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

    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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folkenkanzaki
( 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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( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
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MoonMan
( 21.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Definitely worth buying.
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yarkee
( 33.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Orcs Must Die! is third person a hilarious sit-game-com settled in fantasy medieval theme.

Technically:
  • 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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davethelorax
( 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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Para
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Good Game
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Ryedestructor
( 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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soccernat11
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Most fun I have had in a while. Consistant gameplay with little twists.
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Zach
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
It was alright
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Warmonk xD
( 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.

Pros:
- 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...)

Cons:
- Not story rich
- Could get repetitive (but really, killing orcs gets boring for you guys??)
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
For those who don't know, it's a third-person tower defense set in a fantasy world. You're a war mage and your job is to defend the human world from the invading orcs. That's the synopsis in a nut shell without giving too much away, the rest is orc slaying fun history.

There's a variety of useful items including but not limited to 2 main weapons, 4 spells, 10 ground traps, 4 wall traps, 3 ceiling traps, 2 minions, and 3 "Weavers." All of those have various uses and abilities and it's all up to you as to how to best deploy them against the enemy. That's not even including the DLC. Weavers are simply menus with available upgrades you can purchase with cash earned from waves. You get a limit of which items you can use per mission, the max being 9 available slots. You are also able to upgrade traps when the time comes with "skulls" earned after each victory. So it's somewhat tactical, you need to strategise your approach when starting a new map. It gives you a moment of grace to choose which traps to use and to scout the map.

The music is upbeat and catchy, it compliments the protagonists witty commentary and the bloody orc slaying perfectly. I haven't encountered anything negative to say about it.

The sounds effects are crisp and simple, nothing special of note here. The one sound that got on my nerves was the Autoballista firing sound, it's a loud WHOOOOSH and drives me nuts when I have a lot of them. Other than that, I don't mind the rest, it's very atmospheric. The sound that sent chills down my spine was the sound a flock of Fire Babies makes, it's very ominous.

There's no endless mode, if you want an endless mode then get the second game. However, you can create a mod of the existing levels and add or modify waves. It's hands-on and takes patience and some planning on your part to do this, it's not an in-game feature.

Pros:
  • Great graphics
  • Great atmosphere and special effects
  • Innovative abilities and traps
  • Responsive controls
  • Controller support (tested with XBox 360 layout)
  • 24 non-linear maps, each with their own challenge
  • Excellent voice acting
  • Not too over the top humor
  • Beautiful art and great music
  • 3 difficulty levels (Apprentice, War Mage, Nightmare)
  • Can fight 10,000 orcs with modded waves
Cons:
  • Autoballista fire sound
  • Singleplayer only
  • No endless mode or any other mode besides the main levels (excluding DLC which adds more content)
  • Can't invite Weavers into the battle (this disappointed me </3)
  • No key remapping for left handed people
Neutral:
  • Orc Archers are stronger than Orc Warriors which makes sense but still seems backwards to me
  • Modding waves will disable leaderboard progress and for good reason but your kill counter is unaffected
  • Upgrading can be initially tricky, I recommend saving your skulls until you have at least most traps unlocked
  • Active leaderboard that shows yours and your friend's scores and shows where you are placed globally
  • Skull farming can be tedious, getting a perfect victory has strict requirements but it's worth it

It's a smashing success, ingenious concept and will offer you potentially hundreds of hours of tactical fun.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
1-sentence review :
Perfect mix between a 3rd Person Shooter and a Tower Defense Game !

Pros :
- Challenging without being too difficult
- A bunch of really different "towers"
- A ton of enemies
- Varied & interesting Levels
- Funny main character

Cons :
- Lacks a little bit of polishing on user-friendliness
- Orcs Must Die 2 is better (It's not a con for me, but it's the reason some idiots don't recommend this game :) )
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.

Pros:
- 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...)

Cons:
- 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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
94 people found this review funny
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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