''Torin's Passage'' is a somewhat obscure AdventureGame released by SierraOnLine in 1995 and created by Al Lowe, [[HeAlsoDid who is best known]] as the creator of the ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' series of adult games. Lowe wanted to create a more family-friendly game, and thus ''Torin's Passage'' was born.

The plot centers around Torin, the son of farmers living on the planet of Strata, which is comprised of different [[LayeredWorld nested worlds]], each one inside the other. Torin lives on the surface of Strata, but when his parents are kidnapped by the sorceress Lycentia, Torin must journey to the "Lands Below" in order to rescue them.

Torin's quest takes him deeper and deeper into Strata, through a series of bizarre worlds, until he uncovers the truth about his family and about his story.

!!The game provides examples of the following tropes:

* {{Adorkable}}: Torin is earnest and polite to everyone, but the boy can't wing a speech to save his life.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler: Lycentia, once you find out her story, which is gradually revealed through cutscenes]].
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: The princess of the world Escarpa is well-known for her hideous deformities, which attracted a lot of teasing in her youth. [[spoiler:On the other hand, by human standards she's incredibly hot.]]
* BatmanGambit: Part of Pecand's scheme to convince Torin to go after Lycentia was mentioning that she had been banished to the Lands Below, exploiting Torin's FantasticRacism.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Lycentia, in the flashbacks.]]
* CaptainErsatz: [[BugsBunny Bags Bunny]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Half of Strata's population, really. But special honors go to the gatekeeper in the Lands Above, who thinks nothing of spending ten years in "heavy traffic" and demands a meal based entirely on puns.
* CurbStompBattle: Torin vs. [[spoiler:Pecand]]. Right until the latter stops trying to outfight an athletic guy a third his age, and opts for something trickier.
* DamnedByFaintPraise: Everyone Torin asks to describe the daughter of King Rupert tells him uneasily that "she's... got a great personality."
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: After Lycentia casts her green-crystal-trap spell on Pecand, he falls into the Null Void.]]
* DomCom: Parodied in the Bitternuts, a family of squat grayscale people Torin meets in Escarpa. Canned laughter punctuates their every sentence, but they don't seem to mind.
* EasterEgg: Making a certain [[TooDumbToLive fatally stupid]] choice at the very end of the game earns you a personal message from Al Lowe, who is pleased to see that someone shares his sense of humor.
* EvilPrince: [[spoiler: Pecand, Torin's uncle]].
* EvilSorcerer: [[spoiler: Pecand again, the one who's really behind everything]].
* EvilUncle: [[spoiler: Yes, Pecand again.]]
* FantasticRacism: The natives of the Lands Above (including Torin, at first) have an extremely poor opinion of natives of the Lands Below. Torin gets better when he actually visits the Lands Below and meets the natives.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Step on a daisy in Tenebrous, and you're looking at five to ten. Justified in that, while Torin is from the lush Lands Above, Tenebrous lies inside a [[LethalLavaLand magma-spouting death planet]] four layers down. So flora are understandably prized.
* FreudianExcuse: Lycentia
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: This game has it. Quite a bit of it, actually.
-->'''Torin:''' (''to King Rupert'') Your Majesty, I can see that you are a lover of crystals!
-->'''Queen Di:''' (''under her breath'') Yes, that's the only kind he is . . .
** Considering Al Lowe worked on this game, it's not altogether surprising.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: When Torin is crawling through the air vent above Tenebrous proper.
* GuideDangIt: There's an in-game hint system, but the hints aren't always that useful.
** When you have to [[PixelHunt find that damn wrench]], the in-game hint mentions that there's a gleaming object somewhere on the screen. That's it. No suggestion as to ''where'' on the screen, naturally. Oh, and the "screen" in question is really an area about three times as wide as a typical room. To make matters worse, the gleam isn't the only moving object in view - splashing lava and popping bubbles can easily draw the player's eye away from the target.
* HaveANiceDeath: It's {{Sierra}}, it's to be expected.
* HeAlsoDid: Would you believe that one of the main people behind this game was known for his work on ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry''?
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Lycentia]].
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Torin's performance at the Amphitheatre is so legendarily awful that [[spoiler:it gets him exiled]].
