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Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

DOS - 1996

Alt names
WarCraft II: Blood Seas, War2
Released in
United States
Editor / Construction Set, Medieval / Fantasy, Real-Time
Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
4.4 / 5 - 510 votes

Description of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

Offering strategy in a world of medieval / fantasy, real-time, editor / construction set, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (also known as WarCraft II: Blood Seas, War2) is an abandonware developed by Blizzard Entertainment Inc. and published by Blizzard Entertainment Inc.. Released in 1996, you wander around in a top-down perspective.

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Tono added this comment on 2014-10-31 :

Did anyone experience playing Worldcraft II under Windows 8.1? I followed closely video on youtube, did every step including changing war2.ini file but still encounter unwanted CD pop up. Any suggestion on what to do in Windows 8.1? Thanks!


Tap dancing Jesus added this comment on 2014-10-05 :

first of all, watch

follow the steps as said on the video and play... just easy as that
and when you are going to rewrite the cd path on the .INI file, write:
or whatever letter your local disc is


Tips: added this comment on 2014-10-04 :

Get dosbox
1.) Make sure you run war2cd.exe after running the crack file if needed not war2.exe


revengeofdos added this comment on 2014-09-27 :

get dos box and look up on youtube on how to start it, easy shit.


Agamemnon added this comment on 2014-09-21 :

For those running into the cd required problem, the only thing needed to fix this is to edit the WAR2.INI file, change the cdpath line to be cdpath = c:\, or whatever your hard drive is. All the other fixes discussed below are optional.


gamerfreak added this comment on 2014-09-20 :

for everyone having trouble with the files. LEARN how to use computers. it is really simple. im playing croc 2 and it toke me only 4 minutes to get it all running.


saq added this comment on 2014-09-18 :

It doesn't even have a start button..I'm so blind what it comes to files....


Akumo added this comment on 2014-09-15 :

The game of games, even now it still feels full of magic and plays smooth, the music, the story, wow got nothing on this...


kostra added this comment on 2014-09-12 :

Works fine for me in Boxer on Mac.. better than the old Mac versions, actually.


Uthred added this comment on 2014-09-11 :

Game doesn't work at all even with DosBox


confused added this comment on 2014-09-03 :

not working for me at all. I have dragged the file and it just says there is nothing in there for extract


remsters added this comment on 2014-08-27 :

I sure wish I could remember where I got the Direct Play Warcraft 1,Warcraft 2,and Warcraft 3 program from on the internet.I'd definetly like to give you guys the link.It's really awesome.No messy Dosbox stuff.You just copy/paste the main folder to C:\ and click on shortcuts and all 3 games are ready to play.I guess the best thing to do is just Google for it.It might also have been a Torrent,so if you're brave enough try: (I am not responsible if the DMCA flags you as this torrent may or may not be considered piracy)


Koonorak added this comment on 2014-08-17 :

To use DosBox just drag the .exe file to the DosBox icon


doomguy21 added this comment on 2014-08-17 :

This is great. Probably one of the best RTS's I've ever played. Pain in the rear end to get working, but once you do it pays off.


LionHeart added this comment on 2014-08-17 :

Im on the 6th or 5th mission and the game will sometimes just stop playing, the window will just close.


Unknown added this comment on 2014-07-29 :

Follow this guy's instructions on how to get this game to's the easiest way I have found it to work for me after working through the harder DosBox method.

Enjoy the game.


Kronick added this comment on 2014-07-27 :

In response to the where to extract question. What I did is make a separate folder to extract to..... I use Dosblaster which deploys DosBox to play the game without having to go through the annoyance of mounting drives and so forth. From DosBlaster I go-to file-Import Game- select the folder that shows the .exe .batch or both


Once game is imported, double click the joystick icon that shows the game name ( windows opens with a few .exe .batch or both files) and select one and you should be good from there.

I created a folder called Dos. Inside created separate game folders so my desktop wouldn't be cluttered. Once I extract to created folder I check that folder to see if it made it's own folder or not. Sometimes zip/compressed files when extract have the habit of making or not making their own separate folder(s) Thus why should always make an extraction folder just on the off chance there is no self made folder. I would think no one wants millions of files on their desktop.

Also just for an off note, some games will play without using dosbox or third party software. You just click the appropriate application file (.exe) Such is the situation with Theme Hospital and Colonization.
(MAINLY WINDOWS XP) I am noticing that a lot of games will work regardless 32 or 64 bit as long as using a dos emulator and windows version doesn't matter for most.


