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Generally favorable reviews- based on 241 Ratings

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  • Summary: Peter Molyneux's highly anticipated "god game," a blend of the genres including strategy, sim, RPG, and puzzle, features the player as a new god in the lands of Eden who must reign with the help of uniquely evolving animals in either a benign or evil fashion.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. It's the sort of game that comes around once every few years and totally changes the gaming landscape.
  2. One of the most compelling, beautiful and impressive pieces of code we have played in a long, long time. It is also insanely addictive.
  3. 97
    A truly miraculous "game." I call it a "game" because it's more of an experience.
  4. An incredible game that features great AI, music, graphics and story.
  5. I strangely feel a very strong maternal instinct towards my monkey (don't tell my children). I find myself telling him out loud what a good boy he is while rubbing his belly or explaining why I have to spank him.
  6. After about 15-25 hours (Depending on the gamer) the game just seems to lose it’s fun factor. Sadly, many games released nowadays don’t even have 15 hours gameplay in them, let alone 15 hours of damn fun gameplay; Black and White does indeed have this.
  7. Once I made it past that initial stage of astonishment, I made an unfortunate discovery: the single-player game, as designed, just isn't much fun in the long term.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. DanS.
    May 29, 2001
    10
    I am pure jealous of my friend owning this game, this is a sweet cream pie on a hot summer's day.
  2. BenH
    May 6, 2009
    10
    Possibly the most innovative game I have ever played. It had flaws, but those were very well balanced and circumvented by the game's Possibly the most innovative game I have ever played. It had flaws, but those were very well balanced and circumvented by the game's lack of a HUD and blissfully well-done controls. Best game that Lionhead has ever done. Expand
  3. NicholasS.
    Feb 23, 2002
    10
    Totally awesome.
  4. AlexE.
    Oct 14, 2001
    8
    Best game ever but extremely demanding requirements.
  5. Aug 6, 2014
    7
    I always loved those I am GOD games, and especially this one had so much potential and so many excellent ideas, that it was almost more funI always loved those I am GOD games, and especially this one had so much potential and so many excellent ideas, that it was almost more fun thinking about it and about all that potential than actually playing it. I loved the concept, but I also remember that it never kept me entertained for more than a few first levels, but it's definitely one of those titles that deserves to be remembered for what it is and for what it tried to do.7/10 Expand
  6. BrianH.
    Dec 28, 2001
    7
    Although the game is brilliant, I have to say it is most annoying when you keep getting interupted by the other realms especialy just when Although the game is brilliant, I have to say it is most annoying when you keep getting interupted by the other realms especialy just when you are at a crucial moment in the game. Who the bloody hell thought of that bit in the game? Shoot the bastard. Expand
  7. Mar 18, 2011
    0
    Every so often a game comes along that makes you stare in disbelief. This is that game for me. Maybe I'm to old but I know **** when I seeEvery so often a game comes along that makes you stare in disbelief. This is that game for me. Maybe I'm to old but I know **** when I see it. This game reminds me of the Segway. It was supposed to revolutionize gameplay. It had the best minds behind it. Yeah, right. It's nothing but hype. The product simply fails to deliver in any category. The people who like this game are the same people who are proud to wear DKNY. How they ever got into the gaming world is beyond me. Expand

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