- Platform: Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me
- ELSPA Minimum Age: 11
- Media: Video Game
Unusually, Black & White lacks any form of standard user interface. The only icon you'll see on screen is a giant hand (yours) with which you do your godly tasks. Complex actions are governed by mouse movements, and as the game progresses it requires greater mouse dexterity to cast spells and the like. While this interface can be daunting at first, it becomes second nature after some practice.
As the game progresses there are a number of quests to complete, and you're also responsible for looking after a creature. It's here that Black and White excels. The creature's artificial intelligence is superb. Treat it nicely and it will amble around the countryside performing good deeds to the delight of the populace. Treat it harshly and woe betide anyone who gets in the way of its giant feet and hands.
The visual landscapes are equally impressive, as is the detail of the inhabitants or "helpers" as they guide you across the rolling hills and surrounding oceans of your island. But the scenery, like the creature, morphs with your gameplay. Evil empires appear black and scorched, while a happier atmosphere breeds an open, warm environment for your worshippers. Combat comes in the form of one-to-one stand-up fights between the creatures. The fighting can verge on the surreal-for example, a kickboxing cow squares up to a boxing ape in the middle of a forest as worshippers chant praise all around.
With Black and White, UK games designer Peter Molyneux has taken AI to new levels and created a game that's bound to be imitated. Do note, however, that this is not an ideal game for the casual RTS or shoot 'em up fan. There are long periods of inactivity, and the general pace can feel sedate as you take in the beautiful graphics and calming soundtrack. Even after playing for 10 hours you'll still be scratching the surface of this intense gaming experience. --Stuart Miles
I remember playing this when I was tiny, barely able to use the internet never mind immerse oneself in a role playing game, but I could not get enough. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Annekke
not really what i was hoping for by the description and reviews I had readPublished 1 month ago by Charlene
Fantastic game, epic and challenging. Immerse yourself in your own world, absolute class.Published 4 months ago by Bravo Robins
good, but not brilliant. Firstly, the cover image shows the black edition (which is what I expected to get when I ordered.) on delivery day I received the white edition. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ross
this game destroyed my life as a child, I spent hours on it after school playing it so much so that my grades dropped and I've struggled to find decent work since. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rhys Evans
came on time and was everything that was expected in good condition an working order worth the price very happy with itPublished on 17 Jun. 2013 by charlotte
I used to play this game before, it's OK but limited to what you can do. Not the best God game out there but fun!Published on 11 Mar. 2013 by Mike
One of my favourite older games. This is despite never having gotten more than about halfway through the game... :-SPublished on 14 July 2012 by Alex W
I bought this game the day it came out all those years ago, when game designers made games for the fun of it, and Peter Molyneux was at his best. Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2006 by H. McIlwraith