Warcraft II is a fantasy-themed real-time strategy (RTS) game published by Blizzard Entertainment and first released for MS-DOS in 1995 and for Mac OS in 1996. The main game, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, earned enthusiastic reviews, won most of the major PC gaming awards in 1996, and sold millions of copies. The rivalry between Blizzard's series and Westwood Studios's Command & Conquer series fueled the RTS boom of the late 1990s.

Later in 1996 Blizzard released an expansion pack Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal for MS-DOS and Mac OS, and a compilation Warcraft II: The Dark Saga for the Sony Playstation and Sega Saturn. The Battle.net Edition, released in 1999, provided Blizzard's online gaming service, Battle.net, and replaced the MS-DOS version with a Windows one.

Players must collect resources, and produce buildings and units in order to defeat an opponent in combat on the ground, in the air and in some maps at sea. The more advanced combat units are produced at the same buildings as the basic units but also need the assistance of other buildings, or must be produced at buildings that have prerequisite buildings. The majority of the main screen shows the part of the territory on which the gamer is currently operating, and the minimap can select another location to appear in the larger display. The fog of war completely hides all territory which the gamer's has not explored, and shows only terrain but hides opponents' units and buildings if none of the gamer's units are present.

Warcraft II's predecessor Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, released in 1994, gained good reviews, collected three awards and was a finalist for three others, and achieved solid commercial success. The game was the first typical RTS to be presented in a medieval setting and, by bringing multiplayer facilities to a wider audience, made this mode essential for future RTS titles. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans laid the ground for Blizzard's style of RTS, which emphasized personality and storyline. Although Blizzard's very successful Starcraft, first released in 1998, was set in a different universe, it was very similar to Warcraft II in gameplay and in attention to personality and storyline. In 1996 Blizzard announced Warcraft Adventures, a RPG (role-playing game) in the Warcraft universe, but canceled the game in 1998. Warcraft III, released in 2002, used parts of Warcraft Adventures's characters and storyline and extended the gameplay used in Warcraft II.

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Dec 9, 2014 Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Multiplayer Map 0 comments

1v1, small map. Land in the middle, with water on the sides.

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Dec 19, 2013 Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Players Model 0 comments

Cho Gall or Cho and Gall for warcraft 3 from wc2 warcraft 2 is a simple model, but is nice to use it

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Leaf_It
Leaf_It Sep 21 2013, 1:18am says:

I have my old disks for this game sitting right here... Some good memories... Warcraft III just doesn't quite match the magic of this game. I wonder if they'll ever decide to remake the first 2 games...

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Cameleo
Cameleo Jul 1 2012, 9:02pm says:

This game is fantastic , magic ...

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DEAD_FiSH
DEAD_FiSH May 2 2011, 2:58pm says:

one great game from time when blizzard was good

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PizzaMafia
PizzaMafia Jan 20 2011, 9:50pm says:

yes, that game was great, i´ve played this every day and sometimes too :)

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Metaltooth
Metaltooth Dec 12 2010, 1:49pm says:

Are you guys going to relese a upload of this game, because I can't find it anywhere to buy! :(

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lunelune2413
lunelune2413 Apr 12 2013, 3:02am replied:

you can buy it on some websites or get it on thepiratebay

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Gouanaco
Gouanaco Aug 6 2013, 8:40am replied:

lol replying to a 3 year old post XD

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Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
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Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Released Jul 2, 2002
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