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Feb
05
2016

Orcs Must Die! Unchained prepares for upcoming Open Beta with massive changes

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Robot Entertainment just launched a significant update to ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED that includes a number of new game changes and enhancements.

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Jun
18
2014
Oct
22
2012

The Mystical New Shaolin Team is Set to Challenge the Hero Academy!

Robot Entertainment has announced that a new Shaolin team will be enrolling at the Hero Academy in November. New details offer players a first look at the unique abilities of the combo-focused team. The Shaolin team will be accompanied by the release of new avatars and free Shaolin team-specific challenges.  The Shaolin team also brings with them a free new playing field that will go into automatic rotation for all players. In addition to the deadly new team, a new premium Challenge Collection will be available for 99¢. The Challenge Collection contains 30 challenges that mix and match team units for an exciting twist on Hero Academy’s offline puzzles. The Shaolin team and the new Challenge Collection will be available on Steam and the iOS App Store in November.

The Shaolin Heroic Team Details

From heroic schools in the east comes a balanced team who turns their enemy’s powers against them. The mystical warriors of the Shaolin team have defeated countless enemies in their own land. Now they hope to test their skills at the fabled Hero Academy. The Shaolin’s heroes reduce the strength of their enemies, and can combine their attacks for additional damage.

Team Bonus: Each unique unit that damages an opponent in the same turn deals successively higher damage.

Heroes

  • Monk – A melee brawler whose attack reduce a single enemy’s maximum health by 25%.
  • Windblade – Her attack chains to additional enemies.
  • Poisoner – Her attack weakens the opponent’s Defense and Resist.
  • Taoist – A Healer who can resurrect, clear debuffs from allies, and remove buffs from enemies.
  • Shadow – Turns the tide of battle by reviving KO’d units into specters to fight on his side. 

Spells and Equipment 

Sep
05
2012

OMD!2 Fire & Water Booster Pack Review

– Scott Ellison

Our Score: 4 / 5 – Awesome

This is DLC for Orcs Must Die! 2

Fire and Water don’t mix, and each can be deadly all its own. But in Orcs Must Die! 2’s DLC, they are a lethal combination requiring you to think of new ways to put down these new Orc elementals, because after all – they must die.

The experience itself is quite short, but the introduction of new Water and Fire elementals actually brings a whole new challenge to Orcs Must Die! 2. Before this, there would be simple, squishy orcs you’re used to decimating. Introduced in OMD!2 were the rock elementals that after initial destruction, would split into two smaller beings to fully put down.

Water elementals bring the same type of tactics, but in reverse. If two water elementals are killed near each other, they will combine into a unified enemy that must be killed all over again. Fire elementals are huge, hulking lava-based creatures that when initially destroyed break off into four smaller fire beings that must be extinguished. They move fast and can engulf you in flames and eventually earn you a death and loss of points if you’re not careful like me.

With this new DLC, makes it it’s own mode called “Fire & Water” which includes 3 new defensible levels. They are more or less similar to other levels seen in the base game, but feel a lot more vertically, but restrict enemy movement to narrow corridors to do massive damage if you can slow them

The Fire & Water Booster Pack is just that, it’s a booster to existing content and not a huge breadth of content. But will provide about an hour of orc slaying. There’s nothing wrong with the content, it’s entertaining and introduces new enemies for new tactics. More content for Orcs Must Die! 2 is very much a good thing. Buy it!

Retails for: $3.99, recommended purchase price: $4.99

A download code was provided by Robot Entertainment for review purposes

Sep
05
2012

Orcs Must Die! 2 Review

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– Scott Ellison

Our Score: 5 / 5 – Incredible

The War Mage is back! And this time, the Sorceress and antagonist from the original game has been banished from her throne and must help extinguish the Orcs that threaten to go through the Rift. New traps, new weapons, and new dungeons to defend await you in the bigger and decidedly better game.

Orcs Must Die! 2 assumes you’ve already played the first and drops you into your first defensible area with little tutorial outside of the loading screens. The first level is no easy task, but it is far less challenging than the levels that follow. It’s entirely possible that you’ll make it through the first level even if you haven’t played it before. Cutscenes open the game and in-between acts to inform you on the story and allow for the characters to have a conversation rather than the one-liner banter that occurs during levels.

