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10:00 PM on 06.18.2014

Orcs Must Die! unchains its closed beta on June 27

Orcs Must Die! Unchained, the game with an awkward exclamation point in the middle of its title, is launching a closed beta on June 27. Unchained, which is a free-to-play MOBA, and the beta will give players the opportunity ...

Brett Makedonski


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Orcs Must Die! Unchained is a tricky balancing act photo
Orcs Must Die! Unchained is a tricky balancing act
by Brett Makedonski

Robot Entertainment's flagship title, Orcs Must Die!, has been something of a one-trick pony, albeit a very good pony at that. Both games in the franchise thus far have been tower defense games, and, as you can probably discern, are focused on the defensive. Orcs Must Die! Unchained tweaks that formula just a bit, and ends up feeling like an entirely different game.

The original tasked the player with setting traps to fend off hordes of orcs, and then getting personally involved in the fray to fight off any that got through. Unchained keeps these core tenets, but adds an offensive element. Instead of simply defending your keep, you must now infiltrate the enemy's stronghold with your forces.

This isn't a solo endeavor, however; you'll have plenty of help. Unchained is a five versus five MOBA that can seem surprisingly controlled for how frantic it gets at times. Despite the likes of other players, mindless foot soldiers, and a ton of traps in the mix, it's not often that you'll actually feel overwhelmed by it all. That is, once you get the hang of it.

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1:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Robot Entertainment is switching things up in Orcs Must Die! Unchained

Ahead of PAX East, Robot Entertainment has announced Orcs Must Die! Unchained and it sounds like the next logical step for the series. Players will control the forces on both sides, meaning you'll have to attack the other te...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 07.12.2013

Orcs Must Die! 2 adds Steam Workshop support

While I didn't stick around with Orcs Must Die! 2 like I did with its predecessor, it still provided some decent action/tower defense gameplay. In a move that will hopefully breathe new life into the title on PC, developer Ro...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 04.03.2013

Steam has the Orcs Must Die! series for 75% off

Robot Entertainment is running a worthwhile Steam sale on Orcs Must Die! ($2.49) and its follow-up ($3.74) over the next day that marks the third-person action/tower defense games 75 percent off. Rela...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 03.02.2013

Robot Entertainment celebrates 4 years with a sale

This weekend, Robot Entertainment (makers of such fine video games as Orcs Must Die!) are celebrating their 4th anniversary as a company with a big ol' sale of their products. On the company's official store, you can purchase...

Conrad Zimmerman



Review: Orcs Must Die! 2 photo
Review: Orcs Must Die! 2
by Allistair Pinsof

These orcs. They really should just die. That doesn’t sound unreasonable, does it?

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6:30 PM on 07.12.2012

Orcs Must Die 2 to offer bonus mode to returning players

Robot Entertainment has unveiled a special treat in the upcoming Steam release of Orcs Must Die! 2 for fans of the original game. Owners of Orcs Must Die! will find an unlocked "Classic" mode in the sequel. Thi...

Conrad Zimmerman



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RTX: Killing orcs with a buddy in Orcs Must Die! 2
by Allistair Pinsof

[This weekend Destructoid is reporting live from RTX in Austin, Texas, the community based gaming expo for Rooster Teeth fans and everyone else.]

Sometimes the right game comes at the wrong time in your life. For me that was Orcs Must Die! which, against my better judgement, I installed and obsessively played during finals week last fall. The game’s blend of tower defense and third-person combat hooked me in a way few other games did in 2011. Though I find it hard to play a game for more than an hour at a time, this came easy with Orcs Must Die!

As a result, I’ve had little interest in checking out Orcs Must Die! 2 before release. I know what it is and I know I want it bad. I couldn’t just ignore it on RTX’s show floor, however, so I checked it out. Though I’m not surprised to find the high quality Robot Entertainment brought before intact, I did get to see what’s new with OMD. I also had my concerns with co-op assuaged. Somewhat.

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2:15 PM on 06.29.2012

Hero Academy Steam has a TF2 team, cross-platform play

If, like me, you've frequently heard about Hero Academy from friends but never got around to playing it yourself, you might be compelled to join the hive mind with this latest news. The game is headed to Steam on August 8, 2...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 06.20.2012

Orcs Must Die! 2 is preparing for release late next month

Robot Entertainment has announced that Orcs Must Die! 2 will be releasing on July 30, 2012. That's fairly soon, which ought to be cause for celebration. If you're unsure why people generally seem to dig the original, there's ...

Jordan Devore





1:00 PM on 04.02.2012

Robot Entertainment announces Orcs Must Die 2

Apparently, 3.4 billion orc deaths are insufficient for the folks at Robot Entertainment, who have announced the impending sequel to their wave defense game. Orcs Must Die! 2 will add new enemies and traps and features a new...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 AM on 01.27.2012

Dat DLC: Orcs Must Die! 'Lost Adventures'

[In "Dat DLC," we check out some recent downloadable content to give you an impression of what you may or may not have missed out on.] The excellent Orcs Must Die! received the War Mage expansion pack "Artifacts of Power" on ...

Maurice Tan



A starter's guide to Robot Entertainment's Hero Academy photo
A starter's guide to Robot Entertainment's Hero Academy
by Maurice Tan

Hero Academy is my new digital crack but it currently only has a tutorial consisting of screenshots and text, and no way to try out a game against an AI opponent. This might make some players a bit wary of trying it out for the first time against a random stranger, if you don't have a friend with whom you can ease into the game.

After suffering a number of defeats in a bunch of games that ranged from half a day to week-long bouts, I've learned some of the basics and general strategies the hard way. In order to help you get started and better prepared to jump into a match, here are some tips and tricks for Hero Academy.

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12:30 PM on 01.11.2012

Robot Entertainment's Hero Academy now available to all

Robot Entertainment has been testing the grounds for their new iOS title Hero Academy in Canada for the past weeks, but the game has finally passed certification and should now be available on App Stores around the world. It'...

Maurice Tan

8:30 PM on 12.14.2011

Even more Orcs Must Die in the 'Lost Adventures' add-on

As of today, you can now grab the new "Lost Adventures" downloadable content for Orcs Must Die on Xbox Live Arcade. This five-dollar (400 Microsoft Points) pack adds in five fortresses, Frost Bats, Cyclops Mages, more skulls ...

Jordan Devore