Orcs Must Die!
It's one of the most basic lessons that any gamer has to learn, but Robot Entertainment (the outfit formed from the remains of Age Of Empires developer Ensemble Studios) has turned the concept into a fully-fledged game. And one that's looking mighty fine indeed, I might add.
The team behind Halo Wars and the venerable Age Of Empires series are taking a very different tack from their real time strategy roots. Orcs Must Die! is set to be a blend of hack & slash action with tower defence mechanics; providing players with swords, bows and fiendish traps to fend off the marauding hordes. Killing enemies earns money for new traps that can be positioned on almost any surface for devastating effect. A combo score counter will reward us for massive multikills, which is always a good thing.
As far as platforms are concerned, Orcs Must Die! is headed to PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 as a downloadable release. The eyecatching art style and accessible gameplay should be a great fit for the online marketplace.
Orcs Must Die! is set for release this year, and we'll bring you the latest as we hear it.