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Orcs Must Die!

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Orcs Must Die! is a tower-defense game where you, as the War Mage, need to protect the world from the hordes of evil creatures such as Orcs and Ogres. To complete your mission, you need to keep enemies out from magical Rifts that must not be destroyed. Every level features from four to twelve waves; each Orc that reaches your Rift damages it a little. Once the Rift Score is 0, you need to start the level over.  
The title uses a third-person perspective that makes it look like a classic action game. To protect the Rift, you can not only use different traps and spells but also fight Orcs yourself. If you're killed, you'll respawn near your Rift for a certain score. 
Each trap or spell costs the in-game currency you earn by defeating enemies. At the beginning of the level, you choose up to ten items for the battle. As a rule, all traps only work once and then need some time to recharge. Every item is upgradable; on higher levels, you can also get some boosts that will affect that level only.
The game is followed by Orcs Must Die! 2 that features a co-op mode, and Orcs Must Die! Unchained, a free-to-play follow-up.

Release date
Robot Entertainment
Robot Entertainment, Microsoft Studios
Age rating
13+ Teen
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System requirements for PC

  • 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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Last Modified: Jun 15, 2020

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Xbox 360 Store

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Orcs Must Die! reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Very good tower defense, which is not played from the "above" perspective, but with a Character Who can also fight. Unfortunately, no Multiplayer. Very funny told Story and great In-game comments of the Characters!
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Microsoft from Deutsch
This Tower Defense Game makes a hot fun. Funny Dialogues, lots of Action and a little strategic Thinking are behind it. In addition, it is worth noting that the Steam Version UNCUT and the Option Is available.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
The Game is very good. I find you can play the Game at any time "just on the fast." The Comments from the Player figure have also been very successful! The Soundtrack has been very successful! So therefore a clear Recommendation for the Game.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Really funny this Game. You can see here very nice that also games for the small Purse can be a lot of Fun. The Graphics are nice to watch, too. I would like to see many more Games from this House. I have a lot of Fun with this Game anyway.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Orcs must Die! A Kind of Tower Defense is only in 3D. It'S a lot of Fun up to .. Yes.. It's end. 24 Levels are to be mastered, which are played through pretty quickly depending on the Talent. After that, there is still a higher Degree Of Difficulty waiting. What the Game lacks is a Multiplayer with Coop. Then it would certainly have Addictive Potential. :)
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Microsoft from Deutsch
In "Orcs Must Die!" Actually about a Kind of tower defense game in a Fantasy Universe. With Magic and Orcs and Ogres and Goblins etc. You control your Protagonist, a somewhat stupid but hard To convince battle Magician. In strung missions, he must ensure that the magical Column is guarded From the Monsters. So far so simple. The Monsters become more diverse from time to time, and each Cattle needs its own Tactics. Also, the Area often offers Cause for rescheduling. The Story is quite nicely told, but offers little Replay Value and is otherwise rather flat. However, the Whole thing does not have the Charm of the War Magician and His Self-infatuation. His Sayings, which he repeatedly gives him Fight for the Best, repeat quite often, and nevertheless I had to smile again and again. The Game Mechanics have it all for that. At the Latest after the 6 Mission, the Degree of Difficulty increases. You should be sure where and how to use the Traps. As mentioned at the beginning, you position Traps in the Game world with a Starting capital and thus make life difficult for The Orcs or end it. But you also have to help well with your Crossbow. Just standing and cucking is not. The Game is recommended from me. Is a nice Break Filler and doesn't take itself quite as seriously. If it is cheap to access in a Sale. Your Space Dachshund
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