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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Overwhelmingly Positive (4,302 reviews) - 97% of the 4,302 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
I iz an Orc and I fink dis game is inkredibly rood.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.8 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Best game for sadists and narcissists.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
7/10
Advantages:
+Addictive and enjoyable game
+A lot of traps wreaking mayhem
+Fairytale graphic
+There isn't zombie's, are orcs
+Humorous characters
Disadvantages:
-Lack coop
-Short campaign(I made this in 7 hours)
-Painful finger :p
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
I like killing Orcs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.8 hrs on record
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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Iceweazel
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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DeadnCryin
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.
nope.


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Felix
1.5 hrs
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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