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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camping firefly
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
an epic game wich everyone should play!

but remember one thing:
ORCS MUST DIE!

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darraghoc
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
OMG, best game ever you will like it so much, just buy the game you will not regret buying this game
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Antwog
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Orcs Must Die! Is a first-person tower defence game developed and published by Robot Entertainment. It was released in October 2011. You play as a War Mage that defends his rift, or base, against the enemy orcs and fellow allies. In the first-person aspect, your War Mage has weapons that you use against the enemy and you construct defences to defend your Rift. This game is purely single-player. This review will cover the overall concept in regards to story and downloadable content, gameplay, and to a smaller extent, performance.

Orcs Must Die features a simple concept with an easy learning curve. The simple concept is tower defence and there is no tutorial because you place units to defend and should not require assistance. This game features 25 base game missions with 5 separate missions through the Lost Adventures DLC and there is a small story attached to the base game missions. The DLC contained new units and new levels, so while there is a passable amount of content, for $2.99 it does no harm. There is three difficulties so this game has enough replayability for 25 hours. Regarding the story, I did not overly understand the actual story at hand because it was not emphasised. The start of each level had the War Mage advancing the unclear story such as him being alone in the mages and having to defend against the enemy. There were around three cut scenes in the entire base game missions that succulently revealed the story but without those, the attached story was unclear and an afterthought. If the story was emphasised more through cut scenes this game would have been better. Moving on, each level is different and vary in difficulty, providing a new experience with most of the levels. For instance, as one level progressed it increased in difficulty. As the missions progressed, it became harder in difficulty. Therefore, I praise the level designs that are neat and add diversity and fun towards the game. As for enjoyment, I enjoyed the missions and the overall concept and style for the most part, but levels started to become stale and therefore, were becoming boring but luckily I finished all missions on easy difficulty without being burnt out.

The gameplay is basic and has a large amount of variety. The gameplay aspect is a wave begins and your units and your player beat the enemy, gaining income to spend on other units or upgrades. There is a very nice variety of units because there is a total of 30 units and weapons, and while I used the same eight for each mission there were other options at least. One feature is the upgrade tree, which is three different trees with different abilities and the player chooses one per level. You spend your currency you gain from killing enemies on unlocking abilities in the tree through a vertical skillset approach, which is you unlock skill one, then you can unlock skill 2 and so forth. For instance, one skill may be reducing the reload times for timed units. I like this but I believe its unbalanced because for 29 missions I used only one tree and the other mission I used another one, as that particular tree I mainly used drastically improved the powers of my units. Another system is the upgrading of abilities and/or reducing the cost of your units after the levels by using skulls. For instance, upgrading archer guardians would reduce the price from 600 coins to 500 coins. This proves incredibly useful because of the course of the level, as things get harder, you need stronger units. The game makes the little things count, such as witty comments from your War Mage to the sweet killing animations, providing a light-hearted atmosphere. Furthermore, the artwork is very nice with its cartoon approach that freshens the games apperance. The one main issue I had with the gameplay was the generic movements by the AI and their lack of animation in attacking and rushing. For instance, I felt that each unit lacked diversity in movement and animation because the ogres have different clothing and names but all have the same animations and movements. This is the same with the orcs and the flying units. It gets repetitive as well because you get the feeling its like 'oh, the ogre is charging at me again'. The other small issue was the pathfinding bugs with enemies, but not a major issue.

The performance was consistent and is optimised. I could play on max settings at 60+ FPS. This is not a big deal but just thought I would mention it.

Orcs Must Die is a solid game. It benefits from the simplicity and diversity of the game in enemy characters, units and the basic nature of defending against multiple waves of enemies. It suffers from the lack of animation and movement in enemy, that makes the game repetitive and towards staleness. The story is very disappointing as it is an afterthought, though it has its small moments. The artwork and gameplay is neat and light-hearted and the overall atmosphere of the game matches this description. I completed the game in eight hours and this was an appropriate length because I was close to being bored. But, I enjoyed it for the most part because of the simplicity. Furthermore, has its pros and cons and is a solid game, however, it does not stretch into being a good game. At $12.99 for the game of the year edition, I recommend it on sale. It’s a fun game that is casual and easy to play but there is not enough fresh content to play this for twenty hours.

Ratings system:
For this particular game, I will rate the concept and gameplay judging from what I wrote and average those scores. I will then range the score to what I felt it should be given.

Concept: 6.5/10
Gameplay: 5.5/10
Overall: 5.5/10

Thanks for reading my review! If you liked this review, rate it and join my review group. http://steamcommunity.com/groups/AntwogReviews If you have questions comment below or post in Antwog's Analysis (Reviews) general discussion page.

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SexyBeast
( 37.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
I don't understand all the fuzz about this game. Bought it in a promotion with all DLCs for like 5bucks but even so it is not worth it. I had fun the first few levels but it got old very quickly. I finished all maps (including DLC) in nightmare+5skulls and the only feeling I have is that I wasted 30hours of my life. Most of the levels, namely on nightmare, are more a game of "find-out-the-only-strategy-and-loadout-that-works-in-this-map-lol-screw-fun" than a real game. In a lot of maps there is only a winning strategy - not a balanced game for different types of playrs/loadouts.

