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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Luxxor
9.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
Solid tower defense game
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MadCowOnCrack
21.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
When I play Orcs I feel my iq plummet like TV viewership around election time.
Building killboxes then listening to the orcs scream in pain brings tears to my eyes as I laugh at their terminal one-liners.
I am a sick sick man.
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VegeChips
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
Better than No Mans Sky
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Gamerkid
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
Very fun tower defence game
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Berserker66666
13.1 hrs
Posted: August 21
Like tower defense games? How about in third person? Also do you like killing lots of orcs? Well then Orcs Must Die is the game for you as it has all 3. It's a really fun and addictive third person tower shooter game with really good gadgets and varied and tough enemies. You get to be really creative with the defense using all the neat gadgets in your arsenal. Also, the A.I is good in this game. Overall, if you like tower defense games, you'll have plenty of fun times in this game.
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SquishyEye
44.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
There is nothing i would change about this game.
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Ishvii
2.0 hrs
Posted: August 21
I don't normally like tower defense games but this is great fun. The orcs are well animated, the voiceovers are good, and the gameplay is fun and rewarding. Holding back the Horde as never been so satisfying.
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KarliN
10.7 hrs
Posted: August 17
+) I liked how the game was. Your view, aim, the battle, sound and effects, etc.
+) Various types of enemies were interesting.
+) The fact that basic traps don't become obsolete was good.

-) It would've been more nice if we could fight the witch or was it mage?.
-) They make you click a lot. They should've made it auto so you can just press on. Not everyone is using game pads.
-) Having passive skills or upgrade for personal improvement would've been amazing but there was no such thing. There is a similar one but that's a choice and you have to spend defense money so NO to that.
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VahidSlayerOfAll
10.0 hrs
Posted: August 15
cant play local co-op :(
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Heisenberg
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 15
best game ever!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Totally recommendable. One of those games you can’t stop playing once you start. Finishing the game on Nightmare mode was a real challenge, but I’ve enjoyed every second I played it.

Congrats to the developers!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
cant play local co-op :(
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Better than No Mans Sky
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
When I play Orcs I feel my iq plummet like TV viewership around election time.
Building killboxes then listening to the orcs scream in pain brings tears to my eyes as I laugh at their terminal one-liners.
I am a sick sick man.
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92 of 101 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2013
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!
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84 of 94 people (89%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
Single-player tower defense thing where you seek to commit massacre against poor huggly green people who just want to leave their crappy homelands for a better place. If you do play this game, do so with the knowledge that you are a terrible person who willingly makes enemies walk into spike-traps, get grinded up into goo, and catapulted into lava pits.

Enjoy the murder! :P
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60 of 74 people (81%) found this review helpful
96 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2015
Orcs don't have to die, but they keep walking into my traps.
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45 of 51 people (88%) 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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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Orcs Must Die! is a good and simple defense game:

- Casual gameplay (it's easy to pick up and you can play for less than an hour and still have fun)

- Decent graphics and 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 Orcs
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42 of 52 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Nice polished fun TD/3PS. Got to finish it sometime. High quality game for cheap, what's not to like?
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