Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Blizzard Entertainment Inc. 1995

Get ready for another round of war between humans and orcs as the epic struggle for control of Azeroth continues in this real-time strategy game. The same protagonists last seen in the original game go at it again but with new and enhanced weapons, more creatures and an expanded fantasy game world encompassing land, sea and air. Both orc and human perspectives are supported through an equal division of the game's 28 campaign scenarios. The game contains new features such as the "fog of war" option that elevates strategic planning to a higher level, much larger maps and combined-arms tactics. New units in the sequel include elven archers, gryphons, death knights, battleships, airships, dragons and more. For fans craving even additional scenarios, both a sound and map editor have been included, ensuring longer life of the product. Multi-player action is supported via LAN (up to eight players), modem or direct link, with the latter two accommodating two players. The Macintosh version supports the AppleTalk network and TCP/IP connections. It provides the player with two interface and preference choices for gameplay. The first configures keyboard and mouse commands to replicate functionality of the style used in the first game that allowed automatic centering on the mini-map by clicking the right mouse button. The second configuration replaces that functional key press by giving the player the capability to induce automatic commands instead with the loss of auto-centering on the mini-map. In addition to an in-depth background story regarding the warring factions, the manual contains complete information on legends, creatures and resources of Azeroth along with full disclosure of tendencies and attributes inherent to the Nations of the Alliance (human faction) and the Orcish Horde. These include data on units (air, ground and naval), spells, buildings and a "dependency" tree for tracking pre-requisites during development of each race's infrastructure. The demo version contains two 3-mission campaigns, one for each side, with unique missions that are not included in the retail version of the game. In 2000, Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition was released that contains both Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, and Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. It's been updated, with re-sampled sounds, and is playable over Blizzard's Battle.net online service. New features, such as improved fog of war and shared vision, were also added.

See also: 3D Nightmares, Adventures Add-On, Aztech's Armory: Campaigns for Warcraft II, Command & Craft, Levels & Add-Ons fuer Warcraft II [G], Levels & Add-Ons für Warcraft II: Volume 2, More War - the Return of the Horde, Morecraft, Quake 'em, Superdead, Super Fun Levels, Tactical Operations, Tactical Operations Volume II: Beyond Destruction, Toolkit For Command & Conquer And Warcraft II, Total War: Over 1000 New Levels for Warcraft II,Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, Warcraft II: Final Conflict, WarCraft II: The 70 Next Levels, War Command Explosion, W!Zone, W!Zone II: Retribution

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Wargus mod to use Stratagus engine (allows playing over internet, changing play parameters, etc.) 49.2MB (uploaded by Official Site)
Unique Shareware Demo v1.08 35.6MB (uploaded by The Shareware CD Archive)
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Full Demo 109MB (uploaded by Abandonia)
Full Demo 31MB (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
Hybrid Windows/MAC ISO Demo 559MB (uploaded by Internet Archive Software Collection)
WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness - Deluxe-Edition AlcoholClone 2CD ISO Demo 832MB (uploaded by Egon68)
WarCraft II: Battle.net Edition - Clone ISO Demo 632MB (uploaded by Egon68)
WarCraft II: Battle.net Edition - ISO Demo (Gamestar full version) 598MB (uploaded by Wastrel)
Full Demo + DOSBox 384MB (uploaded by The Collection Chamber)
Press Alpha & Alpha Level Demos 5.6/11.8MB (uploaded by scaryfun)

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