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Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal is an expansion pack for Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness. After defeating the Orcish Horde and capturing the survivors, the Human Alliance attempts to destroy the Dark Portal. However, whilst they destroy the portal, the rift that joins the Orcs' world of Draenor to Azeroth remains.

The Alliance forces decide to enter the rift to the Orcs' home world to attempt to seal it from the other side.

At the same time, Ner'zhul - Warchief of the Shadow Moon clan, who has seized control of the Orcish hordes of Draenor following Orgrim Doomhammer's departure (and eventual defeat) to Azeroth, plans to send his forces to Azeroth to gather magical artefacts in an attempt to open rifts to other worlds.

Beyond the Dark Portal contains two 12 map campaigns; one for each side, 50 new pud's (maps) and a new tile set for the Orc home world.

It also contains 5 new hero characters for each side that actively participate in several of the new single player missions. In function, they are simply super powered versions of standard units that have different sounds.

There are no new standard units however, which many saw as a disappointment.

The map editor also isn't updated to include any of this expansion's new features, though third party programs exist that can add these features to the editor.


WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal DOS Some of the missions are really frustrating...
WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal DOS Help window. (German release)
WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal DOS The orcs really look nice in black
WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal DOS Mushrooms all over the place

Promo Images

WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal Magazine Advertisement
WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal Render Ner'zhul
WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal Other Box art
WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal Screenshot

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User Reviews

Fight the Orks in their homeland! Hadanite Marasek (29) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Games Aug, 1996 A 100
Gamesmania.de 1996 95 out of 100 95
PC Player (Denmark) 1996 92 out of 100 92
Gameplay (Benelux) Aug, 1996 92 out of 100 92
GameSpot May 21, 1996 9.2 out of 10 92
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Joker Jun, 1996 86 out of 100 86
PC Action (Germany) Jun, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Jun, 1996 85 out of 100 85
High Score Sep, 1996 4 out of 5 80


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The chorus of the hidden disco track is "I'm a medieval man". This is a reference to the famous hit Mechanical Man from Command & Conquer. The track itself is a remix of the first Human theme from Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and most of the lyrics are quotes from the same game (annoyed Human unit speech and the narration from the intro sequence).


  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1997 - Best Add-On in 1996
  • Computer Gaming World
    • May 1997 (Issue #154) – Best Enhancement of an Existing Game
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MAT (234563) added WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (DOS) on Apr 26, 2000
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