    70
    For $15, it's a bit steep for a dungeon crawler, but probably worth demoing on Xbox Live if you are fan of the PC version.
  36. Mar 11, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  37. Mar 11, 2011
    91
    Even without multiplayer, Torchlight makes for a remarkably entertaining 10 to 15 hours, with plenty more custom content to come thanks to the powerful game editor TorchED, which you can download free of charge.
  38. Mar 11, 2011
    80
    Torchlight is a big surprise with a great work in gameplay, graphics and value. Runic triumphs with this port of its debut game because of an addictive proposal and engaging dungeon bash experience.
  39. Mar 11, 2011
    80
    Given Blizzard's determination to make us wait as long as possible for Diablo III, you may as well sink it into a game that eats time for breakfast.
  40. 70
    An expertly crafted clone that finally shows consoles owners what Diablo is all about. As long as you don't mind playing alone anyway.
  41. Mar 9, 2011
    90
    It's fun, nice to look at, and will scratch your OCD itch of needing the next level of plate mail to complete your awesome battle attire.
  42. Mar 9, 2011
    85
    Despite the strange inventory, Torchlight is incredibly fun and addicting.
  43. Mar 9, 2011
    90
    Having never played Torchlight on the PC before, I was floored by everything the game had to offer. The looting, the character progression, and the addictive combat -- all wrapped up in an attractive bow with a low price point -- make for one fun game that you shouldn't pass up.
  44. Mar 9, 2011
    80
    Torchlight is a great game created for those players who love to collect items and to slay brainless monsters. The game structure is almost perfect, but the lack of any kind of multiplayer mode and the absence of an interactive camera are quite a problem.
  45. Mar 9, 2011
    85
    Torchlight was originally made on a tiny budget in under a year, with all of around 25 people working at Runic at the height of development. For all that, it's a better dungeon crawler than most everything else that has been released post-Diablo II.
  46. Mar 9, 2011
    83
    It's not a must-have for those who already own the PC version, but it's absolutely worth a purchase for anyone who missed out the first time around.
  47. 81
    Players get a lot of fun in this Diablo-like game. The only negative thing is that you won't get any multiplayer. But the hack'n'slay action is fun and entertaining.
  48. Mar 8, 2011
    60
    Torchlight is an awkward game to assess. On one hand, the gameplay is a major disappointment in that it's worse than Diablo II in every way, but on the other hand it has no major flaws and, even for a hater of easy games like me, gets addicting once the Shadow Vault, an unending postgame dungeon whose enemies are tied to your level, becomes available.
  49. Mar 8, 2011
    80
    Just as the PC version, Torchlight is a fun experience, with a lot of exploring, looting, combating and side-questing. It lacks a multiplayer coop mode, it has some framerate issues and it's rather short by genre's standards, but it's an interesting game overall. Recommended for hardcore action-RPG fans.
  50. Mar 7, 2011
    85
    Torchlight is probably the closest thing to a Diablo experience on the Xbox 360. The perfectly translated controls and addictive gameplay makes this a must-buy for anyone with an affinity for loot hoarding. If anything, it serves as a great appetizer for the much-anticipated sequel.
  51. Mar 4, 2011
    80
    Enjoyable combat and a great loot system make this hack-and-slash role-playing game hard to put down.
  52. Mar 4, 2011
    90
    In the end, Torchlight is a home-run for any Action RPG fan! It's an easy "Buy" at 1200 MP and no fan of the genre should be without it.
  53. 85
    While Torchlight's original faults still stand, the game lends itself wonderfully to the Xbox 360 controller, and we found ourselves preferring the console edition. If you're looking for a hack 'n' slasher to lose a week's worth of nights to, then sit down - you've found it.
  54. Mar 4, 2011
    92
    Torchlight is what happens when developers with a passion for what they do come together. You can tell the guys and gals that made this game truly love the genre and know what makes it fun.
  55. Mar 3, 2011
    80
    At 15 bucks, Torchlight is a steal for lone wolves with a lust for loot.
  56. Apr 25, 2011
    80
    Not exactly ambitious, but it is expertly made, brilliant fun to play and absolutely fantastic value. [Issue#71, p.100]
  57. Apr 25, 2011
    80
    Polished until gleaming. [Issue#108, p.112]
  58. The best fantasy looter on 360 (Sacred II included), but the lack of multiplayer hurts the package. [June 2011, p.118]
  59. 80
    The PC-version has already been showered with praise, and most of it applies to the Xbox 360 outing as well. Runic Games have done a fantastic job of adapting the game to the console. The framerate gets choppy when a lot of monsters are on screen, but otherwise Torchlight is a very strong Diablo clone, and definately the best of its kind on Xbox.
  60. Mar 25, 2011
    75
    The console version of Torchlight seems to be a very well made game – as long as you don't expect a deep, nonlinear story and tactical challenges during fights. You get what is best on Xbox: comfortable controls, cool graphics and the opportunity to gain achievements and awards for your avatar. Unfortunately, one element that grants a long life to similar games is missing – lack of multiplayer is Torchlight's biggest flaw.
  61. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    Torchlight got successful on the PC thanks to its action RPG styled gameplay, and the lack of competition in the genre. These strengths remain in the XBLA version. The console controls don't undermine the fun of the formula in any way, but like the PC version, try and play on a higher difficulty level, otherwise it's too easy !
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Mar 10, 2011
    10
    If you are looking for a well-constructed dungeon-crawler and RPG, the XBLA version of Torchlight is a great bargain (1200 points). It has a few problems but consistently redeems itself -- this is a game made by people who love gaming and it shows! Full Review »
  2. Mar 9, 2011
    8
    If you love collecting loot and you want more Diablo but with different visuals, then this is the game for you. There is plenty of ways to customize your character's abilities and combat is rewarding; even if repetitive at times. Full Review »
  3. Mar 10, 2011
    4
    Why a gave a 4?

    Well i will copy the text I sent to the customer-support of runic-games. Hello,

    maybe I am just a single customer but as I
    read in a lot of forums you did two big mistakes with the xbox version of torchlight.

    1.) You totally screwed it up in a technical way. The Xbox can handle games like Gears of War 2 without major framerate issuses, but torchlight cant handle it? FAIL!

    2.) Your idea of saving up the multiplayer, especially coop, is strange. In my, and many other games opinion you did that on purpose to ensure that everybody wo thought "man, that is a really good game, but i wish there would have been online coop!" is eager to buy torchlight 2.

    Furthermore you kept the console gamers waiting for over 1 year and what did you finally gave them? A sloppy PC conversion with a acceptable UI. Thats all you have to offer for console gamers?

    You know what? I'll save the money for Torchlight 2 and spend it on Dungeon Hunter Alliance / Dungeon Siege 3 / Diablo 3. To satisfy my "coop-hunger" I'll play DIABLO 1 on PSX, because this game managed to implement a coop mode!
    Full Review »