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Black & White

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Black & White
Black & White cover
Developers
Lionhead Studios
Mac OS (Classic) Zonic Limited
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Mac OS Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows March 25, 2001
Mac OS (Classic) January 23, 2002
macOS (OS X) January 23, 2002
Black & White guide at StrategyWiki
Black & White at Wikipedia
Black & White
Black & White 2001
Black & White 2 2005

Key points

The official multiplayer servers have been shut down.[1] Online features can be restored with Black & White Resurrection.
Apply the fan patches to fix problems on newer hardware.

General information

Black & White BaW Patch Dev
Black & White Patch/Support/Modding Community
Black & White Online

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1] (Windows).
Windows
Mac OS
This game is not available digitally.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Black & White: Creature Isle
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Find, delete or rename to something else <path-to-game>\Data\logo.bik

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.3[edit]

Includes all fixes from previous releases.[4][5] Adds support for P5-Glove. If you don't own it, use the replacement P5DLL.dll.
Sometimes installing a new patch might delete the music folder. Make a backup before proceeding. See missing music.
Multiplayer matches can only be happen between players with the same game build.

BaW Patch[edit]

Fixes various issues experienced on modern systems, including washed textures and massive draw distance reduction.
Fixes addons & extra features not being detected.
Requires a no CD crack.

1.4 Fan Patch (BWFiles)[edit]

Fixes various issues experienced on modern systems, including washed textures and massive draw distance reduction.[6]
Fixes addons & extra features not being detected.
Includes fixed setup dialog that allows resolution and windowed mode to be changed easily.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Lionhead Studios Ltd\Black & White\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\<user-id>\
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Lionhead Studios Ltd\Black & White\LHMultiplayer
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
In-game settings and profile data for the Windows version are stored in the registry.

Video settings[edit]

Most video settings have to be changed through the external configuration tool.
Settings launcher.
Settings launcher.
Advanced settings.
Advanced settings.
In-game advanced settings.
In-game advanced settings.
Black and White Fan Patch Setup Dialog
Black and White Fan Patch Setup Dialog
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use 1.4 Fan Patch (BWFiles). Set with BWSetup.exe.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Anything above 1080p is not working
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use 1.4 Fan Patch (BWFiles). Fixes Alt+Tab related crashes.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

In-game controls settings.
In-game controls settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
While playing.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller types
Tracked motion controllers
Supports the Essential Reality P-5 Data Glove.
Button/gesture prompts
Additional information
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio and video settings.
In-game audio and video settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Italian
Polish
German

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
The official multiplayer servers have been shut down.[1]
Use Black & White Resurrection. Creature Isle expansion is not supported.

Issues fixed[edit]

Compatibility problems[edit]

Make sure to run the game and the setup launcher as an admin on newer versions of Windows.[citation needed]

P5DLL.dll is missing[edit]

Download fixed dll[citation needed]
  1. Download fixed p5dll.dll
  2. Copy it to <path-to-game>

Missing music[edit]

Music fix[citation needed]
  1. Make a backup of the audio folder before installing any patches.
  2. Copy and paste the backup to <path-to-game>

Another way is to copy the Music folder found within the Audio folder on the CD into <path-to-game>\Audio.

Poor framerate on Windows 8[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download the following archive.
  2. Go to the installation folder, and extract the file.

Bad textures/landscape[edit]

Make sure 'Maximum Detail' is selected in the graphic options or the fix will not work.
Install BaW Patch[citation needed]

Missing or malfunctioning add-ons[edit]

Install BaW Patch[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

Misc[edit]

Black & White Online Launcher[edit]

Streamlined client, makes playing online far easier.
Fairly buggy on more modern operating systems, still in development.

Patch Uninstaller[edit]

Useful for either quickly downgrading or reinstalling a certain patch quickly.

Addons[edit]

Require either 1.4 Fan Patch or BaW Patch to run.
Villager Banter Add-On
Football Addon
Dancing Bear Plug-in
MP3 Addon
English Language Pack

Additional Creatures[edit]

Leopard
Mandrill
Gorilla
Horse

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, Me, 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 350 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0a compatible
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 8.6
Processor (CPU) G3 333 MHz
System memory (RAM) 96 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 1.2 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]

References