Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds
Windows - 1998
Description of Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds
The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one
War of the Worlds has quite a history in the various media. It's been the original book, a radio broadcast which scared the hell out of America, a film, a musical, a recent TV series that is best ignored and now a PC game. For those of you who don't know, the story is simple enough; in the late nineteenth century Martians decide they can't survive on Mars anymore, so they decide to invade Earth. They choose Britain as their primary target, because of its economic and military significance. The game is actually based on the Jeff Wayne musical, rather than solely on the HG Wells book. This has some bonuses, most notably in the quality of the music. Once Wayne's soundtrack blasts out in the opening video, you're in familiar territory.
You can choose one of two campaigns, the human or the Martian. The objective of each is to destroy your enemy's main base. The game is split into two modes. The war map, from which you can view resource levels, troop movements and factory output, is a rather nice map of Britain. The battle map has beautifully rendered landscapes upon which you can build factories, defences, facilities etc and attempt to shoot the hell out of the enemy. Changing between the two levels is a bit slow for my liking, although I don't have the fastest CD-ROM drive around, which may be the reason. Since you have to change modes to build stuff, that slowness can get a bit irritating.
Holding the line
Whichever side you're playing, the Martians take Scotland very quickly and the game then becomes focused on a frontline around Northumberland. It gets to the stage where both sides have fortified sectors on the border and are performing hit and run attacks on the other side's bases. The key being that when a main base is destroyed the sector automatically loses all its defences and facilities, as well as the ability to attack from that sector. A problem with this is that the border usually consists of three sectors, not really leaving much option for where attacks are likely to come from. This partly comes from the number of sectors on the map, but also I think from the choice of only using Britain as a setting. A world or European map might have offered more possibilities. Anyway, once this border is set up the fight is for who can make the most powerful machines or destruction and get them into combat fastest.
Resource management is the key, as always, to the game. Each side has three resources; there's Steel, Oil and Coal for humans, whereas the Martians require Copper, Heavy Elements and Human blood. Your machines build facilities to mine these resources in territories you control. You can only build in, and attack from, a sector where you have a communications base. Which makes these facilities a high priority, though luckily you get a few to start with.
One thing I was originally concerned about was whether the game would be imbalanced in favour of the Martians. Luckily this is not the case, and the game is actually very well balanced, while still giving the impression that the Martian vehicles are much more powerful than the humans. This works mainly because the Martian vehicles take longer to build and so are less numerous than the human ones. A Martian heat ray can fry a lorry in a shot or two, but when a Martian unit has twenty lorries to deal with, then some damage is bound to be done.
The AI is for the most part good. I often found the computer exploiting my weak points or attacking one sector. If I moved troops there, it would react and attack another sector instead. Unfortunately the AI didn't seem to make it to the pathfinding of the individual units, who occasionally wander blindly across the landscape into their own base's defences, like the wire walls, and blow themselves up!
There are two main problems with War of the Worlds. The first is that the game occasionally crashes when entering the battle map (and is slow changing modes when it does work). The second is that when you have a great number of vehicles on screen the game slows down quite a bit, even in low-res modes. This can make major offensives against well-defended areas far too slow. There is also only one difficulty level, so if you find the game too hard or too easy there's little you can do about it. Once you've completed the two campaigns there's not much incentive to try it again.
Overall War of the Worlds is a good game. It has a nice combination of strategic and tactical play. It's enjoyable, but is let down by the game speed in mass combats and the lack of replay value. It's worth checking out if you're looking for a game which is a bit different or if you're a fan of HG Wells or the Jeff Wayne musical.
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MrWaffle 2022-07-12 1 point
I was able to run the game once using the patched version, but now cannot, it prompts me for the human cd when trying to create a new campaign and i cannot play the martian side. please help.
Jonnydodger 2022-06-21 0 point
I've downloaded the game and the patch as Stormagoden said, but my CD audio is still not working in game. When I go on to the CD Player to play the 4 tracks it says there is no CD detected.
What should I do? I've tried mounting both the .bin and .cue files and neither worked.
Krid 2022-03-15 0 point
Followed the instructions from Stormaggedon, many thanks !!
To make the music work you have to Mount the WoW Human CD1.bin as well !
Some Guy 2022-02-04 3 points
Hey, just a heads up - the Config.exe file in the rip version of this download has a crypto-miner embedded in it.
I'd suggest the site owners investigate/confirm and take it down if needed. Kinda worrysome
ANGRYRED 2021-12-22 2 points
STORMAGODEN, I still have my retail version. Been trying to get the music working again for, forever. Thanks, man!
Stormagoden 2021-12-20 1 point
ANGRYRED it did! I was surprised, but yep, ticked the box and had music in game too! I've made it half way down the island with my Fighting Machines and Tempests :)
Stormagoden 2021-12-01 6 points
So I had the day off work today, and in my free time thought I'd have another crack trying to get this to work. I've had great success!
1. Download the ROM files, I didn't have luck with just the RIP.
2. Download Daemon Tools Lite.
3. Mount CD1 .cue file on to a virtual disk drive (I tried this on a machine as D: drive, and another as E: drive and both are OK)
4. Open up and explore the disk now, double click setup.exe
5. Likely nothing will happen, so open up task manager, go to the details tab, find setup.exe, right click and select "Analyze Wait Chain", below the setup process will likely be some other process holding up the setup app, select it, and end that process, and the setup should spring to life.
Big cheers to ATLAS228R0 for that tip! Learnt something new, and now we can install!
6. Install the game. I installed a copy on C: in Program files(x86) and another on D: Program Files(x86) so I think you can put this where you like.