The gameplay formula is simple: Set traps and take direct action of either the War Mage or Sorceress. At the beginning of each location, you have an infinite amount of time and finite resources to place traps in the environment from your spellbook that will increase over time as you buy more traps, weapons, and upgrades for them outside of gameplay. Then, you press a button to unleash the horde and begin fighting. You can attack with your crossbow, shotgun, or staff as the War Mage or use spells in conjunction with traps for deadly combos.

The biggest and best addition to the game follows the storyline and makes it so another player can appear beside you. Yes, there is online co-op. This was one of my complaints of Orcs Must Die! and Robot Entertainment heard everyone very clearly to include co-op in the sequel. The result is a fully realized game with increased strategy instead of being the “one-man show”.

The story is shorter, but makes up for it in Modes, like with the new Endless Mode which allows you play until you can’t go on any longer. The benefit to this mode isn’t only to brag to your friends via Leaderboard, but to earn skulls, the game’s currency to spend on the in-game store to buy and upgrade traps. Other modes such as the Weekly Challenge last for one week and task you with specific limitations and options in order to complete the task. Have the original game? There’s a separate Classic Mode to play ten, hand-selected levels from the original, which is a great reward to fans and veterans.

Visuals are a delight, providing a slick, cartoonish art style which is rich in detail and features countless gallons of blood and gibs. It’s not overly violent, but shows a discernible cause and effect by accentuates killing orcs. You can almost smell the must of some of these places and feel the warmth of the torches that burn to illuminate these areas. The environment is conducive to the experience.

A lot of the sounds are re-used, but new dialogue for cutscenes and banter while in a match are funny and genuinely entertaining. The War Mage sounding like Bruce Campbell and The Sorceress coming off as a spoiled princess thrust into combat. Music gets reused in some spots, like for the victory dance which has a hilarious animation no matter how many times you see it. The Soundtrack is an optional purchase, but features some amazing songs and is lighthearted but with moody organs and guitars.

Orcs Must Die! 2 is everything Orcs Must Die! should have been. The original game was a success and laid the groundwork for what exists here. It’s fast, intense, and a riot. There are plenty of modes and difficulties to enjoy the game both offline and on. Grab your mouse, keyboard and a friend and spend a few hours at a time slaying orcs together.

Retails for: $14.99, recommended purchase price: $14.99

A download code was provided by Robot Entertainment for review purposes

Aug
14
2012

Orcs Must Die! 2 introduces Weekly Challenges

Robot Entertainment has announced a new Weekly Challenge game mode will begin to test War Mages’ abilities later this week! Beginning this Friday and refreshing every Friday following, Orcs Must Die! 2 will issue a brand new challenge to players. Each challenge is playable in single-player or co-op and features a specific level, character, and trap loadout to master, all pre-defined by Robot Entertainment’s design team. Players will be challenged to defend the rifts in new and exciting ways, rethinking all of their tried and true methods of slaying orcs. Every Friday, a new Weekly Challenge will be issued. This Friday, August 17th, select the current challenge from the game mode menu and battle for supremacy on customized single-player and co-op Weekly Challenge leaderboards!

Download Orcs Must Die! 2http://store.steampowered.com/app/201790/

Orcs Must Die! 2 begins days after the ending of the original game. With the rifts closed and the magical Order dead, the War Mage finds himself suddenly thrust into a new battle against the mindless orc mob. He has a powerful, if questionable, new companion in the Sorceress, an ex-War Mage responsible for the destruction of the Order.

Orcs Must Die! 2 Features:

  • Co-Op! – Play as the War Mage, the headstrong hero who charges into danger, or play as the more strategic Sorceress who keeps the mob at bay with mind-control and magic.
  • Story-based Campaign – Pick up where the original game left off with a brand new story-based campaign that you can play in Single-Player or Co-Op!
  • Endless Mode – Play alone or join a friend to put your skills to the test against endless waves of increasingly difficult enemies.
  • Classic Mode – Steam players who own the original Orcs Must Die! will automatically unlock co-op versions of 10 fan-favorite levels from the original game featuring new enemies!
  • Over 20 Deadly Enemies – Face an army of vile new creatures like Earth Elementals, Trolls, and Bile Bats. And they’ve brought all of your favorite trap-fodder from the original Orcs Must Die! along with them!
  • More than 50 Traps, Weapons, and Guardians – Choose from an enormous armory of new and classic defenses, including an all new assortment of magical trinkets.
  • Massive Upgrade System – With more than 225 persistent trap and weapon upgrades to unlock, you can build an arsenal perfectly suited to your slaying style.

