Wing Commander

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Wing Commander
Wing Commander cover
Origin Systems
Release dates
DOS September 27, 1990
Windows October 15, 1996
Windows (DOSBox) August 25, 2011
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 18, 2012[1]
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Wing Commander 1990
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi 1991
Wing Commander: Academy 1993
Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
Super Wing Commander 1994
Wing Commander: Armada 1994
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger 1994
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom 1996
Privateer 2: The Darkening 1996
Wing Commander: Prophecy 1997
Wing Commander: Secret Ops 1998

For the Mac OS remake, see Super Wing Commander.

Key points

Lacks the voice overs of Sega CD port.[2][3]

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Use DOSBox (see Run in DOSBox). DRM requires consulting manuals.
Includes both expansions and Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
macOS (OS X)
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Included with EA Play.

Version differences[edit]

Retail versions of The Secret Missions 2 need the manual to answer copy protection questions.
The version of The Secret Missions 2 has protection bypassed; enter any number and press Enter.
The game was ported to Windows as part of Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga.
The game was remade for Mac OS as Super Wing Commander.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Secret Missions
macOS (OS X)
The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Run in DOSBox[edit]

To run correctly in DOSBox, set cycles=3000 and buttonwrap=false. Leave all other settings at their defaults.[5]


Secret Missions 1 and 2 (The Kilrathi Saga)[edit]

Secret Missions 1 and 2 adds the missions from the expansions. Extract somewhere convenient and run SM12Inst.exe.
The Kilrathi Saga version of Wing Commander must be installed (the DOS version will not work). If the installer doesn't see the installation, see Secret Missions won't install.

Secret Missions 1.5[edit]

Secret Missions 1.5 is the name given to the Super Wing Commander version of the Secret Mission addon. It's actually quite different from the original. A fan port can be downloaded for DOS here and Windows here.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GAMEDAT\SAVEGAME.WLD[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video[edit] Graphic Mode Setup. Graphic Mode Setup.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
All speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
FM Towns version only.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

EXE has stopped working (The Kilrathi Saga)[edit]

Set Windows 95 compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the properties of the named EXE.
  2. Enable Windows 95 or Windows 98 / Windows ME compatibility mode.
  3. Click OK.

Secret Missions won't install[edit]

Install Secret Missions manually[citation needed]
  1. Extract Secret Missions 1 and 2 somewhere temporarily.
  2. Move the six EXE files to the main wc1 folder, replacing all existing files.
  3. Move all other files to wc1\gamedat replacing all existing files.
  4. Go to the properties of SM1.EXE and SM2.EXE and set both to run in Windows 95 or Windows 98 / Windows ME compatibility mode.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 286
System memory (RAM) 640 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7.0 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  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).