7. Now download the patch from here:
8. Open up the zip with the patch and drag all the contents to the main folder you just installed the game. For me that was \Program Files (x86)\Jeff Wayne's 'The War Of The Worlds'
9. Download and install DXGL from https://dxgl.org/downloads/
10. Open up the DXGL config tool you just installed. I left all the settings default and didn't change a thing.
Just add the 3 .exe files in the main War of the Worlds folder so that DXGL can do it's thing on them.
11. Run the new WoW_patched.exe we put in the main folder as admin and the game should boot up to the Human CD and not prompt for a CD. (Make sure that you still have CD1 mounted with Daemon Tools Lite)
12. Check the video options that your resolution is set to 640x480
12. Play the game!
If you want to play the Martians, then mount CD2 and run the WoW_patched.exe again from the main folder.
Changing the resolution in game will give you a blank screen on the tactical map.
Changing the resolution via DXGL seems to result in the mouse cursor not being aligned to the interface. 640x480 seemed to be the only one that worked OK with not glitches.
I tested this on 2 machines with different drive letters. Both machines are on Windows11. I got in to the both the Human and Martian campaigns. I could see and move around the overview map. I could load in to the regions and move units.
I could get my ass kicked by the Martians.
Hopefully this helps people getting in to the game!
mark 2021-09-19 0 point
hey guys, so i got the game to download and all but can someone help me to get the music to work? i downloaded the fix but still cannot figure it out.
Pok 2021-08-08 0 point
It worked for me on Win10 using this method:
1. Download both the RIP and ISO.
2. Mount the ISO file (I used daemon tools lite)
3. Copy files from both CD's to seperate folder, eg. CD1 and CD2.
4. Zip the folders seperately, then mount the zipped folder to Daemon tools (the CD-drive was set to drive D, but I dont know if this matter). CD1 for Humans and CD2 for martians.
5. Then start the game through the RIP folder, Wow.exe. I didnt change any settings in Compatibility to make it work.
Atlas228r0 2021-07-01 2 points
I solved my issue of Setup.exe not starting and when I tried autorun it gave me some error about not able to read Text.ojd
1. mount ISO that you downloaded
2.copy content to harddrive I selected my seccondary (E:\dwlgames\wotw) for example
3. from the folder you copied the contents of ISO run the Setup.exe
4. Go to task manager (ctr+alt+del)
5. Check and make sure if 32 bit setup is running in the task manager
6. navigate to the details tab and find setup manager
7. right click on setup manager and go down to "analyze wait chain"
8. if you see something on the list that isn't setup manager turn it off and VOILA!!! PRESTO!!! the installer should start right up
if 32 bit setup.exe doesn't appear in your task manager I'm so sorry can't help you :(
SailCat 2021-06-05 0 point
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Dunk 2021-04-04 2 points
Since I spent hours trying to get the game working...
Ignore the RIP version.
1) Download ISO version
2) Install Daemon tools Lite (I tried WinCDEmu but the CD audio never worked)
3) Install the game from the mounted CD (make sure Daemon tools is using a single drive letter as the game gets confused between multiple drives if you installed on one and use a different one next time)
4) Check it runs, it should be fine (might need to set it to Win98 compat mode, and don't try a resolution too high - 640x480 is actually good since you don't get resolution changes when switching in-game menus)
5) Install the Audio Music fix to get Jeff Wayne's epic soundtrack to work
6) ??? Kill all humans/save the world???
r4ven 2021-03-18 1 point
Hi, I am using the RIP, also having the CD mounted. However, I get constant request for the CD (which can be ignored at times, so I can get into the game).
HOWEVER: I cannot get into the Martian part, clicking on Martian.exe also starts the Humans ... any Ideas?
emile44 2021-03-03 -1 point
Is there anybody out here that managed to get this classic to work properly on Windows 10
without it constantly crashing I managed to Mount the Iso using PortableWinCDEmu-4.0
But the game is incredibly unstable and will always crash within about 5 to 10 minutes of gameplay I know even when it was running on very good hardware like Pentium 2 win98 system. still it wasn't very stable but at least it would only crash when you had too much on the screen.
I really hope somebody fix this classic because I so want to play it again it was really good rts back in the day :)
mich 2020-11-21 0 point
As of 21/11/2020(eu date) neither the rip or the isos are working. It continuosly ask for the cd even tough the emulated cd is inserted
Jack 2020-11-02 2 points
Hi guys so I've figured it out. What I did was download the iso file and the rip. Using winCDEmu I mount the game I want to play (human or martian) then go and run it from the rip file.
nigerian prince 5 2020-07-13 2 points
i'm having a problem playing the game it says you can't mount it what should i do?
Anno 2020-07-02 4 points
the game is great and all but i have a problem running the martians. it says you need to insert the martian disc or CD 2, do i have to do the instructions or i have to do something else. if you have the solution that would be awesome thx.
SuperNova10 2020-04-22 0 point
still got the jewel case... but lost both the CDs to the game :(
excellent game tho will be one of my first to play on my retro 98 PC :)
Paul 2020-03-18 3 points
I have been playing this game off and on, since it came out in 1998. I bought it for full price, and have never regretted it. I have always loved the musical by Jeff Wayne, so when I saw this in the store, I had to have it. I only played the Martian side once, because it just felt WRONG to play as them against us. I always try to get tanks and long range howitzers as fast as possible. Great game, and great music.
Bendy_Demon177 2020-03-15 0 point
This game looked so awesome when I saw it, And now i'm FINALLY DOWNLOADING a 1998 GAME!
Danhobs 2019-09-13 23 points
hi i downloaded the rip and when i load the game up it asked me for the human cd what do i do thanks.
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