Heroes of Might and Magic II

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Heroes of Might and Magic II
Heroes of Might and Magic II cover
Developers
New World Computing
Expansion Cyberlore Studios
Publishers
Retail 3DO
Retail re-releases, digital Ubisoft
Release dates
DOS October 1, 1996
Windows October 1, 1996
Mac OS (Classic) October 1, 1996
Windows (DOSBox) August 20, 2009
Taxonomy
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select
Genres TBS
Themes Fantasy
Series Heroes of Might and Magic
Heroes of Might and Magic II guide on StrategyWiki
Heroes of Might and Magic II on MobyGames
Heroes of Might and Magic II on Wikipedia
Subseries of Might and Magic
Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest 1995
Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Succession Wars 1996
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia 1999
Heroes Chronicles 2001
Heroes of Might and Magic IV 2002
Heroes of Might and Magic V 2006
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East 2007
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes 2011
Might & Magic Heroes VI 2011
Might & Magic Heroes VI: Shades of Darkness 2013
Heroes of Might and Magic III - HD Edition 2015
Might & Magic Heroes Online 2015
Might & Magic Heroes VII 2015
Might & Magic Heroes VII: Trial by Fire 2016

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Celestial Heavens forums for game series

Key points

ddraw.dll is recommended to make the game playable on Windows 8 and 10.
winevdm is also useful as well if you need to install a game that uses a 16 bit installer


Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
While the Windows version of the game is 32 bit you will still need Winevdm because the Installer is 16 bit.
Russian copies are bundled with Heroes of Might and Magic and Heroes of Might and Magic 3 Complete
DOS
Windows
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Comes with multiple bonuses, including the expansion "The Price of Loyalty". Includes the native Windows version as well as the DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[1]
Windows
Ubisoft Store
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Gold Edition is included with Ubisoft+.
Windows

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Price of Loyalty
Windows
DOS

Essential improvements[edit]

Mods[edit]

GL Wrapper by Verok[edit]

Changes the graphics renderer, fixes performance on newer systems.

fheroes2[edit]

Open source engine, which allows to play HoMM 2 on modern operation systems, and having improvement features like resolution change support, cross-platform and QoL gameplay changes. Requires original files.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\GAMES[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Ubisoft Connect

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
use fheroes2
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
use fheroes2
Field of view (FOV)
use fheroes2
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter (when using DOSBox). For Windows version, toggle with F4
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Polish
Russian
Unofficial localization by «PC Boheme/Fargus»

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
Hot seat
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

The original disc release uses a 16-bit installer.
  1. Insert the CD
  2. Download Winevdm.
  3. Extract it Somewhere
  4. Click on otvdmw.exe then look for SETUP.EXE
  5. You may get a "SEGV" error and if that's the case just click on continue
  6. Follow the Prompts

Playing the game on Windows 8 and 10[edit]

  1. Download ddraw.
  2. Extract it somewhere
  3. Copy ddraw.dll to your installation folder (where you installed the game at)
  4. Right click on HEROES2W.exe and go to properties
  5. On Compatibility Mode Select Windows 98 / Windows ME
  6. Click on Reduced colour mode and set it to "16-Bit (65536) Colour"
  7. Also Click on "Run this Program as an Administrator
  8. Click Apply and OK
  9. Run the game

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
WinG
[5]
DOS video modes
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
Windows
64-bit requires the fheroes2 source port[2]
macOS (OS X)
Requires the fheroes2 source port[3]
Linux
Requires the fheroes2 source port[4]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible

Notes

  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).

References

  1. List of GOG games using DOSBox, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  2. version 0.9.5 - last accessed on 2021-07-17
  3. version 0.9.5 - last accessed on 2021-07-17
  4. Debian -- Details of package fheroes2-pkg in sid - last accessed on 2021-04-05
  5. WinG - Wikipedia - last accessed on 2020-03-19