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Proto:Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

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This page details one or more prototype versions of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans.


A demo was released for Warcraft I. Many things are missing from the demo version, including:

  • Opening Video.
  • Endings for both races.
  • All support for multi-player and Vs AI games (Demo 1.12 you can start up a multiplayer game and even connect systems together, but everything for making the game playable was disabled and the game crashes when you attempt to start it).
  • Most of the campaign missions (Limited to three per race).
  • Dungeon tiles and monsters.
  • Support for advanced units and advanced buildings.
  • Most of the upgrades and research.
  • Most of the music. Only two tracks are used in the demo: Orc campaign #2 and Human campaign #3.

Unique things included with the demo are:

  • A campaign mission you cannot win.
  • Ordering info on the menu.
  • A post-game blurb about how contributing to the battle ahead will give you access to more in-game features.

Comparison Notes

Only 4 demo versions appear to have been released:

Version Release Date
1.00 October 4th, 1994
1.01 October 6th, 1994
1.01 Interplay October 6th, 1994
1.12, Final Demo November 23rd, 1994

Demo versions 1.00, 1.01 and 1.01 Interplay all use a different timing method that is far more sensitive to faster computers, even DOS emulators. This was fixed by Demo version 1.12.

Demo version 1.12 was released after the final version (1.12) was and is the most common version found on the net. Final version 1.12 was released November 3rd, 1994.

Demo version 1.00 would produce a memory error upon exiting the game. This was fixed in all subsequent versions.

General Game Mechanics Changes

Demo 1.00 & 1.01 Demo 1.12 & Final
Unit Cancellation Units cannot be cancelled once training commences. Units can be cancelled anytime during the training process.
Levels of building damage A building starts burning when it takes 25%+ damage. There is only one burning animation. A building starts burning when it takes 25%+ damage. It appears as a small flame when the damage is under 50% and a large flame when 50%+.
Peasants/Peons collecting gold Any amount of gold collected from a mine is rounded up to 100. For instance, the closest mine in the first mission (both races) has 3072 gold inside. The Peasants / Peons will collect 3100 gold. All gold mines are rounded to the nearest 100, making this a non-issue.
Player AI targeting Player AI has a difficult time acquiring a player's proper target; the units have a tendency to go for whatever is closest to them, rather than a specific target. This appears to have been fixed for the final version.
Corpses All corpses appear as Orc bodies during the 2nd frame of decomposition. Race-specific corpses are properly used during the 2nd frame of decomposition.
Messages Messages cannot be entered after hitting ENTER. Messages can be entered after hitting ENTER, including the use of cheat codes.

Opening Screen / Menu Changes

Demo 1.00 & 1.01 Demo 1.12 & Final
Save Slots Eight slots are available. Seven slots are available.
In-game Menu Options Game Speed, Mouse Scroll and Key Scroll all loop around when selecting these. In the final version, you cannot loop from Slowest to Fastest and back. To reach either end, you must go through the different speeds.
Volume Control Issues Music level adjusts after you exit the menu and may not play at the selected level, especially when going between Off and a volume level. Music is automatically adjusted when you change the volume.

Unit / Building Changes

Demo 1.00 & 1.01 Demo 1.12 & Final
Footman/Grunt Cost: 450G Cost: 400G
Archer Attack Range: 6 (if selecting a target) or 5 Attack Range: 5
Spearman Attack Range: 5 (if selecting a target) or 4 Attack Range: 4
Cleric Attack Range: 2 (if selecting a target) or 1

Attack Speed: Same as Archer's

Attack Range: 1

Attack Speed: 1.25x a Footman's

Necrolyte Attack Range: 3 (if selecting a target) or 2

Attack Speed: Same as Archer's
Can cast "Raise Dead" on corpses that have long since sunk into the ground.

Attack Range: 2

Attack Speed: 1.25x a Footman's
Can only cast "Raise Dead" on a corpse that is still visible on the battlefield.

