Black Knight 2000 (Williams, 1989)

Black Knight 2000

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This game received 291 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.796 /10


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This game ranks #68 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Game design: 7.474

Artwork: 8.009

Sounds/Music: 7.84

Other Aspects: 7.741

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9 days ago
Black knight 2000 is a very fun alphanumeric era table. Is plays very fast and has super awesome music during gameplay. The ball lock shot it tough and super satisfying and hitting the loop on the upper playfield is a blast. Overall a fun and fast game with good sound and music. Only downfall is there isn’t too much to do cause of the era but it’s still a fun shooter.
54 days ago
The BEST system 11, very fast and fun.
65 days ago
Great design and music. Easy to service with flip out upper playfield.
65 days ago
Lots of flash and awe here. The game is beautiful with a terrific light show and artwork, and could have the best soundtrack of any pinball game ever made. I'm not really taken with the gameplay though. It seems a stunted and claustrophobic. Pair that with the System 11 "simplicity" of rules, and the game is a bit of a disappointment. The upper "WAR" rollovers seem a bit out of place and clunky for a Steve Ritchie design, but points for originality. I really wanted to like the game, given its appearance and overall theme integration, but every time I'm left disappointed when I get to play it.
82 days ago
Fast and flashy, no pun intended, game. With LEDs installed, you could go blind with the amount of flashers used. The mirrored back glass is one of my favorites, simply beautiful and worthy of framing, glad its real glass too and not a translate, just seems to pop more. Upper and main playfield keep the variation going and the music completely sets the tone for the game. When my wife plays it, she instantly starts bopping her head to the hard rock sound track. It is without a doubt a fast game, and if you have your shots dialed in and maybe a little stronger coil on the R/H side of the game, it can be soooo rewarding to just getting a three ball multiball. The center spinner is a great variation to the game as well that generates random awards such as lowering the drawbridge or getting more points. Just a fun, beautiful game all in all. I prefer, which others do not, this version of the black knight over the original. The original is what I played in the arcades way back when, but this one is just so much faster and more fun to me than the original, which is great in it's own right.
4 months ago
The Black Knight is a medieval knight living in a future where some battles are fought with the sword and others are fought with lightning bolts. He wants to fight you and he wants your money. An unseen choir of angels cheer you on. What more can you ask for in a pinball machine?

There's probably too much that I love about this game to cover it all. First, I'll say that themes make a big difference for me in how much I enjoy a game. I can still appreciate a good game for what it is but when the theme clicks with me and the gameplay is great, it makes for an awesome experience - and that's exactly what this game does for me.

BK2K has been high up on my wishlist since I first played it. I was definitely drawn in by the music, as I think many others are. I soon saw how perfectly the music complimented the gameplay, theme, and feel of the game.

The biggest highlight of this game for me is the drawbridge multiball. I have it set so the drawbridge goes back up after each lock, making it a little more challenging to get all three locked. I love the buildup, lights, and fanfare when its finally complete. I think its one of the best in all of pinball. I also love that there is an easier multiball, the double knights challenge, that's simple and fun for any level player to complete.

I've heard some complain the game is all upper playfield and to some extent it is because it is safer to keep the ball up there. Having said that, it is challenging to maneuver the ball on the upper PF and to get successive loop shots and RANSOM letters. If you spend the time on the lower PF, it provides its own unique challenges (though maybe not as rewarding) - keeping kickback and magna-save lit are difficult (but necessary since outlane drains are hard to prevent) and spelling BLACK is a tough one to complete as well.

Having said that, there are some aspects which I would love to change. When you do spell BLACK, I feel like the reward is not commensurate with the effort (one timed 1m skyway shot). I'll also say that I don't care for the sound when the drops are hit - it reminds me of a cartoon character getting hit on the head. Were they trying to go for armor/sword clashing?

The other minor gripe I have is on RANSOM mode. I think it is awesome to have a feature like that which carries over from game to game and I love that you can make it quite difficult to get each letter. The buildup to it - music, lights ("Everything is lit!") is amazing - and I like that it's timed. I only wish there was a setting to make it not carry over so it would be more of a true wizard mode. I feel like it is more challenging and rewarding (especially in a home setting) to have to spell RANSOM in a single game.

