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Black & White

Windows - 2001

Alt names 黑与白, Hei yu Bai, B&W, Black & White: Ontdek wie je werkelijk bent, Black & White: Odkryj, kim naprawdę jesteś, Black & White: Find out who you really are, Black & White: Entdecke dein wahres Ich, Black and White
Year 2001
Platform Windows
Released in Poland
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme City Building / Construction Simulation, Fantasy, Giant monsters, Prehistoric, Puzzle elements, RPG Elements, Real-Time
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Lionhead Studios Ltd.
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Free-roaming camera
4.31 / 5 - 242 votes

Description of Black & White Windows

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Black & White is a “god” game in the tradition of Populous, one that hoped to revolutionize the genre through complex learning AI and an exploration of good and evil and how they relate to a divine being. It was one of the most anticipated games of the genre and highly praised for its originality and concepts upon release, however many have re-evaluated Black & White since the glow of its initial hype faded and found it over-ambitious and highly flawed, likely to leave a mixed impression.

While you take on the role of a god of a primitive people, you cannot act as a gentle shepherd in your divine role—to put it simply, your followers are brick-dumb and useless, and they cannot do or accomplish anything, even having kids, without the literal hand of God intervening.

Black & White's tutorial may be useful, but it is also quite lengthy—an indicator of the snail's pace at which the game moves. Your “influence” grows very slowly as you perform miracles and impress your followers by dumping food and raw materials on them; eventually, you are able to interact with neighboring villages to win hearts and minds or destroy them utterly. The process can take hours.

One of the key features touted in Black & White is your “creature”--an animal with a learning AI that allows you to teach it by showing it things, rewarding “good” behavior and punishing undesired behavior. The difficulty in effectively teaching the creature to behave in a useful manner is one of the most frequently criticized aspects Black & White. Plus several unfinished or poorly implemented aspects of its AI can prove a source of constant frustration (such as a creature complaining repeatedly about thirst—there's no way to force the creature to drink, and water is not a resource you can manipulate or provide).

The moral quandaries posed by Black & White are often the cartoonish type you get with any games with hamfisted morality systems, where the choice is to be an angelic paragon or a mustache-twirling villain. Of course, difficult controls and sluggish rate of progression means that it's also easy to either accidentally do bad or too tiresome to resort to good.

Black & White is more a novel curiosity to be revisited than a genuinely good game. Fans of real-time strategy games that focus on building and developing a culture will find Black & White shallow and imprecise, while fans of real-time strategy games that focus on action and combat will find Black & White slow and tedious. To the builders, I'd recommend Serf City or Age of Empires; to those who get a kick out of being an evil hand that smacks its minions around, the Dungeon Keeper games are infinitely more rewarding.

Review By P. Alexander

Black & White has an addon available: Black & White: Creature Isle, don't miss it!

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How to play Black & White Windows

Making B&W work on Win 7/8/10 is kinda tricky, as you would expect from a game made more than 15 years ago. Hopefully, BW player Lant made a very good tutorial on You'll find many more files to download from this website, made by ".", creator of BaW Patch, BaW Graphics Mod Manager, BaW Version Restorer.

Comments and reviews

SingingCircleHippie 2020-10-19 0 point

I followed UNWISELYWORDS how to. The game loads, saves and runs without crashing. However, my creature (tiger) doesn't follow me to new lands. Including skirmish modes.

Chiara 2020-09-16 -1 point

I'm so happy I finally found this game again! It was my favorite as a child but I never managed to finish it due to CD damages.
I followed the steps to properly install it and even if I'm no expert I managed :)
I have no issues with saves, there are just a few graphic problems, as the landscape texture is messed up and sometimes you can't have a sense of depth and see through the mountains, but it's still playable. Sometimes the creature just disappears, you can only see her shadow and cannot interact with her, but this problem always fixes itself in a few minutes.
The biggest issue is that in Land 2, as soon as I conquer the third village, the game crashes. I still don't have a solution for this :(

anon 2020-09-02 0 point

Just wanted to say I appreciate UnWiselyWords 's effort but I found out the patches, 1 through 4, work if you don't apply the RIP files on top of the iso installation.

patches can be found here

UnWiselyWords 2020-08-27 1 point

Hey guys and gals, building on what Chilly already posted here is a proper step by step guide on installation order:

(Note that any CD Keys you may need you can pretty easily google.)