Skeleton HP: 12

Damage: Minimum - 1, Random -

  • Version 1.00 - 9
  • Version 1.01 - 3

Walking Speed: Same as a Cleric/Necrolyte
Attack Speed: Same as Archer's
Has Orc unit speech.
Has no attack sound.
Has an animation for rising from the dead.
No time limit.

HP: 40

Damage: Minimum - 1, Random - 4
Walking Speed: 0.6 of a Peasant/Archer
Attack Speed: 2.0x a Footman's
Has no unit speech.
Has an attack sound.
Has no animation for appearing.
Has a time limit before dying.

Wall Available after Mission #2

Cost: 400G

Available after Mission #7

Cost: 100G
(Unavailable in Demo 1.12)

Notes

  • In the demo version, the attack range of all range units (range fighters and spell casters) is increased by one when you select a target to attack. Otherwise, a range unit will use their regular attack range when an enemy target appears within it. The AI does not use this range advantage when attacking.

Upgrade/Research Changes

Demo 1.00 & 1.01 Demo 1.12 & Final
Church/Temple spells The spells are laid out like upgrades; the first spell must be purchased before the 2nd spell, etc. The spells are laid out and can be upgraded without any prerequisites.
Church/Temple spell cost Cost for the first two Church / Temple spells are: 1000G and 2000G and are labeled as RESEARCH NEW SPELL. Only the first spell may be purchased. If a player attempts to research the second upgrade, the message PURCHASE RELEASE VERSION OF WARCRAFT will appear. Cost for the first two Church / Temple spells are: 750G and 1500G and are identified by name.

For Demo 1.12, the first two spells may be researched.

Healing spell. Has no spell animation on the target and plays no sound effect when cast. Animates the traditional 'magic' animation on the target and the generic magic sound effect is played when cast.
Arrow/Spear Upgrades Only the first upgrade may be researched. If a player attempts to research the second upgrade, the message PURCHASE RELEASE VERSION OF WARCRAFT will appear. Both upgrades are available as early as you can access the Mill for both races.

For Demo 1.12, it's the same as the other demos.

Arrow/Spear Bonus damage No bonus damage, making the upgrade pointless to research. This is most likely a glitch. Increases the base damage of Archers/Spearmen by 2 points, each.

Mission-Specific Changes

Demo 1.00 & 1.01 Demo 1.12 (Changes) Final (Changes)
1st Mission, Human Human Campaign #3 music plays.

Gold Mine Content

  • Upper-left: 10240
  • Middle-right: 3072
  • Lower-right: 10240
  • Centre: 10240
Gold Mine Content
  • Upper-left: 10200
  • Middle-right: 3000
  • Lower-right: 10200
  • Centre: 10200
Human Campaign #1 music plays.
2nd Mission, Human Orc Campaign #2 music plays.

Temple of the Damned (and connecting road) is missing in the upper right corner of the enemy base. Enemy does not have any Necrolytes.

Gold Mine Content

  • Upper-centre: 17920 (17900)
  • Centre: 17920 (17900)
  • Bottom-right: 20480 (20400)
  • Lower-centre: 17920 (17900)
  • Middle-left: 20480 (20400)
(Orc Campaign #2 for demo)

Temple of the Damned (and connecting road) is included in this mission. Enemy has and uses Necrolytes with Raise Dead.

Gold Mine Content

  • Upper-centre: 17900
  • Centre: 17900
  • Bottom-right: 20400
  • Lower-centre: 17900
  • Middle-left: 20400
Human Campaign #3 music plays.

Is Human Campaign Mission #3.

3rd Mission, Human Human Campaign #3 music plays.

Uses the same map as mission #1, but with a different starting point. Player starts with a Town Hall, 2 Farms, 2 Peasants and 4 Footmen. The mission starts with the base surrounded by 33 Grunts. It's a one-sided slaughter for the computer.

