Batman (The Dark Knight) (Stern, 2008)

Batman (The Dark Knight)

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This game received 340 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.780 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #75 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.872

Artwork: 7.689

Sounds/Music: 7.078

Other Aspects: 7.936

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32 days ago

-Fun Toys and it has more then one
-I like the layout of the game
-Fun game
-Very lit up Pf with many spot lights
-Awesome Joer, that turns into the city and changes back, very cool, very unique.
-They did a good job with the batman theme translating into the game
-Smooth shots, smooth game, smooth hits, just plays so nice
- A lot of shots to shoot for and several ways to get multi ball
-Cool ramps, and Batmobile. Very creative.


- Call outs. Not very exciting. Some snore factor.
-Music isn't the best
- single ball is a little boring, multi ball is much more exciting and the WOW factor.
32 days ago
This is a fun game, mostly because the shots are fun to make, the crane is cool, and the batmobile shot is fun to make. The modes and mini games aren't very intuitive, the lighting is always dark, and the joker toy really has no point to it. I'd like to take one home and put some brighter lights into it though. It would be a pretty good one for home with some modifications.
45 days ago
The dark knight is such an excellent and fum game. There is a lot to do on it and it's really fun to complete everything on it. It's really attractive and the music is really good. The Multi-balls are really fun to stack. I would definitely recommend this game.
76 days ago
It's as if Stern had a theme-less playfield layout and set of toys/gimmicks laid out before choosing any theme, and then chose the theme and tried to force it to fit what they already had for a playfield and toys, rather than the other way around. As some other commentators have said in the ratings, this game is nice to play on location or at a show, but it doesn't seem like a very strong candidate to own. It's fun enough for an afternoon; mostly thanks to the crane feature and the Batmobile ramp.
3 months ago
Batman is fun game always was one of my favorites it has great toys and good music I also like the rules of the game.
5 months ago
Batman is an action-packed adventure but the game lacks lastability due to the fact that it is easy to score big. The ramps and toys are good fun, but the artwork and lighting are average.
5 months ago
Really enjoy the game. Love the stacking's BATMAN!
5 months ago
I would feed this pin a few dollars to play it on location if found. It's fun, but not fun enough to want to own it. The theming is good, but the layout/toys are just "ok". Love to play it at pinball shows as those are usually in really good shape.
8 months ago
Batman is a pretty good game with three very strong toys - the Joker, the Batmobile, but most of all that Crane! The audio, animation and art are all suitably Batman-themed, but some of the callouts aren't too hot. The game doesn't have a huge amount of flow as the ramp leads to the mini-playfield which slows the ball down, but the progression towards multiball, and the stacking of multiballs to get more lucrative jackpots are the fun elements that make the game shine. The modes are all a bit samey, but it's great to get more variety in there for the seasoned players that want to completely absolutely everything. I probably wouldn't own Batman as the lastability isn't quite there, but definitely worth a play whenever I get the chance!
9 months ago
One of the better Stern machines in my humble opinion.
10 months ago
really a nice game,with a lot off toy's...and the joker is off the hook!nice theme
11 months ago
Could be better - music is ok but gets repetitive. Lighting is just OK - they could have done more interesting things with the theme.

Good - overall game play. Lots of variation in shots. Rule set is wide, deep and stackable.

Great - theme and TOYS!
1 year ago
Such a missed opportunity, amazing theme equally as good as Spiderman yet Gomez dropped the ball big time with the playfield design, teeter totter ramp and upper playfield are terrible and do nothing but highlight their repetitive nature and slow the game down.

However! There is the crane, possibly one of Sterns best playfield toys and the 3 different levels of code Lyman created for it makes each mode feel fresh and unique from the last. The joker can although the mech itself suchs the shot through the drop target and into the lock is a great shot.

All in all this game is like 2 face half of it is good and half of it is downright bad!
1 year ago
The theme could be more dark/intense and the game play was a little slow on location. Multi-ball was kind of fun. I am a batman fan but would not purchase this machine even at a below market price.
1 year ago
The gimmicks are good, the best use of the basic Stern table I've seen. It feels like Star Trek and Metallica bought an erector set, though, from a creativity standpoint. It makes up for its lack of creativity with a nice build quality though. Probably the best of that era at stern. Fun to play but not super fun.
1 year ago
Love the crane and the dodgy Batman voice overs in this game.

