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

    • 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
cute and fun. More fun than 2? Harder as it's single player only though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
This is a singleplayer game, but you'll definitely get your money's worth from the lengthy campaign.

From Robot Entertainment, developer of Halo Wars. Orcs Must Die lets you play dungeon interior decorator and build playgrounds of orcish murder. So go on and have fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Best game for sadists and narcissists.
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94 of 103 people (91%) found this review helpful
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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44 of 51 people (86%) 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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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Orcs Must Die! is a fun and simple tower defense game:

- Casual and easy to learn: you can play for less than an hour and still have fun!
- Lots of different orcs to kill: melee orcs, range orcs, flying orcs, etc.
- Lots of different ways to kill orcs: weapons, powers, traps, and guardians
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44 of 54 people (81%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
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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43 of 53 people (81%) found this review helpful
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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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2014
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.

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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
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.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: October 18
Fun Fun Fun! I do like OMD1 & OM2 so much!!!
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21.6 hrs
Posted: October 15
Orcs Must Die! is a very nice take on the tower defense genre. Seeing as I only played through the Single Player portion of the game and on Warmage difficulty my review will be based on that.

The game starts out with a short cinematic of an old archmage who meets his untimely demise at the hand of some stairs. As he falls Orcs are about to storm the portals into our world with one last obstacle in their way, the archmage his terribly unskilled apprentice, you.

Throughout the campaign the game slowly expands your arsenal of weapons and traps that you can use to slaughter the oncoming horde as they attempt to break through. At no point are you overwhelmed with choice or are you left with few options on how to handle a given situation.

While some strategies are more effective in certain situations you are always free to take the hard path. The difficulty level is not too high in this game and greatly depends on your preffered play style. Once I developed a certain preffered trap combo I found myself using it over and over with great effect until certain maps came along where the combo was entirely useless forcing me to adapt my playstyle.

The only shortcoming in this game is that while the difficulty is okayish in most levels there are certain spikes that can come as a complety suprise and force you to figure out some mechanics without being informed about them so this might be frustrating for some players who prefer to casualy walk through a game.

The only noticeable bugs I encountered were with flying enemies going straight through walls in some stages and in another some enemies managed to get stuck at the bottom of an acid swamp without dying. Overal these encounters were few and once you were aware of the possibility of them occuring not all that problematic.

Overal score of 8/10, Would totally recommend this to fans of the genre.
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5.7 hrs
Posted: October 14
because Orcs Must Die!
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25.4 hrs
Posted: October 12

+Good variety of traps, weapons, and spells that allow for different playstyles. Want to go heavy on traps? How about heavy on spells and weapons? Or a nice mixture of both? Finding the perfect combination for what works for you can feely very rewarding and fun.
+Good map variance. Maps can force you to switch your build so there's rarely a comfort setup that works for everything.
+Good music that very rarely grows tiresome or reptitive.
+Graphics are good and still hold up even several years later. Gives off a cartoony vibe, which I enjoyed.
+Good variety of enemies that require different combinations to kill effectively.
+A good amount of challenge from the Nightmare level maps that might require multiple set ups or attempts to figure out the perfect combination.


-Some of the voice lines that trigger when you set up traps can grow tiresome and reptitive really quickly.
-I suffered some audio issues where a voice line would either stutter halfway through (but the gameplay would be fine) and some waves on some maps just not playing music.
-The story is nearly non existant, but who plays a tower defense game for the story?
-No Co-Op or online play.

Overall Orcs Must Die! is a very fun rewarding Tower Defense / Third Person Shooter hybrid that I highly recommend to fans of those genres.
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very random
1.6 hrs
Posted: October 12
write buy it if you love goryness and building trabs or just for the fun of it.
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34.1 hrs
Posted: October 10
This is a great game. I was hesitant at first, but a third person tower defense game kept me entertained for hours. I managed to get the second one as well. It's a fairly difficult game, depending on your skill level.

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3.3 hrs
Posted: October 7
Very joyful, dynamic fun!
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74.3 hrs
Posted: October 5
Loved it! Funny challenging and engaging.

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16.7 hrs
Posted: October 5
I'm enjoying this game a lot at the moment and it reminds me a lot of Dungeon Defenders. I purchased this and Orcs Must Die 2 in a Steam sale around a year ago I think and i definitely see myself replaying the game on Nightmare difficulty.

Your character is a funny war mage tasked with defending the various dungeons and bastions from an onslaught of ogres, kobolds and orcs. You get to control the war mage in third person as well as actively managing your traps.

Unlike some games you have to wait for a break or stoppage in waves to replace or build traps. In this game you can sell, and lay traps whilst the waves are happening (as long as you or an enemy aren't in the place you want to place your trap).

I felt like they could of expanded the story each level to give a sense of immersion, but the gameplay makes up for this flaw.

If you love tower defense games but want an alternative to your standard one then give this a try.


- Fun Gameplay
- Nice Assortment of Enemies
- Quirky Main Protagonist
- Plethora of Traps
- Dynamic Trap Management
- Cool Looking Artwork/Graphics


- Not a very in-depth Storyline
- Short Campaign
- Graphics May not Appeal To Some
- No Coop or Multiplayer Aspect.
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11.7 hrs
Posted: October 1
very fun game, really felt like they wanted to make a multiplayer game but didn't for whatever reason.
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