Uses the 2nd Human campaign map found in the final campaign with the full starting base: A Town Hall, a Farm, a Peasant, 2 Footmen and an Archer. The mission starts with the base surrounded by 33 Grunts and Spearmen. Again, it's a one-sided slaughter for the computer. Does not exist.
1st Mission, Orc Human Campaign #3 music plays.

Gold Mine Content

  • Top-centre: 7,680
  • Upper-right: 3,072
  • Lower-centre: 7,680
  • Middle-left: 7,680

Gold Mine Content

  • Top-centre: 7,600
  • Upper-right: 3,000
  • Lower-centre: 7,600
  • Middle-left: 7,600
Orc Campaign #1 music plays.
2nd Mission, Orc Human Campaign #3 music plays.

Church is missing in the upper right corner of the enemy base. Enemy does not have any Clerics.
Unit Count: Peon x2, Grunt x2 and Spearman x2
Gold Mine Content

  • Lower-left: 26880
  • Upper-left: 20480
  • Top-centre: 26880
  • Lower-right: 20480
Church is included in this mission. Enemy has and uses Clerics with Healing.

Unit Count: Peon x2, Grunt x3 and Spearman x2 Gold Mine Content

  • Lower-left: 20400
  • Upper-left: 10200
  • Top-centre: 20400
  • Lower-right: 26800
Is Orc Campaign Mission #3.

Orc Campaign #3 music plays.

3rd Mission, Orc Orc Campaign #2 music plays.

Uses the same map as mission #1, but with a different starting point. Player starts with a Town Hall, 2 Farms, 2 Peons and 4 Grunts. The campaign starts with being surrounded by 33 Footmen. It's a one-sided slaughter for the computer.

Uses the 2nd Orc campaign map found in the final campaign with the full starting base: A Town Hall, a Farm, a Peon, 2 Grunts and a Spearman. The mission starts with the base surrounded by 33 Footmen and Archers. Again, it's a one-sided slaughter for the computer. Does not exist.

Mission Briefing Changes

1st campaign mission: Same briefing as the final version.
2nd campaign mission: Uses the briefing from the final version's 3rd campaign.
3rd campaign mission:

  • Human
A small village near the Borderlands is
being attacked by an Orcish invasion force.
You must take what few troops remain
available to the King and defend the town
for as long as possible.  If the King can
raise funds, reinforcements may be on the
way...
  • Orc
Your outpost in the Borderlands is being
attacked by the Human armies.  Blackhand
wants you and the last soldiers in his
cadre to defend the site... to the death.
Should the War Chief raise enough gold to
recruit reinforcements, he will dispatch
them as soon as possible...

Post-game briefing (to encourage players to 'contribute' to the cause):

  • Human
King Llane has desperate need of your
continued leadership in the battle against
the Orc invasion of Azeroth.  The coffers
of the Kingdom are being bled dry by the
war, however, so your contribution is
required to raise money for more armies.
You will be able to augment your forces
with brave, mounted knights and powerful
conjurers that can summon creatures to
fight for your cause.  There are also great
dangers that await you, as there are mines
to be explored, monsters to be vanquished,
and the evil forces of the Orc War Chief
Blackhand to be conquered.  The fate of
Azeroth awaits!
  • Orc
Blackhand demands your service to
eradicate the human scum from this land.
Resources are limited, however, so a
contribution to summon forth more soldiers
is required.  You will then have command
over the wolfriding Raiders, and be able
yo use the dark magiks of the Waklocks to
control the powers of the underworld.
There are mysterious dungeons to search,
temples to desecrate, and the armies of
King Llane to crush under your heel.  Who
will eventually control Azeroth is in your
power to decide!

Human Voice Changes

Demo Final
What What?
Your bidding?
Pissed N/A Why do you keep touching me?!
Move Yes, my lord.

Yes, sire!

Yes, my lord.

Yes!

Unit Created Your bidding?
Your command?
Work Done Work complete!
Work completed!

