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
70 of 77 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
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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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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
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
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
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
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
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
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
"Get your axe outta my face!" -Orc Archer
10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Like Tower Defence games? Check.
Like trying to find the perfect combination of traps? Check.
None too fond of Orcish Hordes? Check.

Oooooh boy are you in for a treat.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
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
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Expertly-crafted casual first-person tower defense with plenty of lampoonish humour. Nuff said.

- Skinny from the Fat B*stard (curator link)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
When I was young, I played a lot of tower defence games in Warcraft 3. But Orcs must die sets a new level in this genre.
Combining a 3rd person action game with tower defence, it created the ultimate action survival game.
Set in a fictional fantasy universe, you have to defend humanity against hordes of orcs from another dimension. For that, they built big fortress' around the portals, you have to defend.

For that, you not only have weapons and spells, but a big arsenal of traps and mechanical defend systems, from ordinary spike traps to big swinging clubs, burning pits and big brutal mechanical grinders.
Every level is made of one or several floors with one or several directions the enemys can spawn. You have to defend the rifts to the normal world, so the orcs dont conquer it.

Using the right collection of traps, wisly using your abilitys and being a tactical genius desides about victory and defeat. The game doesnt take you lightly. With the first levels being easily understandable and mostly fast to solve, some maps are difficult beyond everything encountered before. Some maps need tricks you have to find out all by yourself, some just need you to be fast like sonic, defending two rifts at once.

Having a small storyline, mostly living from comedy, the campaign is really fun to play. After one playthrough you unlock another difficulty, that is a serious challenge (and was a real pain for me).

It isnt a real game for casual players, but a good game, for tacticans, that not only want to think but slay their way through their enemys.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Fun casual tower defense game. Around 10 building types, around 10 buildings upgrades plus some additional weapon/skills. Pretty cool orc variations and nice map layouts. Fun to play when you have less than an hour to spare.

The great thing about the game => no weapon reloading!
Once I'm done with Orcs Must Die I will buy the sequel :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
FPS meets Defend-Your-Castle-style play. On top of fun and demanding gameplay, this game also has a fantastic soundtrack and a great sense of humor.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
This is the orginal, it is better than the sequel (OMD2).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
While there's a fair amount of window dressing in the form of traps, guardians, and rifts, Orc Headshot Simulator is the single best game for shooting orcs in the face with a crossbow. Even Orc Headshot Simulator 2 doesn't compare, except for coop mode.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
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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