Black Knight 2000

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This game received 315 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.769 /10


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

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Game design: 7.452

Artwork: 8.024

Sounds/Music: 7.797

Other Aspects: 7.739

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77 days ago
This game is 31 years old,and the sound quality is amazing(for the time).It has the first wizard mode in pinball,and the backglass and art is wery nice.The game is super fast.

I like this game.I play this for for my first time for over 28 years ago.And i still play the game.For me,this game is a tru classic.
89 days ago
Excellent game! Fantastic light show, music and game play. I would expect to get tired of this eventually but has not happened yet.
3 months ago
The original sucked. And this one sucks. It sucks. Nothing else to say. This. Game. Sucks.

No flow. Can't see the ball half the time bc of upper playfield. U turns or elevators? Who knows? Oh there's a light to tell .e. But not I can't see the ball. Here it comes back at me! Drain! Sucks.

Upper playfield is garbage. This game sucks.
5 months ago
This is one of those pins that really grows on you and is simple enough to understand but is also hard at times to accomplish ball locks. Arguably the best music in pinball. It always puts a smile on my face. Sounds are great too and it all comes with a killer light show. Gameplay for me is fast and addicting. Sure, it may be heavy on the right flipper, but I think i'm one of the few that doesn't get bored with it too quickly. Mainly because the shots are interesting enough to keep me entertained. I love the orbit shot and the ramp to lock the ball isn't easy to accomplish. Horseshoe is also a plus. One of the best System 11 pins.
6 months ago
The music on this pin is the best ever... Nothing beats the enchanting melody. I personally like this game cauz I love the Medievil era. 2 level playing field and fornits time was a fun pinball to play.
7 months ago
This rating is for a BK2k that is tweaked well and has strong flippers. This game needs this very much to reach its full potential. Without them, the game can fall flat quite easily.

In terms of being iconic, BK2k is right up there with the original Black Knight. It retains the charm of the original, and adds to that quite a lot. In short: a worthy sequel.

The sound design on this machine is revolutionary. Brian Schmidt does it again. That being said, it's very polarizing. Definitely a cool achievement, but -very- love it or hate it.

The gameplay is quite nice and elaborate. Lots of cool features. However, the game design makes you push the right flipper button quite a lot more than the left one. And the upper playfield quite often feels more like a game of chance than a game of skill. Being so big, it could definitely use more means of control.

The artwork is quite agressive. Lots of reds, lots of lightning, and of course the Black Knight himself. It definitely stands out.

As a whole, BK2k does come together very well. It's an intense playing experience. A very memorable System 11.
8 months ago
I've played BK2000 a fair number of times at different locations. I love the overall theme and aesthetics package - it's nearly the perfect example of what System 11 can do and makes it very satisfying to hit shots.

I find the gameplay challenging in a fair way. The short playfields with fast shots make for a very punishing experience: if you miss in the lower PF, the chances of the bounce being too fast to respond to are pretty high. This makes for a game that beginners will struggle to stay alive in, while being a bit too straightforward for more experienced players: when playing for minimal risk, right flipper catch/pass to left ramp is the only real option, and while I have played setups that make this harder, it's definitely the defining feature of the layout. For the same reasons, many times the multiball falls out of control at the beginning and there's no way to recover it, it just bounces out immediately. It's a very opinionated design that would probably benefit from having more space, and I do have misgivings about it, but the thrill of hearing "you can do it you can do it", all the callouts, and even the light shows and alphanumeric animations, keeps me coming back.
11 months ago
Probably one of the best pinball machines ever made, top 5 for sure. The artwork and the backglass are just amazing. Have you heard a machine with better music than this? I don't. The music is fantastic from start to finish, that helps to feel the frenzy while playing this machine, non stop fun and speed.
11 months ago
I really liked this game, I played on pinball arcade and thought it wasn't that great, played it in real life and wow what a cabinet and black glass, a solid well built beast of a machine, nice flow, quite tricky, love the colours of the artwork and backglass, a possible purchase, now to find a Black Knight to compare...
1 year ago
Hard to decide on this game.

- Stunning cabinet art and a back glass that looks awesome. The only thing cooler would be to have it sitting next to Centaur/Medusa and Sword of Fury as a triple general Knight/Fight/Monster theme in old school style.
- Fast shots and well thought out design of the upper mini playfield and the ramp.
- Insanely beautiful light show, both on playfield and backglass. Certainly the best lighting so far from the Sys 11-generation that I've seen.
- Magna-Save feature is of course always an entertaining feature on a game. On BK it seems to work well with the overall
playfield formula.

