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Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

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Title Screen

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publishers: Blizzard Entertainment (US), Interplay (EU)
Platforms: DOS, Mac OS Classic
Released in US: November 23, 1994
Released in EU: 1995


CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
Sgf2-unusedicon1.png This game has unused abilities.


ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article
PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

So very stubbly.
This page is rather stubbly and could use some expansion.
Are you a bad enough dude to rescue this article?

Unused Graphics

WarCraft1-bloodiedknight.png WarCraft1-bandage.png

Two unused icons:

Wounded Unit

  • The first one is for a wounded unit. According to the game manual, this icon is used for a unit that is incapacitated and must be healed. In actual gameplay, a wounded unit has 5HP and is neutral until a player's unit is brought close enough to rescue it, even if healed from a distance.
  • The only instance of wounded soldiers are found during Human Campaign Mission #4. Wounded soldiers have their own unique unit (ID# 0x10) with an Archer portrait, but no command lists. When rescued, they become Archers. The only one that is not changed is Lothar who uses his own name and icon, regardless of condition.

Unknown

  • The second one is very basic.
(Source: DarkWolf)

Warcraft fireball.png
The graphics for the unused Fireball attack.

Hidden Text

There are some hidden dev/build text (file listings) in DATA.WAR. Entries 393 and 394 in the data file contain what appears to be MS-DOS directory listings.

Entry 393:

 Volume in drive C is BIG DRIVE  
 Volume Serial Number is 2A6B-08F3
 Directory of C:\WAR\ART\DIALOG

.            <DIR>         10-27-94   1:50p
..           <DIR>         10-27-94   1:50p
save         <DIR>         10-27-94   1:50p
makefile            10,850 10-28-94   6:31a
test                 2,983 10-27-94   1:52p
test2                2,983 10-27-94   1:52p
        6 file(s)         16,816 bytes
                     962,691,072 bytes free

Entry 394:

 Volume in drive C is BIG DRIVE  
 Volume Serial Number is 2A6B-08F3
 Directory of C:\WAR\ART\DIALOG

.            <DIR>         10-27-94   1:50p
..           <DIR>         10-27-94   1:50p
save         <DIR>         10-27-94   1:50p
makefile            10,850 10-28-94   6:31a
test                 2,983 10-27-94   1:52p
test2                2,983 10-27-94   1:52p
        6 file(s)         16,816 bytes
                     962,658,304 bytes free

Unused Abilities

Attack 0x0B is a fireball. It is located between melee (0x0C) and the Water Elemental's attack (0x0A). It may have been intended for the Daemon or Fire Elemental at some point during development.

Unused Units

Units 0x14, 0x1D and 0x1E appear to be placeholders, but have sufficient data to be used in the game, albeit they cannot do very much.

Name: Dragon
HP: 250
Magic: No
Build Time: 0
Gold Cost: 0
Lumber Cost: 0
Tile Size: 1x1
Selection Box Size: 15x15
Range: 1
Armor: 0
Attack: 0 Minimum, 0 Random
Attack Type: Melee
Portrait: Ogre
Command Structure: Basic Orc (Move, Stop, Attack)

Unused Code

Many units and buildings that cannot be constructed/trained have their own gold and lumber costs.

Unit/Building Gold Cost Lumber Cost
0x0E Medivh 2500 0
0x0F Lothar 2500 0
0x10 Wounded 2500 0
0x11 Griselda 2500 0
0x12 Garona 2500 0
0x13 Ogre 900 0
0x15 Spider 200 0
0x16 Slime 200 0
0x17 Fire Elemental 1500 0
0x18 Scorpion 200 0
0x19 Brigand 500 0
0x1A Skeleton, Orc 100 0
0x1B Skeleton, Neutral 400 0
0x1C Daemon 2000 0
0x1F Water Elemental 2000 0
0x30 Stormwind Keep 2500 2000
0x31 Black Rock Spire 2500 2000
0x32 Gold Mine 0 100

On a related note, the Keep and Spire have the same command lists as the Human and Orc Town Halls (Peasant, Road & Wall).

Developer Message

Version 1.22h has this message hidden in WAR.EXE, hex address 4C410:

DO NOT call our tech support line to get the cheat codes.  In fact...  GET OUT OF THE EXE!