Notes:

  • The demo version only had 2 levels of Pissed audio clips. The final version adds a 3rd clip.
  • The casual 'What?' was probably replaced since it comes off as rude, rather than subservient, like most of the other ones used in getting a unit's attention. Also, there is another 'What?!' in the Pissed category.
  • Some of the clips in the demo appear to use a different voice actor.

Graphics Changes

Demo Final
Warcraft barracks demo.png

Warcraft icon barracks demo.png

Warcraft barracks final.png

Warcraft icon barracks final.png

The Human Barracks was adjusted for the final version. The construction phases leading up to the final building remain unaltered.

Demo Final
Warcraft arrows demo.png Warcraft arrows final.png

The arrows underwent a minor palette change.

Demo Final
Warcraft xtreetile demo.png Warcraft xtreetile final.png

Swamp lands have a post-tree tile (with debris) in the final version. In the demo, the tree tile is replaced with a clear tile after being cut down.

Demo Final
Warcraft babytree demo.png N/A

One of the swamp tiles in the demo resembles a small tree. This was likely removed since it could lead to players wasting their time trying to harvest something that was not a resource.

Scene Changes

Opening Menu

Demo 1.00 & 1.01 Demo 1.12 Final
Warcraft - Orcs & Humans-demo1.png Warcraft - Orcs & Humans-demo2.png Warcraft - Orcs & Humans-title.png

The title screen is darker, copyright info was included and "Ordering Info" was replaced with "Ordering info" as of 1.12.
Order info was replaced with re-watching the intro movie in the final version.

Demo 1.00 & 1.01 Demo 1.12 & Final
Warcraft newgame demo.png Warcraft newgame final.png

When selecting a New Game, all the features are upfront in the Demo version (though only the Campaign Game Mode and Race are selectable options). In the final version (and Demo 1.12), the Game Mode is subdivided on the screen, making players select their mode first, then the other options.

Mission Briefings

Demo 1.00, 1.01 & 1.12 Final
Warcraft mbriefing orc demo.png Warcraft mbriefing orc final.png

A roaring fire appears in the background of the final version of the Orc Mission Briefing screen.

Demo 1.00 & 1.01 Final (Human) Final (Orc)
Mission #1 Warcraft bmap1 demo.png Warcraft bmap1 human.png Warcraft bmap1 orc.png
Mission #2 Warcraft bmap2 demo.png Warcraft bmap2 human.png Warcraft bmap3 orc.png
Mission #3 Warcraft bmap3 demo.png Warcraft bmap3 human.png Warcraft bmap2 orc.png

In the demo version, both races use the same progression map (during the Mission Briefing). In the final version, the Humans and Orcs both use their own separate progression path. In addition, the final version removed the table and blue background and uses different palettes, depending on the current mission. Notes:

  • The rips for the final Human and Orc maps are taken from the proceeding missions for a better visual comparison.
  • It may not be possible to see the progress maps in the final version if you do not have a full install of the game.
  • Demo Version 1.12 does not include a progression map.

In-game Battle Demos

Demo 1.00 Demo 1.01, 1.12 & Final
Battle Demo #2 Warcraft ingamedemo2 demo.png Warcraft ingamedemo2 final.png
  • Four Farms and all Peons were removed, likely to speed up the battle demo.
  • The screen was shifted up one tile row.
Battle Demo #3 Warcraft ingamedemo3 demo.png Warcraft ingamedemo3 final.png
  • Two Human units outside the view were removed. They did not participate in the fight.
  • The screen was shifted five tile rows to the right.
Battle Demo #4 Warcraft ingamedemo4 demo.png Warcraft ingamedemo4 final.png
  • (At least) a couple Orc units were removed from the fight. Given the number of human buildings, it results in a faster battle demo to let the humans win.
  • The screen was shifted three tile rows to the right and two rows down.

Notes:

  • There are no visual differences between the demo and final versions of Battle Demo #1.
  • In Demo version 1.00, each demo only runs for a few seconds before going back to the menu screen. In all subsequent demos and the final version, the two sides completely finish the fight before returning to the menu.