- I've heard a lot about this game and found it a little....underwhelming considering how tough and cool is has been described by others. I hope to try some other classic multilevel game from Williams; Jungle Queen or Pharaoh, for a comparison. As a general statement: there are better Sys11 games than this one.
- The music is tough but doesnt have much variety to it.
- Cosmetically the colours on the playfield look like they were matched during a acid trip. Bright red and yellow combined with light blue/light purple ? Of course it does not affect gameplay. But still looks like shixt and isnt easy on the eyes.

Summary: A decent classic pinball with great cabinet and backglass. But not much more than a midcard title in a field of at least 20 other interesting Sys11 games from Williams.
1 year ago
There isn't much depth to this game but it sure does sound and look great. Nice smooth shots that don't make the tight lower playfield feel cheap or make it difficult to get to the upper playfield. Fun to play once in awhile but I suspect it would get old pretty quick in a home collection.
1 year ago
BK2000 has the best soundtrack of any pinball game (for it's time). It's mesmerizing, and I can hear it in my sleep! Love the callouts too! Steve Ritchie at his finest. I really like the dual playfield, and getting the ball and keeping the ball up top is a challenge. I like the frequent opportunity for extra balls and bonuses, but on a strict timer. The Magna save feature is cool, but hard to get. Getting the ball up to the top and keeping it up there is a challenge. This is a game where nudging is essential... especially to get the ball to the flipper past the "WAR" dropouts on the upper playfield. I am still playing and learning the rules, but there seems to be a couple of different multiballs you get to in different ways. I really like the turnaround on the lower playfield. The Mirrored back glass is cool, and the cabinet is above average for the time. The lower playfield can be a bit difficult, but if you can keep it on the upper playfield it's all butter. Only criticism is, the game is very right flipper dependent. Solid game and strongly considering it as my first 80s pin.
1 year ago
Very fun and brutal game. Kings Ransom is awesome if you can get to it. Can’t believe a game of its time has that good of a wizard mode. Great music, and great shots. May get stale in a small collection like every other 80s game though.
1 year ago
Very right flipper dependent but who could go wrong with the soundtrack. The game is super fast on the lower playfield, I just wish there was more incorporated into the game to use the left flipper. Very nice flow is what makes this game one of the better System 11 games.
1 year ago
Just couldn’t get into it. The shots weren’t that fun. I really didn’t like the huge upper field...and I like upper fields usually. Made the lower field feel cramped, and boring. Half the shots disappeared under the upper playfield, and the other half bounced off the targets so fast they drained. Just not impressed.
2 years ago
The music, the lights, and the black night taunting you while you frantically try to “beat the black knight.” What a great machine. It’s not a deep rule set by any means, but it’s just pure fun the whole time.
2 years ago
An excellent game. Music and sounds fantastic. Only thing missing from the game is use of an autoplunger, which is definitely needed during 3 ball multiball.
2 years ago
A great alphanumeric pinball machine, with 3 different multiballs including the first ever wizard mode. I love the music and the sounds. Really great artwork for a 1989 pin. The only bad thing is that it's too easy to catch the ball with the right flipper when it falls from the upper playfield, making it too easy to get back up, and that ruins the game. They should have put that the ball would get on the right lane instead.
2 years ago
I know this machine has mixed reviews and while this machine can be very brutal and unforgiving, the high of having a good game is unbelievable. Keeping the ball on the upper play field is key and safer but you have to work below too. The left flipper is a little undervalued. I love the art, the light show, and above all, the sound and music. This game is hard to get a handle on, but once you find the groove, it’s intense and exhilarating. GIVE ME YOUR MONEY! Ha ha ha ha!!!
2 years ago
this was the first pinball i remember. its catchy and very fun if you only have a few quarters to spend. but would not want to own because as cool as the features are of magnasave and drop wall etc i always felt it didnt flow well, as though there wasnt enough playfeild and it was always about getting the ball up to the next tier, maybe needed a clear deck. i can see it getting annoying after a while. i didnt really get the story but its a future? knight on horseback holding a lightning bolt so maybe that all you need to know... overall its a fantastic spectacle to behold at least for a little while
2 years 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.
2 years ago
The BEST system 11, very fast and fun.
2 years ago
Great design and music. Easy to service with flip out upper playfield.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
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