Torchlight is a role playing game that was first released in 2009. The game is set in Torchlight, a fictional town with dungeons and caverns. Players control a hero who must explore the nearby dungeons and defeat monsters and other enemies in order to gather resources, such as gold, tools, and other useful items. The player is presented with quests that involve beating different bosses. As each boss is defeated, more of the storyline is revealed to the player. Players also have the option to do side quests and roam through other dungeon areas.
The hero roams through the town along with a pet, which can be a lynx, ferret, or wolf dog. The pet can carry and sell items. Players can transform their pet into a different creature by feeding it fish. There are three types of characters that can be encountered in the game:
Alchemist – fires magic and electricity; summons imps and robots
Destroyer – skilled in melee combat; summons ancestral spirits
Vanquisher – city guard who specializes in many weapons; uses traps
Players have the option to create mods with the free editing tool that can be downloaded. The editing tool, TorchED, can be used to customize monsters, players, language, events, quests, and many more.