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WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness - Mac Cheats

Game Review & Description

In the realm of real-time strategy where orcs and humans clash over more than just parking spaces, there lies a gem that carved its runes deep into the heart of Mac gaming lore. WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness, a title that sounds like a heavy metal band’s debut album, is actually a masterclass in strategy, fantasy, and the fine art of pixelated warfare, all bundled up in a neat package for the Apple Mac.

Back in the day when the Internet was still a series of tubes and the Macintosh was the computer of choice for the discerning geek, WarCraft II made its grand entrance. It wasn’t just a game; it was a portal to a world where the clashing of swords and the cackling of orcs were the sweetest music to any gamer’s ears.

This game took the foundational bricks laid by its predecessor and built a fortress of gameplay so engaging, you’d forget to eat. Players were given command of either the noble humans or the not-so-noble orcs, tasked with gathering resources, building armies, and wiping their foes off the map. And if the thought of commanding legions of pixelated warriors doesn’t put a grin on your face, you might want to check your pulse.

WarCraft 2 wasn’t just about who could click the fastest; it was a chess match where pawns had battle axes and knights rode dragons. Strategy was key, with terrain, fog of war, and unit composition turning battles into intricate dances of death. Every decision, from where to build your barracks to when to unleash your fleet of elven destroyers, could turn the tide of war.

Graphically, for its time, WarCraft II was a tapestry of vibrant pixels, where every orc grunt and human footman was rendered with a level of detail that made them more than just units—they were your digital minions, ready to march into the jaws of death at a click of your mouse. The Mac version shone particularly bright, its graphics crisp and clear, as if the game was always meant to reside in the sleek chassis of a Macintosh.

The sound design? Let’s just say if you close your eyes and listen to the battle cries, the clash of steel, and the arcane incantations, you can almost smell the orcish body odor (a mix of wet dog and moldy cheese, in case you were wondering). The soundtrack, with its epic compositions, could easily serve as the background music for your next fantasy novel binge or D&D campaign.

But what truly made WarCraft 2 stand out was its storytelling. Through a series of campaigns, players were woven into a tapestry of lore that was as rich and detailed as any fantasy novel. Betrayals, alliances, and heroics were the order of the day, making each mission more than just a quest for victory—it was a chapter in a saga that spanned continents and dimensions.

For those brave souls ready to dive into the world of Azeroth and beyond, remember this: knowledge is as powerful a weapon as the sharpest blade. Hidden within the game are a variety of hints, tips, and cheat codes, secrets that can bolster your armies, unveil the map, or even summon a fleet of flying sheep (because why not?). These arcane tidbits are your allies in the quest for domination, ready to turn the tide when the darkness seems insurmountable.

WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness on the Mac is more than just a game; it’s a piece of history, a testament to a time when strategy, story, and a bit of orcish humor could captivate the mind and steal hours like a thief in the night. So, muster your forces, sharpen your mind, and remember: a trove of hints, tips, and cheat codes lies hidden beneath the fog of war, waiting to be discovered by those cunning enough to seek them out.

CHEAT CODES (Demo Version):

To use a cheat, type Enter, the cheat code, and Enter. The codes are:

ALLOWSYNC : Surrender CASH : Gives you a lot of gold,lumber and oil FAST BUILD : Makes the slaves build faster LUMBER CHEAT : You can cut down trees in two chops SHOWMAP : Means it will show whole map GII : Mac says FEIF. GOD : Invincible. UPGRADE : Gives you nearly every upgrade on your units.

CHEAT CODES (Full Version - all modes):

To use a cheat, type Enter, the cheat code, and Enter. The codes are:

DECK ME OUT : Upgrades all technologies.
EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES : Upgrades your magic users with all spells
GLITTERING PRIZES : Gives you 10000 Gold, 5000 Wood and 5000 Oil
HATCHET : Get wood in 2 chops
IT IS A GOOD DAY TO DIE : Invincibility to computer characters and your characters inflict 255 damage points each time they hit.
MAKE IT SO : Makes the slaves build faster
NETPROF : Laser display
ON SCREEN : Displays entire map
VALDEZ : Gives you 5000 oil
NOPALETTE : Toggles palette animation
SHOWINFO : Show frame rate
SHOWMEMORY : Show Memory info
TIGERLILY : enables level skip
ORC# : if Orc, type "ORC" and then the level to which you want to go.
HUMAN# : if human, type "HUMAN" and the level to which you want to go.
UNITE THE CLANS : level skip

CHEAT CODES (Full Version - Campaign mode):

Type the TIGERLILY-code to enable ORC and HUMAN codes.

To use a cheat, type Enter, the cheat code, and Enter. The codes are:

DAY : Mac says FEIF.
DISCO : Plays a hidden song
FASTDEMO : Plays Clips of Fighting in between Levels
HUMAN + level (01-26) : Takes you to the chosen campaign as human.
NOGLUES : Disables magical traps
NEVER A WINNER : Removes victory.
ORC + level (01-26) : Takes you to the chosen campaign as orc.
SHOWPATH : Displays entire map
SPYCOB : Get 5000 oil
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE : Gives you the end sequence
TITLE : Increases the speed of your units
UCLA : It types Go Bruins and cuts Cut Scenes
UNITE THE CLANS : Instant victory
YOU PITIFUL WORM : Instant defeat

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