I found a workaround that makes this game playable, using a wine 0.9.29 (the only wine version that register clicks in this game), I assigned a keyboard key for the right click action and another key to left click action, that make game playable, is not as comfortable as clicking of course, but at least it works. Game runs at full fps. Save, restore and mouse gestures work like a charm.
What does not
Some ingame textures appear as black, trees are invisible, mouse clicks still don't work, options are inaccesible on this wine version (due to the clicking issue), exiting normally (due to mouse clicks you must kill the game).
What was not tested
More than two hours of playing.
Tested with a Geforce 7600GT with 169.09 driver. I'm also sure that this trick (assigning keys) can be done on a windows partition or VM, and copying the resulting configuration into wine will work.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Arch Linux||Sep 24 2012||1.5.12||Yes||Yes||Silver||Ruan|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Nov 20 2011||1.3.33||Yes||Yes||Silver||Carlos Salvador PÃ©rez Salgado|
|Show||Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 09 2011||1.3.19||Yes||Yes||Silver||Nick Stuckert|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Mar 10 2011||1.3.15||Yes||Yes||Gold||Remco Zoet|
|Show||Gentoo Linux||Nov 22 2009||1.1.33||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Christian Weiske|
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://source.winehq.org/git/wine.git ~/src/wine cd ~/src/wine wget -O wine-dxt13-to-argb4444-xrgb1555-conversion.patch http://bugs2.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=34559 wget -O wine-dderr.patch http://bugs2.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=33563 patch -p1 < wine-dxt13-to-argb4444-xrgb1555-conversion.patch patch -p1 < wine-dderr.patchCheck http://wiki.winehq.org/Recommended_Packages 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 make 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 wiki.winehq.org/Wine64.
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 http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12651.