Th artworks is good - dark like the theme.

Too much plastic on the playfield - what ever happened to Stern metal ramps (like on T3)?
1 year ago
I have played about 60 or so games on BDK and I have to say my first game felt underwhelming but now I Love it. I just bought my own this week and the game has been getting tons of action and even my wife is in to it. I can see some of the complaints with sounds and music but the sound mod changes everything.

I'm a novice player and the ball times are just right for me. Newbies still get beatdown. The multiball options are great and stacking multiballs with scarecrow and joker is a blast, that's when the game gets really good. Single ball play isn't nearly as exciting as a faster game like LOTR or ACDC. This has been a great machine for me to learn to be a better pinball player too. I like how a lot of the shots can be backhanded in. Gotta be careful you hit it all the way up the ramp or it will come right back down the center. I have the sewers opened up completely on the sides, makes the balance feel better. lots of cool mods available. fun theme, great movie, great pin.
1 year ago
Tdk is a really good game, very challenging and addicting. Not the best looking, and the sounds (actors) are quite bad, but I still really enjoy it. One thing is one of the sound mods are nessisary, without the music is really bad!
1 year ago
Another good table with a good flow.
Rules are easy to understand.
Artwork and sound are average to my taste.
Solid overall.
1 year ago
what a pinball machine ! ! ! wonderfull a beauty all is good in this machine playffield, flow of ball, sound , attrack mode ! I don't understand why this pinball is not more hight in this classement it is a mystery ....
1 year ago
Ok, now that I have had Batman for a while, I wanted to ad a review, overall it is a simple game to understand, most people that play it understand it quickly. I was lucky to come across custom sound and music software that made a HUGE difference in the game with real call outs from the movies. Game can be fast, stacking up multiballs can really drive up your score, my high score is 403Mil. I have had the game for about 5 months in a collection of 10, I still find myself going to this one first, it has great flow, I have made it to the wizard mode 2 times, missed beating that by one character. You have to change the toys in the machine with the Movie Master toys, makes a big difference, I also added 2 face and Bane to mine, and catwoman on the batpod to the left of the Joker reveal, I also changed that Joker to a bobble head Joker to make the reveal more interesting. The cabinet and backglass look fantastic, shaker does add to the game, I recommend it.. For experienced players it might be a bit on the easy side, but overall I really enjoy it, and was lucky to get a great deal on a HUO one, I plan on this game staying in my collection for a long time!
1 year ago
Batman is one of my favorite games by Stern. Similar to Williams BSD in that it may seem like a simple game at first, but what is done with the little that is there is awesome. The stacking of multiballs is fun and addicting. The scarecrow crane is durable and a great toy for Stern. Love the satisfying Joker target shot. The risk / reward jackpot setup with starting Bat Signal multiball is awesome and really gets your heart racing. By far the worse thing about the game is the rules still need some work. Lucius Fox will be the last light on the playfield you need to get to the wizard mode. He requires WAY to many shots making wizard mode too difficult to get to / boring for this one reason. Also wish Bat Missions were more exciting. Still a great overlooked game by Stern.
2 years ago
it is a nice looking machine, plays fast,good flow,nice lights the crane shots seemed like they borrowed that idea from junk yard? it seemed to get old fast after i kept getting replay after replay... i do like t.d.k but prefer to play orher games,i still give it a thumbs up ... very good job stern
2 years ago
Great theme. Would have expected more form the music. The movie has a great soundtrack....Hans Zimmer rocks it. Missed it on this machine.
2 years ago
One of Stern's best! The fact that all the original actor's faces are on the playfield & being used is amazing. People have made some comments about the voice overs, but I like them & think they flow well with the game. For a fan of the best Batman series, the Dark Knight, the artwork & colors really represent it well. The best multi-ball, a must have.
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