Developer: Robot Entertainment
Publisher: Robot Entertainment
Platform: PC, Stadia
Orcs Must Die 3 is about as easy as sequels get. It’s essentially the identical recreation as OMD 1 + 2, nevertheless it provides a few new campaigns, a brand new recreation mode, a bunch of recent traps, a brace of recent enemies. Mix all of it collectively in a bowl, pour right into a baking tray and bake for a number of years, and also you’ve received Orcs Must Die 3.
F0or probably the most half, that is completely tremendous. Robot Entertainment has proved the Orcs Must Die system works twice over (with a barely muddled detour in Orcs Must Die: Unchained). As the previous adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t cease it from flinging a gaggle of orcs right into a pit of effervescent lava. That mentioned, whereas Orcs Must Die 3 is each bit as enjoyable as the primary two video games, I do assume there are areas the place it may very well be higher.
The story of Orcs Must Die 3 is that this. There are orcs. They should die. Sure, there’s some broader plot about trying to find the hero of the primary two video games, and the way this pertains to his relationship with some elf dude. But that is advised by fleeting cutscenes and snippets of in-game dialogue, sprinkled throughout the primary occasion of being the architect of mass orc loss of life.
To that finish, Orcs Must Thrice features a lot the identical manner because the earlier two video games. Each degree sees you plonked right into a suitably fantasy-themed area, tasked with defending a magical “Rift” from being overwhelmed by orc warriors. To do that, you place an array of vibrant, ACME-style traps starting from beds of spikes to exploding barrel dispensers.
When your traps are ready, you press a button to unleash the inexperienced meat tsunami. At this level, Orcs Must Die separates itself from most different tower defence video games, letting you take part immediately in fight fairly than sitting on the side-lines yelling at your traps like a rogue soccer supervisor. Using an array of magical weapons and talents, you possibly can help in thinning down the horde, selecting off stragglers or stopping the few orcs that survive your traps from making it to the rift.
OMD 3 doesn’t alter the perform of this core loop one iota. Instead, it step by step filters in new options throughout the course of the marketing campaign. New traps embody the acid Geyser, which burns away the armour (and flesh) of your foe, making them extra weak to traps that deal bodily injury, and the ceiling laser, a Mission Impossible-style grid of sunshine that shocks any orc that interrupts the beam. Meanwhile, the orc hordes are strengthened by new enemy varieties, such because the health-regenerating troll, or the Earth Lord elemental that splits into smaller enemies when killed.
There are two extra notable departures from the norm in Orcs Must Die 3. The first is “War Scenarios”. These are larger-scale fights that see you squared off in opposition to twice the same old variety of orcs, however with a lot bigger traps to play with. These embody a catapult that may kill dozens of orcs in a single shot, and a flip entice that may fling ogres and different giant enemies with ease. It’s nonetheless functionally the identical expertise, nevertheless it’s totally different sufficient to catch your consideration. The second is “Scramble” a brand new mode which duties you with overcoming 5 more and more difficult ranges, the place every degree offers you each a random lively penalty, and a random lively bonus. It’s designed particularly to shake you out of your consolation zone, and it’s a pleasant little addition to OMD’s roster.
Neither War Scenarios nor Scramble could also be notably radical additions, nevertheless it’s comprehensible why Robot Entertainment wouldn’t need to tinker an excessive amount of. The pleasure of placing collectively devious entice mixtures stays unparalleled. Putting a push entice reverse a wall grinder and watching as orcs get shoved after which mulched. Combining a barrel-launcher with a spike entice in order that the spikes set off the exploding barrels. My favorite trick is to put `spring traps on the finish of a future of different traps, catapulting surviving orcs again to the place they began so that they should run the entire gauntlet once more.
That mentioned, there are areas the place Orcs Must Die 3 might enhance. For instance, Orc reactions to traps may very well be extra dramatic. Most both apply an environmental impact to orcs, or set off their ragdoll. Either the traps have to have extra violent results, (spike traps truly impaling orcs, arrows sticking into orc our bodies) or the traps ought to have extra bespoke slapstick results, akin to crushing traps turning orc our bodies into big inexperienced concertinas. There are a few touches like this, akin to electrical traps visibly surprising orcs, briefly revealing their skeletons. But three video games in, I believe Robot might go additional and actually push the slapstick factor of OMD.
On a barely totally different subject, I don’t assume the participant’s fight talents really feel weighty sufficient. Melee fight is a bit of too ethereal, whereas the arrows out of your spectral bow don’t thwack into enemies as satisfyingly as I would love. This subject is compounded by the elevated variety of damage-resistant enemies. I spent an excessive amount of time whittling down ogre well being bars in OMD 3, and never sufficient watching my traps and excited about the place to place new ones.
Finally, and this isn’t a criticism as such, however OMD 3 feels geared extra closely towards cooperative play than both 1 or 2. It is feasible to play it singleplayer, however I discovered myself much more stretched whereas taking part in solo. It by no means appears like you’ve got sufficient assets at your disposal, and this limits your potential to experiment with entice mixtures, focussing as a substitute on what you already know works. It can be good if the marketing campaign intermixed just a few ranges that gave you extra respiration room, letting you truly watch your traps fairly than frantically plugging holes in your defence.
Yet whereas Orcs Must Die 3 might have sharpened the spikes on its traps a bit of extra, it’s nonetheless a wonderfully acceptable sequel to a recreation that just about nailed it the primary time round. Tinkering with traps is as enjoyable because it ever was, whereas the brand new campaigns do a good job of refreshing the problem with out breaking something. Except for big numbers of orcs bones, naturally.