Orcs Must Die! 2

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Orcs Must Die! 2
Orcs Must Die! 2 cover
Robot Entertainment
Release dates
Windows July 30, 2012
Metacritic 83
Series Orcs Must Die!
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Orcs Must Die! 2 guide on StrategyWiki
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Orcs Must Die! 2 on Wikipedia
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General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Download free demo: steam://install/215020
Origin (unavailable)
All versions require Steam DRM. A non-Steam version is available in China on Tencent Games Platform.
Owners of Orcs Must Die! get "Classic Levels" DLC for free which contains levels from original games revamped to support CO-OP and new enemy types.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Fire and Water Booster Pack
Family Ties Booster Pack
Are We There Yeti?

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Go to <path-to-game>\data\ui\video and delete Robot.usm[1]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\startup\user.cfg[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/201790/pfx/[Note 2]
Must be created by user. For more information see Extra configurations.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\201790\remote
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/201790/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings menu.
Video settings menu.
Gameplay settings including options effecting graphical quality.
Gameplay settings including options effecting graphical quality.

High frame rate[edit]

By default the game is capped at 84 FPS.


Game seems to feature frame rate smoothing to keep frame rate steady. To get best result you should change value little higher than monitors refresh rate.

if you already have a user.cfg file and this doesnt work, try creating a new one.

If frame rate jumps too much mouse may behave unexpectedly (set mouse polling rate to 125. also: To solve the mouse sensitivity issue: add command parameter "sudo chmod o-r /dev/input/js*". Do this by right clicking the game in your library, then Properties, then Set Launch Options...The problem is to do with joypad input. if you dont use steam: right click the file launching the program in the game directory, and add the sudo chmod o-r /dev/input/js* to its ending).



Key rebinding.
Key rebinding.
Shows 360 HUD if controller is connected even if keyboard and mouse is used.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Under Gameplay options.
Controller support
Full controller support
The game has to be run in using Steam Big Picture in order to type in a character name.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Shared with mouse.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Sound settings.
Sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, effects and voice.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
Use Nucleus Co-op.
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 3478, 4379, 4380
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed[edit]

"Mic in use by game"[edit]

Orcs Must Die! 2 uses a native in-game voice chat system which disables the Steam voice chat and is also of lower quality than the Steam voice chat.[3]
Easy method[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\startup and create a file named user.cfg
  2. Write -voice
  3. Save your changes.


This disables the voice system.
Disable in-game voice chat[5]
  1. Extract data.zip!\startup\game.cfg located in <path-to-game>
  2. Open the file in your text editor and navigate to the following lines:

    and comment out these lines by inputting a double forward slash infront of them like so:

  3. Save your changes and put the file back into the data.zip archive.


Once in-game you should notice an 'X' over the microphone icon under your character portrait, this means you are now able to use the Steam voice chat.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio FMOD
Interface Scaleform 3.3.92
Multiplayer Steamworks

Extra configurations[edit]

You can customize some elements of Orcs Must Die! 2 by creating a user.cfg file and adding notes into it.
Create user.cfg[6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\startup\
  2. Create a text file called user.cfg.
  3. Edit user.cfg and add options from the list below to change your settings:
    Use this option to turn off the AlienFX lighting effects on Alienware Computers. This may also help with game launch issues that some Alienware users are experiencing.
    Be sure the minus sign is included or this command won't work. Use this to completely disable in-game voice chat. Disabling the in-game voice chat will allow players to use the Steam voice chat instead, should they choose to.
    For players that want to play in 3D, this option will turn off the 2D reticule.
    Instead of unbinding a key when you set it in the game menus to a key that's already in use, the game will swap with the key that was previously mapped.
    Completely disables game sounds
    Prevents your scores from posting to the leaderboards
    This allows you to toggle the blood map (at any time) using “L” key in-game or a custom keybind
    This will force the game to use a desired number of frames per second. Replace ## with the desired number.
  4. Save your user.cfg file (again, ensure that you're not saving it as user.cfg.txt) and relaunch Orcs Must Die! 2

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
ATI Radeon x1950
256 MB of VRAM


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/201790/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (201790) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.