Black & White

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original retail version

please patch black and white to 1.10 and post results on that version

Application Details:

Version: 1.0
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.0-rc2

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What works

The whole campaign works. Normal games against computers work.

What does not

The textures are buggy on the people. The game would crash for no apparent reason, but it happened few times. I could easily do the whole campaign by saving often.

The game does not launch by the command line. You have to start an explorer and execute rungame.exe.


What was not tested

I haven't tested online nor LAN.

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Additional Comments

Even though it is not perfect. I consider this game to be running really well on recent Wine releases. No lag at all.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Jan 01 20172.0-rc2Yes Yes NoPlatinumGabriel-Andrew Pollo-Guilbert 
ShowMac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"Sep 18 20151.7.51Yes Yes NoSilverSam 
ShowDebian GNU/kFreeBSD 7.x "Wheezy"Jun 03 20151.7.44Yes No NoGarbageTiago Medeiros 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 09 20111.3.19Yes Yes NoSilverNick Stuckert 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny"Oct 28 20081.1.7Yes Yes NoBronzeJohn Haywards 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
34166 Fullscreen flickering on Mac RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
35721 Black and White: crashes on start UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes


To run Black & White (and Creature Isle) without being affected by bug 14939 (texture bug) and bug 15984 (crash bug), you have to run a version of Wine patched with the DXTn to ARGB texture conversion patch, blitting patch and the button click patch. To install this patched version of Wine, copy and paste the following commands into a terminal:

mkdir ~/src
cd ~/src
git clone git:// ~/src/wine
cd ~/src/wine
wget -O wine-dxt13-to-argb4444-xrgb1555-conversion.patch
wget -O wine-dderr.patch
patch -p1 < wine-dxt13-to-argb4444-xrgb1555-conversion.patch
patch -p1 < wine-dderr.patch
Check to make sure you get all necessary packages, or if you encounter trouble compiling. Then copy and paste the next set of commands:
./configure --prefix=/usr
make depend
sudo make install

With these three patches, Black & White is fully and perfectly playable through Wine.  If you encounter trouble patching, try looking at the bug threads for an updated patch (they are attended to more frequently than this Howto).

Set wine version to win98 for best results.

For 64 bit wine go to

Intro Stall/No In Game Sound

A picture posted of the intro with the Man and Woman kissing and little kid looking bored is the point at which a stall may occur.  Settings for Audio need to be changed from hardware acceleration to emulation at this point.  You can track the bug at