* LaughTrack: In the Bitternuts' house.
* LayeredWorld: The entire planet of Strata is a series of Russian-doll like worlds.
* LeParkour: Dorky as he is, Torin has some pretty amazing acrobatic skills. He can swing, leap and shimmy his way past just about anything. Emphasized on the central tree in the Lands Above.
* {{Lilliputians}}: The Pergolans, inhabitants of the third layer down of Strata.
* LightAndMirrorsPuzzle: To open the portal out of Asthenia. The door switch is a perforated stone tablet filled with laser-bending crystal shards, which must be rearranged to light up a magic gem.
* ListingTheFormsOfDegenerates: The guardsman warns Torin that "the Lands Below are full of nutsos. Malcontents. Psychos! ''Politicians.''"
* LoveAtFirstSight: Most of the adventure on Pergola is focused on [[spoiler:Torin and Leenah]] falling for each other like bricks.
* ManipulativeEditing: Third to last puzzle in the game. Luckily, the recording in question is stored on a crystal shard (like everything else in the game), which accidentally gets smashed into fragments. So you don't need to think ''too'' hard about what you can make with it.
* MagicallyBindingContract: Lycentia cannot return to the Lands Above, lest the magical collar around her neck choke her to death, which it almost does anyway. All that weight she put on during her exile probably doesn't help...
* [[MiscarriageOfJustice Miscarriage of]] JusticeByOtherLegalMeans: [[spoiler: Lycentia was trying to save Torin from Pecand, and is wrongfully accused of murdering the royal couple. The judge couldn't find enough evidence to convict her of murder, but he had quite enough to convict her of kidnapping Torin and banish her to the Lands Below in the backstory.]]
* MosesInTheBullrushes: [[spoiler: Torin is oblivious that the farmers who raised him aren't his real parents]].
* NonHumanSidekick: Boogle. We don't really know ''what'' he is, except that he can shapeshift and that he's a lot less destructible than Torin.
* OverlyLongScream: Torin, when he falls down into Tenebrous. [[FunnyMoments He has to take a couple of breaths to keep going.]]
** And in two possible deaths in which he falls a long distance, he does a similar Overly Long Scream, but punctuated by collisions.
* PixelHunt: There is a maze leading to a machine that cannot be activated without a wrench. The wrench is located back in the maze, on a completely different path. It's also invisible, except for a gleam every several seconds that's only a few pixels in size. So you won't even know the general location without a lucky glance.
** In a later puzzle, you have to climb a [[{{Pun}} slippery slope]] by clicking on the safe spots. The grass tells you if you're hovering over the right spot, but it's ''still'' very easy to miss the safe areas. The worst part would be the audio clues. Apparently, grass can't play Hot and Cold, so it just pipes out various [[MostAnnoyingSound incredibly irritating]] forms of "yes" or "no".
--> '''Grass:''' Noooo. No way! Somewhere else... Not here! Negatory. Okay!! [[HereWeGoAgain Noooo...]]
* PowerCrystal / GreenRocks: Almost everything in the various worlds of Strata is powered or activated by crystals. Most notable are the Phenocrysts, colossal gems that serve as magic portals between the layers of Strata.
* ReversePsychology: Pecand uses this to convince Torin to go after Lycentia.
* RuleOfFunny: Apparently one of Boogle's abilities.
-->'''Torin''': Boogle! You mean this whole time, you could've walked right out on that bog?
-->'''Boogle''': Bwark!
-->'''Torin''': "Only when it's funny", huh? [[IGotYourXRightHere I'll "only when it's funny" you!]]
* SceneryPorn: Some of the environments in this game are absolutely gorgeous, and it owes a lot to the art direction.
* ShoutOut: Yes, that is [[SailorMoon Sailor Saturn]] at the end portion of the game. You probably recognized [[StarWars Darth Vader and Yoda]] without our help.
* TheBrute: Dreep, Lycentia's pet/minion. He's a big blue furry ogre with nothing on his mind but loyalty and appetite.
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: [[spoiler:Leenah]] looks nothing like her birth parents, which made her a bit of a [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer social pariah]] growing up. [[spoiler: It's implied that the queen had an affair with someone from the Lands Above.]]
* UnwinnableByDesign: {{Sierra}}'s favorite trope, completely averted.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The primary ability of Torin's buddy Boogle, who can mimic objects and people he's seen before.
* WeirdnessCensor: The first thing Torin's dad does after [[spoiler:being released from his magical CrystalPrison]] is demand that Torin finish his chores. (May be justified by him being unconscious.)
* WickedWitch: Lycentia.
----