Exciting action strategy game too violent for younger kids.
Common Sense Media
12 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Orcs Must Die! is a surprisingly gory and blood-soaked tower defense game in which players fight fantastical creatures swarming through dungeons. Players never attack humans, and the graphics tend toward cartoonish. Still, the orcs and goblins that they slay by the dozen using medieval weapons and traps cry out in pain, shed blood, and are sometimes even torn apart.
Excerpt: I have a confession to make. I should be playing a different game right now, preparing to write a review. But I made a big mistake. I installed the game I have to review next. I installed, and played, Orcs Must Die! . Now I can't concentrate on that other game for longer than ten minutes at a time without the sweet call of those rampaging orcs, enticing me to return once more into the dungeons to defend the rift.
Conclusion: SUMMARY The game is meant to be played. You guys who loves tower defense games will love this. you guys who loves shooting, it's for you to. You casual gamers who just like playing a game for fun and not stress, there is an easy mode for you to! This game is something everybody should play, cause Orcs Must Die!
Conclusion: Orcs Must Die is fun but in a limited, begrudgingly acknowledged sense. It's lacking a spark: something compelling to make you play beyond the first five minutes, or even through the first five minutes. It's an all you can eat buffet of murderous mayhem, but the only thing on the menu is orc. And I don't really like the taste of orc.
Excerpt: had split up to form three separate Dallas-based development teams, and many people blamed Microsoft for the closure of the studio. But apparently, most of the people involved in this split actually agreed to it, and now Robot Entertainment has released the first game out of the ashes of Ensemble.
Excerpt: The concept is simple: defend the rifts (portals to your home country) from waves of invading orcs. To do this, you must rely on carefully placed traps and minions, along with your own third person fighting ability. As you progress, you grow from using simple spike traps to fireball amulets to giant swinging spike-balls. Meanwhile, your enemies are numerous and varied, from the simple melee orcs to giant ogres to lightning-fast gnolls and even flying devils.
Excerpt: Like Trenched before it, Orcs Must Die does a good job with the moment-to-moment tower defense gameplay. It looks great, it’s got charm, and there are plenty of toys to help you bring about the eponymous imperative. But also like Trenched, it fumbles the crucial bigger picture. Moment-to-moment gameplay can only get you so far. To stand out, a tower defense game needs to tie it up in a package, like Plants vs.