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Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (DOS)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

So charming, you’ll overlook all of its flaws. PCGamer77 (3026) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Customs scenarios make this one replayable anton treuenfels (37) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Exploding sheep! (see below on details, details, details) Cyric (50) unrated
Warcraft II has aged well Roedie (5226) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
By land, air and water... Depth Lord (941) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A genre inside of itself Sam Tinianow (98) unrated
The only RTS I ever really enjoyed playing Kalirion (626) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
A classic. Tomer Gabel (4374) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Hack 'n' Slash Horny-Bullant (56) unrated
An excellent RTS game, marred by repetitive AI Asher (7) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (155 votes) 4.0

The Press Says

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Entertainment Weekly
But underneath all this macro-management are some wonderfully engaging touches: beautifully rendered graphics, clever character animations, and whimsical sound effects. And despite this meticulous crafting, the game never degenerates into confusion. Rather, Warcraft II reveals itself in its details, and what you find is a world of color, wit, and depth.
PC Player (Brazil)
Ao contrário dos livros e filmes os jogos para computador tendem a melhorar em sua segunda versão, graças ao avanço constante da tecnologia. Este é o caso de Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.
PC Gamer
There is a simple (and some might say unpleasant) truth: Gamers like bashing the crap out of little things on screen. Most of us started with the simple pleasures of coin-op shooters, then moved on to PCs, where we started to gobble up Doom and Heretic and Dark Forces. And if those didn't satisfy our craving, we'd head over to the heavier stuff like Command & Conquer or Steel Panthers. And as more gamers get into strategy and wargames, we can at least pretend that we're playing something akin to chess, or some other thinking man's game -- while we are, in essence, killing things. (--T. Liam McDonald)
Coming Soon Magazine
Thus starts the introduction of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, the long awaited sequel to the original Warcraft released at the end of 1994 by Blizzard Entertainment. As the first episode, Warcraft II will plunge you into a bloody war between Orcs and Humans through two campaigns that depend on which side you decided to incarnate. These campaigns, divided into fourteen missions, feature various goals as destroying cities, regaining strategic places, escorting units, etc.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Warcraft II is gevaarlijk. Begin eraan en de omgeving rond uw PC verandert in geen tijd in een sociaal achtergebleven gebied. De toevoeging van een zee- en luchtmacht maken WCII nog beter dan het reeds sublieme deel I. Grafisch slaat WCII spijkers met koppen: dit is zonder tegenspraak het mooiste strategische spel ooit op de PC verschenen! De toevoeging van de editor maakt het pakket bovendien zeer volledig en verdubbelt de persoonlijke interesse duurtijd. Gemaakt om u in 1996 geen minuut te vervelen!
Joystick (French)
Si vous passez à côté de ce soft, consultez un psy ! Il est bon en solo, et c'est un MUST en réseau. Sa richesse et son esthétisme le font figurer parmi les incontournables. Vivement les add-on !
Blizzard Entertainment has outdone itself with this sequel to Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. The development company has become known for highly playable games - including cartridge classics like Interplay's The Lost Vikings and PC greats such as the side-scrolling action game Blackthorne - but the original Warcraft was the first to show Blizzard's penchant for strategic fare. Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness continues in the same vein as its predecessor, but adds more depth and features to the formula.
Game Revolution
