WarCraft: Orcs & Humans
DOS - 1994
Also available on: Mac
Description of WarCraft: Orcs & Humans
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans marked the beginning of Blizzard Entertainment’s now legendary gaming franchise. After Westwood’s Dune II, avid strategy gamers were waiting for a new game. Warcraft filled that spot immediately. The first Warcraft was well received with its great ambiance, sounds and interface, impressive cut scenes (a Blizzard characteristic) and a 2 player mode (through a modem or null-modem).
Released at a similar time to Westwood’s Command & Conquer, the two franchises would spend much of the late 1990’s competing. For those preferring fantasy settings over a modern military setting, Warcraft was obviously the preferred choice.
Set in the kingdom of Azeroth, the single player game revolves around commanding either a force of orcs or humans through a multi-mission campaign to rule the kingdom. The game features familiar real-time-strategy-game elements, including base building, and resource harvesting in order to build a force large enough to conquer the enemy and claim victory. However, all this must be carefully balanced with base defence as the enemy attacks are relentless, especially in later missions of the campaign. To add variety, there are also occasional missions where a limited number of troops are used to conquer an objective or rescue a character. At times these can be slightly frustrating, but they are thankfully few and far between.
On the downside, the single player mode is quite short, with each campaign only having 12 missions. The graphics are missing some colours, army management is a bit simple compared to Dune II and the control method is slightly cumbersome. Blizzard would address most of these issues in the sequel, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness but despite the minor downsides the original game is still a must-play though for all the Warcraft fans!
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How to play WarCraft: Orcs & Humans
- Extract the image files and mount WAR1.mds using an application such as WinCDEmu
- Copy the contents of the ‘CD-ROM’ to a folder e.g. C:\OLDGAMES\TEMP
- In DOSBox mount the folder - ‘mount c c:\OLDGAMES’
- Then - ‘C:’ press ENTER
- Followed by ‘CD TEMP’ and press ENTER
- Run the installer – ‘INSTALL’ press ENTER
- Do a full Install using the default location (C:\WARCRAFT) and sound settings
- Run the game – ‘WAR’ press ENTER
The contents of the TEMP folder can now be deleted. To play in future simply use the DOSBox command ‘mount c c:\OLDGAMES\WARCRAFT’ followed by steps 4 and 8
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Comments and reviews
Ninjared 2018-12-12 0 point
@NATAS: Yes, you have to reduce the cycles in Dosbox. For some reason, the War1 and War2 engines clock the game speed just fine, but the scroll speed is dependent upon the cycles. I don't know why, but it is.
Natas 2018-09-18 2 points DOS version
Have never played a Dos Game in my life and I only wanted to play this game out of curiosity, luckily I was able to install DOSBox and the game without any trouble.
My only gripe is that the scroll speed when I move my mouse to the edge of the screen or using the arrow keys on my keyboard is ungodly fast. It makes it nearly impossible to navigate around the map since it takes like half a second to get from one edge of the map to the other.
Is there a way to fix this?
Trent 2018-06-22 -1 point DOS version
It is working great, all except for the screen is offset while playing, so I can't see anything on the left side of the game. Any ideas on how to fix this?
Ra7en 2018-06-19 5 points
Hey all, I made(make) 1 click installers for these games. This one is very popular. so just download, install and play. when done, comes with a full uninstaller. Hope this helps those that want to play but do not want to mess with goofy DOSBOX/config .ini files, mounting/unmounting etc.. None of the games are ripped - they full and complete.
Space Man 100789 2018-01-04 -1 point
This Game Is Awesome It Will Always Be One Of My Favorite Strategy Games It is also one of my favorite games
Kruz 2017-10-14 0 point
Have made a step by step guide on how to install:
bob 2017-03-21 -5 points DOS version
What is the RIP version for DOS and why is it a tenth the size of the ISO?
ChronoKatamie3 2016-12-19 0 point DOS version
After reading the comments I saw people have a bit of a size problem may I offer you, a resolution, haha bad pun. Okay in windows right click dosbox then properties then compatablity then check the run in 640 x 480 option and it should run just fine
The alertArchitect 2016-10-13 -24 points
Is it possible to run any version of this game without a DOS emulator? They tend not to work well on my computers for some reason.
EMI 2016-07-04 1 point
I LIKE THE GAME BUT SOMETIMES WHEN I AM NOT ALERT THE OTHER CLAN ATTACK MY CLAN I LIKE THE ART
dimnugroho 2016-06-22 0 point DOS version
Love this game!
I start to play this game after watching the movie, love Garona :)
Here is a tutorial video to install WARCRAFT 1, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeSWOrdBJus
milk 2016-06-22 1 point DOS version
whether the game appears tiny and centered or stretched to your screen, depends on your graphics card. I used several different laptops, some stretch smaller games, some keep them in original resolution, centered. Some stretch both height and width, some preserve the ratio. Sometimes it's easier to change these option, sometimes harder, but it has to be possible one way or another, so keep digging.
