Medieval Madness (Remake - Standard) (Chicago Gaming Co., 2015)

Medieval Madness (Remake - Standard)

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This game received 55 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 9.016 /10

9.016

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Medieval Madness". The group itself ranks #3 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 9.172

Artwork: 8.947

Sounds/Music: 8.731

Other Aspects: 8.986



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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Medieval Madness (Remake - Standard)".
The other versions are: Medieval Madness (regular version), Medieval Madness (Remake - LE)


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10.000/10
31 days ago
One of the very best game ever. I cannot stop playing it...
9.520/10
36 days ago
The ultimate classic.
8.739/10
80 days ago
Well, the game is #1 for a reason. Everyone loves this game: novices and pros alike. It's the game that has gotten my oldest daughter into pinball, and for that I'll be forever grateful! It really is a great game. That said, I'm not sure it's worth the price of admission compared to other games that are every bit as fun. On the downside, I find the music incredibly repetitive and the score sort of "meh."

This specific version of the game (the remake) is absolutely stunning. It's perfect. The game plays flawlessly and I just don't care what everyone else says: it's better than the original. Why? Look I've played a perfect original and I've played the remake: the remake is newer, arguably more reliable, and I never have to worry about a light bulb going out! If you're wondering if you should get an original or the remake, don't even think about it: get a remake.
8.565/10
89 days ago
Thematically, this is just like the original. In terms of play, this has not been the case, in my experience. The flippers act just a little differently, for one thing. The MMR I most have experience with often does not have enough power to make it up the left or right ramps, making completing the Peasant Revolt or Damsel modes a pain. I have also noticed the Joust orbit, especially the left orbit, tends to angle such that the ball goes straight down the middle. I am not certain whether this is due to the playfield in that area or due to a slight difference in flipper reach or flipper angle, but little things like this make a dramatic difference in the ability to play and enjoy the game.
8.652/10
3 months ago
Game is definitely a long term pleaser - wish they had updated this a bit more given the treatment they gave to AFMR. Themeing is solid, although I'd give the artwork a 'B'.
8.880/10
3 months ago
What a difference between playing a remake and a 20+ year old machine (even in good shape). The use of LEDs stock really help to brighten up the game. If I were to get one, it would be a remake the whole way. Just like a car, the miles of driven (or play put on the game) really make a difference.
9.480/10
3 months ago
This machine is fantastic. The theme is just quirky enough to be funny and engaging without being cheesy. I remember the first time it dropped an "f" bomb -- it made me laugh out loud. Sure you'll end up making the same shot over and over again, but you'll always feel inclined to take advantage of other strategies as well. Expensive for a reason. Based on one of the games that defines pinball as a whole.
9.800/10
3 months ago
This is the top rated game for a reason - it does everything well. This machine has many strengths and no real weaknesses. The theme is original and innovative. The humor is great and adds to the longevity of the game. Lyman's coding is superb. The shots are well thought out and work beautifully. The art is wonderful. The castle toy is an icon of pinball. While I might slightly prefer its twin game, AFM, there is no denying this is a masterpiece.
9.860/10
3 months ago
That damn floppy castle and trolls.
9.600/10
4 months ago
I went to a pub that had a dozen or so pins..after playing AF a few times, I seen that MM standing there..I never played it, and knew that I had to try it..especially after reading how highly rated this game was..well it blew me away. The game play was fast, the art was great..quite possibly 1 of the best games I've ever played..if I had more time, I'd be there throwing more quarters in that slot!
9.400/10
4 months ago
it's a grail machine for me. always amazed at how many shots there are. Love the Tina Fay voice work. Just super
9.240/10
4 months ago
What can anybody say about this game? Its one of the very best out there. Try one and see for yourself.
9.720/10
4 months ago
As I went through each category on which a rating is given, it's genuinely hard to give this game anything other than 5/6 or 6/6. It plays great, has one of the best toys in pinball, is thematically perfect, sounds and looks good, and is funny. The color dmd is really, really nice as well.

If you absolutely had to give constructive criticism, it would be that ball times can be long and in a tournament setting it can be played as a single shot game. Out in the wild or at home though, it's nearly perfect.
6.995/10
5 months ago
Many pinheads believe that Medieval Madness has it all. I think it has charm and a great sense of theater, but it is not the best pinball game ever made. Not by a long shot. MM looks and sounds fantastic, but it is not the highes end player's game that many people put it up on a pedestal for. The re-make feels like the original, plays like the original and has some updated animations.

The Pros:
Good game play and goals that are reachable, but so hard to achieve... most of the time. Always a challenge. Novice players get into it and have a great time as well. One of the few games to offer fun to all levels. The theme is executed, perfectly. Stack your hurry ups and score HUGE points. A perfect example of getting the balance right so that new players can step up to it and enjoy it enough to get hooked. Deep enough to give higher end players something to aspire to. No wonder why ops won't sell their games. This game looks and sounds fantastic.

The Cons:
In tournament mode, the unbalancing strategy is to hit the castle over and over with glancing shots for bigger scores. Strong flippers are a must for the right ramp. The price these games go for are silly expensive! This is a pinball game, not a museum piece! Out of Eddy's 3 designs... this one is the one I like the least.