I've got the humans on the run! I'll write the review later... If you buy this game you might forget to eat, you might lose your girlfriend, but WarCraft II makes it all worth it. For fans of the first WarCraft, Dune II for the PC, Command and Conquer for the PC, or Dune for the Genesis, WarCraft II is a must-buy. The rest of you (over age 13) should probably get it also.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
It’s not often that a game really, truly, impresses and enthralls me. Warcraft 2 has definitely done that by providing excellent graphics and sound while keeping the game dynamic and interesting by including a multitude of units and buildings. This is definately a game that strategy gamers who like fantasy will love and I highly recommend it!
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
As with most competent sequels, if you liked the original game then you should definitely pick up this one. WARCRAFT 2 successfully breaks new ground without losing sight of what made it a great game in the first place. While I think that these kinds of games really need to introduce branching campaigns to reduce the “puzzle” aspect of some of the scenarios, Blizzard should be commended for pushing the design further instead of just pumping out more of the same. If you enjoy fantasy gaming, or simply like the kind of base-building tactical wargames that have become popular in the last couple of years, then this is a sure bet for you – and if you have access to a network for gaming, then WARCRAFT 2 moves into the “Must Buy” category.
Electric Playground
As I mentioned earlier, Warcraft 2 is very easy to get started playing. So if you are new to the war strategy genre, this is probably the best choice to begin with. If you are an experienced strategist, you probably feel as foolish as I did that you let so much time pass before playing this great game.
Warcraft II a marqué l’histoire du jeu vidéo à sa façon : non pas en innovant de tous les côtés, mais plutôt en améliorant subtilement toutes les facettes du jeu de stratégie temps réel. Par sa mythologie pleine de couleurs, ses guerres épiques et ses nombreuses possibilités, le monde d’Azeroth nous appelle et transforme la position de seigneur de guerre en une occupation à la fois divertissante et passionnante.
PC Games (Germany)
Besser geht's nicht.WarCraft 2 hat all das, was wir uns eigentlich von Command & Conquer erhofft hatten. In den Disziplinen Grafik, Animationen und Level-Design ist die liebevoll übersetzte und synchronisierte deutsche Version faktisch stärker, in Sachen Sound-FX, Sprachausgabe und Steuerung mindestens ebenbürtig, bei der schmissigen Audio-Musik hingegen leicht unterlegen.
Power Play
Ganz klar: „Warcraft 2“ ist das, was aus „Command & Conquer“ hätte werden können. Super-VGA-Grafik, die trotzdem scrollt, ein genialer Soundtrack, bessere Sprachausgabe und ein Tick mehr Abwechslung lassen Blizzards Konkurrent dominieren. Der taktische Gehalt beider Programme ist zwar ungefähr identisch, doch tritt an die Stelle der teils schweißtreibenden „Command & Conquer“-Action überlegtes Hantieren mit Zaubersprüchen und Artillerie. Der Wirtschaftspart verleiht „Warcraft 2“ zusätzliche Tiefe und verhindert besonders in späteren Levels unkontrolliertes Expandieren. Zudem unterscheiden sich die beiden gegnerischen Lager, Orks und Menschen, genügend voneinander, um in beiden Spielmodi gänzlich andere strategische Vorgehensweisen aufzufahren. „Warcraft 2“ ist schlichtweg der bislang besten Stragie-Action-Mix.
I had a lot of fun playing Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness. Although the game had its share of shortcomings, I felt that its good points heavily outweighed them.
PC Player (Germany)
Es ist aber wahrlich keine Schande, gegen Command & Conquer zweiter Sieger zu bleiben. Aufgrund der vorhandenen Unterschiede kommen beide Programme gut nebeneinander aus, Fantasy-Fans werden vermutlich Warcraft 2 bevorzugen. Dieses hat quantitativ zudem eindeutig mehr zu bieten. Somit gehört Blizzards Fortsetzung eigentlich auf den Gabentisch jedes Echtzeit-Strategen.
GameStar (Germany)
Warcraft 2 ist auch heute noch besser als viele neue Echtzeitspiele. Die ausgewogenen Missionen und der ständig anziehende Schwierigkeitsgrad halten die Motivation lange aufrecht. Mir macht es jedenfalls immer noch viel Spaß. Einzig die reinen Kampfeinsätze ohne Basisbau zerren etwas an meinen Nerven
High Score
Warcraft II är ett trevligt spel, men det känns lite haltande. För lite strategi och för mycket action, ungefär som att göra schack till realtidsaction.