Step 1: Download **BOTH** the ISO and the .RIP from this site.
Step 2: Download a free ISO mounting program.
Step 3: Install Black and White from the ISO as you would any other program. DO NOT LAUNCH YET!!! (it wont work anyways)
***OPTIONAL STEP*** Download the .ISO of the addon Creatures Isle from this site and install it on top fo the Black and white install you just did.
Step 4: extract the .RIP and copy and paste the ENTIRE contents of the folder into the same black and white folder you just created via the proper install. (C:\Program Files (x86)\Lionhead Studios Ltd\Black & White by default)
Step 5: Right click the Registry setup and run as administrator. (It will think it didnt install properly but it did.)
Step 6: Right click the Setup APPLICATION run as administrator and chose your settings for when the game opens up.

Next is one of the MOST IMPORTANT steps....

Step 7: The game is now playable in this state HOWEVER you ***MUST*** Right click RunBlack Application and run this administrator or else the game will save Creature progress but not your actual land/ingame progress.

Thats it. You can now play Black and White 1. Sadly I could not get either Fan patches or Official patches to work this way however my game has been incredibly stable and hasn't even crashed once. The only hiccup being the save issues (see above for fix)

Optional: Creature unlockers **WILL** work with this setup I can confirm, as I run around with a Horse Creature.
Optional but Necessary: Copy the Audio from the ISO file and paste it over the Audio in your default Black and white folder. This will correct the missing music/audio during certain cut-scenes and ambiance.

Little_ungoy 2020-08-20 -1 point

Gonna pop this onto my new XP computer!

Chilly 2020-08-14 2 points

This worked for me... I gave it some thought and it occurred to me that when this game came out there were very few, if any, 64 bit windows consumer systems, meaning that the path of the install folder would have most likely been C:\Program Files and not C:\Program Files (x86). I downloaded both the RIP version and the ISO. I then mounted the ISO and installed the game to confirm the install folder name. I then copied the Audio folder from the ISO into the RIP files collection as has been suggested on here previously. I then created the following path on my system: C:\Program Files\Lionhead Studios Ltd\Black & White and then moved all of the files from the RIP file collection (including the copied Audio folder) to the Black & White folder. After doing that, the game ran fine on my Windows 10 Home 64 bit system. The only thing I've run into is that I have to be sure to create a saved game in the temple during the tutorial, otherwise the saves later in the game are not kept and you have to go through the tutorial again. Hope this helps!

Vessel 2020-07-26 -4 points

How do you get rid of these InstallShield files so that I can try and restart this - obviously - ambiguous process of getting this set-up? The guide above doesn't even have proper grammar to follow the instructions and it's not even in the context of someone who has begun learning how to get these files to work. It's worded like people know what to look for.

After you install it from the set-up file from the ISO download, it installs it using a fresh install of InstallShield - which doesn't exist on any Windows 10 PC - and it doesn't even let you delete it afterward. The iKernel.exe file inside of the InstallShield folder under your drives' 'Common Files' prevents it from setup again, but you can't even delete the entire InstallShielf folder to try and restart the process over from scratch.

Do you people actually know how to communicate? This game is one of the only PC games that doesn't have any sort of port that doesn't require a bunch of people making sporadic suggestions and guides on how to get this to just work.

Someone comments saying the 'EASY' way to install this is to replace the audio files from the ISO folder - after it has been mounted from an ISO application (which they don't even specify to do begin with) and replace the audio filef othe Riped version of the download and you just add files, yet that's not even close to what the guide that leads to the other website with the patches and .dll says - and somehow it has been upvoted 53 times? Are you people even remotely intelligible?

codex 2020-07-10 -1 point

how can i force the game to play in windowed mode plz?

