Slice them, burn them, skewer them, and launch them - no matter how you get it done, orcs must die in this fantasy action-strategy game from Robot Entertainment. As a powerful War Mage with dozens of deadly weapons, spells, and traps at your fingertips, defend twenty-four fortresses from a rampaging mob of beastly enemies, including...
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Release Date: Oct 11, 2011

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“Not since Lemmings has a game so seamlessly mixed engaging mechanics, humor, cuteness, and gleeful cruelty.”
90/100 – PCGamer
“Orcs Must Die! embellishes your devious side, encouraging you to devise clever ways of fulfilling the command of the title.”
9.0/10 – Editors’ Choice - IGN
“I was pleasantly surprised by just how good Orcs Must Die! is, and I think you will be, too. Welcome to the new standard in ACTION TOWER….”
4.5/5.0 – gamespy

About This Game

Slice them, burn them, skewer them, and launch them - no matter how you get it done, orcs must die in this fantasy action-strategy game from Robot Entertainment.

As a powerful War Mage with dozens of deadly weapons, spells, and traps at your fingertips, defend twenty-four fortresses from a rampaging mob of beastly enemies, including ogres, hellbats, and of course, a whole bunch of ugly orcs. Battle your enemies through a story-based campaign across multiple difficulty levels, including brutal Nightmare mode!

Will you roast orcs in pits of lava, pound them flat with a ceiling trap, or freeze and shatter them with a slash? No matter the weapons and traps you choose, you’re sure to have an orc-killing blast!

Key Features

  • 24 Fortresses to Defend – Twisting passages, tall towers, and wide-open chambers all need a war mage to protect them
  • 6 Orc-Killing Weapons and Spells – From crossbow and bladestaff to the magical power of the elements
  • 19 Deadly Traps and Fierce Minions – Choose from a wide variety of traps including arrow walls, spike traps, spinning blades, and flaming brimstone or call in allies to assist you in the destruction of the orc horde
  • 11 Unique Enemies – Including ogres, flying hellbats, and of course, a whole bunch of ugly orcs
  • Story-based Campaign – Fend off orcs across three acts to discover the mysterious power behind their relentless assaults
  • Persistent Upgrades – Unlock improved traps as you progress through the campaign
  • Extensive Replayability – “Nightmare Mode” and a skull ranking system provide extended play
  • Scoring System and Leaderboard – Compete with your friends for the title of Best Orc Killer!

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor:2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or ATI Radeon x1950 or better with 256MB VRAM
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
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( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
best played multiplayer though
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( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Blow off some steam and embark on a journey whose purpose is the total slaughter of orcs seeking a better homeland. Crush their dreams.
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( 50.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Orcs Must Die! is a tower defense game where you are in control of the hero who will be fighting off Orcs and planting traps. The game plays like a 3rd person action game mixed in with the traditional tower defense formula. The player plays an extremely active role and your crossbow will be needed just as much as wall arrow traps. There are numerous traps at your disposal and you unlock more as you go along. By the end of my play through I ended up using just about every single trap. They are all designed very well and most of them work well with each other to produce great kill boxes.

The game features three difficulties but you'll want to start on War Mage as you don't gain many skulls (the currency used to upgrade traps) on Apprentice (the easiest). At the end of each map you are awarded between 1 and 5 skulls based on your performance. Getting 5 skulls will require a significant amount of strategy (especially on Nightmare, although there's no achievement for getting all 5 skulls on all stages on Nightmare, just War Mage). You'll need to pretty much know what is going to come out and during what wave so that you can prepare adequately. YouTube is an excellent reference if you're having trouble and is great for learning new strategies that you may not have figured out on your own.

There's not much more to the game outside of the general story mode but getting all 5 skulls on War Mage and Nightmare will take a while, making the game a great value considering it's already quite cheap. The game features leader boards so you can always go back one you've fully upgraded your traps and go for a better score on the global rankings or among your friends. Overall this is a great tower defense game that is well worth your time if you have any love for the genre.

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( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Dunno what to say. If you like tower defence, play it. If you like OTS madness, play it. If you like crude humor with soho accents, play it.
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(on vacation/brother playing)
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
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( 21.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Definitely worth buying.
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( 33.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Orcs Must Die! is third person a hilarious sit-game-com settled in fantasy medieval theme.

  • the game is a fantasy / medievial "tower" defence + third person "shoot everything that survived trap lines",
  • 30 traps, spells and weapons (total), mostly upgradable
  • 20 (24?) levels to beat + a few in DLC, approx 10h of gameplay,
  • nightmare difficulty, another 10h of gameplay,
  • challanges - max score per level - 5-10h,

Gameplay notes:
  • The difficulty per wave grows with number and setup of enemies, and shrinking space for traps,
  • The enemies do not seem to have increased HP per wave,
  • Most of levels are balanced so that the Mage needs both traps, spells and wepons to hold the line,
  • Weapons require item slot, there are two in the game: sniping crossbow and melee blade staff,
  • Spells require equipment slots and to use in the mission and mana to cast,
  • Defender minions require item slot, and gold to place them,
  • During a level the Mage can buy upgrade from one of three 'weavers': generic trap upgrade, spell upgrade, mixed upgrade.
  • Traps cannot be directly upgraded during the level. They can be upgraded during the story.
  • Some levels have two or more distanced attack paths, of which at least one must be fully secured with traps,
  • No endless mode (can be found in OMD!2),
  • It is possible to replay old levels with improved trap set for better score.

