Orcs Must Die! takes tower defense to the tabletop arena

Even plastic figurines of Orcs Must Die!

Orcs Must Die! has truly made it. After a few entries in the main series, the scrappy little tower defense from Robot Entertainment now has a board game in the works, designed by Petersen Games.

Orc Must Die! The Boardgame comes in two flavors: Order and Unchained. Each allows for cooperative play, fighting off hordes of baddies with friends. Those with access to both versions gain access to a competitive mode, pitting the two factions against one another.

I’ve skimmed the posted rulebook, and it sounds like a fairly standard base defense game with role-playing game elements. I’m not sure I see where the “innovative” claim comes from, but it sounds fun nevertheless. As an added bonus for those who haven’t yet checked out the videogames, backers of the already-successful Kickstarter campaign will get Orcs Must Die!, Orcs Must Die! 2, and beta access to Orcs Must Die! Unchained.

While writing this, I realized that Orcs Must Die! shares an acronym with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, and now I am humming “If You Leave” to myself.

Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.