Orcs Must Die! 2 is an action-strategy game that challenges players and their friends to team up and defend a world constantly under siege. Orcs Must Die! 2 is available exclusively as a digital download on personal computers this. For more information about Orcs Must Die! 2, please visit http://www.OrcsMustDie.com.

Aug
10
2012

After a short delay, Hero Academy now available on Steam!

Robot Entertainment has announced that the Steam version of their critically acclaimed mobile strategy game, Hero Academy, is now available on PC! Players who purchase the game on Steam will unlock an exclusive new heroic team featuring the mercenaries from Valve Software’s wildly popular Team Fortress 2. Additionally, each heroic expansion team pack that players purchase in Hero Academy on Steam will unlock a unique cosmetic item in Team Fortress 2.

Download Hero Academy right now on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/209270/ 

Test your skills in this light-hearted battle between friends! Heroic teams have gathered to engage in friendly contests on the Academy playfields. Will your team emerge triumphant? Enter a world of swords and magic, and challenge friends old and new to a contest of tactics and skill. From the human Council to the mysterious Dark Elves, every team needs a fearless captain to lead them to victory. Only those that leverage their team’s strengths and capitalize on their opponent’s weaknesses will protect their crystal and win the day. The Academy extends a warm welcome to all – whether they’re already heroes, or simply heroes in training!

Challenge friends on Steam or iOS to asynchronous one-on-one battles via online multiplayer. Play a heated bout in twenty minutes or across a full day, whenever you have a few moments. You can play all of your Hero Academy matches at your desk, on your iPad, or on the go with your iPhone!

Launch Trailer:

…continue reading » After a short delay, Hero Academy now available on Steam!

Jul
30
2012

Orcs Must Die! 2 Now Available

Robot Entertainment today announced that  Orcs Must Die! 2, the sequel to last year’s AIAS Strategy Game of the Year, is now available for download. Orcs Must Die! 2 thrusts players and their friends back into battle against a terrifying mob of orcs and other monsters. With a redesigned spellbook, players will have a broader range of options to build a deadly arsenal of defenses. Investing hard-earned skulls in an enormous new upgrade system will allow players to cater to their favorite methods of burning, grinding, tossing, or dismembering orcs.

Download Orcs Must Die! 2http://store.steampowered.com/app/201790/ 

Orcs Must Die! 2 begins days after the ending of the original game. With the rifts closed and the magical Order dead, the War Mage finds himself suddenly thrust into a new battle against the mindless orc mob. He has a powerful, if questionable, new companion in the Sorceress, an ex-War Mage responsible for the destruction of the Order.

Orcs Must Die! 2 Features: 

  • Co-Op! – Play as the War Mage, the headstrong hero who charges into danger, or play as the more strategic Sorceress who keeps the mob at bay with mind-control and magic.
  • Story-based Campaign – Pick up where the original game left off with a brand new story-based campaign that you can play in Single-Player or Co-Op!
  • Endless Mode – Play alone or join a friend to put your skills to the test against endless waves of increasingly difficult enemies.
  • Classic Mode – Steam players who own the original Orcs Must Die! will automatically unlock co-op versions of 10 fan-favorite levels from the original game featuring new enemies!
  • Over 20 Deadly Enemies – Face an army of vile new creatures like Earth Elementals, Trolls, and Bile Bats. And they’ve brought all of your favorite trap-fodder from the original Orcs Must Die! along with them!
  • More than 50 Traps, Weapons, and Guardians – Choose from an enormous armory of new and classic defenses, including an all new assortment of magical trinkets.
  • Massive Upgrade System – With more than 225 persistent trap and weapon upgrades to unlock, you can build an arsenal perfectly suited to your slaying style.