All of the characters are stereotypic to the point of lunacy.
  • The main hero, 'The Warmage' is a young, dumb lad. Blindly convinced of his own awesomeness. He needs to prevent orcs from enering portals to our world (at which he is good)... and to figure out (at which he is terribly bad) a more permament solution.
  • His (former) Master shows up in the story by his memories. He was the last (failed) hope for the world, spare his student, but the only thing greater then his apprentice's ignorance, is his stupidity.
  • The Sorceress (the prime enemy in the game), does not show up directly, but magically takes quarrels with the Warmage.
  • Most of her arguments are attempts to insult the Warmage so that he can't figure that out (which is not that hard afterall). Most of Warmage's speech are (futile) attempts flirt up the Sorceress, and show that he is the most handsome and awesome man in the area (which if of course true, as he is the only one).
  • The orcs are main competitors for the price for The Best Cannon Fodder in video games: dumb, ugly, run and die in hundreds, have hilarious (though still dumb) speach lines, can be headshot-ed.

General info
  • OMD is settled in medieval-themed bastions / castle / dungeons. There is only one level theme.
  • Forget about cinematics. The storyline is presended via semi-animated drawings. This is a great idea and fits great into the game.
  • The orcs, the Warmage and the traps have a bit grotesque, comic design. Again, this suits the overall game mood, and slows down graphics 'aging'.
  • Amazing music. If you run into game OST, do buy it. I managed to get one from Humble Bundle.

Any problems?
  • Trap balance - some traps are simply better, some are just useless (Hint: use traps with large AOE and fast or no reload),
  • Since trap upgrades are permament, The Warmage usually sticks with favourite set with little room for experiment.
  • No co-op game (solved in OMD2)
  • The super-arogant hero can be hard to get used to. The humor can be sometimes percieved as primitive.
  • High emphasise placed on combat, it is not possible / extremly difficult to play only with the economy.
  • First two levels in nightmate are... too nightmareish, the difficulty seems to be easier further.
  • there are two levels in the game (including final), which must be simply learnt and played by hearth. In each wave the
    Mage must build traps in particular area, buy a proper upgrade and solo secure another corridor.
    Mispacing traps will leave the attacked corridor unsecured.

Strong sides
  • humor,
  • nice character design,
  • good overall ballance in map design,
  • good balance of strategic / economic components in gameplay (unless you don't like action in tower defences),
  • interesting maps,
  • high 'replayablity', level score to be maxed.

You should avoid the game, if you:
  • dislike action in tower defence and prefer them to be purely economic,
  • dislike arrogant and dumb protagonists

Do play if:
  • don't mind thinking / action hybrid,
  • look for a lot of fun,
  • tend to max each level
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( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Orcs must die is a great puzzle game that is meant for a good laugh. Watching orcs die is every roleplays dream, unless you're an orc on the horde side of Warcraft.
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( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Good Game
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( 19.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
In this game you kill orcs.
you kill ogres.
you build traps.
you shoot a super ultimate galaxy laser electromagnet crossbow at orcs.
you become a vampire.
and more.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
This game is quite simple: Shoot, slice and blow up all the orcs.
Its a nice mix of TD and a medieval fighting game. WIth the talent-like choices you can personalise how you wanna play each level, going trap heavy, combat heavy or a mix.
The story is not bad but is not the strong point. The funny coments you character makes sometimes are quite cool tho.

- Kill orcs (need say more?)
- Several diferent levels with diferent kinds of enemies
- Choose how you wanna play (TD heavy or slash/shoot heavy)
- Smart ♥♥♥ coments that can actualy make you giggle (maybe...)

- Not story rich
- Could get repetitive (but really, killing orcs gets boring for you guys??)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Most Tower Defense games are a fairly hands-off genre; you build towers and they do their thing, with your involvement being where to put them and when to upgrade. But lately there have been some that let the player get into the action more personally, and Orcs Must Die is a great example of that. Compared to the nameless protagonists of the last two games, OMD puts you in the shoes of the Apprentice, one of many War Mages tasked with defending rifts to the human world from bands of invading orcs. His tutelage has come to an end though, thanks to his master taking a fatal tumble, forcing him into the role completely. As the Apprentice is a combination of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast and Groose from Skyward Sword, this isn't necessarily a good thing, especially not when the orcs seem to be getting more organized suddenly.

Instead of defending whole territories like other games, each level in Orcs Must Die takes place in a different fort, with a rift on one end and the orcs (as well as other enemies) charging in through the other. So rather than towers, you'll be placing down booby traps instead: spike traps on the floor, walls that shoot out arrows, even swinging maces you can put on low ceilings. It's not too hard to create a total death course enemies will futilely try to wade through. The game's combo system, the ragdoll physics, and the orcs' voice clips as they're being pulverized all help encourage this very well. The Apprentice also has some weapons of his own for crowd control, or the odd enemy that manages to get through your traps.