J added this comment on 2014-07-18 :

I have a tablet 3, automatically download says 'unsuccessful' help?


prethorius added this comment on 2014-07-08 :

si tu connais pas ça...tu n'a rien à voir avec le monde de Blizz...


Thoriq Welek added this comment on 2014-07-06 :

What should i do after "Extract All" ?


Jesustron added this comment on 2014-07-04 :

I used to play this with my buddy, over lan, on his parents macs when i was a kid. Really brings me back


Efede85 added this comment on 2014-06-23 :

DINOCAWK use Boxer or DOSBOX, the first its a Front End for DOSBOX, very easy to use and configure.


Defilar added this comment on 2014-06-21 :

One of the best games I've ever played as a kit. I spent hours on playing online way before existed. 10/10 amazing game.


Jigsawn added this comment on 2014-05-16 :

Weird description of the game. It's a real-time strategy!


dinocawk added this comment on 2014-05-11 :

I have a mac, and it's not working. any help?


JOlo added this comment on 2014-05-11 :

Cool game


mrjack added this comment on 2014-05-07 :

hi guys! i'm trying to play this with dosbox i run the setup, the crack, and the game, it starts but wont allow me to play single player game cause of CD needed. what am I supposed to do?? thanks


ekprophet added this comment on 2014-05-04 :

crack still doesnt work


Onetool added this comment on 2014-04-28 :

@Metulburr. Thanks it got the music going, its midi, as opposed to the cd audio, but that's better than nothing! Thanks, again!


lars added this comment on 2014-04-27 :

nothing much good game


metulburr added this comment on 2014-04-26 :

Always use DOSBOX to run game. run setup.exe, set sound to soundblaster 16, autoset, then run w2crack.exe, then war2.exe to start the game.
change fullscreen to true.
change cycles from auto to 20000 (fast scroll speed).
append to conf file at end under [autoexec] these 3 lines to auto start warcraft
mount c C:\
where the last one is the path to war2.exe on your system


Onetool added this comment on 2014-04-22 :

The gameplay runs perfectly fine. I am having issues with the sound. The music and voice for the briefing screens don't play, all other sound works though. Any ideas?


19 added this comment on 2014-04-18 :

Attila windows 8 is your problem fix it with ubuntu 13.10 and use wine to run all you windows programs and heres the really cool part its free


jk added this comment on 2014-04-13 :



Attila added this comment on 2014-04-12 :

cant get it to work on windows 8


lOl added this comment on 2014-04-11 :



gary added this comment on 2014-04-09 :

the game is crazy...........................................


Jer added this comment on 2014-04-02 :

Thank you so much!


HUNTERIII added this comment on 2014-03-30 :

yes no ok thamk you


Chapungu added this comment on 2014-03-29 :

err kinda got it to work but don't have the cd anymore, how do I get the crack to work


viva added this comment on 2014-03-25 :

nice stuff


CMSC added this comment on 2014-03-19 :

very good


(Insert Witty Name Here) added this comment on 2014-03-10 :

I recommend using de-fend to run it as it makes dosbox allot more user friendly. If it says it needs a cd Right Click the program (if your using de-fend)and go to edit then click drives and make sure its on the correct one. should only occur if you have more than one drive in your pc.


DOSBox added this comment on 2014-03-08 :

to all of you that complain that it doesnt work: USE DOSBOX!!!!


indstr added this comment on 2014-02-12 :

Eh, I played this somewhat back in the day. I used to play it on Kali, back when people played Descent and Warcraft 2 on the same servers. Heh. But I didn't enjoy it as much as Warcraft 1, and RTS games after this just got too involved for me to really be able to enjoy anymore...


hiromi added this comment on 2014-02-05 :

gg game


musket577 added this comment on 2014-01-28 :



yans added this comment on 2013-12-31 :

i cant play my warcraft because i doesnt support fullscreen


admin added this comment on 2013-12-12 :

Add a CD drive in DOSBox pointing to the game folder and stop bitching.


jimmy savile's evil sister Joe Frost Savile added this comment on 2013-11-24 :

Ok game


Anon added this comment on 2013-11-19 :

So you know, the game is playable without a CD by updating to the most recent patch.

It should be available here:


Rickyjpen added this comment on 2013-11-13 :

fix the cd requirement error lol


Seth added this comment on 2013-11-11 :

Any way you can play w/o the CD? Cause then this thing is just pointless.


Rickyjpen added this comment on 2013-11-09 :

Okay so I did all of this and it says I need the cd


yo added this comment on 2013-10-11 :

Porvafor como roda ele?