This is definitely a game that I cannot imagine parting with. It is one that keeps me wanting more and makes me smile every time I play.
5 months ago
I don't get it. They updated "Black Knight"...but the game doesn't play better or sound better. The theming has been nearly replaced so that the game feels less like facing off against a Knight and more like you're playing a weird version of Pinbot. The center "sword" has been replaced with a weird light "disc" that lights up in a "spinning" manner as you play. Once again, the upper playfield is back -- with one freakin' flipper which doesn't make a whole lot of sense and makes the upper playfield borderline pointless since there's no opposing flipper to keep anything in play for long. Once the ball goes downstairs, good luck getting it back up to the top again. Not a great table.
5 months ago
I just couldn't make myself like this game. I've tried a number of times and simply can't enjoy it. The top playfield is too big and the bottom is too basic. I always wind up wanting it to end so that I can pay something else.
7 months ago
I hate doing negative reviews, especially on pins which some consider "classics". BUt I played this game over the weekend and I just don't get how its rated higher than many of the classic games I grew up playing in the late 80's early 90's...
7 months ago
Excellent audio in this pin, and a multi-level playing surface adds to the enjoyment of this game. It gets the adrenaline pumping with the music and Black Knight taunting you. If you see one, play it! It's pretty awesome!
8 months ago
I understand that this pin was ahead of it's time but after playing it and comparing with newer pins it just does not stack up.
1 year ago
The best system 11 for me, very fun.
1 year ago
Very fast game. Great artwork, sound, themed music and lights. Could use some more targets, scoring on lower play field, as it seems the goal is just to stay on the upper play field.
1 year ago
Can't get enough of the music, love the upper playfield and layout, art is fantastic!
1 year ago
Black Knight 2000 is a flashy, crappy reboot of one of the best early SS's ever made. It doesn't shoot or feel like Black Knight - it feels like something worse. Concept beat to death - thanks for trying, Williams.

I don't understand the hype or the appeal, and I'm no purist when it comes to sequels, redo's, and what have you. If BK2K didn't say "Black Knight" on it, I would still think it was a dull game. I don't know how WMS managed to ruin a great idea, but they pulled it off. My advice: play Black Knight instead.
1 year ago
I want to own this game again. It was my first pin. I suspect the music and speech might be a bit polarizing. I love them.
2 years ago
Best music and light show ever! Such a cool game that I wanted for a long time and finally found one in pretty good shape last year. I immediately updated the speakers and added a subwoofer to make the audio even better. Considering what era this machine is from, both the audio and lights are amazing. I love the theme and the artwork as well. I think if this was my only machine it could get quite repetitive and tiring but in a medium to large collection it is great! I really feel I nailed an LED conversion down well with this one too which makes it look even better!
2 years ago
Game Design: Overall, this game is excellent, however I feel as though too much emphasis is placed on the upper playfield in an unbalanced manner. Game goals are simply to lock balls by bashing the drawbridge. If the ball falls to the lower playfield, then a left ramp shot from the right flipper is needed to bring it back up again. This isn't a bad thing, but one could make the argument that this game is a "right flipper one shot wonder." Sometimes it gets to the point where using the left flipper feels awkward--like you're doing something wrong. It would have been nice if the designer could have placed more rewarding shots on the right hand side of the lower playfield to balance things out.

Artwork/Sounds/Music: Artwork is good. It's what you'd expect from a game of this era. A futuristic medieval horseback rider that steals things is certainly creative. It doesn't make sense, but then again, who cares! Sounds and music is where this game really stands out. Considering sound limitations at the time, this game leads the pack in terms of what could be done. Even today's new games lack the memorable music experience that this game delivered in spades.

Overall: This game is fast, fun, and easy to understand. While it does have it's flaws, they're by no means deal breakers. Left kickback, and right magna save are nice additions, and timed drop targets pay a nice homage to it's elder brother. I just wish the playfield was more balanced.
2 years ago
Some may criticize it for being a "one shot game". All I can say is: if you can keep making that shot every time, you gotta love it!!! Plus: BEST pin music EVER!
2 years ago
I was very excited to get this game. I'm a huge fan of the original BK. I was very dissapointed with it though. Right flipper is way too repetitive. This game does have one of the best sound packages in it though. Awesome theme song! I didn't keep this one long. Top Playfield has an awkward shot to hit the ball lock ramp and all the nudging gets old quick.
2 years ago
The difficulty of this game is not hard unless you have an amputated right hand, the ruleset not complex, but that is not what makes it so special. Its the music, sound, and light show. It has a ridiculous amount of relay boards used to control the flasher effects and solenoids, more than most machines of the same era. The only machines that really rival it in terms of sound quality design are The Machine (BoP) and Swords of Fury.

EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to find one in collector quality condition due to most of the machines had factory installed FULL mylar on the playfield that causes bubbling and cannot be removed without damaging the playfield. NOS playfields are practically non-existent. The double knight loopback tunnel is wicked fast. Drop targets reset is the same trick used in the original Black Knight.

Best owned as a augment an existing collection.
If this is your only game you are going to get bored really fast.

"You got the POWER"!
"The Black Knight RIDES Again"!

This is MY NAMESAKE, for a reason.
I have a full size back glass image tattooed the size of a Frisbee on my back (without the text).
Can you spell R-A-N-S-O-M?

Old Simple 2005 Review:
True pinball COLLECTOR'S (not players) game, Phenomenal techno-orchestrated music (IMHO).
2 years ago
Fast, furious and rewarding a very good table. This one makes you sweat cause the ball comes back soooo fast its ridiculous!
2 years ago
Looks good, theme is cool
The shots that are there feel good....

...But you can damn near play the whole game with only one flipper button.
Not much to shoot for from the left flipper.
2 years ago
This is a real tough table.
2 years ago
i wanted to play more, this was a really fun machine, it was hard for me, but im sure if i played more i would have gotten the hang of it, its a must play game !
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