Batman (The Dark Knight)

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This game received 346 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.719 /10


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This game ranks #129 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.832

Artwork: 7.607

Sounds/Music: 7.173

Other Aspects: 7.838

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31 days ago
I'll start off saying, not everyone likes the same machines! For me, this game is soooooo bland. The only redeeming factor, is the crane mechanism. The crane is pretty fun, and it leads into a good multiball.. but it seems to be a one trick pony. None of the other game modes are much fun and none of the call-outs actually sound like the movie characters. It just feels like it was slapped together and put a batman name on it, hoping it would sell! I would much prefer a no-name title, but good game play.. rather than a big name title and no substance.

** I really tried to like the game.. I fixed a badly neglected machine, and put heaps of plays on the board. It just didn't do much for me.
8 months ago
Pretty cool game. I love the scarecrow crane arm that you need to hit.
10 months ago
While this could be a copy/paste for a lot of (non-Pat Lawlor) Stern games, the shots all start at about the 2/3 mark of the playfield, there's one theme-specific toy and nothing really stands out beyond the blinding lights. I don't know if I missed a mode or something, but I got so bored of this game so quickly. It felt easy, mainly because you can keep your shot sight-lines in the same part of the playfield, even when hitting the Scarecrow crane ball, the ball speed is slow-medium with little variation, and the multiball has a very generous ball save. Overall, it felt uninspired and joyless to me- but in addition to not liking the standard Stern layout, I'm also not a big superhero or Batman fan, so there wasn't a lot of natural affection for this pin.

Pros: Probably a good beginner pin for someone who likes that iteration of Batman, ball feels easy to control, someone who likes the standard Stern layout would appreciate this more

Cons: did not find anything really rewarding here, shots felt too easy and repetitive, balls were long but tedious.
1 year ago
I've played this a few time in competitions, and a nice one while it was at our local pinball club. I've fancied a stern for comp practice and just bought one the other day. I have just now managed to learn the rules and what does what. It isn't always obvious - especially for the number of different characters on the board. (There's a good detailed review on Pinball News). Gameplay: there are opportunities for breaks in play to see animations (tumbler ramp and joker lock) though I seem to spend most of my time in this game stacking one fairly furious multiball after the other. I think it works quite well, and you can see out the corner of your eye the tumbler ramp dropping feeding the flipper or the scarecrow up kicker, you can get into a good rhythm with it, with a crane brushing across the board at times to make it trickier! I kinda wish there was a little video mode, and do think that hitting the commissioner gordon stand-up to light the upper play-field is, well, I don't get it. More callouts/guide would make it more complete, there is a nice mod available to have the film soundtrack which adds to the atmosphere of the game. Not been able to get all the way to the final mode yet, so it has some longevity. Multipliers look to be the route to big scores. It's a good game and certainly not half as fun as Batman '66 (which is about twice the price).
1 year ago
one of the most underated game ..i just love it
1 year ago
Played it a few years ago and did not know how good it was, played it recently and loved it so much I had to add it to the collection. Three different multiballs and hitting a moving target is frustrating and fun. definately a keeper, the artwork and theme is Batman through and through and Heath Ledger in my opinion was the best Joker. My Rating 9/10
1 year ago
On m a prêté ce flip, je n accroche pas du tout. Moche et très lassant, il est la depuis un mois et je me force a y jouer....Multibilles sans arrêt, répétitif
1 year ago
This is my first pin. Its been alot of fun and got me addicted to my new hobby.
1 year ago
I have now owned this machine for a little over a month. I must say I am pleasantly surprised by how fun it is to play. There are some great shots that are satisfying. The crane offers great dynamic game play. I think for a Stern 2008 this is full of great features you would likely find on a modern Premium or LE. We will see how I feel in another few months and if my opinion changes over time I will come and revisit my review.
1 year ago
Solid game. Great for comic fans. The more you play the more fun it is.
2 years ago
For the first few games I was thinking I made a mistake in the purchase, but after a few more I started to enjoy the game more and more. The shots are not as easy as I expected based on some comments. So it took a bit of playtime before I started making shots and was able to get into the game. The theme, sounds and overall experience are excellent. There are quite a variety of shots and the crane gives you tons more. I don't see getting bored with this game for a long time and with the crane shots possibly never.
2 years ago
As a new player, I was not able to enjoy or dig into the ruleset. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the game for a superficial play and played this a few times with greater enjoyment each time.
2 years ago
OK. This is a LOTR in a different jacket . It's just as good or almost. Yes I like LOTR better but not by this much. It's one of sterns better machines. And with some ad ons a keeper for me
2 years ago
Great game with the best Joker and arguably the best villain ever in the history of the comic book world. Heath ledger really nailed his role as the joker in this game. The new Batman 66 copied pretty much the entire game design from this play field, I mean, just look at the crain and you tell me where it came from? The game is deep and a lot of fun to play. The more you play it the more easter eggs you find along the way. What a great game that is a blast to look at as well as play!
3 years ago
I haven't seen a heap of versions of this game but mine is pretty dark & hard to see all the shots. I think adding pinstadiums to this would be a great addition. straight off the bat this game reminds me of LOTR with the PATD on the other side and the same tower shot in the back right - the multiballs also play out similar. really good game but i would probably like it more if i didnt already have a LOTR.
3 years ago
One of the better Stern efforts, I had to play it considering that Batman is my number one superhero, quite good flow, scoring seems fair, playfield toys seem better built than other Sterns. A nice looking machine.
3 years ago
Great title from Stern. Sound and playfield layout are integrated well with the theme here and bring a atmosphere that would fit a modern Gotham City game version. Fast play with varied shots and a very entertaining use of a swinging crane arm with a wrecking ball on a chain. Multiball here is a blast and the call-outs from Batman/Joker frame the playing experience perfectly.

