Warcraft 2 offers a fascinating insight into the development of the Warcraft phenomenon and also provides solid real-time strategy gameplay that remains challenging and enjoyable even now. Warcraft 2 takes many of the staples of the RTS genre, such as resource building, objectives and a wide range of unit types, and marries them with a fantasy storyline detailing the struggle between the allied forces of Man and the invading Orcs. While the plot and writing are somewhat hackneyed and overbearing, this doesn't detract from what is actually a deep and complex game. The inclusion of features such as objectives, aerial and sea-based units, and multi-player options provide the game with much of its appeal, and while the AI can be predictable at times, it is only with some real tactical thinking that players will emerge victorious. Production values are high, with cut scenes that are impressive for the time (and which stand up well even today)and in-game graphics which are colourful and full of personality. Players of modern mobile games like Clash of Clans and Backyard Monsters should make the effort to investigate Warcraft 2 and see how the RTS genre began.