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This page is for the original release. For the Battle.net-compatible and GOG.com enhanced releases, see Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition.

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness cover
Developers
Blizzard Entertainment
Beyond the Dark Portal Cyberlore Studios
Release dates
DOS December 9, 1995
Mac OS (Classic) December 9, 1995
Taxonomy
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Fantasy
Series Warcraft
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness on HowLongToBeat
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness on IGDB
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness guide on StrategyWiki
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness on MobyGames
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness on Wikipedia
Warcraft
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans 1994
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness 1995
Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans Cancelled
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition 1999
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 2002
World of Warcraft 2004
Hearthstone 2014
Warcraft III: Reforged 2020

General information

Developer site

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
DOS
Mac OS

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
DOS
Mac OS

Essential improvements

Patches

Install the Tides of Darkness patch only if Beyond the Dark Portal is not installed.

Operating System Tides of Darkness Beyond the Dark Portal
Windows FTP Server Blizzard FTP Server
Mac Blizzard FTP Server Blizzard FTP Server

Warcraft II: Beyond The Dark Portal Map Editor for Mac

Source ports

Name Description
Wargus
Alternative open-source engine.
Aims to improve stability and availability on other platforms such as OS X and Linux.
Also works with the original Warcraft.
Not fully compatible with the Battle.net Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
DOS
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location

System Location
DOS
Mac OS (Classic)

Video

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
General MIDI audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
First release only had a French manual. Second release was localized entirely.
German
Italian

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 See Issues fixed.
Online play

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 6112-6119
UDP 6112-6119
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed

Game uses IPX for multiplayer

Warcraft II uses IPX for multiplayer support, meaning Windows Vista and higher cannot play any form of multiplayer.[citation needed]
Use IPX tunneling[citation needed]

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes SVGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
Windows
Requires a source port.
macOS (OS X)
Requires a source port.
Linux
Requires a source port.

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System

System requirements

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) 80486
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) SVGA-compliant video card
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68040
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 256 colors

References