Black & White

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Black & White
Black & White cover
Developers
Lionhead Studios
macOS (OS X) Zonic Limited
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Sold-Out Software
OS X Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows March 25, 2001
Mac OS (Classic) February 7, 2002
macOS (OS X) February 7, 2002
Reception
Metacritic 90
Black & White on HowLongToBeat
Black & White on IGDB
Black & White guide on StrategyWiki
Black & White on MobyGames
Black & White on Wikipedia

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.
Black & White
Black & White 2001
Black & White 2 2005

General information

Black & White Community - A forum and downloads site for the series
Black & White BaW Patch Dev
Unofficial Discord server - For discussion, technical help and multiplayer games
Black & White Online - Multiplayer client

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
macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.

DLC and expansion packs

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

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

v1.2 Patch[edit]

Is the recommended official patch, includes all fixes from v1.1 Patch.

v1.3 Patch[edit]

Is the latest official patch but not recommended.
Only adds support for P5-Glove. Requires P5DLL.dll.

v1.1.1 Mac Patch[edit]

Is the latest official patch for OS X.

Unofficial Patches[edit]

v1.42 Unofficial Fan Patch[edit]

Removes SafeDisc DRM[Note 2], enabling the game to run on Windows Vista and later.
Fixes crashing on display resolutions greater than 1080p or high DPI displays.
Fixes various issues experienced on modern systems, including washed textures and massive draw distance reduction.[5]
Fixes addons like football and villager banter and unlocks all creatures, including the rhino.
Includes fixed setup dialog that allows resolution and windowed mode to be changed easily.

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.

Skip intro videos[edit]

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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\<user-id>\[Note 3]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Lionhead Studios Ltd\Black & White\LHMultiplayer
macOS (OS X)
In-game settings and profile data for the Windows version are stored in the registry.

Video[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 feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use 1.42 Unofficial Fan Patch. Set with BWSetup.exe.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Use 1.42 Unofficial Fan Patch. Without anything above 1080p will crash.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use 1.42 Unofficial Fan Patch. Set with BWSetup.exe. 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[edit]

In-game controls settings.
In-game controls settings.

Keyboard and mouse State 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[edit]

In-game audio and video settings.
In-game audio and video settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
English Language Pack
German
Italian
Polish
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
The official multiplayer servers have been shut down.[6] Online features can be restored with Black & White Resurrection.

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>

Bad textures/landscape[edit]

Install an unofficial patch
Make sure 'Maximum Detail' is selected in the graphic options or the fixes will not work.

Missing music[edit]

Copy the Audio folder on the CD into <path-to-game>

Missing or malfunctioning add-ons[edit]

Install an unofficial patch

Poor framerate on Windows 8[edit]

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

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
2D
2D with DGVoodoo2 base profile.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7, 8
DirectDraw 7
OpenGL
Mac OS only.
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio QSound 5.00 (QMixer.dll)
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.0w

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 unofficial patch to work.
Villager Banter Add-On
Football Addon
Dancing Bear Plug-in
MP3 Addon
English Language Pack

Additional Creatures[edit]

Require either unofficial patch to work.
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[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  3. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References