The player takes on the role of a god ruling over an island populated by various tribes. The player's control over the island is manifested in the Hand, an animated on-screen hand which can move or throw people and objects, tap houses to wake their occupants, cast miracles, and do many other things. Use of the keyboard and buttons in the game is deliberately low; to add to the sense of realism, the (usually) mouse-controlled hand can perform every function in the game. In later patches, the Hand can also be controlled by an Essential Reality P5 Glove, a consumer-level virtual reality glove that is no longer for sale.
Black & White Compatible CPUs
Processor: Intel Pentium III / AMD Athlon MP
Graphics: AMD Mobility Radeon Xpress 200 or NVIDIA GeForce 7100
Black & White requires at least a Mobility Radeon Xpress 200 or GeForce 7100 to meet recommended requirements running on high graphics setting, with 1080p resolution. This hardware should achieve 60FPS. System memory required for Black & White is 32 MB performance memory. Recommended needs around a 13 year old PC to run.