Even if the regime is totally inept and corrupt, don't suppose for a moment that you as the liberator will be greeted with open arms. JAGGED ALLIANCE 2: WILDFIRE brings you back to Arulco. The population is being terrorized by a reckless army; in the meantime the main export goods are drugs.
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Release Date: Mar 8, 2004

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October 19

Mac version update

Dear players,

We have updated Mac version of the game.
If You had issues running game on Mac before, try it now!
Feel free to leave comments, questions, bug reports on discussion forum.

Thank You and have a good play!

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October 14

Public Linux Beta Test

Dear players,

We are starting public Beta test of Linux Jagged Alliance 2 - Wildfire port.
Everybody who have a copy of the game, can take part in it.

How To Do
1)Right Mouse Buttom (RMB) on Jagged Alliance 2 - Wildfire in Your game library.
2)At the bottom - Properties.
3)At the top of the new window - BETAS
4)Enter this code - "ja2wflinuxtestbeta" and click "Check Code"
5)Select the beta "Linux Beta Test".
6)Close window and it should update Your game.

Fell free to leave any comment or report bug on discussion forum.
If You haven't noticed any problem, please, leave a post on discussion forum including your OS and system specifications.

Thank You and have a good play

P.S. Sorry, no Alt-Tab in game(
P.S.S. On first run, game may ask you about some installations. Click "Cancel" and ignore it. If this situation occurred, please, make a post about it on discussion forum.
P.S.S.S. We will update Mac version soon!

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About This Game

Even if the regime is totally inept and corrupt, don't suppose for a moment that you as the liberator will be greeted with open arms.

JAGGED ALLIANCE 2: WILDFIRE brings you back to Arulco. The population is being terrorized by a reckless army; in the meantime the main export goods are drugs. Subversion and fraudulence has infiltrated all levels of local government and the ever-present Mafia has his fingers in many pies. You are working undercover on behalf of the US government and your goal is to destroy the mighty drug cartel. You'll need a skilled hand to put together the right team of mercenaries and the negotiating skills of a diplomat to get the sceptical population on to your side. You'll also need the strategic genius of a general and the fighting tactics of a guerrilla.

Should you fail, your "client" will deny all knowledge of your existence.

Jagged Alliance 2 Awards:


An exciting mix of strategy and role-playing that puts you in charge of a nation's fight for freedom. Your objectives are - to hire a core group of skilled professionals through A.I.M., the Association of International Mercenaries; to win the local population over to your side by displaying courage and loyalty; to train your men around the clock and then send them into dangerous missions and lethal fire fights and to conquer the depths of underground mines, reap their riches and discover their secrets. Each success will bring you closer to total victory, while each failure must be overcome with iron determination. Sometimes a tactical withdrawal can bring you more benefits than a battle for battle's sake. Retreat from one sector only to surprise the enemy by attacking on another flank. At the beginning, some of your enemy's bases may seem to be impregnable - but don't despair - you will have to become stronger step by step and slowly gain ground.


Only the best of strategy
  • Incomparable depth of gaming combined with a non-linear gameplay
  • A unique mixture of real time reconnaissance and turn based combat
  • You influence the smallest details of every tactical move

and role-play
  • Create your own optimal mercenary.
  • Interact with more than 150 characters.
  • Recruit teams of mercenaries all with their own unique personality.
  • The likes and dislikes of mercenaries between themselves influence the motivation and skill of a team.
  • Mercenaries have an excellent memory for the behavior of the gamer: Good and bad experiences have their own effect on the players game.
  • Three difficulty levels.


  • Up to 10 mercenaries in a team
  • 8 new playable mercenaries with individual histories
  • 230 new and reworked sectors: new settlements, increased building density
  • Varying landscapes with changing density of vegetation and new visual conditions in close combat.
  • All weapons and explosives have been newly balanced with absolutely authentic characteristics - Total realism in the combination of weapons and protection systems.
  • Realistic sound effects for a new, exciting and authentic game feeling
  • More than 20 new weapons: USP, Uzi, UMP, MP5A3, Mini-30, HK33, G36, MP7, MSG90, AN-94, RPK, V-94, VAL, VSS and over 150 new objects.
  • There are new opponents and unfortunately for the player they have become a lot tougher, cleverer and unscrupulous. Differing enemy behavior demands a higher quality of varying tactics and non-linear thinking.
  • Improved overview with a 1024 x 768 resolution

