Batman (The Dark Knight) (Stern, 2008)

Batman (The Dark Knight)

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This game received 345 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.760 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #84 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.868

Artwork: 7.685

Sounds/Music: 7.033

Other Aspects: 7.899

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3 days 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.
15 days 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.
27 days 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.
66 days 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.
76 days ago
Good game but I tend to lose interest quickly. Do not like this photoshopped art style that is so common with Stern
6 months ago
The crane is cool, but otherwise this game doesn't do it for me. It has wide open, easy to hit shots if you like that, and it's a very, very long playing game in my experience. Batman '66 takes what's good about this game and makes it better in just about every way. Not a game I care to play much.
8 months 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.
8 months 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.
9 months ago
The dark knight is such an excellent and fun game. There is a lot to do on it and it's really fun to complete everything on it. It looks great and the music is really good. The Multi-balls are really fun to stack. I would definitely recommend this game.
10 months 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.
11 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Really enjoy the game. Love the stacking's BATMAN!
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Played several games on this. Really wanted to like it. Fell pretty short. Cheep looking, cheep feel.
1 year ago
With this theme i was expecting a lot more.
The music is good and the sounds are good but the speech is pretty ordinary.
The layout is not that great in my opinion. I think the teetering ramp and upper playfield really slow the game down and don't add much to the gameplay.
The crane is a great toy and the joker mech is enjoyable.

Overall it's enjoyable but it is a game that could have been better in my opinion.
1 year 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!
1 year ago
One of the better Stern machines in my humble opinion.
1 year ago
really a nice game,with a lot off toy's...and the joker is off the hook!nice theme
1 year 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.
2 years 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)?
2 years 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.
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