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

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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
Helpful customer reviews
50 of 51 people (98%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
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Graphics:
+ harmonious comic look
+ nice lighting effect
+ nice animations
- detail and polygonarm
- simple effects

Atmosphere:
+ self-ironic occurrence
+ many witty sayings
+ massive orc splatter

Sound:
+ good speakers, also for the Orcs
+ decent Sound Effects
- unspectacular music

Balance:
+ three levels of difficulty
+ medium difficulty challenging, but fair
+ nightmare mode
+ good learning curve

Level Design:
+ increases in well with the complexity
+ enforces different tactics
+ surprises with new challenges

AI:
+ ai teammate shoot and fight properly
+ some opponents with individual behavior
+ orc masses do what they are supposed to do
- which usually mindless rush is

Units:
+ many opponents variations
+ each fight differently
+ many of his own traps, weapons, spells and talents
+ weavers allow specialization

Game Size:
+ solo playtime around 10 hours
+ 24 varied levels
+ high replay value for individual levels
- no alternative modes, no extras

Multiplayer: No Multiplayer

Orc Must Die! is a lot of fun, even though you only heaps of orcs, goblins and other fantasy monsters dismembered. The mixture of brutal action and sneaky tactics Tecmo's Deception à la unfolds thanks to numerous upgradeable killing tools, however, enormous potential for addiction.
Humor is not too short, while keeping the very different levels of difficulty and online leaderboards and after only two dozen missions spanning campaign in a good mood. It is a pity that the developers have failed to intergrieren additional game modes or special boss battles.
Above all, a co-op mode would have almost certainly offered and taken care of even larger and longer gameplay. But even so Orcs Must Die! an incredibly motivating and amusing Tower Defense offshoot of definitely makes you want more.

Score: 80 / 100
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Orc Must Die is typically one of those indie games that must be in the library of those gamers who a) like the RPG genre b) are fond of indie games. This game is not just an RPG but also a strategy one.

It is a tower defense game, basically, but as opposed to the usual top-down approach this game uses a third person perspective. It is an interesting choice but certainly makes the game convenient to play. The rest is the usual stuff: the orc waves are getting more and more difficult and the player unlocks more types of traps. Oh, and of course, on later levels we have to look out for more areas as the enemies can approach our base from several directions.

If you are bothered by the fact that one single orc reached your base and because of that you lost a couple of points you are free to replay all previous levels for better results. This replayability and the dozens of available levels make sure OMD is a long-lasting experience. At the time of writing this review the game has a 75% discount and its GOTY edition certainly is a catch for just 2 euros.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
MINI REVIEW – ORCS MUST DIE!

Details
Developer: Robot Entertainment
Genre: Action / Tower defense
Mode: Single-player
Release year: 2011

The Good
☺Many fun and satisfying traps to use
☺Headshots with crossbow feel very rewarding
☺A lot of different enemy types
☺Leaderboards and harder difficulties add replay value
☺Good story and fun humor

The Bad
☹Every single map has that one specific best strategy
☹Lack of maps and content in general
☹Graphics are not really the best out there

The Verdict
Personal Rating: "Worth playing"
Traditional Rating: 7/10

"A fun tower defense game for the whole family!"
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
You play as baby Gandalf and you save Mordor with your pew pew magic.

RIP in peace many orcs.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Orcs Must Die! is a dynamic combination of arcade game and tower defense. The action takes place in a fantasy land where the biggest threat to humanity are hordes of orcs. We, as an unlucky mage, must keep order in the whole castle. Simple, isnt it? Graphics looks more than good. Whole, maintained in a characteristic, slightly cartoon style is conceptually shapely, ingenious and simply pretty, works flawlessly. Hours pleasant annihilation of opponents.

Because good orc is a dead orc.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
A very well developed and entertaining game. Setting up cunning traps and taking down orcs can indeed be very amusing and immersive. This is a very solid game and is worth every bit of your time and money.
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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Orcs Must Die is a third person, action, tower defense game. You play as the War Mage, who's job is to kill Orcs, often in rather comical ways. In each level, the Orcs will spawn in waves and try to enter the rift and it's your job to kill them. This done via laying traps, using weapons, or placing guardians to fight by your side. After each level, you will be given a new power to use and skulls based on how well you did; the less Orcs that make it through the rift and the faster you do it, the more skulls you earn. These skulls can then be spent on upgrades for your traps and guardians.

After many hours of gameplay and tens of thousands of Orcs slain, I can safety say that this game IS FREAKING AWESOME. I've sunk about 45 hours into this game (counting the dlc missions). Let that sink in: 45 hours of gameplay! There are triple A games out there that give a fraction of gametime with several times the cost. It's a steal, esspecially if you can get on sale.

However, this game is about exactly one thing: killing Orcs. Beyond that, there's really nothing else to do, but for its price, its a hard deal to beat. If your own the fence, try the demo or watch some clips on youtube. And if you like what you see, buy it. Especially if you can get the entire series bundled and discounted.

