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 (2,692 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
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Orcs Must Die! is a dynamic combination of arcade game and tower defense. The action takes place in a fantasy land where the biggest threat to humanity are hordes of orcs. We, as an unlucky mage, must keep order in the whole castle. Simple, isnt it? Graphics looks more than good. Whole, maintained in a characteristic, slightly cartoon style is conceptually shapely, ingenious and simply pretty, works flawlessly. Hours pleasant annihilation of opponents.

Because good orc is a dead orc.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
MINI REVIEW – ORCS MUST DIE!

Details
Developer: Robot Entertainment
Genre: Tower defense
Release year: 2011

The Good
☺Many fun and satisfying traps to use
☺Headshots with crossbow feel very rewarding
☺A lot of different enemy types
☺Leaderboards and harder difficulties add replay value
☺Good story and fun humor

The Bad
☹Every single map has that one specific best strategy
☹Lack of maps and content in general
☹Graphics are not really the best out there

The Verdict
Personal Rating: "Worth playing"
Traditional Rating: 7/10

"A fun tower defense game for the whole family!"
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I should have read the tags. If you like tower defense games, this one is probably pretty good. It kept me entertained for about 4 hours, and I absolutely hate tower defense games.

If you don't like tower defense games then you should not be viewing this store page.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
5 out of 5

Pros:
  • Excellent presentation (visual and sounds)
  • Fun characters and story
  • Nice gamplay: The Third Person Shooter mechanics adds some fast paced action to a pure strategic genere like Tower Defense
  • Good performance overall

Cons
  • It gets a little repetitive in the last quarter of the game
  • No climax
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
We always think about killing games to include either people or zombies, I never think about orcs. But after playing this killing orcs, ogres and trolls seems to be as easy as threshing a colbalt into a grinder.

The game is a tower defense, with it's main focus being on the traps you setup along the orcs path and not so much your weapons. It allows you to strategize and be creative, in a way I think it helps you intellectually by seeing things in different perspectives as to how you'll set up your traps. By the end of your first level, you'll be dancing to the victory song while screaming, "ORCS MUST DIE!"
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Orcs Must Die is a third person, action, tower defense game. You play as the War Mage, who's job is to kill Orcs, often in rather comical ways. In each level, the Orcs will spawn in waves and try to enter the rift and it's your job to kill them. This done via laying traps, using weapons, or placing guardians to fight by your side. After each level, you will be given a new power to use and skulls based on how well you did; the less Orcs that make it through the rift and the faster you do it, the more skulls you earn. These skulls can then be spent on upgrades for your traps and guardians.

After many hours of gameplay and tens of thousands of Orcs slain, I can safety say that this game IS FREAKING AWESOME. I've sunk about 45 hours into this game (counting the dlc missions). Let that sink in: 45 hours of gameplay! There are triple A games out there that give a fraction of gametime with several times the cost. It's a steal, esspecially if you can get on sale.

However, this game is about exactly one thing: killing Orcs. Beyond that, there's really nothing else to do, but for its price, its a hard deal to beat. If your own the fence, try the demo or watch some clips on youtube. And if you like what you see, buy it. Especially if you can get the entire series bundled and discounted.

TLDR: 10/10

Disclaimer: No Orcs were harmed in the writing of this review. Harmed before, oh hell yes!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
It was really fun to play, story is kind of good, graphics and gameplay are really nice.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Orcs Must Die, what are you waiting for? buy the game, or no, hold on, now that hte second one is out buy the second one.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Orks...
Traps...
Hammmmmmmmer time!

10/10
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I Love the game
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Great game, great times! Funny easily enjoyable game.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This game was definetly worth it's price!
Not getting the sequel though, as it gets boring after some time.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
The world is doomed.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Orcs. Must. Die.... Nuff said.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Very nice game 10/10
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Bad game. Not worth any money.
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I'm not a huge fan of tower defense games to begin with, so meh. In this style, Dungeon Defenders was far more enjoyable.
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1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Can't figure out If I'm bad, or its just too hard. I'm gonna say I'm bad.
Good for people who like to restart a lot.

10/10
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13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Fun, no bugs met, fast-paced. If you these series only now, starting from first is still a good idea.
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40.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Like Tower Defence games? Check.
Like trying to find the perfect combination of traps? Check.
None too fond of Orcish Hordes? Check.

Oooooh boy are you in for a treat.
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