Alex added this comment on 2013-10-04 :

Ótimo game, me traz muitas lembranças. Obrigado Myabandonware =D.


joão vitor added this comment on 2013-09-29 :

eu já jogei o warcraft 3 mais nunca o 2 eu vou jogar ele já já


tino added this comment on 2013-09-12 :

i love this game should no virus


brent added this comment on 2013-09-12 :

wheres the video?


Joe added this comment on 2013-09-10 :

I can't use the map editor. When i click "save" or "save as" it close the editor without save. I use win7 64bit.


dj ona added this comment on 2013-09-09 :



nevelis added this comment on 2013-09-03 :

Just unzipped & ran in dosbox, works perfectly! :D thanks a bunch for the upload :D


gamechamp added this comment on 2013-09-02 :

I've made a "How To" video for how to setup Warcraft 2 in D-Fend Reloaded from this download. D-Fend runs DOSBox but simplifies your life. Watch my video for how to set it up and stop getting the "insert CD" message:


sss added this comment on 2013-08-20 :

I did that all what there is to do and now its saias to me that i have to insert the CD.. which i dont have.. HELP PLEASE!! :)


gamechamp added this comment on 2013-08-03 :

I forgot to add in that first before editing the config file (war2.ini) and before launching the game, first run WC2CRACK.exe in dosbox and it will ask you about overwriting two files, say yes to both, then when it exits, do the rest of the instructions I wrote in my other comment.


gamechamp added this comment on 2013-08-03 :

I tested 1SolutionToUniteThemAll's solution and it worked, although it can be done even simpler than that. You don't need to make a subfolder of the game within the game folder. All you do is edit the config files first line from cdpath=. to instead say cdpath=c:\ (use whichever drive letter you plan to mount in dosbox) then mount the game folder and execute war2.exe and it'll run.

I used D-Fend Reloaded to do this, since it takes care of everything for me. I had set cdpath to D: and then through D-fend specifically I went to the profile editor for the game then "Drives" section and added the link to the game folder, setting it as 'folder as hard disk' and selecting the drive letter to be D. Worked like a charm.


Jabes added this comment on 2013-07-29 :

I tried typing in all of these (WAR2CD.BAT, war2.exe)on the last line following "C:\warcraft"
(my files name is "warcraft") and it says "illegal command" everytime.

I even tried the cd cracking download and that doesn't work either.


Jabes added this comment on 2013-07-29 :

Why is this so messed up? The batch file is "WAR2CD" but when i type it into dosbox it says illegal command.


1SolutionToUniteThemAll added this comment on 2013-07-11 :

Piecing together stuff from different posts I got it to work. I edited the war2.ini file like several people did (it finally saved the changes.) I don't know what the \warcraft folder\ means but I typed: cdpath=e: and then saved

Within Dosbox I mounted _two drives_ c: and e: drives with c: being the first extraction location and e: being the same contents in a subfolder. So I have on my actual hard drive c:\warcraft and the exact same contents in c:\warcraft\warcraft (This latter one is mounted as the E:\ in dosbox.) I did not use war2cd.bat. I executed using war2.exe.

To summarize after you edit war2.ini, within dosbox type:

mount c c:\warcraft
mount e c:\warcraft\warcraft
Then execute: war2.exe

I also downloaded the hack from the megagames link and extracted it to the c:\warcraft folder. I don't know if it is critical. Now if I can just figure out how to play!


anon added this comment on 2013-06-23 :

if it asks for a disk do the google with "no cd crack Warcraft 2 tides of darkness" it will probably take you to a place known as "gamecopyworld" here you can download this awesome tweak to play your games without having to use a cd every damn time. its pretty awesome.

i searched it here is a link to it:


AzzKikr added this comment on 2013-06-19 :

I downloaded and set WC" up without problems but when I want to run the game it asks for the WC2 CD, which I obviously don't have.
What do I do 'bout that!?


skillorr added this comment on 2013-06-15 :

Im using D-Fend Reloaded.I drag the downloaded file and drop in to the DOSbox which includes D-Fend Reloaded.


Billisgay added this comment on 2013-06-14 :

Use D-Fend Reloaded if DosBox is too complicated.


skillorr added this comment on 2013-06-11 :

at the end of extracting the file in the dosbox, dosbox says theres is no
starting file in the archive. why?


