I just finished beating Orcs Must Die! in the middle difficulty. I was considering playing through in nightmare mode, but I don't care to if it is all the same levels. How is nightmare different?

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Yes, it is all the same levels. However, they are significantly more difficult because:

  • The enemies that spawn are significantly more difficult (more heavy orcs, ogres, etc)
  • Your traps and weapons do less damage
  • There is no wait time between rounds
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    Also, you have a chance to receive another 5 skulls per level to spend on upgrades.
    – Shaun
    Dec 26, 2012 at 19:51

Same levels, as mentioned.

To expand on nightmare, the Orcs Must Die wiki page mentions that the changes in this difficulty are:

  • Decreased player health by 50%
  • Decreased rift points by 50%
  • Increased Mob health by 20%
  • Increased Mob damage by 20%
  • Orc Warriors have Shields
  • Guardians receive 20% less damage.
  • All breaks between waves (including at the start of the stage, before the first wave is unleashed) are only 3 seconds long.

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