AJ 2020-06-30 -5 points

So what about a city builder with God powers? The mane comment is certainly biased af.

cara 2020-06-22 -1 point

ok so after messing around on my desktop which runs windows 10 i couldnt figure out how to get it to work. I tried to make since of the guides and even extras and i just couldn't. I'm extremely tech illiterate so this guides confused me. i didnt know if i needed the ISO version or the RIP version. or even what mounting the game meant. so i gave up.

downloaded the RIP version onto my laptop which runs windows 7. just ran the the runblack.exe file as administrator and the game worked audio was fine til i got to the eidee guys song didnt play. (didnt bother me hated that song anyways) I played about 6 hours on it saving the gaem and everything (i did test exiting and reloading before playing this long and it was fine.

next day I go back to trying to relaunch it and it wont play says i'm missing DLL files or something like that. when i reunzip it it plays fine again but i can't transfer my save file and i dont want to start from the beginning again. also i couldnt figure out how to get patches or extras into.

so is there a guide somewhere that basically tells my what files to download exactly and what programs i may or may not need to install to run the game cause i tried that d-fend reload program and that wouldnt run it either. I'm completely lost on how this stuff works and these guides are confusing me very badly.

pyrra the wise 2020-06-09 1 point

Man. zero comments? Let's change that. Fantastic game. This game really shaped my upbringing into the reality of world expanding experiences.

Steve 2020-04-29 -2 points

There is a fixed No-CD patch available on GameBurnWorld that works "BlackAndWhitev1.0NoCDFixedexeUSUK".

I was having DLL issues with the patches here.

Thug 2020-03-05 1 point

I cant delete the files. I've got multiple downloads of this on my PC but I cant get rid of them. Something about system

Alan 2020-02-17 0 point

I've managed to install the game, but I'm having issues with saves. I can save the game inside temple and auto saves work, but when I quit the game and load it again it restarts the whole game from the opening cut scene. I have tried to edit security permissions, but no luck. Any thoughts?

Random USER 2020-01-12 0 point

Game works fine as is on windows 10!
1) Mount ISO
2) Key is on the readme file on the crack folder of the cd
3) Needs CD to be mounted in order to run properly

jojomojo 2019-12-28 0 point

I got the game to work with windows 10 with some graphic issues and audio issues but nothing that makes it unplayable. Haven't checked on anything concerning saves yet and still in first area

Epitaph 2019-10-23 2 points

I just can't get it to work... I've tried a number of different ways, and I always get the same result, a black screen like it's booting up, and then gone, and the game never loads. Any solution?

Slade 2019-10-08 10 points

The cd case keys are 0901-3324366-4702210-2081 OR 1507-3675069-2422562-7350 OR 1802-2939293-7504664-6430.

Anon 2019-08-22 1 point

It seems the pre-patched No-CD fixes aren't designed with the crack and require additional .dll files that aren't included in the given rip or ISO. I think it would be simpler (to download & use, at least) if the ISO crack was already pre-patched, but I'm not a programmer so idk.

Neon The Umbreon 2019-07-10 1 point

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 and have tried all of the guides in the comments and none of it works.

I have installed the game from the ISO and it says that I need to insert the correct CD when I run the installed game.

I have added tried all of the no CD patches and all of them say this when I load them: "The procedure entry point ?Initialise@LHDebugStack@@SAHXZ could not be located in the dynamic link library LHLogR.dll."

I have tried the RIP version and all it does is load a command prompt window and then just closes out.

I have even tried burning the ISO to a DVD-R and none of this works.

Please help me!

Jack 2019-05-28 4 points

Cant install patch it says game is not installed

James 2019-04-16 2 points

I'm playing ther RIP version but some sound is missing and my creature doesnt follow to next map.

anymous 2019-03-22 1 point

installing black and white

-after install, the game cannot be played and the crack inside disc also error. so patch the game to 1.2.
-copy crack from 1.2 no cd fix
-set compability to xp and run as administrator

installing creature isle

-after install creature isle, game cannot run properly because folder instalation is wrong. it will keep telling that you have not install the original black and white for the expansion to be able to run. so change :
C:\Program Files (x86)\Lionhead Studios Ltd\Black & White\CreatureIsle
to C:\Program Files (x86)\Lionhead Studios Ltd\Black & White\Creature Isle
(the correct creature isle instalation folder is using space)
-download black and white crature isle no cd crack 1.0 eng from gamecopyworld and paste it.
-run the game as administrator. don't use compability to win xp sp because it will make the game asking you not having original game error again like above. this is first game to have error after set to compability xp sp. usually most other game instead require you set compability xp sp to run properly. this is the opposite....

