Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans cover
Developers
Blizzard Entertainment
Publishers
Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
DOS November 23, 1994
Mac OS (Classic) 1996
Windows (DOSBox) March 28, 2019
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) March 28, 2019
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans guide at StrategyWiki
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans at Wikipedia
Warcraft
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans 1994
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness 1995
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition 1999
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 2002
World of Warcraft 2004
Hearthstone 2014
Warcraft III: Reforged 2019

Key points

The CD-ROM version is updated to a version that has the DRM removed.
The GOG.com version is updated to the latest version, has the DRM removed, and comes bundled with a preconfigured copy of DOSBox.

General information

Developer site
Wowpedia - A huge wiki for everything Warcraft universe related.
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Some pre-1.21 versions prompt for words from the manual.[1]
DOS
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Warcraft I & II Bundle is also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1994, DOS release)[edit]

Released November 23, 1994.
Only supports MIDI audio.
DRM in early versions can be removed by patching the game to version 1.21 or higher.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1996, Mac OS release)[edit]

Released Early 1996.
Later versions supported CD quality streaming audio.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (2019, GOG.com release)[edit]

Released March 28th, 2019.
Patched to Warcraft CD version 1.22h on Windows.
Pre-installed and prepackaged with a properly configured DOSBox copy.
Includes a DRM-free hybrid disc image with both the 1994 DOS release and the 1996 Mac OS release.[2]

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patches for the DOS and Mac OS versions are available on Battle.net's support section.

The GOG.com version is already patched to the most up to date version available.

Warcraft Mouse Helper[edit]

Warcraft Mouse Helper options.
Warcraft Mouse Helper options.
Enables more modern mouse controls: ordering units with right mouse button, scrolling with mouse wheel, and selecting multiple units without holding down CTRL.
Requires running the game in DOSBox under Windows.
Works with 2019 GOG.com release.

Game data[edit]

DOSBox options menu.
DOSBox options menu.
In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\CONFIG.WAR (sound card settings)
<path-to-game>\PREFS.WAR (in-game options)
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVE*.SAV
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
When the game is run from GOG Galaxy.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
DOSBox allows for stretch full-screen or pillarboxed full-screen.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Only scroll speed can be changed.
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Screen edge scrolling requires a left click in this title.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Most speech during cinematic scenes and briefings is accompanied with matching text.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
2
Online play
2 Via DOSBox IPX tunneling.
GOG Galaxy version has a quick set up configuration utility to do this.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game will not start on Windows 10[edit]

Attempting to start the game may result in nothing happening, or the DOSBox window appearing blank.
Change DOSBox Output Mode
  1. Go to the <path-to-game> folder.
  2. Open dosbox_warcraft.conf with a text editor.
  3. Change output=overlay to output=ddraw and save the file.
See DOSBox issues fixed for more information.
If the issue still isn't fixed, you may need to change the program compatibility settings.
Set Program Compatibility Settings
  1. Go to the <path-to-game> folder.
  2. Right Click on the Launch Warcraft - Orcs & Humans shortcut and choose Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Activate Reduced color mode (16-bit) and apply the settings.

Bypass WarCraft Launcher menu[edit]

This applies to the GOG.com release.
Edit DOSBox batch command
  1. Go to the <path-to-game> folder.
  2. Open dosbox_warcraft_single.conf with a text editor.
  3. Find goto launcher on or around the 11th line from the top.
  4. Change it to goto game and save the file.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA 320x200 256-color
64-bit executable
Information on running this game on Linux can be found on the GOG.com forums.

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 3.2
Processor (CPU) IBM 386/20 MHz
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA graphics card
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68030
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 MB
Video card (GPU) 256-colour system
Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 7, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) WDDM 1.0
DirectX 9 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.11
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

References