Just what are orcs exactly? Are they demons from the deepest depths of h-e-double-hockeysticks, trolls that live under bridges quizzing all those that wish to pass, or are they just a figment of some British guy's imagination? In any case, you don't need to be a Tolkien scholar to know that when a orc is a comin', you best start a runnin'. Unless, of course, you're feeling all brave and stuff, and want a challenge.
In Battle Panic, a new strategy defense game by Ninja Kiwi, your kingdom has been overrun by the orcish horde and it's up to you to take back what's yours and bring the fight to the enemy's homeland. In each level you begin with basic defenses and some starting resources. You have about a minute to mine or build buildings and units before the orc army approaches.
It's a familiar concept, but what makes Battle Panic stand out is its controls. To build, heal, destroy, and mine, just place your cursor over the object you want to interact with. No clicking required, except to summon reinforcements or buy resources. You can join in the fight by placing your cursor over an enemy and watch as it turns into a big sword that does deadly damage. It can be upgraded along with your three basic units—foot soldier, archer, and cavalry. You can also play medic by placing your cursor over your own troops and watch as a pleasing golden aura surrounds and heals them. This is where the strategy comes in. Your cursor can only be in one place at a time, so you'll need to decide where your energy is best spent—on the battlefield, in the gold mines and forest, or at home shoring up your defenses. The basic idea behind Battle Panic is nothing new, but the game is polished, with good graphics and sound effects, tons of upgrades, and, at about a dozen levels, will provide you with all the blood and orc guts you can handle for an afternoon.