Not only is this statement in the interest of the survival of the human race, but it’s also the name of a really fun game that came out a few weeks ago by developers, Robot Entertainment.
You play an apprentice War Mage, cocky and big-headed, tasked to defend the rifts at all costs, and soon you’re one of the only ones left. Orcs Must Die! is an action-packed strategy game where onslaughts of Orcs are trying to attack the rifts, and you have to stop them with a variety of deadly, dangerous and humorous traps.
There are many traps and weapons to choose from, which makes the game harder to play as it’s difficult to make that choice. One of your Eight slots is saved for a crossbow which you have to take every time, which is a great weapon for dispatching the Orcs yourself, though there’s also a Bladestaff, which is the melee weapon you could take with you as well as the crossbow. The other slots are used with magic and traps, which range from darts and spikes, to fire and springs; throwing, burning, and slowing the Orcs, Kobolds, and Ogres before they reach the precious rifts.
It is kind of a tower-defence game, but one with you running around in third-person to help kill the enemies. You can choose a barricade to fill one of your slots, to help create a path the enemy will have to take, or just get deadly things like the Floor Spikes. You can also upgrade each of the items which do different things, for example, the Floor Spikes will get a poison which slows enemies, and the Dart Walls will get increased range, but you only get a certain amount of upgrades as you pay for them with the skulls you get from completing levels, with the amount depending on how well you did per level, with a maximum of five skulls each level.
Many critics have received Orcs Must Die! with good praise, and I shall be no different. It’s a great, fun game, with attractive quirky graphics, and a variety of choice. The campaign also isn’t too short, and they have already released the first bit of DLC: Artifacts of Power. This DLC is only £1.99 on steam, but it only gives you four new weapons/traps, so it isn’t exactly a must-have, but it still adds to the experience.
Orcs Must Die! is available now on Steam at £11.99, has 27 achievements, and there is also a demo available on STEAM which gives you access to a few levels as a great taste to the game, go download it now.