Almost everyone who has played Plants vs. Zombies has wondered, “what if my plants had legs and were armed with swords.” Empire VS Orcs is a game which does just that, well, apart from the plants and zombies portion though. Developed by Ezjoy, the company behind the enjoyable free title, Marble Blast 2, Empire VS Orcs lets you take part in an epic battle between righteous humans and savage orcs.
The game can be categorized as a strategic battle game with the emphasis on unit production. The game is a 2D title that plays like a side scrolling brawler. Much like Plants VS Zombies, you are presented with a level. But unlike the aforementioned game, Empire VS Orcs involves dynamic levels instead of static ones. There are two “bases” in a level, one is for the empire, which is on the left side, and the other is for the orcs. Your main objective is to defend your own base while sending waves of troops to destroy the enemy’s one.
To aid you in your quest, numerous units are at your disposal. Knights, horse riders, archers and shield bearing paladins just to name a few. You deploy a gold mine to obtain a steady amount of gold. The gold is then used for the deployment of troops into the battlefield and it can be obtained via a mine or by defeating enemy units. There are also multiple spells at your disposal with different elemental effects like slowing down opponents from ice or damaging them using fire. Spell casting requires mana, hence mana wells can be made to supplement your magic needs. The units are also upgradeable and the upgrades not only enhance the stats but also the visual appearance of the units.
The units and troops of both, the empire and orcs are fully realized, as they are presented in crisp 2D glory. The animations are adequate and the graphics are fine. The colors are rich and bright, the backdrops also exhibit liveliness. The orcs also have multiple types of units, bear-like rapid attackers, rangers and strong bosses all want to destroy the Empire.
Empire VS Orcs is a cheerful and fun game to play. The battles are hectic and engaging. The resource management and unit arrangements add a strategic angle to the orc slaying. If you liked Plants VS Zombies then you are going to love this game, which is an obvious evolution to that particular gameplay formula. Sharpen your blades mighty warrior and be ready to thrust thy sword in the name of the empire!