If you want a tower defense / shooter hybrid get SANCTUM, not this pile of crap.
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MrTonguesoff(MegaMilk My Dudes)
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
I can actually headshot in this one.
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Valaryon
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Boring, go for OMD2, it's better and much more improved.
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Raiken
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Tower defence in a nutshell. You protect a portal from invading orcs that come via air or ground. You have several traps at defending this portal at your disposal. As you progress in the game you can upgrade these traps and gain access to more. As the hero, you are capable of assisting the traps with a crossbow, a sword, or magic which can also be upgraded as you progress.
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Har
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
The lack of ability to respec or refund your upgrades really hurts the game. One of the most fun parts of games like this is experimenting with different strategies and different weapons, so the fact that you can't do this at all very much takes away from the fun.
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MARIO ^_^
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
that's pretty nice game mix beetwen td and action . if you want some relax time that's the rigth game for you !^_^
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mettatonto
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Orc deserve more ways to die, green ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s
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Crusader
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Don't get me wrong, it is a fun game, but I say it's inferior to the sequel. The lack of multiplayer is especially disappointing here. I wouldn't pick this up unless I've played through the sequel and still feel like I haven't had enough.
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Seeker
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
If it's on sale it's 100% worth to buy it. If not it's better to wait it out.
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:þ Mr Müssli :þ
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Fun game if you have nothing to do, haven't touched in a while though ^_^
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PROJECT PAT
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Yo dis game off da chain, yuh heer.
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+ShendivaScarlet+
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
A pretty fun game for some lazy hours after work, but gets boring quiet fast. I recommend buying it only with a good discount - but nevertheless i d recommend the game.
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olavthecrossdressingviking
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
These orcs must die, will you aid us?
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micky❤I
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Product received for free
Mega fajna gra. Bardzo dobrze mi się w nią gra można się poddenerwować i również zabawić ! Polecam to grę każdemu kto chce się troche zrelaksować po ciężkim dniu !
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hitt.william
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
I had difficulty getting into this, especially after having playing Orcs Must Die 2 co-op with a friend. Many of the levels, it seems, require you to run back and forth between two different entrances. In co-op this works marvelously (10 of the original maps can be played in the second title in the series), as each player can hold an entrance, calling the other when things get hairy. The number of weapons and traps is also less than the second game. Perhaps this is an unfair criticism, but at the very least, perhaps this review will be helpful to others who are tempted to visit the first game after trying the sequel.
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Bleewicket
( 71.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
so whats the point of this game you ask? duh. kill everything the combat?
you just shoot and slice EVERYTHING you see thats soon-to-not-be-alive! the traps. omg the traps are sssssssssoooooooooo AWESOME at killing stuff!


...but...


the story (sigh) the story in ssssssssssssooooooooo awful but this is still a great game so 9/10
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ShinraVeteran
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Such a simple and fun game. Build archers non stop let them rain fire.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Orcs Must Die! Is a first-person tower defence game developed and published by Robot Entertainment. It was released in October 2011. You play as a War Mage that defends his rift, or base, against the enemy orcs and fellow allies. In the first-person aspect, your War Mage has weapons that you use against the enemy and you construct defences to defend your Rift. This game is purely single-player. This review will cover the overall concept in regards to story and downloadable content, gameplay, and to a smaller extent, performance.

Orcs Must Die features a simple concept with an easy learning curve. The simple concept is tower defence and there is no tutorial because you place units to defend and should not require assistance. This game features 25 base game missions with 5 separate missions through the Lost Adventures DLC and there is a small story attached to the base game missions. The DLC contained new units and new levels, so while there is a passable amount of content, for $2.99 it does no harm. There is three difficulties so this game has enough replayability for 25 hours. Regarding the story, I did not overly understand the actual story at hand because it was not emphasised. The start of each level had the War Mage advancing the unclear story such as him being alone in the mages and having to defend against the enemy. There were around three cut scenes in the entire base game missions that succulently revealed the story but without those, the attached story was unclear and an afterthought. If the story was emphasised more through cut scenes this game would have been better. Moving on, each level is different and vary in difficulty, providing a new experience with most of the levels. For instance, as one level progressed it increased in difficulty. As the missions progressed, it became harder in difficulty. Therefore, I praise the level designs that are neat and add diversity and fun towards the game. As for enjoyment, I enjoyed the missions and the overall concept and style for the most part, but levels started to become stale and therefore, were becoming boring but luckily I finished all missions on easy difficulty without being burnt out.

