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Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger

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Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger cover
Developers
Origin Systems
Mac OS (Classic) Lion Entertainment, Inc.
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS 1994
Mac OS (Classic) 1995
Windows October 15, 1996
macOS (OS X) April 23, 2013[1]
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger guide at StrategyWiki
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger at Wikipedia
Wing Commander
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Wing Commander: Academy 1993
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Super Wing Commander 1994
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Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger 1994
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Privateer 2: The Darkening 1996
Wing Commander: Prophecy 1997
Wing Commander: Secret Ops 1998

General information

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.
DOS
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Pre-packaged with DOSBox.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

The game was ported to Windows as part of Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\00000***.WSG
Windows <path-to-game>\00000***.WSG
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
WSG_NDX.WSG is a save index, not a save file.
In-game settings are stored in each save rather than shared.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin

Video settings[edit]

Main Terminal settings.
Main Terminal settings.
In-flight settings (Alt+O).
In-flight settings (Alt+O).
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only. "widescreen" FMVs: Set DOSBox to fullresolution=desktop. Via the in game settings leave Movies at the default of VGA (most important, Note: original video files are only in VGA, turning on SVGA only affects playback and will not result in a visual improvement on modern PCs) gameflow can stay set to SVGA. Full motion videos will now play in "widescreen". While there are some black borders on the sides of the video, they are reduced by considerable amount from the default settings.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter (when using DOSBox).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
24 FPS Cap.
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
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Space flight follows the cursor in mouse mode.
Controller
Controller support
Must be selected in in-flight settings (Alt+O).
Full controller support
Text entry requires the keyboard.
Controller remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Enabled by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German

Issues fixed[edit]

Joystick not recognized[edit]

Remove other controllers[3]

In Windows' Settings or Control Panel, remove any other controllers and set the joystick as the preferred device.

Joystick calibration issues[edit]

Use the Alternate Joystick Routines[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7.0 compatible DirectX 9.0 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

References