Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

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Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans cover
Blizzard Entertainment
Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
DOS November 23, 1994
Mac OS (Classic) 1996
Windows (DOSBox) March 28, 2019
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) March 28, 2019
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Fantasy
Series Warcraft
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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

Key points

The CD-ROM version is updated to a version that has the DRM removed.
The GOG.com version is updated to the latest version, has the DRM removed, and comes bundled with a preconfigured copy of DOSBox.

General information

Developer site
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Some pre-1.21 versions prompt for words from the manual.[1]
Mac OS
Warcraft I & II Bundle is also available.
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1994, DOS release)[edit]

Released November 23, 1994.
Only supports MIDI audio.
DRM in early versions can be removed by patching the game to version 1.21 or higher.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1996, Mac OS release)[edit]

Released Early 1996.
Later versions supported CD quality streaming audio.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (2019, GOG.com release)[edit]

Released March 28, 2019.
Patched to Warcraft CD version 1.22h on Windows.
Pre-installed and prepackaged with a properly configured DOSBox copy.
Includes a DRM-free hybrid disc image with both the 1994 DOS release and the 1996 Mac OS release.[2]

Essential improvements[edit]


Patches for the DOS and Mac OS versions are available on Battle.net's support section.

The GOG.com version is already patched to the most up to date version available.

Warcraft Mouse Helper[edit]

Warcraft Mouse Helper options.
Warcraft Mouse Helper options.
Enables more modern mouse controls: ordering units with right mouse button, scrolling with mouse wheel, and selecting multiple units without holding down CTRL.
Requires running the game in DOSBox under Windows.
Works with 2019 GOG.com release.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\CONFIG.WAR (sound card settings)
<path-to-game>\PREFS.WAR (in-game options)
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVE*.SAV
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
When the game is run from GOG Galaxy.


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
DOSBox allows for stretch full-screen or pillarboxed full-screen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
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
120+ FPS


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Only scroll speed can be changed.
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Screen edge scrolling requires a left click in this title.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Most speech during cinematic scenes and briefings is accompanied with matching text.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Red Book CD audio
General MIDI audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail release.
Fan translation by «Открытый перевод Бюро Old-Games.Ru»


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
For DOSBox use DOSBox IPX/modem emulation.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game will not start on Windows 10[edit]

Attempting to start the game may result in nothing happening, or the DOSBox window appearing blank.
Change DOSBox Output Mode
  1. Go to the <path-to-game> folder.
  2. Open dosbox_warcraft.conf with a text editor.
  3. Change output=overlay to output=ddraw and save the file.


See DOSBox issues fixed for more information.

Bypass WarCraft Launcher menu[edit]

This applies to the GOG.com release.
Edit DOSBox batch command
  1. Go to the <path-to-game> folder.
  2. Open dosbox_warcraft_single.conf with a text editor.
  3. Find goto launcher on or around the 11th line from the top.
  4. Change it to goto game and save the file.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes SVGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
64-bit requires a source port.
macOS (OS X)
64-bit may require a source port.
Requires a source port.[3]


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System

Source ports[edit]

Name Description
Alternative open-source engine.
Aims to improve stability and availability on other platforms such as OS X and Linux.
Also works with Warcraft II.
macOS (OS X)
Information on running this game on Linux can be found on the GOG.com forums.

Cover Art Gallery[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 3.2
Processor (CPU) IBM 386/20 MHz
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA graphics card
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68030
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 MB
Video card (GPU) 256-colour system
Operating system (OS) 7, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) WDDM 1.0
DirectX 9 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.11
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data.