Orcs Must Die! 2 is an action-strategy game that challenges players and their friends to team up and defend a world constantly under siege. Orcs Must Die! 2 is available exclusively as a digital download on personal computers this. For more information about Orcs Must Die! 2, please visit http://www.OrcsMustDie.com.

Jul
27
2012

Orcs Must Die! 2 Demo and Soundtrack Now Available!

With just four days until the release of Orcs Must Die! 2, Robot Entertainment today has announced that they’re celebrating the final countdown with demos, deals, and the long-awaited release of the Orcs Must Die! soundtrack! Players looking to be the first to get their hands on Orcs Must Die! 2 can now download the demo and start sleighing their way through two of the game’s early levels in single-player or co-op. Play as either the Sorceress or the War Mage and test-drive a selection of new traps and upgrades. Hone your combat and trap combos this weekend in anticipation of the monstrous assault coming your way when Orcs Must Die! 2 releases on Monday, July 30th, 2012!

Download the Orcs Must Die! 2 Demo: http://store.steampowered.com/app/201790/ 

In addition to the demo, Robot Entertainment has also released the pulse-pounding soundtrack to Orcs Must Die! 2. The soundtrack can be purchased exclusively on Steam for $5.99 and contains over 40 minutes of original music sure to whip players into an orc-killing frenzy.

Finally, Robot Entertainment has permanently lowered the price of the original Orcs Must Die! to $9.99! Downloading the original game will not only give players hours of intense orc-slaying, but will also unlock 10 classic levels in Orcs Must Die! 2. Still not enough? The original game is also on sale for 75% off from now until the morning of July 30th, 2012. There’s never been a better price on the 2011 AIAS Strategy Game of the Year!

Pre-order Orcs Must Die! 2http://store.steampowered.com/app/201790/  …continue reading » Orcs Must Die! 2 Demo and Soundtrack Now Available!

Jul
18
2012

Hero Academy’s PC-Exclusive Team Fortress 2 Heroic Team, Detailed

Robot Entertainment has released new screenshots and details that offer players a first look at the unique abilities of the upcoming Steam-exclusive Team Fortress 2 heroic team. As with all previous teams, the release of the new Team Fortress 2 team will be accompanied by TF2 avatar packs for your Hero Academy profile and a new playing field inspired by the TF2 capture-the-flag map, “Well.” In addition to the exciting new team, each of the previously released heroic expansion teams that players purchase in the Steam version of the game will unlock a unique cosmetic item in Team Fortress 2 inspired by a member of that team. Hero Academy will be available on Steam on August 8th, 2012, and is currently available on the iOS App Store.

Team Fortress 2  Heroic Team Details

From a distant land and time beyond the Clouds of Vapor, the Team Fortress heroes have taken the Hero Academy field by storm. With a wide variety of heroes and flexible advanced weaponry, they have an answer for any situation and an aggressive playstyle.

Team Bonus: Relentless Action – Stomping enemies grants an action point.

  • Spy – A cloaked unit who cannot be targeted at range. The Spy deals massive damage when attacking an enemy from behind.
  • Scout – A fast-moving recon hero; Players gain an AP when deploying the Scout. The Scout automatically hops backwards when hit by an opponent.
  • Sniper – The Sniper can target enemies anywhere in his row. At the end of your turn, the Sniper crouches. If he remains unscathed until your next turn, the Sniper gains increased power on his next shot.
  • Medic – The Medic heals and revives allies;  He can link to a full-health ally to increase their power.
  • Engineer – A defensive hero with a basic ranged attack. The Engineer can upgrade allies’ weapons.
  • Heavy – The Heavy does AOE attack at range. Every successive attack deals more damage as his minigun spins up.
  • Pyro – He does full damage to two enemies in a row; The Pyro’s attack can hit cloaked Spies.
  • Demoman – The Demoman lobs grenades that do AOE damage. He does bonus damage when attacking crystals.
  • Soldier – The Soldier is a ranged hero. He uses powerful rockets to knock enemy units back. …continue reading » Hero Academy’s PC-Exclusive Team Fortress 2 Heroic Team, Detailed