The Takeaway:
Get one if you can and leave it in your will to someone who will love it as much as you do. Now I'm going to go out on a limb here... but MM is the lesser of the 3 games designed by Brian Eddy. Playing this game over and over in tourneys, bashing the castle over and over... not that there are not other things to do, there is a whole lot more to do... but points is points! Medieval Madness is a good game... but out of Brian Eddy's 3 tables, this is the least of the 3 and not what I would call a truly great game or even an "A" lister. For the entertainment offered, The Shadow and AFM are both better players. Gameplay suffers from "Bash the gate" syndrome for good scores. IMHO, this game is a top 50 game, but not anywhere near the top 10 and with absolute certainty... not #1. A perfect game for rich dudes that like to be entertained by their museum pieces. I'm sure it'll look great next to their Big Bang Bar.

Clarification:
The reason I am rating this game so low is because it is "exploitable" and has a scoring imbalance in the ruleset that takes away from the brilliant gem that this game should be. The game may look like, but it does not PLAY like a true "A" title. That is just how I feel about this deck. This is my opinion and only that. Take it for what it is.

HELLO... MYSTERY PROGRAMMER!!!

Update:
The more and more I play this game, the more and more the unbalanced nature of the scoring becomes apparent. All that would need to happen to make a huge difference in this game is to reduce the scoring on the castle (by half? 1,2,3,4,5,10 million a pop and KOP hits to 250k, heck, a quarter of it's current value may be an even better way to do this. .5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 5= 12.5 million instead of 80!) to make this game much more balanced and bring out the rest of the layout and strategies that this game should provide to the skilled player. MYSTERY PROGRAMMER?!?!? WHERE ARE YOU?!?!? You think they could have found someone to do this for the remake. At this point, I walk by this game now, when I used to line up to play it. Scores reduced accordingly.

Ah innocence, Those were the days...

Austin, this review is in your memory.

Update #2:
I go to this game in a tourney when I am looking for a relatively easy win. After you defeat the King of Payne what do you do? Well you keep on banging on that castle for 750k a hit. This never stops for the rest of the game. That is all there is to do on this game when you are looking for the big win. Rinse and repeat up and down the middle to the win.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwnnnn...
9.900/10
7 months ago
The best pinball in my opinion next to Space Shuttle for the fun factor. Even if you have a bad game, it is fun to play. The voices and scripted lines make me laugh every time I play this game. Ramps, collapsing castle, and trolls! Awesome
10.000/10
8 months ago
I love the theme, artwork, lighting, and bash targets. The trolls are great and the castle is really satisfying to hit. Great game.
9.044/10
8 months ago
Love it just as much as the original. I will not comment on the game play since there is tons of that available in the comments for the original version. Specific to the remake version ... the only differences that I see are that ball bounces out of the Merlin capture feature more than on the original so it is harder to register shots like extra ball, Merlin's magic, trolls, etc.. Also the LED flashers are really bright so I had to diffuse the lighting. I hear there is a way to adjust the lighting with one of service menus but I haven't figured that out yet.

Mod#1: I was able to upgrade to a shaker motor for $100. At that price it's an ok add on for that price, if the price is much higher than that for you I'd recommend passing on the mod. The motor tirggers when you blow up the castle, when trolls mode is activated, and when the trolls are hit.

Mod#2: Color DMD upgrade. This upgrade was a Christmas present so I can't complain about the price too much. Despite the price I love the upgrade. The higher resolution of the animation really makes a difference. Everyone who plays it comments on it since all my other pins are just standard monochromatic DMDs. Now that I've had it for several months I don't have an issue with the $400 upgrade ... If you have an LE it's a no-brainer update for $100. If ColorDMD added higher res packages for their supported titles without raising their prices, then I'd start converting my other pins to color too.
7.930/10
8 months ago
Update ... I just learned that I will be having to replace out the entire power driver board, the big one, under the play field. There was a bad switch connection on the board. Chicago Gaming is sending out the new board, but that's a 3 hour service for me to pay for, and the game has been down and or buggy pretty much the entire time I've had it for 3 months. This might make me think twice about future purchases from Chicago Gaming...

Just like the original. This is the game all others are judged by. It's a great pin for new players to learn the various objectives and rule set associated with modern pinball machines. I own one, and I wouldn't sell it. If/when they stop making these, expect the prices to climb up there with the original.
10.000/10
8 months ago
Absolutely one of the best games out there. Great gameplay and it's just plain fun! Great layout and even a bad game is still entertaining.

I see no point in owning the original when the remake plays the same and has modern electronics and reliability.
9.340/10
9 months ago
Probably the most fun and rewarding game I have played.
9.260/10
10 months ago
Plays exactly the same as the original.
Timeless, elegant, well rounded pinball at its 90s best. A sense of humour is everything. Showing its age in terms of code depth these days, but it is so well balanced and thought out that that hardly matters. And who wrings everything out of their super-deep coded machines anyway? :-)
9.760/10
1 year ago
Prefer powder coating choices on mmrle.
8.168/10
1 year ago
State of the art
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