Peter Bosman 2019-03-16 1 point


I have tried downloading both the Rip version of Black & White and the ISO Version of Black and White and I am having a lot of difficulty trying to get the program to run. My OS is Windows 10. I have a friend that got it to work on his pc and a youtuber that I follow was playing it on his windows 10 PC so if you have any suggestions on how I can get this game to work on my PC please email me at

Quil the Great 2019-02-01 2 points

@Azhsara A RIP is what you get when you install the game and copy all the installed files, pretty much the game is pre-installed but to make it downloadable sounds and music and things like that are often removed.
An ISO is a virtual disc file - it's the disc but not physical. You'll have to mount it to your CD drive and install it, but it has all the sounds and music and stuff.

Quil the Great 2019-02-01 1 point

Oh wow... this game. The 'Good' and 'Evil' characters and their un-skippable tutorial drive me up the wall, but it's still fun.

PIZZABYCARLOS 2019-01-30 0 point

this aint working for me, it downloads fine but asks for a code.
ive tried everything from googling codes to looking through the files but nothing worked,
all that came in the folder was the black and white disk thing

artyom 2019-01-11 1 point

i love lionhead studios but its really sad that they didnt finish the BC game :(

CrysalisX 2019-01-10 1 point

I also was having trouble with the serial number and then jeez getting it to actually run, but it's always the simplest things we forget so I'm going to put what I found here:

The serial number is in one of the folders once you open the downloaded folders called 'crack' because of cracked serial numbers ya get,
Was so ready to give up bc ISO one gets you far enough to download everything but doesn't load on windows 10 at least, eventually I tried the RIP runblack again and it worked, unsure if I did anything special but defo followed the guide.

Now I can finally play, as I have done for the last 6 hours, and promptly realised there's no way I have time for this kind of game anymore, old games wai, still fun tho

Shaswat 2019-01-09 0 point

I always love Black & White games

Nik 2019-01-01 1 point

Dgvoodoo program is needed to run this game well. it forces the game to use current dx9-11. simply throw it in the game folder run the dgvoodoo program play with settings save and run B&W. May take a bit of playing to get the perfect setting. but should run well enough even without playing.

Mark Langdahl 2018-12-30 1 point

A little hint: The game basically has borked graphics settings meaning that if you have more than I believe 128 MB of video memory the game gets an overflow resulting in you getting the worst possible textures in the game. You can get around this by using a Direct3D wrapper like dgVoodoo. Just unzip the dll files from the MS folder into the game folder together with the config exe and set it to use GeForce 4 settings. Then it should look its best even on modern hardware.

EmmaDeeb 2018-07-20 56 points

How to install. (EASY)
Start of creating two new folders, wherever you want this installation to take place. One called B&W ISO, and one called Black & White.
Download the ISO file, to the B&W ISO folder.
Download the RIP Version to the Black & White folder.
Unpack the ISO file in the ISO folder, and the RIP file in the Black & White folder.
Go to the unpacked ISO folder, and copy the Audio folder to the Black & White RIP folder. It will ask you to overwrite - Pick yes.
(In the RIP file, the music seems to have gone missing, so this will fix that.)
If you want to unlock the creatures, simply download the Creatures unlockers to a new folder. Once they have been downloaded, you will been to unpack them, and they will show up as Exe files. Start one at the time as admin. It will ask you if you wish to install the creature, press yes.
If you get a windows pop-up saying it might not have been properly installed, just chose "No, this has been installed correctly." or just press the X.

I have been playing the game for hours on end, and I still love it after all these years.
Also - No issues what-so-ever. Save files working great, no lag or weird bugs. Everything seems to be working just fine when "installed" like this.
So I definitely recommend installing it like this, using the RIP version, and not installing via the ISO version, just taking the Audio files from ISO to RIP to make sure all of the Audio works fine.
Happy installing!

hillo 2018-07-17 1 point

I found a much more thorough guide

bheaze 2018-06-24 0 point

land 3 is not appearing for me? not sure how to fix it? was working till this point... tried re-extracting and also changing folder permissions ect

Zagreb 2018-06-07 1 point

try to run the game on Windows 8.1 i tru run it with admin, change the color set to 256, the resolution, but nothing happens anyone has a solution?

steevxx 2018-05-07 -6 points

I am having the same problem as kath. Whenever i try to run this game nothing happens. Not even a simple load screen window. I downloaded all of the patches cracks and even ran as administrator... Nothing! Im using windows 10 64bit machine... Can anyone help in any way???