I think this table is comparable to many of Bally/WMS best pinball games from the late 90's. My main issue here - the only real one- is the fact that the playfield contains the faces from quite a few actors from the 2008 Batman movie, which I did not like at all. But this cosmetical flaw does not change the overall quality and playing experience. This table would fit well in any 3-6 machine lineup where you want at least one pin with an action theme.
3 years ago
Always enjoyed playing this, so when one came up, I grabbed it. Has not disappointed. Came with a different sound package, so I do n have anything to compare it with.
Game play has a deep rule set and is challenging. Easy to get a good score, very hard to get huge score. When it does all come together, it is brilliant.
3 years ago
This is a solid game. The Scarecrow’s crane is one of my favorite toys, adding a ton of challenge and replay value. There’s a lot going on above the platform, but without feeling cluttered. Solid.
3 years ago
Underrated pin is easy for beginners and guests but deep enough for more experienced players. Shots are fairly easy to make, which may not present enough of a challenge for some. Strong theme, well integrated. The upgraded sound package is a must. Once you have that, the cabinet, dark color scheme, toys, and creative shots make this a fun pin to play or own. Has the original crane toy redone in BM66. Lots of multiball modes (at least 4) keep the action busy. With LEDs, game looks great. Just a very fun, easy to understand pin with cool, dark theme and some cool gimmicks. Music is pretty good and the cabinet looks fantastic. Playfield artwork is so so. Overall, a very good pin somewhat better than its rank because early sound package was pretty bad. Fun mods too. Not to be confused with the "home" version Stern tried to sell at Costco for a whopping $700 discount. They removed 3 of the main toys (the upper playfield, the Batmobile teeter-totter and the rotating biscuit barrel). They only made 48 of those, but I saw one at the Chicago Expo this year. It's much simpler and less fun. That was Stern's solution to the pinball lull of that era, strip down a game and offer it for a few hundred less? Genius.
3 years ago
I'm not good enough to get bored on many games, but this is one of them. It's a great theme and the shots actually feel pretty decent. Somehow though, I just get bored while shooting them. I'll play it on location, but would never want one in my home setting. Even on location, I have to make up my own rules and challenges because going for points becomes boring after awhile. Perhaps a redo of the rules could revitalize this game.
3 years ago
Excelent looking cabinet and translite and soso playfield photoshop art, game plays fast and furiously, the crane is a cool toy that can change the gameplay dramatically. I think alot of space was wasted on the giant joker cylinder and the right side pathway.
Overall a fast fun tournament game that is visually appealing.
3 years ago
You haven't truly laughed until you hear some voice actor hack yell "JACKPOT! YEAH!!!" in Christian Bale's insane Cookie Monster Batman voice.

It takes you right out of the game...which, to be honest, isn't much. It's Stern at its worst: amateurish voice work, sloppy PF layout (with another goofy bunch of faces pasted into multi-colored triangles, reminiscent of those themed Monopoly game boards), crappy, generic music that doesn't even come close to matching the booming, epic tone witnessed in Nolan's three films. The shots aren't really satisfying and the DMD animations leave much to be desired.

I understand that there's a different audio pack which "fixes" the audio heard here. I have not yet heard this audio. Hopefully, those who swear it makes things ten times better are right.
3 years ago
Good game but I tend to lose interest quickly. Do not like this photoshopped art style that is so common with Stern
4 years ago
With the alternate sounds installed the game is fantastic. Original sounds are not great, but the alternate sound is outstanding. Changes the entire vibe of the game. Its my new top stern. Very unique shots and a great looking game overall. Its batman and the best portrayed joker theme machine out of the others.
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