Rasande 2016-06-19 0 point DOS version
I've successfully installed this game via DosBlaster and DosBox; however, since our monitors in this day of age are far greater than those from 1994, this game appears as a tiny spec on my screen. The game runs just fine except it's unplayable because I can't make the game any larger on my screen. I've tried dragging the corners and maximizing via the tiny square icon on the top right of the window. There are no in-game options to make this game full screen which was typical from games back them.
Jess 2016-05-31 -10 points DOS version
What're the differences between ISO and RIP files? Are they the same? ISO file is much larger than RIP file.
Benjamin 2016-05-30 -2 points DOS version
I cant read the mdf file in daemon tools, it just says ''unable to acess image files''
any suggestions ?
raziel 2016-03-10 -5 points DOS version
having trouble running the game...
what exactly is the process after download???
ArgTem 2016-02-10 1 point
It runs via dosblaster and dosbox, but SUPER SLOW. how do i speed it up? Also how to I get better resolution?
Del Rio 2016-01-30 1 point DOS version
An absolute classic.
I was worried that this game may not have aged well and, while the controls will take some getting used to (if you're used to playing more modern RTSs) this is still worth your download.
The graphics still look fantastic, even after all these years. Bizzard has a really great comic book like art style that I just loved as a kid and still do today.
It's awesome to play both sides, orcs and Humans. They both play basically the same, but you get to see the story from each race's point of view.
When most people hear Warcraft, they think of the MMORPG, but I always go back to the original games, the real time strategy games that started it all.
The best part is IT'S FREE HERE. STOP READING COMMENTS AND DOWNLOAD IT YOU SILLYASS.
spongebobsquareass 2016-01-04 -7 points DOS version
what's the different between floppy disk ver. and cd rom ver.?
Huntersouls 2015-08-30 3 points DOS version
why 470mb? i have same game with 7.62 mb have talk intro and videos, a sound work good in troops and game..only problem is when u see the letters of ur quest u dont listen narrator read but who cares...
monte montera 2015-08-10 0 point DOS version
15 years since i have played looking forward to play
Beerblaster 2015-07-04 6 points DOS version
Thank you, had some troubles installing and your explanation made perfect sense and got it to work perfectly. :)
cty 2015-07-02 1 point DOS version
I'm obviously to stupid to run old games on my computer. Using WIndows 7 32bit and none of the ways showed above worked for me. when typing install.exe (from Kirken's post) i get "illegal command" error when typing both case (in-) and sensitive.
When trying JLC420's way with using DOSBlaster, it cannot, by any means detect DOSBox's installation even after manually poining it in configuration window. It just keeps saying DOSBox not installed (it is installed, though..)
So i ended up with same result as by every other time i wanted to play war1 and war2 on my pc- only dreaming about it, never getting to work. can someone, please provide me with noob-friendly description, how to manage it to work on 32bit Windows7 OS? Thanks in advance.
moo king 2015-06-10 2 points DOS version
hopefully i can save someone from similar frustration that i had with sound.
i had no issue with the music but the SFX sound was sooo broken was painful to listen to. turns out issue was dosbox pushing the CPU to the max (I`m relatively new to dosbox), the dosbox CPU option needs to be set to a fixed number (ex. fixed 2000) instead of on auto(which pushes it to max). using ctrl f11 f12 can work but not as precise, hope this helps
Warcake 2015-06-04 3 points DOS version
Hey when I try to start warcraft it says that dosbox executeable is not foundand I have to download it when I already did and have it up plz help someone!?!
winton camacho 2015-05-12 0 point DOS version
great game ....friends at school love it.
should make more.we play warcraft 3................
chuhakhanh 2015-01-30 0 point DOS version
I just remember the time playing with my old friend at his house. war1 and hero. The memories so beautiful.
Kirken 2014-12-22 20 points DOS version
sgjgh, the 427 MB ISO version works on PC.
1. Download the ISO version (MDF)
2. Mount (open) it with Daemon tools (or whatever you use for disc images)
3. Drag the files from the "CD" (mounted image) to a folder on your computer
4. Install Dosbox http://sourceforge.net/projects/dosbox/
5. Drag and drop the folder from step 3 to the Dosbox icon
6. Type in "install.exe" and run the installer
7. For audio: set the "Select music sound card" to "General midi"
8. Then it's just dragging and dropping the installation folder to Dosbox and run "war.exe" when you want to play
sgjgh 2014-12-21 -2 points DOS version
It would be nice if you told people that the 400MB "ISO" image for "DOS" called warcraft-orcs-humans_dos_04d0.zip is NOT an ISO, it's actually an MDF format ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Descriptor_File ) of an Apple_HFS image...
It's WarCraft to run on an Apple computer, not on DOS on a PC.
To unpack it to find this out on Debian Linux I needed to install acetoneiso and download a further plugin it suggested, because mdf2iso couldn't even read it.
Thanks for wasting a couple of hours of my sleep time.
redbaron865 2014-11-10 0 point DOS version
Tried to get it to play, my system says that the .exe file is missing, anyone know what the problem is?
acarrunto 2014-11-07 0 point DOS version
I'm playing this but i wonder if it necesary to press the ctrl buttom everytime i want to create the box that selects my units. I read the manual and it didn't say anything, is there a problem in my dosbox?
