Toren brings old-school Japanese adventure gaming to Mac

Published On June 23, 2016 | By Kirk Hiner | Macintosh

Versus Evil continues to champion the cause of indie gaming on the Mac with the release of Toren, an adventure game from Brazilian developer Swordtales.


Set in a dark fantasy world of growth and discovery, Toren “… follows the growth of an innocent girl named Moonchild as she struggles to reveal the truth behind the mysterious tower known as Toren in which she is being held captive.”

Toren brings poetry to life in an epic journey of growth, discovery and overcoming great hurdles. In Toren players guide Moonchild from birth to coming-of-age as she embarks on a dangerous journey of revelation and transformation. A distinct and unique art style, dark fantasy storytelling, innovative puzzles and beautiful soundtrack combine to make Toren a memorable gaming experience.

Check out the trailer below and you’ll pick up on two of the games more striking and unique elements. First, the rich atmosphere that is conveyed through colorful and highly-detailed environments. Indie developers may not have the budgets available to the major development/publishing companies, but they certainly find ways to make their games striking visually.

Second, you’ll see how the main character ages from an infant to a young adolescent; I especially dig how the variations in the way she runs as continues to grow. But this mechanic isn’t just a visual gimmick, it presents different challenges for each learning experience and phase of her life.

And how about the gameplay? Fans of mid-era Japanese console games should be pleased, according to Vitor Severo Leaes, producer at Swordtales.

“We made Toren for players who love old-school Japanese adventure games who, like us, grew up playing the classic games of the late ’90s and early 2000s,” said Leaes. “With the help of Versus Evil and the support of the Brazilian Cultural Incentive Law, Toren shows that even a small, dedicated team of indie developers in Brazil can touch the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide.”

Toren is available now for Mac via the usual digital download outlets for only $9.99. For more information, visit

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