Zhadel added this comment on 2013-06-09 :

You need to download the DOSbox. Look up a guide for how to run games with the dosbox, it's not that complicated.


mattm added this comment on 2013-06-03 :

i would look up the site: Best Old Games. it suggest that you use DOSBox


mattm added this comment on 2013-06-03 :

same thing happened to me. something about some dosbox or something to get it working?


marc added this comment on 2013-06-03 :

hey guys do i need to download something to make this work ?? bit of a noob went to the bottom clicked download and now i just have two files but there is no game? how can i get it going?


mattm added this comment on 2013-05-29 :

i used to play this game as a kid and then i got rid of it. i tried to download it but i was just so confused with how to even start... anyone got any step by step instructions or advice for me?


:cry: added this comment on 2013-05-28 :

This is WAAAAAY to complicated :( i cant get the linux file to work either D: oh well.............


made wisnu saputra added this comment on 2013-05-15 :

this game is good


frosty added this comment on 2013-05-03 :

hotkeys like space and grouping are not working for me in game :(


baingr added this comment on 2013-04-20 :

What about the expansion?


brutusjk added this comment on 2013-04-16 :

could you possibly have this in mac version?


Tatsukichi added this comment on 2013-03-22 :

Instructions for noobs like myself that haven't used dosbox, simple enough for a monkey like me. these are step by step ways to make it easier for you with no used-this-for-years shorthand that seems to make things simple but is over the heads of us children.
struggled but the way I got mine to work on dosbox
made folder under C: called oldgames and in that a folder called w2tod, threw the game files in w2tod, then renamed the long named file "warcraft-ii-ti......." to "wc2tod" copied all the files from this and pasted into the first w2tod file. Then in dosbox: (don't use caps lock, the cdrom part was case sensitive)

Z:\ mount c c:\oldgames

Z:\ mount d C:\oldgames\W2tod\wc2tod -t cdrom


C:\cd w2tod


Voila! the game starts! Credit where it's due, mixed what was commented on here by fluffy, and admin, to what I was trying to follow on the Dosbox wiki basic setup. Heck this may be what fluffy was talking about entirely but I couldn't really understand anything in there except make copy of file in same file. though mine wouldn't let me keep it the same name so added a "c".


admin added this comment on 2013-03-12 :

I added the nocd fix. Run WAR2CD.BAT


Alex added this comment on 2013-03-11 :

I struggled a bit to get this working but here's what worked:

1 - Run setup.exe to detect and configure a music device
2 - Mount the game folder as a separate disk, D:
3 - Run the game normally, it won't ask for the CD anymore :)


Zeeboo added this comment on 2013-02-28 :

Anyone get this to work using Boxer? Keeps wanting the CD when I try to play single player.


anthony tamayo added this comment on 2013-05-02 :

minit=AT &K0 M1 S46=0 &D2
mhang=AT H0 S0=0


fluffy added this comment on 2013-01-28 :

Another nifty trick to get this to work: Make a copy of the game folder inside the game folder (ie. if you named the game folder WC2 - copy it and place it inside WC2), then just edit the war2.ini file of the original folder to use the copied folder as the cd (ie. cdpath=\WC2\).

Works fine with DOSBox and I don't need to remember to do anything special when I want to play the game in the future.


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Carlsgro added this comment on 2013-01-08 :

use disk emulator, I got this


arish_blut added this comment on 2012-12-31 :

For play, u just need put the folder game in the root: "D-Fend Reloaded\VirtualHD", next add in D-fend as folder ad floppy/cd mount in F unit

Then edit the file "war2.ini", and rename the file cdpath=F:\ (in the first row)...

That is all all, on edit profile u can activate sound, but how I can enable the music?


martin added this comment on 2012-11-15 :

I got it to work... With D-Fend, in the Menu select "Drives", then "Add" the whole Folder as a CD Drive "D".

Then edit the file "war2.ini", and rename the file cdpath=D:\ (in the first row)...

than it works! Have fun


WTF added this comment on 2012-11-14 :

DO not download. you cannot play this at all.


ty added this comment on 2012-10-08 :

how do u wrap a zip file


Shadowner added this comment on 2012-09-04 :


Try running the game with D-fend reloaded.

Just wrap the zip file to D-Fend and start it from there. Problem solved!


carvallo added this comment on 2012-08-28 :

i cant play, need the cd player... damm :/


Kaz added this comment on 2012-08-17 :

Have the same problem as Nick. Can't play SP


Nick added this comment on 2012-08-06 :

They said I would need CD before I can play Single Player. How to overcome this?


Nun thailand added this comment on 2012-07-29 :

Thank you


Grendel added this comment on 2012-07-21 :

How can I run the game in true full screen? Even I clik alt+enter the screen still appears small.


ajay added this comment on 2012-06-08 :

cute and cool to
permission to download
thanks pal

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