The 6th installment of the very successful Humble Indie Bundle (HIB) includes the acclaimed Adventure RPG (ARPG) Torchlight. Released back in 2009, this is the first part of the franchise from Runic Games. This particular game (well actually it was Torchlight 2, the sequel) has caught my eye, and interest, for the past month since it is being regularly mentioned in forums as one of the more anticipated ARPG games this year. Naturally when I saw it being offered on HIB I could not resist. I was curious what it had to offer, and to boot, it can run on Linux. If you run Ubuntu, all the more convenient because it can be installed directly from the Ubuntu Software Center (USC) after purchasing the bundle.
After paying for the bundle slightly above average, I proceeded to the download page. Downloading Torchlight didn’t take very long. The install size is quite small on Linux compared to the version on Steam.
An hour and several minutes later, I was ready to play Torchlight on Ubuntu. And a few minutes later the game was running in an 800 x 600 screen resolution which was totally unplayable. Even after adjusting the settings to go Fullscreen and adjust the resolution to 1366 x 768, nothing happened after a game restart. It was still the same and I was kind of disappointed.
However, thanks to the Internet and the Ubuntu community, I got to fix this issue quickly. How? Well you can go and read the entire thread @ http://bit.ly/QmFp1V. It’s a short one, with the solutions on the first and second pages, but if you don’t want to wade through all the posts there, then read the steps below on what you need to do.
How to make Torchlight run fullscreen on Ubuntu
The configuration settings file for Torchlight is located @ /home/USERNAME/.runicgames/Torchlight. Change to this location and you only need to edit the file “local_settings.txt”.
*Note: change USERNAME to your username.
In my case, I’m using a laptop. The max screen resolution I have is 1366 x 768. I want to play in this resolution so I’m going to change the following values in local_settings.txt to match my screen (you’ll need to change it according to what you have). The following are what you need to change:
Then you need to adjust a few settings on CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM). Download it via USC if you don’t have it. Once on CCSM notice the menu list on the left-hand side of the app. Click on Utility, then options will come out in the main panel. Locate the option Workarounds and make sure it is enabled by checking on the checkbox (if it isn’t checked yet). After this, click on the Workarounds (yep it’s clickable) then you will come to more options. Find the one that says Legacy Fullscreen Support. Mine is second from the top. Enable this by checking on the checkbox. Make sure you don’t change anything else.
In short: Utility > Workarounds (enable) > Legacy Fullscreen Support (enable)
Logout/in from Ubuntu.
Run Torchlight and you should have fullscreen at your desired screen resolution now.
A few caveats on this game. The port for Linux is not without its annoyances (as always). This is what I have noticed.
1) The Vanquisher and Alchemist classes don’t have faces in the character selection page. It will be the same in the game. The hair is there… floating. Only the Destroyer class has a face.
2) The Destroyer class will also lose its face when a helmet is put on. It would look like the helmet is floating by itself on top of your character’s shoulders. It corrects itself if you take off the helmet. But would you want to go without one while fighting the monsters?
3) The mouse scrollwheel, to zoom in and out, does not work.
4) The town portal item does not work. (Okay, this one appears to be false. The portal now works. Maybe a bug when I could not make it to work the first time?)
Did I miss anything else? That remains to be seen. Now it’s time for me to quest around the town of Torchlight and whack some monsters to oblivion.
Have fun and enjoy playing the game for many hours and days! 🙂
Note: What’s described here is for the original Torchlight game, or Torchlight 1. I got it NOT through steam but as an independent install via the Ubuntu Software Center. As the title suggests, I played it on Ubuntu 12.04. Perhaps on later versions, up to 16.04 specifically, this tweak will still work for this game. You mileage may vary.
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