T 2014-10-19 -1 point DOS version
make bigger - dos options- full resolution *make it your native resolution ex - 1680x1050 then "output put opengl" go down to aspect and make true. This will give you best results. Start game and push alt enter make full screen. Enjoy!
NSMC 2014-08-21 1 point DOS version
you know the only thing you need to do to get any dosbox game is just open the folder and drag the .exe file that is closest the game name on dosbox
JLC420 2014-07-23 5 points DOS version
If people are having trouble running the program such as I have had with DosBox, install dosblaster. it takes they annoyance out of DosBox. It only uses DosBox to run the game you don't need to mount a drive. I just make a folder called dos on the desktop and unzip each game into a separate folder within within it. Once you open DosBlaster, go to file - import game folder select folder **note to open the folder to see is the zip file had already created a folder sometimes it does sometimes it doesn't. Select the actual folder it self for instance:
In my Dos folder I created a separate folder call Theme Hospital. When I unzipped Theme hospital It created it's own folder inside that one. So in order for me to add theme hospital to my list of games In DosBlaster I just had to open the first folder labeled theme hospital and highlight the self create one. Select ok and wait a couple seconds for it to be added to the list Once added double-click then select the correct .exe or .bat file in order to run the game. May need to try a few in the list if more than 1 or 2.
I see Dosbox not mounting drive no matter how many times I have tried and came across this nice little program, DosBlaster.. It is pretty straight forward. Some games still will not work or require a disc still such as Capitalism. but the ones that I have found to work end up working on both x32 and x64.
Some games you don't need to use dosbox or any such program For instance again Theme hospital. Unzip to a folder you choose and just run the .exe (application). it may allow you or may not. before getting annoyed and resort to DosbBox change the compatibility settings and try again. All else fails then you need Dosbox.
carolinarocks28 2014-07-20 0 point DOS version
hey this download doesn't work with the DOSBox or D-Fend Reloaded...I am using a HP with windows 8...I got oregon trail deluxe to work though..
if anyone has any hints you could email me if you want to help... email@example.com
OldGamesRocks 2014-07-08 1 point DOS version
If you are not able to run the game, try to install "Dosbox" and "Dos shell"
They are dedicated to run old dos games on the new versions of windows.
Oh and spread the word to fellow lovers of old games.
Squiddy 2014-04-12 0 point DOS version
The cutscene voices arent working for me. Can Anyone help? @squiddyG twitter
jjpbird 2014-02-23 0 point DOS version
omg i love this game i also remeber when it came out i also stayde up playin it dam
indstr 2014-02-12 -2 points DOS version
Man... I remember when the demo of this came out, I stayed up all night playing it. Awesome awesome memories. Ever since C&C/Starcraft era I don't really care about RTS games anymore, but the original Warcraft will always have a special place in my heart.
frosztbyte 2013-12-08 1 point DOS version
This is one of the *best* all-time game series of all, and *this* is the game that started it! Thank you SO much! It's my second favorite game series of all, and, being a game developer and playing games since 1984 at the age of 4, that's saying a lot! I just found this site and think I'm in L-O-V-E! Greetings to all and Happy Holidays! For the Horde! xP
Jonathan Palmer 2013-11-09 0 point DOS version
try running the game through command prompt works for me on XP.
nicko 2013-10-06 -2 points DOS version
it says the program is not compatible with my windows version (windows 7 professional)
joshmasterjosh 2013-10-01 1 point DOS version
What's "word one of line four on page 2?" It's asking in the setup
Jake 2013-07-28 0 point DOS version
Great game, was able to get everything working nicely besides the mission briefings. No matter where I download this game that seems to be the issue. Oh well Cheers ^_^
Andy 2013-03-04 0 point DOS version
Hey guys here's what i did to get the sound working ingame. using D-fend reloaded, I changed my profile under sound to sound blaster. Then in the game's setup i selected sound blaster and DMA 5 for both music and digitized sound (all other options i made the default choice). The mission briefing still doesn't have sound but everything else does (units and music) so i think it might just be the version.
I grew up with this game and i can't wait to seriously play it.
Juanspyro 2013-02-07 0 point DOS version
The problem is that there isn't any sound to go with this amazing game! Is there a way to fix that?
tennmann 2012-12-15 0 point DOS version
i went and down loaded dosbox. I followed the directions and can see the game file. when i double click on it it brings up the dosbox screen and acts like it is about to load. then it flashes me back to the orignal screen where you double click to get started. i tried several times to get it to work with no luck. can any bdy explain why or how to help.
(╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻ 2012-12-06 0 point DOS version
This brings back so many good memories of me and my daddy playing together, back when we got along...
arthurin 2012-10-21 0 point DOS version
im having a problem installing it. i have tried opening it in windows 1995 mode but it did not help anyone got a fix for it? :)
Gewehr 2012-08-11 0 point DOS version
Along with C&C, unleashed the RTS revolution and the online head to head genre. Still a blast to play.
DieHardBlizzardFan 2012-04-17 0 point DOS version
The game that started them all. Awesome collector's item.
Licurg 2012-03-11 2 points DOS version
I like this warcraft more than i like warcraft 3. Is that normal?
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