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Wing Commander (DOS)

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Title Screen

Wing Commander

Developer: Origin Systems
Publisher: Origin Systems
Platform: DOS
Released in US: September 26, 1990
Released in EU: 1990

DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.

Debug Mode

In the original floppy disk version, enter Origin (case sensitive, with a capital O) as a command prompt argument. In the CD and GOG versions, change this in the .bat file. The following debug controls will be at your disposal:

Key(s) Action
Alt + M Show memory usage
Alt + Z Self-destruct
Alt + Del Targeted/Visible ship(s) explode
Alt + O Destroy cockpit sections (doesn't work in all versions)
Ctrl + Alt + S Invert graphics (doesn't work in all versions)
Alt + keypad + Decrease time between frames
(speeds the game up)
Alt + keypad - Increase time between frames
(slows the game down)
I Toggle Current Intelligence factor display
O Toggle Eject siren
Ctrl + V Version info
Ctrl + P Pause game (w/o pause graphic)

The game will print memory usage stats when it exits.

Entering Origin -k (again, case sensitive) in the command prompt makes the player invincible by giving them unlimited shields, as well as make all of the above cheats available.

Mission Selection

There are also some mission selection commands to put in at the command prompt:

Argument(s) Action
s(n1) m(n2) Choose which level to play in;
n1 is a series number,
while n2 is a mission number.
w(n) Show a cinematic. n ranges from 1 to 22.
Going to a cinematic that doesn't exist will
make a placeholder screen with "Pre animation %d"
appear on the screen. Mission-specific scenes also
require the above command(s).
l Play a single mission. This also bypasses
the copy protection questions.

Development text

Files briefing.001 and briefing.002 are part of the Secret Missions expansion packs that contain briefing text and associated lip-sync data. For a large number of lines, the lip sync information doesn't match what's being spoken, generally taking one of the following placeholders for a subliminal message:

  • bimororigingamslikwincamandirtoo (buy more origin games like wing commander two)
  • buymoregameslikwincamandertoo
  • buymorgamslikewincamandertoo
  • onleasuperpilotlikmarccanwinthismissinhaha (only a super pilot like mark can win this mission ha ha)
  • thisisalinofgenericfonetics (this is a line of generic phonetics)
  • tisisafungamanuarhavinafuntim (this is a fun game and you are having a fun time)
  • uwilluvthesekretmissensframjahnandstev (you will love the secret missions from john and steve)
  • sensten3wevbenjumpigarandlakkraze (since ten three we've been jumping around like crazy)

The same lip sync text appears in the Windows port, with the exception that the files are uncompressed.