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS:XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Intel or AMD Singlecore CPU
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:3D Graphics card with DirectX support and 64 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Intel or AMD Singlecore CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:3D Graphics card with DirectX support and 128 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Snow Leopard
    • Processor:Intel Mac 2.GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Per Pixel Shader 2.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Sound:Soundcard with 5.1 Support
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Snow Leopard
    • Processor:Multicore CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI/AMD Radeon X
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Sound:Soundcard with 5.1 Support
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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108 of 127 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Many reviews here is from unexperienced player and people that can't read.
This game does not support Windows 8 by itself, and it is clearly shown that you should have win xp vista or win 7.

Someone also complains about the resolution, this game is made long long time ago, the graphics were actually quite good at the time of the release of this game.

It is true that there is no real tutorial to this game, but there never was, if you need one you just need to google it, or watch gameplay of it. Its not really that hard of a game.


This version of the game does have bugs! quite a lot of them, i run into Inivisible enemys, and enemys that are behind locked doors without the possibility to open that door
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96 of 118 people (81%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
Instead of going on about how this is a classic (which it is) let me offer a warning: Like most older games, it doesn't play well with Windows 8 x64. Don't bother unless you have a workaround.

EDIT: There is a fix that has worked for me so far. Check the game's forum.
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49 of 54 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
Most of the negative reviews for this game are from people who can't read (this game works on Win XP, Vista and 7) or are facing some serious learn2play issues (this game gives you no mercy!)

I remember playing the original JA2 a long time ago and it was great. Wildfire is like Jagged Alliance 2 hardcore. In the original one taking couple of towns in the begining was a walk in the park. All of them had just few guys with pistols and so on, but on Wildfire... boy, was I in for a surprise! I had to restart about three times before I even managed to survive the first sector. All the goons were armed with automatic weapons, hard hitting pistols or shotguns. It was raining lead. I couldn't just bull rush them, I had actually had use cover, sneaking, side stepping, avoid enemy patrols and the only time I can hope to capture a town is during night with stealth weapons. All of this was pretty much optional in the original game, but in this they are a must! I don't know if this will get any easier later on when I get enough money to hire bunch of top tier mercs and I can afford to buy the best guns and attachments, but atleast at the start of the game guerrilla warfare is the only way to go.

It really tells you something about this day and age when "game being hard" is a negative thing. Even though trying to take the same sector for several times, when all of my previous attempts have failed, is infuriating, I do enjoy the challenge.

If you like squad based strategy game with turn based combat that instead of holding your hand rips your arm off and beats you to death with it, then this is the game for you. Just remember to google what skills different answers give you when you create your own character since getting a psychopatic hand-to-hand combat guy is pretty worthless in the end, even though it might sound awesome.
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111 of 156 people (71%) found this review helpful
57 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
Elliot! You idiot!
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46 of 54 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
99.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
Wildfire in its core is a major community made update to the Jagged Alliance 2, the king of the turn-based squad-sized tactical games.

There, in the Wildfire modification, we simply got a much more real-deal bang of firefights, more guns with more natural stats, more deepness in the economic model, refurbished layouts in the every sector, and more of fixed code, that was not perfect in the JA2. You know, those little bugs, which are not worth for a direct patch, but still troubles when you meet them.

I repeat it in the usual pro/contra manner:

+ Almost the same refined JA2 experience from the original game. Yet we have new economic system and difficulty of the game was raised significantly because of better and more complicated AI behavior. That means – even more tactical thinking is required.

+ By “Refurbished layouts” I mean rewritten maps, with changed buildings and other stuff in the sectors. That was done in favor of the possibility to take upper hand using different stages/floors of the buildings – which is certainly better than usual 1-floored flat-ground firefight experience.

+ Speaking of firefights, enemies learned new tricks with maneuvering, and items using. Expect more challenges, more ambushes and traps (and also mine fields, fences, watchtowers, perimeter lighting, and alarms), more soldiers with better brains and much more wild and rapid fire on your way through Arulco.

+ To the lovers of the boomsticks, there was added a plenty of them, all with real-world stats, sounds and behavior.

