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Jagged Alliance 2

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Jagged Alliance 2
Jagged Alliance 2 cover
Sir-Tech Canada
Linux Tribsoft
1999-2002 TalonSoft
2002-present Strategy First
2010 retail re-release Funbox Media
Retail (Germany), Steam (as DLC for Wildfire) TopWare Interactive
Linux Titan Computer
Release dates
Windows July 23, 1999
Linux 2001
macOS (OS X) November 15, 2013[1]
Linux (Wine) November 20, 2016[2][3]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres Tactical RPG
Themes Contemporary, Sci-fi
Series Jagged Alliance
Jagged Alliance 2 on HowLongToBeat
Jagged Alliance 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Jagged Alliance 2 on MobyGames
Jagged Alliance 2 on Wikipedia
Jagged Alliance 1995
Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games 1996
Jagged Alliance 2 1999
Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business 2000
Jagged Alliance 2: Wildfire 2004
Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge (unofficial) 2007
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action 2012
Jagged Alliance: Crossfire 2012
Jagged Alliance Online 2013
Jagged Alliance Flashback 2014
Jagged Alliance Online: Reloaded 2015
Jagged Alliance: Rage! 2018
Jagged Alliance 3 2023


The macOS (OS X) version of this game needs a fix to work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later (see API for details).

Jagged Alliance 2 is a singleplayer bird's-eye view and isometric Tactical RPG game in the Jagged Alliance series.

The game received several post-release updates, the latest of which is exclusive to the Gold Pack release (compilation of the base game and Unfinished Business).

On modern systems, the game has stability and performance issues most likely caused by broken DirectDraw compatibility. Most players use modified versions of the game, both of which have improved compatibility with modern systems - JA2-Stracciatella, a source port which focuses on code optimization, quality-of-life improvements like widescreen and windowed modes, and modding improvements - or the unofficial v1.13 patch which significantly changes the gameplay for depth and increased difficulty as well as a multiplayer system which all other versions of the game lack.

General information

Official Discord server for game series
Unofficial wiki
The Bear's Pit unofficial forums for game series
Jagged Alliance 2 source code Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions (Strategy First standalone version)
Steam Community Discussions (Strategy First Gold version)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc 1 DRM in English release (removed with patch 1.07), LaserLock DRM in German release (removed with patch 1.05).
Gold Pack release and TopWare's bundle with Wildfire.
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Gold Pack (with Unfinished Business)
Sold by Strategy First. Gold Pack build v1.12, but only contains the base game. Includes dormant SafeDisc 1 DRM files[4]
macOS (OS X)
Sold by TopWare Interactive as a DLC for Wildfire. Uses obsolete version 1.03. Pre-packaged with WineD3D.
Green Man Gaming
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Sold by TopWare Interactive as a DLC for Wildfire
macOS (OS X)
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Sold by Strategy First as Gold Pack (with Unfinished Business)
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Sold by TopWare Interactive as a DLC for Wildfire. Uses obsolete version 1.03. Pre-packaged with WineD3D.
macOS (OS X)
ZOOM Platform
Gold Pack (with Unfinished Business). Pre-packaged with DDrawCompat.
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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Sold by Strategy First as Gold Pack (with Unfinished Business)
A free demo version is available from

Essential improvements


The latest official patch for the base game is 1.07 (international) and 1.05 (German), available at Patches-Scrolls and The Bear's Pit. Installation removes SafeDisc DRM from the executable.[5]
The latest official patch for the Gold Pack is 1.12, available at, Patches-Scrolls and The Bear's Pit.
Owners of the base game can upgrade to the Gold Pack 1.12 build using these unofficial packages (which do not include the Unfinished Business content): English, German.

Unofficial patches


JA2-Stracciatella homepage
A cross-platform source port which improves the game's stability, fixes bugs and provides a stable platform for mod development.
Actively maintained.
Not compatible with v1.13.
Has not reached v1.0 release status yet. As such, Stracciatella has its own set of bugs and is not feature complete (e.g. the enemy army will not engage city militias, which is a large portion of the overworld strategy and that is fully functional in the base game and 1.13)

Unofficial v1.13 patch

Main thread
Feature list
A modification which provides many gameplay updates and fixes, including new weapons, features, mechanics and multiplayer.[6][7]
It is a significant shift from the original version and is recommended for higher-skilled players.
Not compatible with JA2-Stracciatella.

Skip intro videos

Delete or rename movie files[8]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data.
  2. Delete or rename Intro.slf.
This also resolves an issue where the game freezes with a blank screen on startup.[9]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Ja2.set[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SavedGames[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
The saved games' subfolder is absent on a fresh installation, and is created automatically when a game is saved for the first time.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


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


Keyboard and mouse, touch State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Touchscreen optimised
Use JA2-Stracciatella version 0.20.0 or newer.
Controller support
Controller types


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Speech, effects, music
Surround sound
Flavor speech (curses, acknowledgements) not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Included with JA2-Stracciatella; requires enabling both in its Localization setting and the Mods list.
Retail and TopWare Steam version only.
Retail and TopWare Steam version only; download for digital releases.
Retail only.
Retail and TopWare Steam version only.
Retail and TopWare Steam version only. The original and Gold Pack localizations differ.

Issues fixed

Choppy mouse on some screens

If your mouse or game is slow or choppy, use DDrawCompat.

Widescreen for base game (1.12) without Stracciatella
  • Use CNC-ddraw and set custom resolution to 854x480 in ddraw.ini (for 16:9 displays).
  • Use Presentation: Fullscreen Upscaling without engaging 'maintain aspect ratio' or 'integer scaling.'

This should reasonably upscale the 640x480 graphics to widescreen without the text being uncomfortably small to read on modern displays.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
4 Use v1.13.
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Used in conjunction with direct IP for v1.13 multiplayer.
Direct IP
Used in conjunction with P2P for v1.13 multiplayer.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Executable 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
Use JA2-Stracciatella for 64-bit.
macOS (OS X)
Use JA2-Stracciatella for 64-bit.
64-bit and ARM require JA2-Stracciatella.[10]


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Smacker Video Technology

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.7
Processor (CPU) 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).


  1. Mac Game Update: 34 New Additions ● - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  2. Steam Announcements - Linux port available now! - last accessed on 2019-03-28
  3. Only the version sold as DLC for Wildfire on Steam.
  4. Verified by User:Plok on 2023-09-17
    The main directory contains clcd16.dll, clcd32.dll and dplayerx.dll, but Ja2.exe does not contain calls to them.
  5. Verified by User:Plok on 2023-07-25
  6. JA2 v1.13 / Revision History
  7. JA2 v1.13 / Multiplayer - last accessed on May 2023
  8. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2019-04-08
  9. Steam Community :: Guide :: Black Screen freeze fix - fast and easy without installing mods - last accessed on 2019-04-08
  10. Jagged Alliance 2 Stracciatella - last accessed on 2021-05-09