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...
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,198 reviews)
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
4 of 4 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Glorifying the slaughter of innocent orcs.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
If you've ever had the sadistic urge to kill en masse with a plethora of cruel, innovative, and brutal methods this is the game for you
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
76.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
good fun
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Orcs Must Die is a drama of apocalyptic dimensions. You’ll run around killing them with a mixture of clever traps and third person shooting but this tower defense game is really the story of the poor Orcs that you decimate. Every Orc’s story is told with a hallucinatory intensity, whether they were tossed off a cliff by a spring, slowed by tar before being perforated by poison arrows, burned to a crisp by ground based fire traps, or stabbed to death by the merciless protagonist. Orcs may not be real, but their trials and tribulations have taught me more about the fragility and splendor that we call life.

I can’t express how transformative this masterpiece is. Let’s be clear, it’s not just a masterpiece of the tower defense genre, but of humanity itself. Orcs must die has turned me into a better person. As a result of this game I’ve decided to clean up my act. I will no longer leave spike traps on the floor lest my future offspring trigger them. Also, I will try being friendly with strangers rather than freezing and shattering them.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Trap defense game that pits you against hordes of orcs with each their unique abilities. At your disposal you have a number of traps and spells to keep them at bay. One of the best things I liked about this game is that on other tower defense games when that one straggler makes it past your defenses you have to just sit and watch as it wakes right into your nexus. On OMD you have the option to run over there and kill that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ yourself! Very child friendly but also mature and challenging enough for older audiences without seeming unfair.

9/10
One of the best tower defense games I've had the chance to play!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Best RPG/Strategy/Tower Defence game to my knowledge
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Really fun, I love it :) 8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
The most offensive orcs game I ever played but who cares. It's fun XD
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
+1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Tower defense with massive ridiculous contraptions to destroy hordes. Whilst blasting with your arsenal of weaponry at them. I like the bazooka.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
love it fuuny
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Had a lot of fun with it was my first game i bought on steam might try Orcs Must Die 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Very nice evolution of tower defense. Buy it!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
This is a really great and fun tower defense game mixed with real-time action game... once you get the hang of it. Not to imply that it isn't fun right out of the gate, but it doesn't take very long for you to sort of realize that the game wants to be played in a very particular way, and if you aren't picking up the game's hints, it can get frustrating. There are frankly a lot of things about this game that are VERY USEFUL INFORMATION that it doesn't do a particularly good job of explaining to you. Here are just a few examples of things that are confusing and will drive players to consult ye olde Google:

1. How in the hell does the skull system work...???
2. I'm kicking a** and no orcs are getting into the rift, but I keep getting low scores...???
3. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with this steam trap...???

Here are the short versions to those answers:

1. For 5 skulls, beat the level, get lots of combos, don't lose any rift points, and beat the mysterious "target time" that you have no idea exists or what the specific target time is unless you finish the level and select "statistics" from the end-of-level options then look for the fine print.

2. Combos. It's not enough to just kill all the orcs and keep them away from the rift. You have to kill lots of orcs simultaneously, really fast, as much as possible.

3. The steam trap is a worthless piece of crap that does nothing useful (and it's not the only one). Just ignore it.

If you want to head down the path of victory instead of the path of what-the-hell-is-going-on, then here is where you should start:

1. Wind Bracers
2. Archers
3. Tar pits
4. Barricades
6. Ice amulet
7. Steel Weaver -> Death Augmenter

You'll unlock these as you progress, but those are probably the most useful traps in the game. Orcs plodding slowly through a snaking trail of tar while 15 archers fire flaming arrows at them simultaneously? While you simultaneously use the bracers to blow huge crowds of them into a lava/acid pit? Victory.

You'll pick up more tricks and variations as you go. Swinging mace trap + tar pits = virtually unstoppable. Expensive, but heavenly.

Are fliers a problem? Or maybe ogres? Or maybe hunters? ICE AMULET THOSE A-HOLES.

It's really fun once you get the feel for it and find the optimal strategies, but aspects of the game can definitely feel mysterious and frustrating at first.

I'm just three levels away from 5-skulling the entire game. It's been a good time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
This is one of very best tower defense game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
I absolutely love this game. Great tower defense game. It has a great and memorable soundtrack.
I would get tracks stuck in my head that would compel me to play more Orcs Must Die. The orcs are funny, the graphics are smooth and visually appealing, and a game that has enough challenge without taking away the most important part; the fun. There are few games that after I have completed that would whisper in my ear "dun-dun-dundundun now that you've finished Nightmare difficulty you gotta go back and get 5/5 skulls on each map" Which I did, and loved every second.

You won't regret buying this game. Do it, for the orcs.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 of 3 people (67%) 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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