Each level offers up to five skulls, four for not taking any damage and one for speed, which you can use to upgrade your traps permanently. These range from extra damage on some, to slowing enemies, to dramatically increasing speed. It can make many traps much more useful, although what you spend can't be refunded. The game has 24 levels, which I beat in about ten hours. That unlocks the Nightmare difficulty, which offers tougher enemy placement and much less time to prepare between waves. I didn't find the base game that difficult, so it's a nice option if you want it. There's also some cheap DLC, which offers a few extra tools and some new levels; nothing necessary, but good if you want to get a bit more out of the game. And with one this well-made, there's not much reason you wouldn't.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This game is freakin great. Hilarious, extremely fun, and incredibly attractive. The graphics aren't necessarily technically stunning, but when I think about good-looking games, this one always comes to mind. Unfortunately, the DLC items are overpowered. For a better experience, don't use the alchemy bombs. They make it way too easy.
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91 of 100 people (91%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2013
This is a game about killing orcs. The concept is simple enough, but the execution is high quality.

The game is basically a 3rd person shooter in which you have to defend a magical rift in a castle from a horde of orcs and other monsters that are trying to get through it. If too many monsters make it to the rift you lose.

One man against a relentless horde of monsters may not seem fair, but you have a lot of advantages. In addition to your trusty crossbow, you'll have a large arsenal of spells, traps, and guardians to help out. Furthermore you earn skulls for completing levels, and you can then spend these skulls on further upgrading your arsenal.

At the start of each level you'll have time to plan and set up your defenses and get a feel for the layout of the area. You'll be told where the orcs are coming from, what route they are likely to take, how many waves there are, and even what monsters you can expect to come knocking down your door.

This is important because, despite the simple premise of "orcs must die," this is really a tactician's game. The first few levels you may be able to survive using just your crossbow, but as the difficulty level increases you will have to diversify your tactics or perish. You'll start facing more orcs, tougher monsters, monsters that come from multiple entrances, and even multiple rifts that must be defended simultaneously.

I will give one bit of warning that is not mentioned in the game-- if you intend to play on the default (war mage) difficulty level as I did, in order to earn the maximum of 5 skulls per level you not only need to prevent any orcs from reaching the rift, you've also got to do it within the par time. Once you start the initial wave the timer starts, and it doesn't stop even during the "break" periods you sometimes get between waves.

The game is single player only. The graphics and music are adequate, but not AAA quality (this is an indie game, after all, and I don't expect AAA quality here).

There is a storyline which is short, simple, and entertaining. Borderlands fans will recognize the voice of Axton the Commando as the War Mage.

If you like third person shooters or defense-centered gameplay you'll like Orcs Must Die!
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84 of 94 people (89%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
Single-player tower defense thing where you seek to commit massacre against poor huggly green people who just want to leave their crappy homelands for a better place. If you do play this game, do so with the knowledge that you are a terrible person who willingly makes enemies walk into spike-traps, get grinded up into goo, and catapulted into lava pits.

Enjoy the murder! :P
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60 of 73 people (82%) found this review helpful
95 people found this review funny
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2015
Orcs don't have to die, but they keep walking into my traps.
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45 of 51 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Simple, Fun, Addictive

This game is very simple, defend your crystal from orcs! I know that sounds pretty booring but trust me, this one is good.

First of I wanna talk about the gameplay. The gameplay is actually really addictive and fun, its not hard to understand. First the gameplay seems really simple but after some time it gets harder.
The graphics are nice and cartoony, something that I really like! and the controls are nice and tight.

Is this game worth the full price? Freaking yes! its a total hidden gem!

Will this game run on a older PC? yes it will and good too!

1-10? I give it a 8 out of 10.

All in all its a great indie game with alot of fun hours ahead for you! I totally recommend it.

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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Orcs Must Die! is a good and simple defense game:

- Casual gameplay (it's easy to pick up and you can play for less than an hour and still have fun)

- Decent graphics and doesn't require too much from your computer

- Lots of different Orcs to kill (melee, range, tanks, aerial units, mobile units, etc.)

- Lots of traps/powers/guardians to aid you in killing Orcs
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42 of 52 people (81%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Nice polished fun TD/3PS. Got to finish it sometime. High quality game for cheap, what's not to like?
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2014
Here we have a very fun game, but it can get you very angry when you try to complete it perfectly. I completed with multiple rage quits.

The proposal is simple, tower defense, prevent the orcs from reaching the portal, there are different types of enemies with different behaviors. The fun is to develop a strategy with the available traps, exploring the scenario in order to exterminate all. The vision in the third person possibility you to actively participate in the struggle, something different in these types of games.

With a fun and intuitive gameplay, the graphics also pleases with his cartoonish appearance, the sound of stacks of orcs being crushed and torn is comforting. The plot is simple, just an excuse to kill orcs in many ways.

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