TomCrusader 2018-04-11 -3 points

Is there a serial key for this game?

Azhsara 2018-04-08 -2 points

I dont know what RIP and ISO is. could someone enlighten my poor unintelligent soul

ArchDuke 2018-03-23 2 points

It keeps on crashing every time I start the game

Dark_JED 2018-02-25 4 points

I did everything, installed all I was supposed to, then when I want to play it... it tells me to put in the right CD rom... and I only have one cd for this game, that I burned the files onto

Kath 2018-02-13 -1 point

So I've followed the guide, but whenever I launch the game.. nothing happens. I've set it to run as administrator, but still nothing happens. Really don't know what to do.

Lemo 2018-02-05 1 point

Thanks Pico, everything work now except I'm unable to patch the game

Pico 2018-02-03 1 point

Lemo, make sure you always run Black and white with administrator permissions and saves will start working correctly.

Lemo 2018-02-02 -2 points

everything works fine except the game wont save so I have to keep restarting.

Fazed Out Pigeon 2018-01-27 0 point

Cool. I'm gonna try download this, looks sick.

KZ 2018-01-08 2 points

My whole family has been looking for this game since 2008 when we lost our hard copy, the makers of this site deserve some kind of cultural preservation commendation for the site in general, but especially this, thank you, admins.

Dario 2017-12-10 -2 points

For me following link worked;

ecxed 2017-12-10 3 points

I don't know why they don't just re-release these old games and update them, I'd buy them again, this one full price.

The_Viol8ter 2017-12-06 1 point

Anyone have a serial number?

P 2017-11-16 1 point

Both the music and the intro video both did not work upon my download...everything else seems to be working fine...any fix for this??

ITS EASY 2017-11-11 -4 points

if you read it then your fine and you need to extract the files which reading your comments it seems like you neglected to read so read then comment if your still having trouble...

people are getting more and more stupid

Zeus 2017-11-02 2 points

i am using wine to run this on mac but the problem is that some of the textures are just plain black.

Hoody 2017-10-25 1 point

I havent been able to get the RIP version of this to work, because you have to install the patches to get this functional.

If your using Mac, I think your out of luck btw, because this was a day where Mac didn't care for gaming... Lol

Anyways, you have to use something to install the .ISO (virtual CD) I like to use Daemon Tools, (your virtual CD Drive) download Daemon Tools, learn out to mount the .ISO and you can install the game easy. (You basically are trying to put your virtual CD, into your virtual CD drive) Once you do that, do what the rest of the description says above, and use the "Guide" to install the patches and stuff to get it to work. If you do it perfectly, and you think its garbage and a liar, try another computer. Use your old crappy laptop, use your brothers, use your grandmas, and if you don't want to do that. Then I'm sorry, YOUR CONSCIENCE DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY WITH YOU EITHER!

??? 2017-10-11 1 point

this game i vary fun even now i love the choice you have

Scott 2017-10-09 -1 point

Loved this game back in the day!

Bod38 2017-09-07 0 point

So i may be really stupid because im not tech savvy. but the instructions say for the audio to take the audio from the cd into the install directory. does that mean i need the original disk to have music? or am i just an idiot haha. either way the music is important for my childhood soul

Dmitriy 2017-08-24 -8 points

I see that the download worked well but when I start the game, it asks me to make a CD uncertain how I can fix it or which folder I need to open?

B&W fanboy 2017-07-16 -3 points

Hi I have been having problems trying to get B&W to work properly can someone help me?

Olly 2017-06-07 1 point

Would love a Mac port of this!

DerangedGaming 2017-03-02 0 point

Downloaded perfectly, following the steps provided in the link above, game installed, patched, and played flawlessly. Windows 10 x64 OS.

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