Wing Commander

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Wing Commander
Wing Commander cover
Developers
Origin Systems
Release dates
DOS September 27, 1990
Windows October 15, 1996
macOS (OS X) October 18, 2012[1]
Wing Commander guide at StrategyWiki
Wing Commander at Wikipedia
Wing Commander
Wing Commander 1990
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi 1991
Wing Commander: Academy 1993
Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
Super Wing Commander 1994
Wing Commander: Armada 1994
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger 1994
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom 1996
Privateer 2: The Darkening 1996
Wing Commander: Prophecy 1997
Wing Commander: Secret Ops 1998

For the Mac OS remake, see Super Wing Commander.

Key points

Lacks the voice overs of Sega CD port.[2][3]

General information

Wing Commander Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Use DOSBox (see Run in DOSBox).
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes both expansions and Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Windows

Version differences[edit]

Retail versions of The Secret Missions 2 need the manual to answer copy protection questions.
The GOG.com version of The Secret Missions 2 has protection bypassed; enter any number and press Enter.
The game was ported to Windows as part of Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga.
The game was remade for Mac OS as Super Wing Commander.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
The Secret Missions
DOS
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade
DOS
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Run in DOSBox[edit]

To run correctly in DOSBox, set cycles=3000 and buttonwrap=false. Leave all other settings at their defaults.[5]

Patches[edit]

Secret Missions 1 and 2 (The Kilrathi Saga)[edit]

Secret Missions 1 and 2 adds the missions from the expansions. Extract somewhere convenient and run SM12Inst.exe.
The Kilrathi Saga version of Wing Commander must be installed (the DOS version will not work). If the installer doesn't see the installation, see Secret Missions won't install.

Secret Missions 1.5[edit]

Secret Missions 1.5 is the name given to the Super Wing Commander version of the Secret Mission addon. It's actually quite different from the original. A fan port can be downloaded for DOS here and Windows here.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\GAMEDAT\SAVEGAME.WLD
Windows <path-to-game>\GAMEDAT\SAVEGAME.WLD
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin

Video settings[edit]

GOG.com Graphic Mode Setup.
GOG.com Graphic Mode Setup.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
All speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issues fixed[edit]

EXE has stopped working (The Kilrathi Saga)[edit]

Set Windows 95 compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the properties of the named EXE.
  2. Enable Windows 95 or Windows 98 / Windows ME compatibility mode.
  3. Click OK.

Secret Missions won't install[edit]

Install Secret Missions manually[citation needed]
  1. Extract Secret Missions 1 and 2 somewhere temporarily.
  2. Move the six EXE files to the main wc1 folder, replacing all existing files.
  3. Move all other files to wc1\gamedat replacing all existing files.
  4. Go to the properties of SM1.EXE and SM2.EXE and set both to run in Windows 95 or Windows 98 / Windows ME compatibility mode.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 286 12 MHz or higher
System memory (RAM) 640 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7.0 compatible DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

References