+ Some newer team-mates were also added, to make new combinations and getting newer experience

+ In comparison with the JA2 Gold edition without unofficial 1.13 patch, you’ll get a better visuals and compatibility with higher resolutions

- Some fans of the original JA2 may find it hard to adopt newer additions in the economics or in the difficulty settings

- Even with all thorough work made above code of JA2 in Wildfire 6, game still crushes and lags too often for a stable project

- Some quests remained the same, and some were remade – and if it were about new voice acting, that was done badly, due the lack of pro actors for voicing anew

For new players, or for those who were not hard in love with original JA2, this mod will be over-the-head hard experience of being outnumbered and outgunned. And, again, crush of the game in the last phase of the long-going battle for the first airport killed many amateurs hopes for making a quick run through. Face it – it is a project for hard-headed fans of old-school turn-base. You can spend a dozen of hours clearing one sector there – and no, you’ll not get an achievement badge after success. Nobody will know, nobody will care, I fear. That’s the final blow of realism that game can offer.

In the end, I’ll give Wildfire 7.5/10 – because I love turn-based games and hard, but obtainable challenges. As a recommendation, I’ll suggest to try the vanilla JA2 first, add 1.13 patch after it, and only then, if you still be in pursuit of another go through Arulco, try Wildfire. Just try to get a normal life before – who knows? Maybe you’ll succeed and not be in that much awe of such tenacious time-killers, as that game there.
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46 of 55 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
This is quite unique blend of strategy/rpg and it holds quite well to this day. I has quite nice replayability, thanks to various ways you can build your character/interact with other NPC's, even though it has its limits. The humour is quite nice as well, I chuckled few times while playing this. Only thing I kind of dislike is that in this version, plenty characters are replaced. R.I.P. Len :-(

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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2015
ATTENTION! This game is not for casual gamers or people who like to be a badass superhero instead a real challenge!

Jagged Alliance 2: Wildfire is basically Jagged Alliance 2 on steroids


- More weapons than in the vanilla version of JA2
- All weapons are rebalanced
- Loads of new items
- A completely reworked map with more lively urban and more dense flora sectors
- Harder difficulty, wich forces you to use actual tactics due to...
- ...the fact that enemies will not behave in the same pattern like in JA2, there are different types of fiends that will use different, more sophisticated tactics which forces you to differ in terms of tactics and think outside the box more often (wich I really like! :)
- Side missions are actually important now
- New mercenarys (that replace old ones, its a Pro if you played JA2 a lot and want something new ;)
- Up to TEN mercenarys in one squad (instead of 6)


- Can be punishingly hard (Novice in JA2:W equals roughly Expert in JA2), especially for new players! I would recommend to start with JA2 if you are new to the franchise, unless you seek a challenge or you think that games like frozen synapse or commandos 2 are way too easy :D
- Sadly no Mod support
- Infinite stopwatch bug which lets the enemy stay in an infinite round and forces you to close the game (though rarely witnessed^^)

In terms of bugs, typos and poor voice acting and incompability...i played this game for uncounted hours with the retail version and ten hours with the steam version (on Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit) and it crashed only once or twice, there are a few bugs, but not gamebreaking ones and none that cant be fixed by reloading an earlier safegame, except the infinite stopwatch bug which only occurs rarely :P
The voice acting is quite amateurlike but in a likable way, afterall this is basically a Mod plus, the voiceacting of the vanilla JA2 isnt good either but afterall very likable and characteristic and...this game doesnt take itself too seriously all the time whatsoever, the overacted dubbing, borderline stereotypical characters and the sci-fi setting are proof enough for that ;)

So overall, this is a game for fans of the franchise, the genre, a challenging experience or strategiefreaks :)
If it werent for the 1.13 mod for JA2:Gold, i would say that Wildfire is the best installment of the Jagged Alliance franchise...at least in my humble opinion :3

I Hope this review helps somebody to decide if you should buy this or not :)
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58 of 79 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2014
No Tutorial. No Advice. Just hardcore old school gaming. Sit down son, if you are ready for a challenge, give this goldie a spin. Don't mind those ♥♥♥♥♥ saying "boohoo original JA2 was better", Wildfire is improved and you can get mods for it, same as vanilla JA2 was. Before you lay hand on Back in Action, consider this one, 1000 times better and still the best RTS/RTT out there!
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
I bought this for the (normal?) price of $6.99. Two days later, it's on sale for $0.97. My timing stinks, but the game rocks.

