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...
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,625 reviews)
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

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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

    Minimum:

    • 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Orcs Must Die! is a surprisingly good defense game in many aspects:
- Casual gameplay (it's easy to pick up and you can play for less than an hour and still have fun)
- Decent graphics (it 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 all kinds of Orcs
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Awesome game!Unique gameplay and defense tactics, very nice upgrades. Lots of humor and you get to kill LOTS OF ORCS! :D I recommend this game, it's playable by all ages, no matter whether you are 12, 20, 40, 70... :D You will like it! It's lots of fun. I would give it a 10/10! :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Pros: Fantastic mix of tower-defense and FPS genres, allowing you to tailor your experience to whichever you prefer. Additionally, decent graphics and music, and hilarious tongue-in-cheek narration (you may recognize the voice actor as Axton from Borderlands 2
Cons: Extremely difficult to get 5 skulls in some of the levels, which requires many replays (it reminded me of the rating system for Angry Birds in that way)
Recommendation: Buy the game. It's so addicting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This is like a tower defense game, in which you build catapults, and traps to kill ogres to prevent them from reaching their objective. Really entertaining and challenging.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
When I was young, I played a lot of tower defence games in Warcraft 3. But Orcs must die sets a new level in this genre.
Combining a 3rd person action game with tower defence, it created the ultimate action survival game.
Set in a fictional fantasy universe, you have to defend humanity against hordes of orcs from another dimension. For that, they built big fortress' around the portals, you have to defend.

For that, you not only have weapons and spells, but a big arsenal of traps and mechanical defend systems, from ordinary spike traps to big swinging clubs, burning pits and big brutal mechanical grinders.
Every level is made of one or several floors with one or several directions the enemys can spawn. You have to defend the rifts to the normal world, so the orcs dont conquer it.

Using the right collection of traps, wisly using your abilitys and being a tactical genius desides about victory and defeat. The game doesnt take you lightly. With the first levels being easily understandable and mostly fast to solve, some maps are difficult beyond everything encountered before. Some maps need tricks you have to find out all by yourself, some just need you to be fast like sonic, defending two rifts at once.

Having a small storyline, mostly living from comedy, the campaign is really fun to play. After one playthrough you unlock another difficulty, that is a serious challenge (and was a real pain for me).

It isnt a real game for casual players, but a good game, for tacticans, that not only want to think but slay their way through their enemys.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
While there's a fair amount of window dressing in the form of traps, guardians, and rifts, Orc Headshot Simulator is the single best game for shooting orcs in the face with a crossbow. Even Orc Headshot Simulator 2 doesn't compare, except for coop mode.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
This game helped me discover something important about myself. The fact that I apparently can never get tired of watching orcs die on traps.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Orks...
Traps...
Hammmmmmmmer time!

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I should have read the tags. If you like tower defense games, this one is probably pretty good. It kept me entertained for about 4 hours, and I absolutely hate tower defense games.

If you don't like tower defense games then you should not be viewing this store page.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Fun. Try out OMD 2.
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80.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Never has mass murder been more fun!
Those poor Orcs never stood a chance.
Even going back to "perfect" levels was entertaining.
Simple premise, months of fun as you find yourself going back now and again.
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16.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
This is a really enjoyable game.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
This game is a blast it is easy and fun to play. The in game dialouge is funny and the story is understandable

RATE IT 8.5/10
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8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
This review was written after I beat the game.

Fun and reasonably challenging. The dialogue, voice acting, and story, though sparse, are pretty funny, too.

Each level is really a puzzle to be solved - there's not necesarilly a "correct" solution for how to place your traps, but there's "aha" moments when you discover a feature of the level that makes a certain setup very effective.

The fact that you get to control a hero makes the gameplay much more fun - you can have a big impact on the enemy waves with skilled shooting and use of the various magic spells.

There's plenty of replayability in competing on the leaderboards or among your friends for a high score.

My one major complaint is that several of the levels have a split design where you can't force all of the enemies through one choke point, so you have to split up your attention between them or set up lots of traps and hope they're working well enough. It's kind of annoying to mentally deal with this and spend time running back and forth. I understand the point of the game is to be mentally challenging, but this task is more mentally exhausting than it is fun.

I also don't like that you aren't told in advance exactly what enemies will be coming through which doors before each round. If you want to go for really good scores, it's just an unnecesarry and un-fun memorization tax upon you to remember each wave.
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9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
If you like tower defeance games its for you protect you portal from the ugly cretures!
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34.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
A fun take on the tower-defence genre. Well-designed levels and trap variations provide endless ways to kill orcs! There is no set blueprint to beating a level and it is easy to try out many different strategies. OMD is suited for casual players who want to breeze through the slaughter but also provides a challenge for those who want one -- 5-skulling all the levels on nightmare took quite a lot of strategy tweaking and redo-ing. My only big complaint is that in nightmare mode you don't have any time to set up before the level starts. The game should be about planning a good defense, not how fast you can place your traps.

Overall great game: 9/10

The humor coupled with good voice acting was an added bonus.
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17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
A simple action game about fighting hordes and lasting in a contention zone (a la Delta 8 Nova Prospekt in Half Life 2), with the twist of putting a lot of crazy defenses. A game for only fun and laughs, but that usually enough for a great time.
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10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Without a doubt, one of the finest and most engaging games out there.
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22.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Yes, this is it)))) But i like second part more.
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8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
This is what Aliens: Colonial Marines should have been like!
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