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 (4,192 reviews) - 97% of the 4,192 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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
45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
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
4 people found this review funny
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
3 people found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
I wanted to give this game a legitimate chance before I wrote my review. I am an avid tower defense gamer; there is just something undeniably satisfying about stoping someone from reaching their goal.... its actually kind of sick really. This brings an intresting change of pace. The humor is pretty engaging, I find myself eager with each new level to hear what kind of quip the War Mage will say. The traps are creative and encourage you to find new ways to supress the Orcs. Will your bombard them with Archers while they are arduously walking through a tar pit, or perhaps you would like to take them on yourself while cattle them into a grinder. Whatever menacingly creative way you wish to protect the rift, this game has something for you.

Play it if : You love tower defense (I assure you, you won't be dissapointed)
Avoid it if: You are an Orc Lover, You are not creative, or obviously if you don't like tower defense

9/10 in my book
The only thing holding it back is no mutiplayer, but the second game remedied that issue
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
Orcs Must Die! is a fun, addictive game that combines twitchy, arcade shooter goodness with tower defense mechanics to hold back the neverending tide of Orc invaders. The levels are well designed and the traps are some of the most unique I've seen in the genre. From bubbling pools of lava, to spring boards that launch enemies into ponds of acid, as well as the classic spike and arrow traps, you'll have more options than you know what to do with. The story is basic but complimented by funny banter from the main character and is told through voice over and still images.

Perhaps the games greatest strength relies in the the 3rd person shooter elements. You're not relegated to simply laying traps and hoping for the best. Instead, you can fight alongside your machinations, whether it's with a spear, crossbow, or magic; you yourself lend a hand in achieving victory. It's fun and fast paced and keeps the player engaged in each level as well as providing room for error when setting up traps. This is something, I feel, the genre as a whole is in need of. Too often in these style of games, the player is relagated to one or two winning strategies that are only uncovered through tedious trial and error. In Orcs Must Die!, the player can create endless combinations to achieve victory precisely because they can shoot and stab the orcs alongside the traps.

In the end, it's a fun, addictive game with 3 difficulty levels and plenty of replay value. There's also a sequel worth mentioning. So if you like tower defense games, this is a must buy. If you don't, I'd still check this out on the cheap during a steam sale. It just might surprise you.
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