Orcs Must Die! 2 Review – Perfect Action and Tower Defense Combination

In this Orcs Must Die! 2 review, we will go over one of the best tower defense action hybrids on the market, what it does right, and how the biggest pro of the game is also its greatest weakness.

But first, we will answer some of the most commonly asked about Orcs Must Die! 2.

What is Orcs Must Die! 2?

Orcs Must Die! 2 is an action-tower defense game with traps and hack&slash elements.

Who made Orcs Must Die! 2?

Orcs Must Die! 2 was developed and published by Robot Entertainment.

When did Orcs Must Die! 2 come out?

Orcs Must Die! 2 was released on July 30, 2012.

How many people can play Orcs Must Die! 2?

Two players can play Orcs Must Die! 2.

How much is Orcs Must Die! 2?

You can buy Orcs Must Die! 2 for 12,49€.

Where can I find a cheap Orcs Must Die! 2 key?

You can find a cheap Orcs Must Die! 2 key on HRK Game.

Orcs Must Die! 2 review
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Perfect tower-defense/third-person action hybrid

While you must think it’s a bit late for an Orcs Must Die! 2 review, I think now it’s the perfect time for a title like this. The best entry in the franchise, a game that blends action with tower defense, traps, and other tactical elements perfectly with campy humor and a ton of charm. As you can probably already tell, this is one of my favorite games, so let’s get this show on the road.

Orcs Must Die! 2 has perfect gameplay if you’re into creative murdering. Catapult an orc against the wall, melt them with acid, stab their skulls, or make them murder each other. It sounds pretty sadistic, I know, but the game’s charming art style and overall lighthearted vibe balance things out.

Orcs Must Die! 2 review
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Orcs Must Die! 2 has an effective gameplay formula

Orcs Must Die! 2 follows a simple gameplay formula. Orcs come out, they attempt to reach the objective you’re trying to protect, and you use all kinds of tools and traps to kill them before they do. The first Orcs Must Die! game was a hybrid of tower-defense and third-person action, and the sequel improves on all fronts. The biggest Orcs Must Die! 2 addition was multiplayer, or to be more specific, 2-player co-op, something that significantly improves the experience. 

Orcs Must Die! 2 review
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The original’s challenge and delight were in creating the ultimate killzone: the exact combination of traps and barriers that inflicted the most possible punishment on the biggest number of orcs. That’s a bit difficult in co-op: money is split between the two of you. Maybe you won’t agree on what to build. It depends on what you and your co-op partner want from your trap overlay. However, the map almost always provides you with more than one stream of orcs to intercept, so you tackle half of them each.

My girlfriend used Grinders and Shock Zappers, while I used Brimstone and Steam Traps. I cover one side of the map, and she covers the other. While one side can get pressured, you can always quickly hop on to your partner’s side and help them fix their Orc problem.

Orcs Must Die! 2 and its multiplayer are a double-edged sword

But Orcs Must Die! 2 and its co-op are one of the best and worst things about the game. Why? Well, the late game maps are very hard to take on alone. And for this Orcs Must Die! 2 review, I played through the game alone once and once with my girlfriend. Playing on your own can be very frustrating at times. Is it possible to cover six entry points and two portals? Yes, but IT’S VERY, VERY HARD TO DO SO, and if your combination of traps isn’t top-notch, you’re in for a bad time.

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It exacerbates one of the first game’s flaws: there isn’t enough information about what’s coming. You’re told about enemy types but not about proportions or distribution, which means a lot of trial and error. I played one map flawlessly for 40 minutes before failing miserably when the final wave included a swarm of fire-resistant creatures. A handful of my traps were fire-based, which dooms you on this map. Begin again.

Everything becomes much easier once you unlock more equipment

It becomes less frustrating if you’ve unlocked enough equipment to restrategize. All traps, weapons, perks, and upgrades are now unlocked through a single system: earn skulls for good performance, spend skulls to unlock or improve items. It’s much more interesting than the odd combination employed in the original game. Gaining a better kit through grinding the new Endless mode or re-doing earlier maps helps minimize the balancing issues.

Orcs Must Die! 2 review
Image credit: Robot Entertainment

Conclusion

In the end, playing Orcs Must Die! 2 for this review was a fantastic experience, just as I remember it.

The game offers a ton of traps, upgrades, and new stuff for players to unlock even after they finish the main story and the campaign. Again, Orcs Must Die! 2 and its co-op are the main appeal, even though you can thoroughly enjoy the game even if you play alone. It’s a relatively cheap game, and you can get an Orcs Must Die! 2 key on HRK Game for an insanely low price right now!

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