Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger

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Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger cover
Origin Systems
Mac OS (Classic) Lion Entertainment, Inc.
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS 1994
Mac OS (Classic) 1995
Windows October 15, 1996
Windows (DOSBox) September 13, 2011
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) April 23, 2013[1]
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger guide on StrategyWiki
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger on MobyGames
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger on Wikipedia
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

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Use DOSBox.
Mac OS
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]
macOS (OS X)
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Included with EA Play. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.

Version differences[edit]

The game was ported to Windows as part of Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\00000***.WSG
Windows <path-to-game>\00000***.WSG[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
WSG_NDX.WSG is a save index, not a save file.
In-game settings are stored in each save rather than shared.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


Main Terminal settings.
Main Terminal settings.
In-flight settings (Alt+O).
In-flight settings (Alt+O).

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only. "widescreen" FMVs: Set DOSBox to fullresolution=desktop. Via the in game settings leave Movies at the default of VGA (most important, Note: original video files are only in VGA, turning on SVGA only affects playback and will not result in a visual improvement on modern PCs) gameflow can stay set to SVGA. Full motion videos will now play in "widescreen". While there are some black borders on the sides of the video, they are reduced by considerable amount from the default settings.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Toggle with Alt+ Enter (when using DOSBox).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
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
24 FPS cap.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
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
Space flight follows the cursor in mouse mode.
Controller support
Must be selected in in-flight settings (Alt+O).
Full controller support
Text entry requires the keyboard.
Controller remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound.
Surround sound
Enabled by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Joystick not recognized[edit]

Remove other controllers[3]

In Windows' Settings or Control Panel, remove any other controllers and set the joystick as the preferred device.

Joystick calibration issues[edit]

Use the Alternate Joystick Routines[citation needed]

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) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7.0 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
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).
  2. File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter game data. For the release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).