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With so many different torrent search engines out there to choose from, how are you supposed to be able to discern which one is right for you? Going at it the old-fashioned way – one at a time, through trial and error – can be very time consuming (not to mention exceedingly stressful). There are just far too many out there. And each torrent search engine has its own strengths and weaknesses.
The first thing to consider before checking out any torrent site, though, is this: do you want to use a generalized torrent search engine that offers a little bit of everything, or would you rather use a specialized one that caters heavily to one specific type of indie content over others? Both options, of course, have their positives and negatives. And, I would say, that the answer depends on what it is that you are looking for, and what it is that you value in a torrent search engine.
Maybe you are trying to hunt down a very obscure free indie video game from the 90s. You have checked every big-name torrent site out there, all to no avail. Maybe, then, you might have better luck using a torrent site that is specifically made for hosting free indie video games. The communities on such sites tend to be tighter knit, more active, and more knowledgeable about the kind of free indie content in question (in this case, free indie video games). All of this, it seems, would add up to you having a better chance of actually finding that elusive free indie game in question.
Sounds perfect, right? Well, there are some roadblocks to consider as well. First of all, these more niche torrent sites tend to have much smaller communities (paradoxically, this makes them more and less effective). A smaller community of peers means that there may be fewer seeders for the file you want (assuming you were able to find it to begin with). This is usually counterbalanced, though, by the fact that these smaller communities have much more active members who often seed their downloads religiously.
The second big issue with small sites is that they tend to be exclusive. Again, this is a positive and a negative. On the one hand, this makes for a better, more supportive, more active community of peers. But on the other hand, well, you might not even be able to get access to the site. A great deal of these sites tend to be invite-only, which means that you will already have to know someone in order to gain access to these exclusive torrenting clubs.
But perhaps you aren’t on such a specific quest for an esoteric free indie video game. Maybe you just want to be able to easily and quickly access all types of different free indie content on a whim and you want your torrent search engine of choice to cater to your eclectic tastes. If so, a more generalized torrent search engine might be right for you – one like Lime Torrents, for instance.
Lime Torrents, though, is a bit different from your average torrent search engine. And they make sure to make you aware of that immediately on the site’s FAQ. “Limetorrents is a torrent search engine and directory,” the site reads, “which [does] NOT host torrent files but links to torrents hosted on other websites. We try to keep Lime Torrents family-safe, so adult submissions or search are not allowed.”
You may also appreciate the fact that Lime Torrents goes above and beyond to remain a family friendly torrent site – yet another thing that you do not see all too much of in the world of torrent search engines (considering the fact that a large portion of torrent downloads are for adult content).
One of the first things that really struck me about Lime Torrents was how uncharacteristically stylish the site design was for a torrent search engine. It has a fresh and clean look to it, with its lime green and gray theme. From the moment I landed on the homepage of this site, I was immediately impressed. You will be greeted by a sparse (but professional) splash page containing a search bar, a very modern logo, some icons to browse by file type, and a slender site menu bar at the top of the page. It is all concise, intuitive, and easy on the eyes.
From there, you’ll find a pretty typical torrent file table layout providing you with available files. The table contains a magnet link, file name, date added, size, seeds, leeches, and health bar. Clicking into a torrent’s info page will show you just about everything else you need to know. Here, though, the site design gets a little sloppy and cluttered – with random ads and public service announcements about privacy showing up in splotches and icons that are seemingly tossed about with little rhyme or reason to their placement.
Content and Features
As I mentioned before, Lime Torrents is great for a wide array of file types, except, of course, for homemade XXX content. I am also pleased to report that, unlike a surprising number of torrent search engines out there, Lime Torrents does have a comments section on each torrent file. The only problem here, though, is that these comments sections do not appear to be very active, which sort of defeats their purpose, does it not?
Mobile and Desktop Experience
As far as offering a mobile-friendly site is concerned, Lime Torrents shines yet again. In fact, this is one of the best sites for smartphones and tablets that I have ever seen from a torrent search engine. The coders really put some thought into this, even transforming the torrent search result grid to be more mobile-friendly. Great news, of course, for anyone who loves to torrent on the go.
Suggestions that I have for Lime Torrents
Well, as I touched upon a moment ago … I would love to see Lime Torrents figure out a way to stoke more user engagement. The fact that so many of these torrent files featured have no comments associated with them is troubling. Comments are, after all, the number one way to ensure that torrent files are safe and of the highest possible quality. If they cannot figure out a way to create more user engagement, Lime Torrents needs to come up with another strategy for quality control, in my opinion. Torrenting should feel as safe as possible!
I would also like to see Lime Torrents give their torrent info pages a makeover. It is especially glaring, this sloppy design, seeing that the rest of the site offers up some of the best torrent search engine design that I have seen to date.