I always felt the originals were superior except for audio. The best part about the Kilrathi Saga was the music and sound effects. The sound effects were updated and sounded like future games. The music was just fantastic as well.
Getting it to run in Windows 10 is just a pain. And when it does, it just goes like a bat out of hell. The originals in Dosbox are far more stable.
Copy/paste the files from https://github.com/Bekenn/wcdx/releases
into the game's directory and it works flawlessly in all versions of Windows.
isnt it a bit more involved than simply copying and pasting them over?
"How to use it:
Install the game. You can use the installer from the CD if you wish, but my preferred method is to simply take the WC1 folder and copy it somewhere. You can also use the PC Gamer release, available from the CIC Downloads section. If you use the installer, be sure to go back and copy the streams directory afterward. This will allow you to run the game without the CD, and (more importantly) is required in order for the music patch to work.
Install the Secret Missions add-on pack. Once again, you can use the included installer, or you can simply copy the files over. If you choose to do it manually, note that every file that isn't an executable (.exe) belongs in the gamedat directory.
Copy wcdx.dll, wcpatch.exe, and patchmusic.exe into the directory containing Wing1.exe.
Open a command prompt and run this command: wcpatch Wing1.exe Wing1_wcdx.exe
For Secret Missions support, repeat step 4 for SM1.EXE, SM2.EXE and TRANSFER.EXE.
Run this other command: patchmusic streams\mission.str
Try it out! Double-click on Wing1_wcdx to start the game. If everything works the way you expect it to, you can delete your old Wing1.exe and rename Wing1_wcdx back to Wing1."