The gameplay is basic and has a large amount of variety. The gameplay aspect is a wave begins and your units and your player beat the enemy, gaining income to spend on other units or upgrades. There is a very nice variety of units because there is a total of 30 units and weapons, and while I used the same eight for each mission there were other options at least. One feature is the upgrade tree, which is three different trees with different abilities and the player chooses one per level. You spend your currency you gain from killing enemies on unlocking abilities in the tree through a vertical skillset approach, which is you unlock skill one, then you can unlock skill 2 and so forth. For instance, one skill may be reducing the reload times for timed units. I like this but I believe its unbalanced because for 29 missions I used only one tree and the other mission I used another one, as that particular tree I mainly used drastically improved the powers of my units. Another system is the upgrading of abilities and/or reducing the cost of your units after the levels by using skulls. For instance, upgrading archer guardians would reduce the price from 600 coins to 500 coins. This proves incredibly useful because of the course of the level, as things get harder, you need stronger units. The game makes the little things count, such as witty comments from your War Mage to the sweet killing animations, providing a light-hearted atmosphere. Furthermore, the artwork is very nice with its cartoon approach that freshens the games apperance. The one main issue I had with the gameplay was the generic movements by the AI and their lack of animation in attacking and rushing. For instance, I felt that each unit lacked diversity in movement and animation because the ogres have different clothing and names but all have the same animations and movements. This is the same with the orcs and the flying units. It gets repetitive as well because you get the feeling its like 'oh, the ogre is charging at me again'. The other small issue was the pathfinding bugs with enemies, but not a major issue.

The performance was consistent and is optimised. I could play on max settings at 60+ FPS. This is not a big deal but just thought I would mention it.

Orcs Must Die is a solid game. It benefits from the simplicity and diversity of the game in enemy characters, units and the basic nature of defending against multiple waves of enemies. It suffers from the lack of animation and movement in enemy, that makes the game repetitive and towards staleness. The story is very disappointing as it is an afterthought, though it has its small moments. The artwork and gameplay is neat and light-hearted and the overall atmosphere of the game matches this description. I completed the game in eight hours and this was an appropriate length because I was close to being bored. But, I enjoyed it for the most part because of the simplicity. Furthermore, has its pros and cons and is a solid game, however, it does not stretch into being a good game. At $12.99 for the game of the year edition, I recommend it on sale. It’s a fun game that is casual and easy to play but there is not enough fresh content to play this for twenty hours.

Ratings system:
For this particular game, I will rate the concept and gameplay judging from what I wrote and average those scores. I will then range the score to what I felt it should be given.

Concept: 6.5/10
Gameplay: 5.5/10
Overall: 5.5/10

Thanks for reading my review! If you liked this review, rate it and join my review group. http://steamcommunity.com/groups/AntwogReviews If you have questions comment below or post in Antwog's Analysis (Reviews) general discussion page.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/102600/
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
I had difficulty getting into this, especially after having playing Orcs Must Die 2 co-op with a friend. Many of the levels, it seems, require you to run back and forth between two different entrances. In co-op this works marvelously (10 of the original maps can be played in the second title in the series), as each player can hold an entrance, calling the other when things get hairy. The number of weapons and traps is also less than the second game. Perhaps this is an unfair criticism, but at the very least, perhaps this review will be helpful to others who are tempted to visit the first game after trying the sequel.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Boring, go for OMD2, it's better and much more improved.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
HANDS DOWN - The Best Purchase Of The Year

There simply aren't a lot of games these days that really bring to the table what Orcs Must Die does. The concept is simple, easy to learn, harder to master. Very addictive and very satisfying to play.

Not sure yet? Looking for a description of the game? Basically it's an indie 3rd POV Tower Defense, with Warcraft look & feel and the action of Team Fortress 2.

If your looking for a reason not to purchase, I really can't give you any and that's been while since I've had that with any game!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Definitely rare, when the entire objective of a game can be put into its title. Very easy to learn, nice build-up "tutorial" (one thing every round), and funny characters with awesome lines.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Donald Trump simulator. A small loan of a million dollars/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Easily one of my favourite games. Truly it is fun setting up traps and slashing/burning/shooting/etc these orcs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Great game that took tower defense to a new level, but don't buy this one! Orc's Must Die 2 is what you should purchase It's just a better version with more features and coop.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
The Original, and still my favorite of any of the OMG games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Like tower defense games? Get it.
Dont like tower defense games? Get it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Not sure if this is a third-person tower defense game or a shooter game on steroids. Either way, ORCS MUST DIE!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Plants vs. Zombies but with orcs. Quite fun.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes, yes!

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45 of 50 people (90%) 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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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
I hate orcs and this is good for my soul
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
One of the best & funniest game I ever played.
Beautifull, tactical and deadly fun.
Graphism are still great, very fluid, with an immersive soundtrack.
(If you have a doubt about your config, just try the demo)
Easy to handle, hard to master. I really liked this one.
Furthermore, Steam success are easy to get (if you play a bit), that's why this game is the first one I've ever completed in Steam.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Get this now, loads of fun action and tower defense. Funny main character.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
Better than i thought it would be. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
i love this game so much
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Nothing better than slaying hundreds of orcs in a matter of seconds!

10/10
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