TLDR: 10/10

Disclaimer: No Orcs were harmed in the writing of this review. Harmed before, oh hell yes!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
5 out of 5

Pros:
  • Excellent presentation (visual and sounds)
  • Fun characters and story
  • Nice gamplay: The Third Person Shooter mechanics adds some fast paced action to a pure strategic genere like Tower Defense
  • Good performance overall

Cons
  • It gets a little repetitive in the last quarter of the game
  • No climax
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
We always think about killing games to include either people or zombies, I never think about orcs. But after playing this killing orcs, ogres and trolls seems to be as easy as threshing a colbalt into a grinder.

The game is a tower defense, with it's main focus being on the traps you setup along the orcs path and not so much your weapons. It allows you to strategize and be creative, in a way I think it helps you intellectually by seeing things in different perspectives as to how you'll set up your traps. By the end of your first level, you'll be dancing to the victory song while screaming, "ORCS MUST DIE!"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
WTF is it? - Orcs Must Die! is a third-person trap laying orc slaying monster delaying tower defense game. It is the second game made by Robot Entertainment whose studio is made up of people from the now defunct Ensemble Studios. Why is that significant? Well at one point in my life I was a console gamer, I won't go into specifics because those were dark times filled with low framerates, but I digress. The game that I played the most on xbox was Halo Wars which was developed by Ensemble. Being the amazing devs they are, they have yet again impressed me with Orcs Must Die! The objective of the game is to stop orcs from reaching the rift(s) on each level by placing traps and using weapons. Each level has multiple waves of orcs that increase in difficulty over the rounds and if enough orcs enter the rift(s) the rift score drops to zero and you lose. The plot of the game is surprisingly interesting aswell since you play as a War Mage who is the last member of an order dedicated to defending the rifts which are sources of magic for the two worlds. I think they could have gone more in depth with the story even though this is a somewhat silly game.

Verdict - Well worth the time and money.

BTW - This is better than that Rift mmo.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
its a incredibly goooooood game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 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
29.8 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
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Orcs Must Die! is a mix of tower defense and a third person "shooter".
Singleplayer only

Graphics: 5/10

The textures are quite simple. I know the game was intended to look like a cartoon, but if the developers added a few more details and colors, the game would look much better. Visually I like most of the enemies, but some of them have a truly awful design. For example: The animations of the dragon-like, winged "things" (enemies) fluttering in the air are far too static and the textures are not more than mediocre. The particle effects are very fitting for the game. The traps are well made, but in my opinion the look of the "Shock Zapper" trap doesn't fit its function. I suppose that's a matter of taste though. The details of the map are quite low, but this provides a certain overview that the game needs in order to keep the building site highly visible. I rate the graphics of the game as moderate.

Sounds: 8/10

They really did a good job here. The background music fits perfectly and enhances the game's quality a lot. The trap sounds are amusing and adequate. The only thing I really miss are enemy sounds. Yes, there are enemy sounds, but you will hear them quite rarely. With the orcs being silent you can't really tell when they appear behind you. It may not be that important because the developers added a minimap, but that's a missed opportunity to make the game a little bit better.

Gameplay/Handling/Equipment: 9/10

Both killing orcs with your weapon and with the traps is a lot of fun. The developers offer you a nice arsenal to protect the magical rifts. Spike traps, shocker, mushrooms, floor scorchers, archers and much more will help you slaying the orcs. The only thing what I really miss are really interesting weapons besides the crossbow and the alchemist bombs. The controls are easy to handle and building traps is no trouble at all.

Level design: 5/10

On the one hand the developers built some well structured tower defense maps (which isn't that hard I guess), on the other hand they really missed to add more details. You have the same wall and floor colors in almost every level. I would say you could rebuild those levels in minecraft with a good texture pack and it would look almost the same.

Enemies/AI: 4/10

The AI is - what a surprise - really poor. But I honestly didn't expect a complex AI from a tower defense game. So I will skip the rating for the AI and take a closer look at the enemy diversity.
Besides the normal orcs there are big tough ogres, fast little kobolds, fast gnolls and flying creatures. The game doesn't actually need more enemies, but why did they just recycle the enemies and put a "frost-" "fire-" and "armored-" prefix to avoid designing more creatures?
This kind of recycling is not necessary. 4/10.

Story: 3/10

Yes, it actually has a story. I was surprised. The hero is a sorcerer's apprentice who is now in charge of protecting the magic rifts (teleporters to the world) from the orcs because his master is dead who protected the magic rifts before. It's not quite a story, but a reason to fight against the orcs. I think I will give 3 points for the good attempt and the humor.

Critic summary: 5.5/10

Personal fun rating: 7/10 [good game]

Well. It's a funny little game. No big title, but worth 5 bucks.
I finished the game and I don't regret it.
If you like tower defense games this might be an option.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
This is the orginal, it is better than the sequel (OMD2).
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