Black Knight 2000

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This game received 338 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.825 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #94 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.502

Artwork: 8.093

Sounds/Music: 7.872

Other Aspects: 7.801

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79 days ago
My brothers first machine purchased. 20 years and it still plays great. LEDs made a huge difference. I think the price you can still pick this game up is a steal. It’s a collectible. Still ranked in the top 100. Upper play field is super fun. “no way”. It is so unique. I keep telling my brother he should get the new sword of rage to go with it!
5 months ago
Ridiculously enjoyable and fun while maintaining the challenge that keeps you coming back for more.
6 months ago
Easily my favorite game that I played there. Love, love, love the music. The game is beautiful. Love the flashing lights and the music. I enjoyed the game play. I have been watching how it plays on YouTube and I was able to get the gate thing down, but never got more than 1 ball across the bridge and locked. I was able to lock some balls several times on the lower play field and got multi-ball a few times. I was able to use the magna save once, which was cool. I really like the game and I thought it was challenging. Its a beautiful machine. One of the rubber band things on the left side of the lower play field was broken on this particular machine. I could see owning this one. It's an impressive machine, beautiful, flashy, and such a great song. I played 3 or 4 games on it.
8 months ago
Fast, innovative and original. BK2000 took the huge upper playfield concept from the original and added the bridge. Very clever and requires real skill and timing to hit that upper bridge ramp consistently. True, the game is essentially all about the upper pf and hitting the upper ramp to start Ransom mode or multiball. But, with a kickback, Magna save, 3 ways to reach the upper pf and deadly speed, this game is a thrill to play. Throw in a killer soundtrack and funny callouts, and you have a pin worthy of legend status. One of the best Sys11 for sure.
8 months ago
Very polarizing game for me. I really enjoy the artwork. It is fantastic, one of the best looking games out there. The music is killer also. Plus Magna Saves.

It sadly falls short for me where it matters the most, in the PF layout. I also find the voice acting/singing to be repetitive and annoying.

Shame. :-/
9 months ago
Tough game to rate for me - played both the original BK and BK2000 on location so the nostalgia factor is there. There's a lot to love: the innovation, the programming/rules, the theme, the speed, the music, and the light show. So what's not to like? Well IMHO, the layout and the gameplay/flow just don't work well. Half of the PF is a one-flipper wonder, and though there are shots to make, the huge drain gaps makes ball control so random that it feels more like Humpty Dumpty 2000 than BK2000. The lower PF has its own issues as well - you either 1) hit the shot and the ball disappears under the upper PF (no visual "payoff") or 2) you miss the shot and the ball comes screaming back at you (if you're lucky or drains SDTM or outlanes. In short, you have two half-sized claustrophobic playfields, and the two don't feel nearly as connected as they did in the original BK. The left ramp up to the upper PF is nice though. I've played both games A LOT both as a young'un and more recently, and BK2000 looks and sounds beautiful but the play just doesn't earn my money.
10 months ago
The music and BK taunting keeps pulling me back in! I know there's understandable critique about its single flipper dominant but I'll play the other flipper for variation and fun w/out worrying about the score too much.
11 months ago
Lights, sounds, call outs, artwork...this one has it all. It is one of the QUINTESSENTIAL pins of the era. Throw in the fact that they made a lot, so parts/pieces are easy to find...and it is a system 11, so it is easy to work on and built like a tank. This is a pin that fits in ANY size collection. It works on location or in a home game room.
1 year ago
Best in the black night series in my opinion. The upper play field is awesome and has a ton of replay value.
1 year ago
A best sys11 for me
1 year ago
Possibly the best background music of all time. Great shots fast action. A sequel to remember.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Excellent game! Fantastic light show, music and game play. I would expect to get tired of this eventually but has not happened yet.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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...
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
3 years 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.
3 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.
3 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.
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