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Black & White Classic

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me
Rated: Unknown
3.4 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B000087OPW
  • Release Date: 11 April 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
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Black & White is a role-playing game unlike any you've played before. You take the role of a deity in a land where the surroundings are yours to shape and its people are yours to lord over. Be an evil, malevolent god and the natives will worship you with fear in their eyes. Play as a kind, benevolent god and they will worship you with love in their hearts. Your actions decide whether you create a heaven or hell for your worshipers. Then select a creature from the land to act as your representative in the world. Raise it to gigantic proportions and teach it to do your bidding--whether the animal grows into an evil colossus of mass destruction or a kind and gentle giant is up to you. Progress through the game's rich storyline performing powerful miracles to battle other deities and become the world's supreme god.

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The premise of Black & White is simple. You play a God, responsible for a group of worshippers. Add in a collection of huge monsters (sheep, cows, tigers and more) plus tasks to complete along the way, and you get an immersing game that's easy to pick up and even easier to get pulled into.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 2 May 2003
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This game is very similar to a game called Populous. However unlike Populous Black and White introduces the idea of Good and Evil (Hence the name). Most of the actions you take during the game are shaped around this theme. The thing I found so intreaging about this game is that you have the freedom to do whatever you want. For example there was a point in the game where villagers ask for your aid in helping build a ship. How dare they! After all I have done for them they want to leave my land and worse, they want me to help them. Ok they can have their food. So much food that they drown in it. Then I'll sacrafice their corpses for more mana. It's these decisions which really make this game very intresting. But what really sets this game apart from other God-type games? Answer - The Creature. His learning system is more complex that it actually featured in the guiness book of records. Teach him spells, toilet train him, get him to terrorise villagers or on the other hand get him to protect them. The choice is yours and it just adds to your freedom. All in all I would highly recommend this game and if you dont have it already you should definately get it now.
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By A Customer on 14 Aug. 2003
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B&W is the best game I have ever played. I love the fact that you get to choose the path you want to take and not the people who made the game. It's fun and every turn you take there is something awaiting you to acomplish. All in all if you have yet to have played this game you really should just for the pleasure of playing god or for the reason of that you can do whatever you want.
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By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2004
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This game is not perfect. It has only five worlds, no storyline to speak of, sometimes consists of menial chores and is sometimes buggy. So why have I given it 5 stars?
That would be because its one of the most compelling games I have ever played. The richness of the persistent worlds you inhabit is remarkable. Your actions leave their scars on the landscape in all manner of ways. I know people have complained at the effort apprently necessary to capture some of the later villages, but to me this looked like the game encouraging me to "think outside the box" rather than plough away at the simplest approach. I came up with my own solutions, needless to say, one of which involved saving a small amount of poisoned food from an old mission. This green, rotten grain, when placed in an enemy food store, immediately poisoned the entire pile of food. I then watched as one by one, the villagers ate it and fell ill. Eventually, the entire town died, and i placed just one of my villagers inside it and captured it. Now I'm fairly sure the developers didn't even think of that, and its this capacity for emergent problem-solving and real free will that makes Black and White such a joy to play. Even the boring task of maintaining your villages is absorbing because you can really believe in the villages; see each villager's face and name. You can build luxury housing projects, forests and "parks", and watch the villagers come to dance every night by firefly light. It's really quite special.
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This is a good game but with some really bad problems. The idea is good of leading your creature to glory and deafting other gods to win land. Helping the villagers to glory and a good zoom insystem. I could go on. But the are a few problems. The tricky control system. Things you try and do with your creature and he just wont do it. If you like the look of this game then I would buy it but if not then I would stay away. A good idea but more effort needed.Look out for creature island expansion pack to improve the game.
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By A Customer on 7 Oct. 2004
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This game in my opinion created a completely new gaming ideal. With the ability to rule a world as you see fit, to me, makes one of the best games of all time. Be an evil god which rains hell down on peaceful lands, or a good god which helps and brings peace and hapiness to the lands, its all up to you.
One of the best features of this game is the creature you are given at the start of the game. You can raise this creature to do practically anything you want, teach him to be evil or good. Both yours, and your creatures appearance will change depending on your allignment.
If you like games where you rule over vast landscapes and where you help civilisations grow, then this is the game for you. However, the game is rather difficult to pick up and requires time and patience in order to master it. Black and White kept me playing for well over 6 months, it is very adictive.
We can only hope now that Black and White 2 will be shortly on its way.
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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.

Its one of those great open ended multi dimentional games which you can play over and over, and it never gets old. The sheer vastness of each level alows you to create your world, good or evil, and your pet is able to be taught such complex things and trained so highly to do your bidding.

This game is a classic and always will be, there is a huge online community which still follows it almost a year after its official online severs fell. Now there is direct linking online games which are just as much fun.

If you're wanting to have a month taken completely in a game then this is the one for you, you shall not be disappointed..
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