Reviews - Updated on March 31, 2022

Orcs Must Die! 3, the sequel to one of the premier tower defense titles, was released last year on Google Stadia and is now making its way to other platforms. Robot Entertainment’s creation gets mixed reviews, but we’re sure it’s worth playing. And there are five reasons for that.

More orcs

In the two previous (very popular) games in the series, released in the early 2010s, the main “trick” was the battles with the orcs, from which we defended the portal on different maps with the help of weapons and traps.

In the third part, there are even more orcs (we are also annoyed by gnolls and fire demons) – primarily due to the appearance of so-called combat scenarios in which we reflect huge crowds of enemies. Moreover, bosses with special abilities periodically appear among the attackers – for example, they can destroy our traps.

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Storm looks epic.

Naturally, expensive but powerful traps and weapons of mass destruction are especially effective in such situations – for example, large floor trampolines cheerfully send crowds of orcs into the air and out of the walls. And mega barrel launchers are catapults that fire bombs… Well, you can imagine how with their help the approaches to our redoubts turn from green to red and smoking.

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You can put two catapults at once. Or three. Enough funds!

This is done with irony that is typical for the series. The advancing opponents shout something in the spirit of “Whoever runs to the portal last is a loser!”, And those sent into the air yell funny, as if they were on an attraction – it’s hard to contain a smile.

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You can watch flying orcs forever.

Even more heroes

The events of the third part unfold 20 years after the finale of Orcs Must Die! 2. The main character of the previous games, the magician Maximilian, disappeared without a trace, and two students, Egan and Kelsey, are looking for him with the help of instructions and instructions from an experienced sorceress. We choose who to play for. Periodically, other heroes are also given control – when, for example, in combat scenarios, the action is transferred to the past and we stand for the teacher Signus. And then the second story campaign opens. As a result, we will be able to feel ourselves in the shoes of old Max.

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The role of this thug actually acts as a sorceress-mentor.

There is also a young elf Warwick and the sorceress Gabriella. The more heroes, the more weapons and heroic abilities. So, the same Warwick, wielding two daggers, can teleport, Cyprus pretends to be dead to restore health and mana, and Egan, with a double jump, throws him to the ground and stuns surrounding enemies. Kelsey’s blunderbuss fires grenades in alternate fire mode, and the staff of Cyrus in it also passes lightning through several orcs, who are trembling funny from this.

Both traps and weapons can be upgraded with skulls earned in missions. At the same time, in addition to the usual upgrades, there are also unique ones that open for fulfilling special conditions. So, in the case of the same blunderbuss, an alternative attack will receive a freezing effect only if we destroy 50 opponents with it. Interestingly, the attack will no longer knock back the attackers and deal damage to them, that is, you still need to think about whether to take this upgrade or not.

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The staff is really useful.

Even more modes

In addition to two fairly lengthy story campaigns in Orcs Must Die! 3 have endless battles with hordes of orcs. A new mode has appeared – “Kneading” (although it does not open immediately), in which opponents gradually become stronger and receive, for example, an increase in health (the effects accumulate), and our heroes with each new stage acquire useful modifiers, such as mana replenishment for each Headshot.

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One headshot won’t do that.

Finally, there are also weekly challenges – there are about two dozen of them, and all of them are interesting in their own way. Try to win when the health pool gradually decreases and only killing enemies randomly brings healing potions. Or when you do not have combat vehicles, but there are plenty of defenses, but none of them are improved.

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Traps can be removed and sold.

More beautiful

Well, everything is simple and clear here – the third and second parts look about the same, and in the third the graphics are cooler and more modern. It has become less cartoony and more serious, or something, but in general the spirit and style of the series is in place.

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The special effects are very juicy.

Really fun to play

Yes, a banal argument, but it’s true. Naturally, the game is not perfect. The authors left the gameplay unchanged – while controlling the hero, we set traps for rune coins, we personally beat the orcs, for this they give out the same coins, which can be used to add traps right in the course of the fight, and in between waves we expand their arsenal even more.

But at the same time, the developers shoveled, removed or changed a lot. And not everyone likes it. It seems to some that the heroes and their skills used to be brighter, someone complains about the lack of familiar means of protection like hypnoshrooms. Someone did not like the new balance of their cost, when, for example, tar puddles rose sharply in price, while wall-mounted machine guns remained approximately in the same price category. Some people find the design of the cards controversial.

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Authors often use narrow passages.

But, first, new traps have appeared. Secondly, with balance, everything is, as always, more complicated – it didn’t seem to me that the resin had become useless. On the contrary, in combat scenarios, I often used it to slow down enemies in narrow passages and there I effectively shot them with a catapult for a long time. Although it doesn’t work everywhere. That is, yes, the balance is not perfect, but the answer to the question of what is “imba” and what is useless, as often happens, depends on personal preferences and tactics. The main thing is that the game provides a lot of tools to choose from.

In any case, all this is mostly the grumbling of veterans who saw the first two parts of the series, which, we recall, came out a dozen years ago. And if you abstract and just play, then it’s stupid to deny that you get a dose of pleasure from the process – especially in a cooperative. There is more of everything, the game looks more beautiful, and it is capable of throwing a challenge.

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Before the start of the round, you can see where the opponents will run.

Yes, in Orcs Must Die! 3, something has changed for the better, something for the worse, something is missing, but new modes, heroes, epic battles and combat scenarios have appeared (the latter, however, could have been more). But in general, it is obvious that the game remains bright and original, and it is very difficult to break away from it.

Pros: new heroes and modes; epic combat scenarios where we fight against large crowds of orcs; bright, effective picture; corporate humor.

Cons: there are questions about the balance; the arsenal of traps and means of protection has been changed, and not in everything successfully.

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