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Black & White 2

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The sequel to Lionhead's open-ended god game, Black & White, attempts to offer more focused gameplay and larger scale. The player assumes yet again the role of a God and chooses if he will be Good, Evil or something in between.

As a deity that interferes directly with mortal affairs, the player will help his followers, the Greeks, survive and prosper in a mythical land. A good god will improve the city of his followers and eventually attract the inhabitants of neighbouring hamlets, be they neutral or even hostile. An evil god will recruit armies and conquer them.

The player once again has an animal avatar of his choice (between Lion, Ape, Wolf and Cow) which can be trained or left to its own devices. Its A.I. is much more advanced now and revolves around "lessons" learned. Each action it considers to do can be encouraged or discouraged by the player (by slapping or petting) so that a creature does something always/frequently, occasionally, rarely or never. The Creature can harvest, build, entertain, fight, specialize in one of these fields or just wander aimlessly, eat rocks and trees, gag and poop randomly. Depending on its alignment it will also eat or help villagers accordingly.

The divine being can also summon Miracles powered, as always, by faith. The ultimate goal is defeating the ruthless Aztecs by conquering or befriending the other two races (Norse and Japanese). The player also discovers three kinds of scrolls in the game. Gold ones are those that advance the plot, Silver ones are optional quests granting Tribute points which can be invested in buying new features and Bronze ones are tutorial scrolls.


Black & White 2 Windows A mini-game of rock bowling shows off the game's physics feature.
Black & White 2 Windows A view of our town
Black & White 2 Windows The tutorials even offer a PnP feature. If you still don't get it...
Black & White 2 Windows The Town Centre offers useful information with a simple look.

Alternate Titles

  • "黑与白2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Hei yu Bai 2" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

From God game to city builder, with a very unpleasant transition Windows Matt Neuteboom (941)
I'm sure it wasn't the developer's fault... Windows Indra is engaged (19913)
Sick of the guy upstairs not answering? Make a house call! Windows Kain Ceverus (34)

Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine Windows Nov, 2005 8.75 out of 10 88
Game Informer Magazine Windows Oct, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamestyle (Germany) Windows Oct 12, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83
Gamesmania.de Windows Oct 04, 2005 82 out of 100 82
JustPressPlay Windows Oct 10, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jun 24, 2009 7.75 out of 10 78
Games4Mac Macintosh 2008 70 out of 100 70
GameSpy Windows Oct 03, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Watcher Windows Nov 04, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
Gamezine Windows Oct 30, 2005 11 out of 20 55


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Peter Molyneux says in the readme.txt of Black White 2 that the development of the game began on 12/02/2002 and it ended 1.254 days later (and more than 20,000 take away dinners later).


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