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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.
Dosbox support
Fully supported on 0.73
4.43 / 5 - 648 votes

Description of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

One of the most popular strategy game of its time, Warcraft II have crushed all competitor when it got out. Awesome music, multiplayer at its finest, very good design and sprites, included editor for scenarios, sounds and voices. The artificial intelligence didn't get as much love and is quite retarded, the only weakness of Warcraft II.

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How to play Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

With the RIP version, launch war2cd.bat to play. You may first run setup.exe to configure the sound card.

Read the comments below to have a detailed how-to.

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Comments and reviews

DWBuRnT 2015-03-22 0 point

Hey thanks for posting about !

We have lots of tournaments, ladder, replays and big updates going on right now to the server and to war2combat edition! Hope everyone who comes here decides to check us out.

a 2015-03-21 0 point

I cannot believe that of all of the old games this one would be impossible to run. wtf all over the internet there is no crack and nobody guessed it could be useful to provide it with the upload wtf. nothing below works, I tried it in many different variations. wtf

gigi 2015-03-20 0 point


Nayfox 2015-03-14 0 point

This game is in spanish?

DECONIAX 2015-03-07 0 point

Oh what a wonderful memories. This game, beside ,,Syndicate wars,, guided me in to the world of strategies. Then my kids have not been born yet and my wife almost divorced me because this game and ,,Baldurs gate,,. Exquisite game with low hardware demands. Foundation game for the ,,World of Warcraft,,. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING IT BACK TO US !!!

gundy 2015-03-07 1 point

Says I have to have the cd to play.

noobmax 2015-02-22 -3 points

I ran this game using d-fend with the tutorial outlined in this youtube video

there are some problems I noticed. double clicking on a unit doesn't select all the unit types near that unit. Neither does Ctrl + clicking that unit type. Anyone know whats going on?

scubba 2015-01-25 -4 points

says i cant play on 64-bit?

Jaý 2015-01-21 -2 points

Great thanks'..
I'm very like this game ..

__always be success

Joe 2015-01-21 3 points

For the fast scrolling, after installing doxbox, go to start menu and find the dosbox options and change the cycles from:



cycles=fixed 40000

Timblisi 2015-01-19 -1 point

I can't seem to extract the warcraft2.bin file. How can I get this to install on my computer?

Commenter 2015-01-16 0 point

Regarding TATSUKICHI comments. I noticed you only need to type in the following z:/ mount d c:/oldgames. Then z:/c:
C:/cd w2tod

So you don't need .bat or \W2tod\wc2tod -t cdrom after oldgames.

RealGuy 2015-01-11 -1 point

so. had a bit of trouble installing on D-Fend Reloaded, searched around a bit and found the yt vid for getting it setup, because I am a clueless, lost screwball. It ended up being a three step process, first for the crack, second for the setup, third for the launch. so here is the video link:
good luck!

nick 2015-01-11 0 point

Renato - I'm playing it on boxer as well on an OSX 10.6 Mac. Try opening the .bat file, not the .exe file. Worked for me

Trevor 2015-01-09 -3 points

Game is working great on windows 8 without cd crack, it took a few minutes to work out the quirks, thanks for all the comments.

Any ideas on fixing the in game scrolling? Mine is way to fast so I am clicking the mini map to navigate. I tried updating the dosbox-0.74.conf with lower sensitivity. I also tried changing the options in the warcraft2.ini file for speed, mscroll, kscroll, m_mscroll, and m_kscroll with lower values and much higher values, neither seemed to do the trick.

luke 2015-01-07 -1 point

ok so i have downloaded warcraft 2 and have windows 5 now how do i play it , im no computer genius when it comes to this . please help me

Eric 2015-01-04 -2 points

Is there an updated way to make it work? I tried watching the video posted but the files were not the same.

DarkMel 2014-12-21 0 point

Tried to download it from somewhere else, same problem, but you can in skirmish it's just in campaign that this happens

ArzieyMieyn 2014-12-05 -7 points

How to install the Rip Version? I can't make it!
Pls help me :)

renato 2014-12-01 -1 point

i'am using os x yosemite. I downloaded boxer to play a executable file of the game but it's requiring the cd. How can I solve this issue?

DarkMel 2014-11-23 0 point

Having a problem, can't make giant turtles from the horde, already searched in walkthroughs and wikis and they say I need a shipyard and goblin alchemist, which I did for a lot of levels and still can't make them, I SHOULD be able to train them since I had a movie showing them at act 3, and the alliance can make submarines, am I doing something wrong or the download is missing something?

lol 2014-11-20 0 point

cool game

Doom 2014-11-14 -2 points

Is there a way to get custom maps to save. I try to save it, but it just closes the map editor once I click save or save as. Any tips?

nikolai 2014-11-07 0 point

hey boys

Tono 2014-11-01 0 point

Solved it! First change CD drive (to eg. C:) in the file WAR2CD.BAT. Then instead of running file WAR2.EXE run WAR2CD.BAT. This together with below mentioned links to video help solved problem of "input CD" pop up. The game runs perfectly on Windows 8.1.

