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ZOOM Black & White
Sold Out (Win 95/98/Me/2000/XP) (Retail) (BLACK&WPR)
Sorry; Discontinued

Publisher: Lionhead Studios / EA Games

Game

Ratings:

from The Adrenaline Vault

            

Become the Supreme God of Your Land!

The worlds of Eden cry out for guidance. The many tribes need enlightenment, and they'll kneel before your temple to worship you as their god. As you're influence spreads, you will grow in power and learn to cast wondrous Miracles in order to protect your worshippers and dispatch your foes. You will face many challenges and embark upon mighty quests that will test even your holy powers. But with the faith of the people behind you and with the help of your saintly Creature, you will overcome those who would rule the realms unjustly. You will become supreme god of the land.

Features:

  • Raise a kind and gentle giant to do your bidding.
  • Perform benevolent Miracles and bring peace to the land.
  • Preside over 5 different lands from high atop your Citadel.
  • Seek sanctuary in a home fit for a god.

White

Congratulations! You've always seen the glass as half full, and you're already on the way to sainthood...

With qualities like these, you're well on your way to role-playing as a Good god.

As this epic tale unfolds, you can choose to create wondrous miracles, rule an empire of happy citizens and send your giant Creature to shape a world of goodness and to carry out your every will.

Black

You little devil! You've got a mean streak as long as the River Styx, and as much compassion as a lump of clay.

With qualities like these, you're well on your way to role-playing as an Evil god.

As this epic story unfolds, you can choose to rule a realm of darkness and despair with powerful miracles and godly actions. Terrorize your followers and send your giant Creature to stamp your twisted decisions on the world.

Requirements:

Windows 95/98/2000/Me/XP: Pentium II 350 MHz or equivalent (500 MHz Pentium III recommended), 64 MB RAM (128 MB RAM recommended), 4x CD-ROM drive (8x or faster CD-ROM drive recommended), 500 MB free hard disk space required (additional space required for saved games, swap files and DirectX installations), 8 MB Direct3D capable video card with DirectX7 compatible drive (16 MB or greater Direct3D capable video card with DirectX7 compatible driver recommended), DirectX7 compatible sound card, keyboard and mouse.

Multiplayer Support Requires: Internet (2-8 players): 56.6 Kbps or faster Internet connection, 1 CD per computer, 1 player per computer. Network (2-8 players): TCP/IP compliant network, 1 CD per computer, 1 player per computer.

            

Reviews:

The Adrenaline Vault by Bob Mandel

"For a complex game, the basic story is remarkably straightforward. You play the role of a new inexperienced god with potentially great divine capacities, and you train a pet creature to aid you in spreading your influence among villages dominated by rival deities. Specifically, you attempt to get people to worship you as your means of extending your sphere of influence and expanding your ability to perform miracles..."

"...To get your goals accomplished, you can scare the villagers into submission by casting fireballs, lightning bolts, or massive stones into their villages; or you can build trust by supplying the villagers what they need and by saving them from peril. You and your creature may even conduct opposite strategies successfully in this regard. The genius of the game design is that, if undertaken carefully, both the positive carrot and the negative stick can be fun and equally successful in achieving your goals. How common is it in a game to be able to determine whether the entire mood is upbeat or downbeat?"

"Black & White integrates in an innovative and effective way several different styles of play, where what you do has direct and multilevel effects on the environment around you. Truly addictive, it has found a way to tug on our emotional heartstrings at the same time it appeals to our cravings for power and control. Others have tried games dealing with heaven and hell, good and evil, and light and darkness, but never with such success. It is easily one of the most intricate computer releases ever devised. Parts are a bit problematic, such as the combat, challenges, and village management, but most of what you experience is endlessly fascinating. Every gamer should be exposed to this release both to find out how truly imaginative digital recreation can be and, indeed, to find out a lot about what our values really are, as for most of us that is not at all a black-and-white question."



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