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'Morecraft' is an unofficial add-on pack for Blizzard Software's hugely successful fantasy themed real time strategy game Warcraft 2, which was released way back in 1995. The product is in no way endorsed by or affiliated with Blizzard Software, and furthermore it includes no new artwork, maps, units or sound; rather it simply consists of 200 new custom-made levels created using the level-editor that came bundled free with the original game.
This was at least of some value back in 1995, but nowadays there is little reason even for Warcraft 2 fanatics to shell out for this package, as custom-made maps con be downloaded legitimately and for free from all manner of fan sites on the internet.
The cd also includes text files containng some gameplay tips, cheats and weblinks to numerous Warcraft 2 fansites, but a number of the links no longer work and in any case there is nothing here that isnt instantly available using an internet search engine.
The front cover of the cd case shows an endearing homage to the original box art of the warcraft series, with an orc and a ship captain drawing swords against eachother's throats in a stuggle to the death, but its still certainly not enough to justify paying money for a bunch of map files that can be downloaded for free with the space of a couple of minutes. One for obsessive fans only.
Released in 1996 by unsurprisingly defunct publishing studio Microforum, 'Morecraft' is a level pack for hit early 90s 2D Real Time Strategy Game, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness. The expansion, if it can so be called, is exclusive to PC, unlike the multi-platform based original. It requires a full-working version of Warcraft II to play and will run on practically any PC, no matter how modest the specifications.
Morecraft is very easy to install, and surprisingly for its time has a Windows-based installation, rather than DOS. The expansion itself contains just over 200 new campaign levels, none of which relate to one another, or the original in terms of plot or objectives. These are all arguably expertly designed, but only make use of some of the more basic mechanics of the engine. Some are multiplayer maps, and with no real way of telling, you'll have to find yourself guessing randomly which are multiplayer and which are single player, which can be pretty damn irritating. Its a very rushed release, but I suppose you can expect some chaos of this kind when the product isn't supported by, or even affiliated with Blizzard Entertainment, or so says the huge hard-to-miss sticker on the front. Speaking of which, the front is really attractive, and has a nice, if somewhat cartoony drawing of an Orc Grunt and a Human Peasant with their weapons at each other's throats, each looking into each others eyes and grimacing.
There are no new buildings, units, terrain types, backgrounds, or sound bytes in the game, so don't go thinking this is in any way a proper expansion, its NOTHING MORE than a bunch of levels, and is, as a result, pretty worthless. The game was released before the Internet was really a massive thing, and, owing to the vast popularity of Warcraft II, and the fact that a free map editor was released with every commercial purchase of the game, there are now quite literally hundreds of thousands of user-made map levels, single-player and multiplayer available free and legally for instant download, as well as myriad mods and add-ons. This renders the release of Morecraft now completely pointless, apart from perhaps as something of a relic collectible for Warcraft Fanboys, or for cave-dwelling luddites with no internet connection at all.
Morecraft is only available occasionally second hand on various popular internet shops such as Amazon, Play or eBay for a few pennies plus postage, and even then this isn't worth paying money for, as the combination of The Internet, Filesharing Networks, Fansites and the Warcraft II Map Editor have brought this title to be now utterly irrelevant.