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Default Torchlight - 10-27-2009, 08:08 PM

I've just found out about this game via another forum. Website is:

Torchlight by Runic Games

It's the first game I've seen with a netbook mode in the options to allow it to run smoothly on a standard netbook spec.

It's an 'action RPG' and is very addictive. It's $19.99 from the official site and is offered as a download. It's also available from other sources but I'll not go into that on here as I genuinely believe that the game is worth every penny.

Anyway, I've got nothing to do with the game so don't want to seem like I'm giving it the hard sell but if you're after a good game to play on your mini then this is definitely worth a look.


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Default 10-30-2009, 01:58 AM

Is this the first game with an official "netbook mode"? If so that's news in and of itself. So does it natively support 1024x600 resolution? That would be the first requirement for a game to truly support "netbook mode" IMHO.
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Default 10-30-2009, 03:28 PM

Torchlight's graphical engine was built to be scalable, and as such it plays in good quality across a number of platforms. For example, my work laptop has a Quadro NVS 160M, which is fairly weak for games - but it runs Torchlight awesome @ 1680x1050. One of the FAQ items on the Torchlight site says that the devs were running on netbooks in their office.

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Default Torchlight is playable, but stutters slightly - 10-31-2009, 01:21 AM

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So does it natively support 1024x600 resolution?
Yes! I was pleasantly surprised to notice that it does in fact natively support 1024x600 resolution.

It's surprisingly playable on my Mini9, although it does stutter when I get into big fights.

Still, I'm with the OP in feeling that it's worth every cent of its price of $19.95.

In fact, it's much better than most games that sell for $40+


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Default 10-31-2009, 10:19 PM

As far as other places for finding this game.... I would reccomend Steam! This way you can easily log into your Steam account while on the road and download it in case you forgot to install before you left on your trip. The demo is also available via Steam as a free download. Give it a try, it's an excellent game! Welcome to Steam
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Default 11-01-2009, 05:05 AM

I threw a copy up in my DropBox!

Its a 360mb download....quite the game...reminds me of single player Neverwinter Nights.

I'm just at level 11 or so..but i would love to see add-ons...and a OSX version!


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Default 11-02-2009, 06:20 AM

The developers have stated that they are working on a Free-to-Play MMO version of the game, and that the single-player version that's released now is essentially something of an introductory teaser.

Can't wait for the MMO to come out!

Then I'll finally have a good MMO that can run well on my Mini9


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Default 11-03-2009, 10:58 PM

For anyone running Torchlight: What settings are you using, where did you install the game to, and how is performance for you?

I have installed to SD, though the game is fairly playable in netbook mode at 1024x600 it is very choppy, even at 800x600. I also noticed it takes a few minutes for the game to start up (Opened task manager and it takes a long time for the Memory Usage to reach 150,000 before starting up).

Before I re-install to SD can anyone advise me on settings to improve performance?



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Default 11-05-2009, 10:20 PM

Wow, I really have to give this a try. I am a fan of Diablo I/II and the old Diablo clone Darkstone. Hmm...downloading the demo on steam.

Interesting news as well on the free-to-play MMO! I am a WoW addict as well, so a smaller, less bulky MMO would be great on a netbook!

I played torchlight for a few minutes. I like it. Plays fine on my desktop. Haven't tested the mini...yet!

(The demo is only available via Steam, don't want to install Steam on my mini.)


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Default 11-26-2009, 02:58 PM

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Wow, I really have to give this a try. I am a fan of Diablo I/II and the old Diablo clone Darkstone. Hmm...downloading the demo on steam.

Interesting news as well on the free-to-play MMO! I am a WoW addict as well, so a smaller, less bulky MMO would be great on a netbook!

I played torchlight for a few minutes. I like it. Plays fine on my desktop. Haven't tested the mini...yet!

(The demo is only available via Steam, don't want to install Steam on my mini.)
The demo's available on the official website now: Torchlight – Runic Games

I've just been testing it out on my Mini 9. It's just about playable, but the framerate is seriously grim. I hope they'll release a patch with some further optimisations for the Netbook mode, because this game seems ideal for a quick pick up and play. For now though, I think I'll stick to playing it on my desktop.


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