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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...
Release Date: Oct 11, 2011
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Reviews

“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 the 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
78 of 84 people (93%) found this review helpful
304 products in account
10 reviews
26.4 hrs on record
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!
Posted: November 15th, 2013
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
132 products in account
8 reviews
9.3 hrs on record
Fun game which offers a fresh take on the tower-defense genre. By putting you in the middle of the fray there is never a dull moment. The monsters are fun, the traps are fun, the character is fun and the gameplay is challenging and (wait for it) fun. What more could you expect? If you catch this game during a steam-sale you should definately give it a try.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
321 products in account
27 reviews
24.5 hrs on record
Here we have a very fun game, but it can get you very angry when you try to complete it perfectly. I completed with multiple rage quits.

The proposal is simple, tower defense, prevent the orcs from reaching the portal, there are different types of enemies with different behaviors. The fun is to develop a strategy with the available traps, exploring the scenario in order to exterminate all. The vision in the third person possibility you to actively participate in the struggle, something different in these types of games.

With a fun and intuitive gameplay, the graphics also pleases with his cartoonish appearance, the sound of stacks of orcs being crushed and torn is comforting. The plot is simple, just an excuse to kill orcs in many ways.

8/10
Posted: January 2nd, 2014
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
595 products in account
4 reviews
5.9 hrs on record
Nice tower defense-ish game. Basically you have to control the flow of Orcs in such a way that you manage to kill them all (either with traps or by yourself).

I think it is quite a good game. Also you can get it cheap enough as it currently is in the Humble (Jumbo) Bundle.
Posted: December 10th, 2013
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1,155 products in account
86 reviews
10.2 hrs on record
Nice polished fun TD/3PS. Got to finish it sometime. High quality game for cheap, what's not to like?
Posted: December 10th, 2013
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