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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Barrfind V.
16.8 hrs
Posted: September 26
This is a singleplayer game, but you'll definitely get your money's worth from the lengthy campaign.

From Robot Entertainment, developer of Halo Wars. Orcs Must Die lets you play dungeon interior decorator and build playgrounds of orcish murder. So go on and have fun.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
Best game for sadists and narcissists.
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5.3 hrs
Posted: September 22
cute and fun. More fun than 2? Harder as it's single player only though.
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28.7 hrs
Posted: September 19
I like killing Orcs.
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29.8 hrs
Posted: September 18
Greate Game!

Much better than the sequel, because in the sequel you get the feeling, that the traps are ineffective.
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AdR Thomson
7.4 hrs
Posted: September 17
+Addictive and enjoyable game
+A lot of traps wreaking mayhem
+Fairytale graphic
+There isn't zombie's, are orcs
+Humorous characters
-Lack coop
-Short campaign(I made this in 7 hours)
-Painful finger :p
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0.9 hrs
Posted: September 15
I recommend this game for Tower defense lovers, all that you love with a twist. Good combination between being a hero and also the builder.
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37.8 hrs
Posted: September 14
Orcs Must Die! is one h*ll of an amazing game. I loved it so much that I played it over and over again until I got all the achievements for the game and cleared every single stage (including the ones from the DLC) with flawless victories. Then I still kept playing just for the heck of it. And I mean, I usually don't even bother getting every achievement for the games I play.
I don't really remember why I chose to buy this game at first. I must've got the game w/o even watching the gameplay because I thought this is one of those old, classic tower defense games. The thing is, it was actually so much more than that. This game is an excellent combination of a third person action shooter with a tower defense-like aspect. The best part of the game is there are so many ways you can play this game (depending on the stages and your preferences). You can just lay a whole lot of traps and watch the hapless orcs get sliced, crushed, and burned to cinders without even lifting a finger (this usually requires some advanced traps and upgrades you get about halfway through the game, so you won't be able to do this from the very start). You can also become the ultimate orc-slayer and butcher hundreds of orcs single-handedly with your crossbow and bladestaff (well, with the help of a few barricades to limit their paths). Or you can actually act like a War"mage" by equipping yourself with a bunch of different magic armaments and blast the orcs with arcane fury (again with the help of some barricades, I suppose). Depending on which traps and spells you choose to employ, the possibilities are practically endless. You just have to be creative.
Also, this game differs from those boring, classic tower defences where you just build the towers, sit, watch, and wait until the long waves end. This game is fast paced (especially on insane difficulty where you only get 3 seconds for preparations!) and action-packed. Even if you choose to just build a whole lot of towers and watch, you will still feel like you are constantly "In-action" due to the way the levels are designed.
One warning here though: if you absolutely hate third person shooters, this might not be the game for you as you do have to make extensive use of your crossbow in the early game (but as I said, it is possible to completely rely on your traps and guardians and not lift a finger on most of the later stages if you so choose).
Another possible downside of the game is that it has no co-op or multiplay (which became the central part of the later series of this game). It's a pure single-play game. I personally think this is completely acceptable because: 1. If you absolutely want co-op, you can just play the sequels; 2. Unlike the sequels, where the levels are designed for multiple players, the level design of this game is made to be challenging but manageable for a single player.
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6.6 hrs
Posted: September 12
this isnt a tower defance game, this is a hack and slash game with 2 weak weapons with an idiotic loud mouth duchbag charecter.

traps and defences are useles and weak, and too expensive to buy or update.

money is too low and hard to come by.

way to hard and repetative to eaven bother. and there is the occasional crashing.

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
I iz an Orc and I fink dis game is inkredibly rood.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Orcs Must Die! is an surprisingly fun and satisfying tower defense/action hybrid based around slaughtering hoards of Orcs in some very creative ways. Playing as a war mage, you use a combination of traps, weapons, and spells to beat hordes of orcs, ogres and other bad guys. The game play is fun, and it's really satisfying to watch the enemies get ripped apart by your traps. There are several levels of difficulty, so even the most skilled players can find a challenge here. The fact that you can upgrade your traps is very handy especially as you move through the levels and there are several DLC for this game as well expanding this game even more. Orcs Must Die! is a very good take on a tower defense game with lots of features and nice graphics. I didn't expect much from this game at first, but it turned out to be surprisingly good!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Solid tower defense game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
A tidy, charismatic point defence game that deserves to be up there with the big names like PvZ yet strangley only came to me attention in the last week. Well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
I didn't expect to have as much fun with this game as I did, but it is a really fulfilling game. I got this one sale for something insanely cheap, and kept in in my library for a long time before I even got to play it. I'm sad I didn't boot it up until now. The game is a mix between a third person shooter (although there is a melee weapon) and some tower defense/strategy elements. As you successfully defend each level, you'll be able to unlock new magic/defenses/units/passive buffs and it is all really rewarding in the end. I would love it if this game was multiplayer, but even still in its current form, it is a blast to play around with.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
93 of 102 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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86 of 96 people (90%) 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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63 of 77 people (82%) found this review helpful
100 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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