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Black and White Deluxe - PC

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
Teen
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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  • Choose the sharp-toothed Crocodile, the mighty horned Rhinoceros, or any of the creatures from the original game to act as your representative on Creature Island
  • Your creature gains an apprentice and a pet as it is tasked with the care of the little tyke
  • Your creature falls head-over-heels for the beautiful Eve and must win her favor by completing her labors of love
  • Set off with your creature to explore the many wonders of Creature Isle and Graduation Island
  • Teach your creature a variety of new skills, including bowling, building, and playing soccer

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  • ASIN: B0000CE1IN
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: December 2, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,456 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Black & White Deluxe features Black & White and the Creature Isle expansion together in one great package.

Black & White

Black & White is a role-playing game unlike any other you've played before. You play 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.

Black & White Expansion: Creature Isle

When the missionaries from your land of Eden wreck on the coast of Creature Isle, you and your creature are suddenly called forth through the vortex to encounter the Brotherhood of Creatures, a collective of giants without deities. Explore new lands and win the worship of new tribes to expand your godly powers beyond your wildest dreams. Raise your creature to new heights and teach him all-new abilities as he completes the trials of the Brotherhood. In addition, your Creature gains an apprentice to raise as his own, and falls in love for the first time with the beautiful Eve. Only by successfully completing the challenges imposed by the Brotherhood and defeating their leader can you and your creature become the supreme rulers of Creature Isle.

Features:

  • Two new creatures: choose the sharp-toothed Crocodile, the mighty horned Rhinoceros, or any of the creatures from the original game to act as your representative on Creature Island.
  • An apprentice for your creature: Your creature gains an apprentice and a pet as it is tasked with the care of the little tyke. Teach it well and it will help your creature grow in power.
  • Fall in love with the creature of your dreams: your creature falls head-over-heels for the beautiful Eve and must win her favor by completing her labors of love.
  • Two new islands to explore: set off with your creature to explore the many wonders of Creature Isle and Graduation Island.
  • New creature skills: teach your creature a variety of new skills, including bowling, building, and playing soccer.
  • Learn new miracles: learn a host of new miracles, including speed and the defensive Cancel Creature miracle.
  • New creature trials: in order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Creatures, your very own colossus must pass a series of challenges, including creature racing, dojo combat, herding, and king of the castle.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but a lot of work March 13, 2005
By Jay
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I just recently got this game in preperation for B&W 2. When I first started playing it, I absolutely loved it and would have easily given it 5 stars. After playing it for a while, I got annoyed and overwhelmed at the micro management and would have reviewed it probably at about 2 stars. But now after getting used to it and 30 plus hours of play, I think 4 is right.

The game starts out with a very helpful tutorial that shows you the basic controls, how to cast spells, and taking care of the people. You later pick the creature you want and it helps you in training him and taking care of him also. After you get through that, you then go to a town where you will need to start your own civilization. This is where you may get frustrated because your people always need food, homes, children, and buildings. A smart thing to do is build plenty farms before bulding homes or children no matter how much they complain because eventually there will not be enough food in the few farms to supply the villige store (where the food and wood is stocked) so you will be constantly hovering over the store supplying food (very annoying). With the Deluxe version of B&W, it comes with several patches that fixes a ton of problems. One major issue that it will fix is that your wirshippers will not eat like horses any more so you will get to pay less attention to them. Install these before playing the game because it comes in as a HUGE help.

There are 2 things that kept me from giving this game 5 stars even after disliking it so much at first.

One is that it crashes every few times I play. Sometimes it will go for hours on end without a jitter but sometimes it will crash twice within 5 minutes. I am running it on a Windows 98 PC with 512MB RAM and an old NVIDIA Video card.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind September 18, 2005
By shawn-m
While the graphics cannot equal those of upcoming Black&White 2's, they were ahead of their time and have aged very well. Some complain of a need to micromanage their creatures or townships and depending on what your personal goals are, this can be true. However the degree of management is up to the player and more noble, or ignoble, long-term strategies require more effort and attention to detail --as they should. Black&White will reward those who take pleasure in detail, the wheres, whys and hows, and will frustrate or bore those who are looking for a fast-paced romp.

