System Requirements
OS: Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, MacOS 8.6 CPU: 350MHz, 333Mhz for Mac RAM: 64 MB, 128MB for Mac HDD: 600 MB, 500 for Mac VIDEO: 8 MB DirectX(r) 3D Accelerated Video Card SOUND: DirectX compatible sound card
In this game you are a deity. You can be good or evil (hence the title Black & White). You also get a creature/titan to help you out. You are to convert villagers through love or fear and establish your reign against other gods. Not only do you have to maintain your worshippers but you also have to raise your creature to do your will. This takes a lot of time and skill. It actually pays to be a good deity. Wood is a hard resource to acquire quickly, so be careful when destroying villages, they are hard to rebuild. From a Christian perspective this game is a little new agey. The game starts off saying in a land of innocence a god is not needed and they are created by praying to one. There are also some references to the ying/yang. Another thing I found it awkward having the villagers worship me. One thing I must admit, I have been convicted not to play this game anymore. I was uncomfortable with the idea of villagers making sacrifices to gods including the one you portray. The last thing to consider would be violence if you are a bad deity. The game play is real fun. This game took three years to make, so my expectations were high. The graphics are beautiful. The sounds are good. The controls are a little tricky and takes some getting used to. You can multiplay this game and even play online. On the downside, there are some bugs in the game. There is a patch out though. Hopefully that fixed them. From a Christian standpoint, don\'t play this if you are uncomfortable being treated like a god.

Final Ratings

Appropriate 2/5 Interface 4/5 Game Play 5/5 Sound/Music 4/5 Graphics 5/4 Stability 4/5

Overall 80%