Black & White
Windows - 2001
Description of Black & White Windows
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!
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 BAWSite.com. 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
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 0 point
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 2 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!
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 Peter_Bosman@hotmail.com
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
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 44 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.
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 -5 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???
Azhsara 2018-04-08 -2 points
I dont know what RIP and ISO is. could someone enlighten my poor unintelligent soul
Dark_JED 2018-02-25 3 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.
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.
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 -3 points
For me following link worked; http://www.bwfiles.com/forum/index.php?topic=7916.0
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.
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!
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 -9 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?
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