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
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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 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
EmmaDeeb 2018-07-20 3 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 0 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 0 point
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 -3 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 0 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 -1 point
everything works fine except the game wont save so I have to keep restarting.
KZ 2018-01-08 1 point
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; http://www.bwfiles.com/forum/index.php?topic=7916.0
ecxed 2017-12-10 2 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 2 points
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 -3 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 2 points
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 -10 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 -4 points
Hi I have been having problems trying to get B&W to work properly can someone help me?
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