I know lots of people prefer the 1.13 style, but Wildfire keeps all of the challenges of the original JA2 and steps it up a notch. I can breeze through an experienced game of 1.13 JA2, but not so much with WF. Glad I ran across this on Steam, I just wish I'd waited two days to buy it.
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[KoL] Freydal von Illuminati
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 14
I'm just here for the Cards.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 1
Had high hopes for this, remmbering how good JA1 was. Sadly, it straight up doesn'r work on Windows 10. You start it, and then stare at a black screen until you force it to close.
Waste of time and money.
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Hungry Cookpot
38.6 hrs
Posted: July 3
Sheer genius!
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48.7 hrs
Posted: July 2
Great classic.
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83.3 hrs
Posted: June 10
Wildfire was my intro to Jagged Alliance, I have not played vanilla JA2. I have played around 80 hours at the time of writing. I have not completed the game, but I have progressed fairly far and have cleared many towns/mines. I'm writing primarily about my opinions on the difficulty and some of the frustrating aspects of the title.

Wildfire is hard, unforgiving, even on the novice difficulty I'll find myself restarting a sector 2 or 3 times to get a decent clear. The learning curve curve is steep, however once you find the flow of the game it is extremely rewarding. It is possible to clear sectors with minimal/no damage taken.

This is not a game for everyone. Wildfire rewards patience, forethought, discipline and punishes lazy tactics and unrestrained movement without remorse. Expect dead mercs if you go parading around corners, it is easy to get someone killed in a matter of seconds. Understanding the interrupt and action point systems is absolutely critical.

The increased difficulty of Wildfire is welcome in my opinion. The health/bandage/wound system is very cool (once you learn how) and the increased damage really makes you fear the lead, getting shot is a big deal. Fighting well equipped enemies is much more exciting than in some other tactics titles, and leads to extremely tense situations that I have not experienced elsewhere.

The presentation of the game is almost the exact same as vanilla JA2. I have read that there are changes to the merc roster that are controversial, and the actual sector maps are different. I cannot make any fair comments about the changes given that I have not played vanilla JA2. I won't comment on the rest of the presentation because it is easy to read the reviews for JA2 or watch a bit of gameplay to get an idea of what the game is like.

I will say that the goals/missions in the game are extremely vague. I think for my first 20 hours of gameplay I didn't even know about the rebel hideout in La Omerta. This means that to truly progress in the game you might need to look up a guide as far as what objectives you need to complete and who you should talk to.

Many of the in game systems such as healing, setting a destination on the big map, training milita, and training you own mercs are not intuitive. There is no tutorial for these things, so you might need to consult the web for help. This should not be a big deal to anyone who has played classic games before.

All in all, a great classic title with epic turn based gunplay and surprising depth. I prefer games that dont hesitate to break your arms and leave you stranded, this is not a title for those of little patience. Save often!
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6.6 hrs
Posted: May 7
The worldwide target audience for this game is 5 people. That's the number of people who have devoted years of their lives to playing Jagged Alliance 2 over and over and over again and would be able to deal with a JA2 release that sets the difficult level to impossible. For the rest of us, this game is just stupid.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: May 7
It works on win8/10

1) Download wined3d.exe wined3d.exe
2) Extract wined3d.exe (eg. 7zip)
3) Copy ddraw.dll, libwine.dll and wined3d.dll to the main game directory

Do not set the compatibility mode, only admin mode


Działa na win8/10

1) Pobierz wined3d.exe wined3d.exe
2) Wypakuj wined3d.exe (np. 7zip)
3) Skopiuj ddraw.dll, libwine.dll oraz wined3d.dll do głównego katalogu gry

Nie ustawiaj trybu zgodności, tylko tryb admina
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[17BCT] GloryAndPain
0.1 hrs
Posted: April 13
Not compatible with Win 10 64bit, Radeon R9 Card. Just black screens until my monitor shuts off, card coils wail like a b**** when running.

Tried compatibility modes, tried gfx card settings (manual is in german, implied some issue with radeon settings that no longer are in the control panel)

I'd get a refund, but I paid $1.60 for it, and I kinda want it to work. So mabye it will get a patch or some acknowledged fix???

Real joke is I had to stare at the black screen for the 5 min quota to post this "review".

Also shame on steam, blantant compatibility issues should be have those reviews a little more visible. I'd also love to see a refund request % stat.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: April 10
In a few sentences. It's not ready for release. And is not ready for play.
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