It's rewarding to discover what actions precipitate which results although there are so many variables, important variables, that players would benefit from at least a little more comprehensive detail than the manual provides. Fortunately 3rd party websites still present an overwhelming amount of information to draw upon.

Some have trouble running Black&White and/or the Creature Island expansion on Windows XP. SP2, hotfixes, Athlon processors and nVidia cards are blamed (perhaps rightly so) for their trouble, but my system incorporates all of these elements and I've yet to experience the slightest problem. Be aware that the v1.3 patch is ONLY for use with the peripheral P5 glove. This patch WILL break the game if you don't have this glove. If v1.3 was inappropriately installed, download the patch uninstaller utility, use it and install patch v1.2 instead.

All in all, I give it five stars for invention, creativity, execution and standing the test (so far) of time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars XP?This is how. December 30, 2004
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is very fun. To get it to run you should install these 2 things:Service pack 2 and Black and White patch 1.2. Also I would recomend on XP that you have 192MEGS of RAM instead of 64. Now the game: You play as a god. You quickly see a angel and monster hanging around that are your good and evil consinese. They provide some advice. Basiclly you help people or scare/kill them. You quickly choose from a creature.You can choose from a nurturing cow, a smart ape,and a strong tiger. No matter what creature you choose you will probally want to train it to be violent or peacefull. In the game you come across several sidequests. Yet later in the game you can learn miracles, which your creature can learn to. My 2 problems are: The creatures take forever to grow, and gestures(a way of casting miracles)are hard to cast.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God! August 1, 2004
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I installed XP last week and I've been trying out a lot of games. Black & White always wowed me and now on XP with the 1.2 patch it works mighty fine. I had not problems whatsoever. In fact, it runs better than Win98SE because I was unable to alter the graphic options. Now I can play in higher res and with more detail with XP going and a ATI 9700 video card. I'm using an older version of the game and don't have the add on yet. Another patch, 1.3, is for people who have this special glove that really looks as if it would enhance the game. This game designer almost never disappoints me. Since my Amiga days I've bought most of his games from Populous to this. Keep em coming! :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not work with XP April 10, 2004
This game does is not compatible with XP although the box states that it is. After several tries with EA Tech support I was able to get disk one Black & White running after downloading patch 1.2. I was not successful with Creature Island though and have not managed to play it. I do not recommend buying this game if you have Windows XP as your operating system; it is a waste of money and time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work on new computers.
Can't find anything that will run the game and allow me to save files that I am playing with. So every time I play the game I have to start from the beginning. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this game.
I used to own this game and I loved it. I had never played the "Deluxe" content prior to this purchase. I really enjoyed it a lot.
Published 6 months ago by Adam Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great.
I love tyhe game the, Only problem I've really had with the game is the save in the temple doesn't work.(using windows7)
Published 12 months ago by Darren
3.0 out of 5 stars Black and Blue...
this was an ok game i purchased it a few years ago and played it for a a couple weeks then I got kinda bored with it
Published 15 months ago by TAZZmanX
4.0 out of 5 stars It's swilltill good to be a god
Black-and- White is a simulation game released in 2001. the player takes on the role of a "God." The controls are simple and intuitive and the game can be played with a mouse, or... Read more
Published on November 19, 2010 by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a little getting used to
This game may be really cool, or it may be really lame... haven't quite figured it out yet. The version on the disk wouldn't run initially, so I had to download an update to make... Read more
Published on September 26, 2005 by ThatTimGuy
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have Windows98/ME and A LOT of Ram, you need see this
I saw some people have problems running this game. If your system is Windows98/ME and you have more than 512 MB memory in stalled, you need to see this ... Read more
Published on February 7, 2005 by davidmathgreen
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes it does work on xp
oh ya and yes this game does work on xp maby its somthing with your settings or something
Published on November 8, 2004 by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game
Okay first the upsides good graghics, neat storyline, nice idea for a game, asome control and now the down side cant skip cinimatics so your stuck for abought 3 minutes at a time... Read more
Published on November 8, 2004 by James
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the headache
I have a brand new computer and thought to start putting some games on. so i bought the deluxe version of b&w and it is unable to play. Read more
Published on August 12, 2004 by B. Willard
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