Lunch Time Demos: Orcs Must Die

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When I downloaded this game I really didn’t read the description. I find that true with most apps/games that I grab. I skim, I look at the pictures and since it’s free I download it regardless.

With this demo I thought I was getting a pretty standard FPS, but what I actually got was an FPS Tower Defense. And I’m not even upset about it Smile

Here’s the description from the site:

Orcs Must Die! challenges players to defend fortresses under siege. With a wide variety of traps and weapons to choose from, Orcs Must Die! dares players to find the best ways to hack, launch, flatten, gibletize, and incinerate an endless army of filthy orcs and their vile allies.

When the game loads there’s not much of a tutorial going on. There’s a screen saying how to move(standard WASD there) and some other keys that I forget. Then you pretty much jump right into it. The first thing it tells you to do is open your spell book and choose your weapons and traps. And then you choose where to plop down your first set up traps, and then you start killing orcs.

It’s really that easy.

Of course you only start out with so much money but as you kill orcs you get more money. There’s also breaks in-between the waves so that you can setup more traps. And you can always set traps as you’re killing orcs, as long as you have money. The first wave doesn’t start until you say so, so you have that extra amount of time to lay things down or at least look around to see what the map is like.

Like other Tower Defense games, the orcs start on one side, the the portal is on the other. And you’re in the middle with your stuff. Initially you only start with two weapons; crossbow and sword. I never used the sword only because it was close range and, well, I started to die pretty quick. The crossbow also has a secondary attack of stunning groups of orcs. I wonder if the sword had a secondary attack?

Graphics wise, it was pretty good. But the screen shots tell it better than I would.

The writing was also a treat. Very much on the light side with quips such as “The orcs always break down the door, we should really look into that”. But it wasn’t bogged down in it with the main hero saying things all the time that might start to get annoying. In fact, the only time I really noticed was when the orcs were getting further along than they should. So it’s informational as well.

The demo only had three levels, but gave I think enough of a hook to make you want to buy the rest of the game.

It’s currently $15 on Steam and if you have the extra cash, I would recommend it. If not, there’s always the Demo Smile

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