Product Type: Electronic Arts PC games
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Black and white, Ying and yang.
Black and White (PC)
Member Name: professorlamp
Black and White (PC)
Advantages: Indepth civilization building
Disadvantages: Occasionally slow moving
Black and white is a city-building god game which focuses on the butterfly effect and how things can change based on your decisions.
It was developed by Lionhead studios and released in 2001.
A short word about Lionhead studios: If you've read my other reviews on games you'll no doubt have learnt that I am a fan of Bullfrog's releases and fortunately for me, Lionhead studios is basically Bullfrog. When Bullfrog was bought out by EA, Peter Molyneux (the lead designer in bullfrog) decided to start a new company, thus Lionhead was born. Lionhead carries the Bullfrog flame and it burns bright. Now, onto the game!
The game takes place on various different levels with the basic plot to kill Nemesis (who is also your nemesis). In order to get to Nemesis, you must go through his weaker companions first.
It begins with a simple tutorial of resource management, the game focuses heavily on harvesting wood, grain and stone in order to expand and improve your civilizations. Your civilization consists of a number of villagers who each have different roles in life, farmers, foresters etc...
They will reproduce and your population will increase and so will the demands, you can see all of these demands on-screen.
Once you have gone through the very first tutorial and accustomed yourself. You will be greeted with an option.
There are 3 animals displayed in front of you, a tiger, monkey and cow. You may choose one to follow you for the course of the game, each one has distinct advantages and disadvantages and it is important to consider these before deciding. Once you have decided upon your creature, the fun really starts.
You can tame and train your creature to do a number of actions both good and evil. Evil actions will scare your villagers into doing their jobs although you can find that occasionally villagers will leave your settlement and travel to the enemies villages.
On the other side is good, this is definitely the easier path to take, you attract more migrants and please more of your own villagers. All in all a win win situation.
With an ever increasing civilization comes ever increasing power. This power is spent on improving your creature, you can teach your creature spells to heal villagers, or spells to attack creatures.
It should be noted that the enemy also has a creature and so they can do the exact same actions as you.
It's a cow eat cow world.
I'd recommend this game to anyone who possesses a keen interest in civilization building games and watching progress. The game can at times be a bit slow so I wouldn't recommend it on that fact. However, if you have the patience to watch as your civilizations and creatures flourish, then this game is the game for you.
Summary: Good for keen gamers