Tono 2014-10-31 1 point

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 2014-10-05 0 point

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: 2014-10-04 0 point

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

revengeofdos 2014-09-27 0 point

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

Agamemnon 2014-09-21 -1 point

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 2014-09-20 -2 points

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 2014-09-18 0 point

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

Akumo 2014-09-15 0 point

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 2014-09-12 0 point

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

Uthred 2014-09-11 0 point

Game doesn't work at all even with DosBox

confused 2014-09-03 0 point

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

remsters 2014-08-27 0 point

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.

Koonorak 2014-08-17 1 point

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

doomguy21 2014-08-17 0 point

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 2014-08-17 0 point

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

Unknown 2014-07-29 0 point

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 2014-07-27 0 point

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 2014-07-18 0 point

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

prethorius 2014-07-08 0 point

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

Thoriq Welek 2014-07-06 0 point

What should i do after "Extract All" ?

Jesustron 2014-07-04 0 point

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

Efede85 2014-06-23 0 point

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

Defilar 2014-06-21 0 point

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 2014-05-16 0 point

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

dinocawk 2014-05-11 0 point

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

JOlo 2014-05-11 0 point

Cool game

mrjack 2014-05-07 0 point

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 2014-05-04 0 point

crack still doesnt work

Onetool 2014-04-28 0 point

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

lars 2014-04-27 0 point

nothing much good game

metulburr 2014-04-26 0 point

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 2014-04-22 0 point

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 2014-04-18 0 point

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 2014-04-13 0 point


Attila 2014-04-12 0 point

cant get it to work on windows 8

lOl 2014-04-11 0 point


gary 2014-04-09 0 point

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

Jer 2014-04-02 0 point

Thank you so much!

HUNTERIII 2014-03-30 0 point

yes no ok thamk you

Chapungu 2014-03-29 0 point

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

viva 2014-03-25 0 point

nice stuff

CMSC 2014-03-19 0 point

very good

(Insert Witty Name Here) 2014-03-10 0 point

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 2014-03-08 0 point

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

indstr 2014-02-12 0 point

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 2014-02-05 0 point

gg game

musket577 2014-01-28 0 point


yans 2013-12-31 0 point

i cant play my warcraft because i doesnt support fullscreen

admin 2013-12-12 0 point

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

jimmy savile's evil sister Joe Frost Savile 2013-11-24 0 point

Ok game

Anon 2013-11-19 0 point

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

It should be available here:

Rickyjpen 2013-11-13 0 point

fix the cd requirement error lol

Seth 2013-11-11 0 point

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

Rickyjpen 2013-11-09 0 point

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

yo 2013-10-11 -1 point

Porvafor como roda ele?

Alex 2013-10-04 -1 point

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

joão vitor 2013-09-29 -1 point

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

tino 2013-09-12 0 point

i love this game should no virus

brent 2013-09-12 0 point

wheres the video?

Joe 2013-09-10 0 point

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 2013-09-09 0 point


nevelis 2013-09-03 0 point

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

gamechamp 2013-09-02 0 point

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 2013-08-20 0 point

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 2013-08-03 0 point

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 2013-08-03 6 points

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 2013-07-29 0 point

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 2013-07-29 0 point

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

1SolutionToUniteThemAll 2013-07-11 4 points

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 2013-06-23 0 point

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 2013-06-19 0 point

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 2013-06-15 0 point

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

Billisgay 2013-06-14 0 point

Use D-Fend Reloaded if DosBox is too complicated.

skillorr 2013-06-11 0 point

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

Zhadel 2013-06-09 0 point

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

mattm 2013-06-03 0 point

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

mattm 2013-06-03 0 point

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

marc 2013-06-03 0 point

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 2013-05-29 0 point

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: 2013-05-28 0 point

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

made wisnu saputra 2013-05-15 0 point

this game is good

frosty 2013-05-03 0 point

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

baingr 2013-04-20 0 point

What about the expansion?

brutusjk 2013-04-16 0 point

could you possibly have this in mac version?

Tatsukichi 2013-03-22 4 points

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 2013-03-12 0 point

I added the nocd fix. Run WAR2CD.BAT

Alex 2013-03-11 0 point

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 2013-02-28 0 point

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

anthony tamayo 2013-05-02 1 point

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

fluffy 2013-01-28 0 point

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.

ya 2013-01-26 0 point


Carlsgro 2013-01-08 0 point

use disk emulator, I got this

arish_blut 2012-12-31 0 point

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 2012-11-15 0 point

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 2012-11-14 0 point

DO not download. you cannot play this at all.

ty 2012-10-08 0 point

how do u wrap a zip file

Shadowner 2012-09-04 0 point


Try running the game with D-fend reloaded.

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

carvallo 2012-08-28 0 point

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

Kaz 2012-08-17 0 point

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

Nick 2012-08-06 -1 point

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

Nun thailand 2012-07-29 0 point

Thank you

Grendel 2012-07-21 0 point

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

ajay 2012-06-08 0 point

cute and cool to
permission to download
thanks pal

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