Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

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Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness cover
Blizzard Entertainment
Beyond the Dark Portal Cyberlore Studios
Release dates
DOS December 9, 1995
Mac OS (Classic) December 9, 1995
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness guide on StrategyWiki
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness on MobyGames
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness on Wikipedia
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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.

General information

Developer site
Wowpedia - A huge wiki for everything Warcraft universe related.


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

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
Mac OS

Essential improvements[edit]


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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
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 and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Multiplayer types

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


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[edit]

Game uses IPX for multiplayer[edit]

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[edit]


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


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 the original Warcraft.
Not fully compatible with the Battle.net Edition.
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

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