PAX Prime 2012

PAX: Hands on with Orc Attack- A Gas

Written by Chris Lock

While planning for PAX there were multiple skype meetings between the staff that was attending the show. During almost every single meeting I tried to convince everyone to go see Orc Attack with me, it never worked. Near the end of our last meeting before the convention I was able to make Austin agree to go with me; after I told him you could fart to attack. So during PAX we would walk by the booth, always with somewhere else to be, and say “We gotta get to Orc Attack.” This continued on until the last fifteen minutes of the show in which I rushed over to the Orc Attack booth and got as much hands on time with it as I could. During that short time though I was thoroughly impressed.

You play Orc Attack as one of four Orcs, all named some sort of pun involving farts. Each Orc also has its own special fart that, when used in conjunction with the burps, will cause an elemental explosion enemies. For Example: if Friar Krap farts and another orc burps into the cloud then all enemies within range will turn to ice. With this in mind I chose Friar Krap and my partner chose Lord Poop and we set our sight into the wilderness.

The basic gameplay of Orc Attack is pretty standard fare. You have a light attack, a heavy attack, a dodge, and so on. Waves and waves of humans rush as you and your compadres work together to eliminate them. Note the key word in that last phrase- “Work Together.” You will not survive the onslaught if you try to go solo in these battles. I was continually getting worked over until I started sticking close to my partner and we started using out powers in conjunction. Although it looks just like a simple beat-em-up game there is actually a whole lot going on that will force you to stick with your fellow orcs.

As we made our way through the murky swamps and frozen lands we slew vikings, jumped over electric fences, and even played piggyback to take down a big baddie. And the more my partner and I communicated, the more fun I had. Before I knew it the screen was constantly being filled with flatulence and flying enemies while I cackled in delight. It seems so silly, that a fart joke could be implemented in such a satisfying way, but it was.

And then it ended; my time with Orc Attack was brought to a close by an accidentally unplugged cord. It was no big deal as the convention hall had shut down nearly ten minutes ago. In the frenzy of colorful orc fun I had not realized how much time had actually passed. Even though I knew it was not a possibility I really wanted to jump back in and play a bit more of Orc Attack. The game is just pure and simple fun and anyone who enjoys co-op games should not miss this game.

Things you should know about Orc Attack

  • Single Player will net you an AI partner
  • Online and couch Co-op
  • Late 2013 release
  • Landing attacks makes you more powerful over time
  • 8 playable orcs
  • Farts and burps do damage separately
  • PSN, XBL, PSVITA, PC release
  • Developer is Casual Brothers

About the author

Chris Lock

Just a guy that loves games and wants so badly to tell you about them. I have a habit of being a terrible person. Prone to talk about the worst games imaginable. Poke-fan. LBP admirer. RPG lover. Writer. Podcaster. Father. Husband. Student. Tired. @Snickelsox on twitter.


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