Witchaven Versions & Demos

Here you may find information on the various EXE versions of Witchaven and Witchaven II, as well as downloads for the demo versions. Note that the version number which appears at game start is often unhelpful as multiple versions were released which report the same version number. The page is a work in progress and some versions (particularly patched versions) might not be listed yet.

All demo versions of the game are limited to the first three levels and most appear to be based on a beta version of the game, using older versions of some graphics and other data, as well as different game rules; they lacked the short sword and had an armor boosting potion in place of cure poison. The exception is the 3-Level Interactive Preview which appears to be a cut-down version of the retail release with the same data and rules. There was no demo release of Witchaven II that I am aware of.

A few noticeable differences in the "beta demos" include:

  • Some sound effects were different, including the fireball launching and floor/ceiling movement sounds.
  • Several differences in level 1, including an ocean view from the starting area, lava cracks that don't appear until you step on them, the entrance to the waterfall room is secret rather than a marked door, and a dragon appears where the lava fiend would later go.
  • Sword clanging sounds play for each letter typed in the save game screen.
  • Slightly different version of the menu graphics.
  • No keys; the location in level 2 where a key would appear has a dagger instead and the locked door is remotely triggered
  • Gore effect generates more splatters compared to retail (true for 1995-07-31 version at least).

Witchaven Demo

Several versions of the Witchaven demo exist. There don't appear to be differences between the .MAP and .ART files in the demo versions except for the CD preview version, and I am not sure of the exact .EXE differences.

DateSize (Bytes)CRC32 of EXEReported Version #DownloadNote
18 Jul. 1995462,3199DA4D3170.1DownloadWith graphical config utility.
21 Jul. 1995510,091C71C348F0.1DownloadWith graphical config utility.
31 Jul. 1995520,9121386D0AE1.0DownloadFound on the CD "Especial de Juegos".
Thanks Marco for the submission!
In this version, the third potion is now Cure Poison as in the retail version.
25 Sep. 1995695,4579DC85CEB1.0N/AAppears on the Witchaven 3-Level Interactive Preview CD.
Unlike the other demos, this version includes a CD-check, intro cinematic, short sword, and the levels are their final versions.

Witchaven Retail

Official full versions of Witchaven. To use the patches just unpack them into your Witchaven directory and overwrite the files. Only use one patch at a time.

All versions that identify as v1.1 have an issue with wall-mounted sprites (fireball-shooting gargoyles, etc.) which causes some of them to be clipped off on edges. This is probably the result of an internal change in BUILD. The EGWH1 rebuilds inherit this problem as well; it might not be fixable without patching the map data.

DateSize (Bytes)CRC32 of EXEReported Version #Patch DLNote
3 Sep. 1995675,280ADD43DCC1.0N/AAppears on Witchaven retail CD and Witchaven I & II bundle CD.
You generally can stick with this version if you don't need any specific features of the later ones; later versions don't seem to fix any bugs and some introduce new visual glitches to a few of the levels.
12 Oct. 1995696,0115E15AB8F1.0PatchCheat patch.
This version included some additional cheats that do not carry over to the later versions.
Purportedly this was to assist with writing the official strategy guide.
8 Nov. 1995621,249C0D73B831.1PatchMouse patch.
No CD check.
It is necessary to delete any prior SETUP.DAT and set the game back up with the included setup program.
9 Jan. 1996708,021204E80091.1PatchVFX1 patch.
A special version customized for use with Forte Technologies VFX1 headgear.
12 Jan. 1996775,163FF0368C71.1PatchDWANGO patch.
A version which uses the DWANGO API for modem communications.
5 Mar. 1996765,1494495FDEF1.1PatchDWANGO/VFX1 update patch.
No CD check.
This is also the pre-built EXE appearing in Les Bird's source release, appears to be the final update.

Witchaven II Retail

Official full versions of Witchaven II. There was presumably an earlier v2.0 but I have not come across a clean version of it (both of my CDs have v2.0c).

DateSize (Bytes)CRC32 of EXEReported Version #Note
27 Mar. 19961,027,593C6EF92662.0cAppears on Witchaven II retail CD and Witchaven I & II bundle CD.
13 May 1996870,837D35089B12.0gPre-built EXE from Les Bird's source release, probably final update.
Unsure if this version was ever released on CD or as patch.

Unofficial hacks/patches

Versions that are known to be hacked, cracked, etc.

EXEDateSize (Bytes)CRC32 of EXEReported Version #Note
WH2.EXE15 Apr. 19961,041,041A4125C592.0Cracked to remove CD check.
Bad version with additional bugs, not recommended to use.