Black Knight Sword of Rage (LE)

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This game received 113 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.306 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Black Knight: Sword of Rage". The group itself ranks #34 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.998

Artwork: 8.732

Sounds/Music: 8.055

Other Aspects: 8.195

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Black Knight Sword of Rage (LE)".
The other versions are: Black Knight Sword of Rage (Pro) (regular version), Black Knight Sword of Rage (Premium)

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39 days ago
The upper playfield seems off to me. Obscures a lot of the playfield and doesn’t really fit with the lure fan layout and flow ball below.
76 days ago
Didn't think this game was great at first. Then started to play it more and just got the LE and updated the new code. Should be in the top 10 for sure.
3 months ago
3 months ago
This game does not get the credit it deserves. The pro is lacking. Especially if you played the pro before any of the code updates (you couldn’t even defeat the creatures in the early code). The premium and LE models are wayyyyy better than the pro, and the game should not be experienced otherwise in my opinion. Best video of any Stern game ever. Awesome music and callouts. “You’re mother wears army boots.” Awesome art and theme. Plays quick and fast. It’s got that right balance of tough, but not impossible. Lots of unique shots and concepts. I personally can’t think of a bad thing to say about this one.
4 months ago
This is a good fun game. After playing this game I sought out the other Black knight games.
5 months ago
I was able to find an LE on route. This is a really cool looking game and when looking at it it looked like it would be super fun. I dig the theme and haven't had a chance to play the earlier game this is based from. However, it's a fan layout that I don't like.
5 months ago
I dont get the dislike? The game is fun and shoots well. The artwork is great on all three models. I played the pro and bought the Le. Both are fun, but black knight without a upper playfield is just wrong. My only complaint is the virtual ball save on left outlane. Should be kickback for the price of le or premium.
Updated: i had to up my rating. I have had it for a few weeks now and it is my favorite Stern machine they have ever made to date. It is just amazing with the topper and a great game.
5 months ago
Very fun game the call outs are funny music is great theme is cool it’s shots are tough the graphics are really sweet the optional topper is fantastic really adds to the game play
8 months ago
Ritchies finest - Never okayed the original but the new one is amazing, I have the stern topper as well which I must say is probably one of the best toppers ever made.

Hopefully another code drop soon will make this pin jump another level!
10 months ago
Similar to the Premium this game is better with the upper playfield. I don’t think this title ever got the day in the sun it deserves. It is a very exciting and challenging game with lots of things to do and definitely needs some strategy to blow up scores. The animations are great and the black knight trash talking you it a great add. Definitely a game with one more game feel on it. Code as definitely come a long way to improve this one and I know Tim will keep this code updating continuing to make this a awesome game
10 months ago
an amazing game, tough, fun but oh do you want just one more game. LE/Premium is the one to go for because of the upper playfield, when that black knight music starts kicking off though b00m! its so amazing!
11 months ago
Had to redo my review. I’ve learned to love this game. Once you can hit your shots, it changes the entire game. I have a love hate relationship with this one. The music is awesome but too repetitive. I love the taunts. Not many toys unless you count the shield where you lock balls and the ramp spinner. I do like the cannon lock on the upper p/f.
11 months ago
Better than pro
11 months ago
Awesome reboot of the black knight series.

I was impressed as to how they made the game modern and it still feels like black knight!
12 months ago
Just got my topper from stern for my LE and love it! This game is probably my favorite pinball to date out of 50 I have owned and 150 that I have played. Great job Steve Ritchie and Stern!

I love the upper playfield! Hitting the loop over and over is a great way to score while being safe. Hitting lock target help defeat monsters. Locking balls is easy enough to do fill-up multiple times each game for me. Love the lower playfield and the 3 various ways to get multi-ball. The retro multi-ball is awesome to experience! Topper integration is the best. Love the new code with more sounds and voices. What a total package!
1 year ago
Great game! Another Steve Ritchie classic.
1 year ago
A very fast, extremely fun pin. Artwork and animations are some of the best I’ve seen lately and right up my alley. Music is awesome, callouts are decent. Code could use another update but as it sits is a very entertaining and challenging pin. Most fun I’ve had since maiden.
1 year ago
Finally got to put some time on this one and it is super fun! Great toys and shots.
1 year ago
I have only played the Limited Edition, that being said this game rocks! Love the code and having the different modes and shots each is a little different and the game play and flows works great for it. The upper play field is a lot of fun. I think the most satisfying shot of almost any pin I've played lately is the upper catapult shot, I feel like a god when I can nail 3 of them in a row on my 1st ball. There isn't one thing I can think of to change on this game. Its great as it is. Nicely done! Also with the last code update I love all the different mode champion scoring, makes for great bragging rights at the barcade!

Update its become more or less a one shot game backhand R flipper to the lock shot.
1 year ago
A very good (last ) steeve ritchie signature. Thank Mr Ritchie for a lot years of pinball passion !
1 year ago
BKle is an amazing game. Steve Richie hit it out of the ball park again. Its a tough game. If you don't make the shot your going for there is a good chance the ball will rocket back at you so quick you will hardly be able to react. I'm not a fan of upper playfields but this one is different then most. It is similar to whitewater but has more shots. The only thing I don't like is the upper playfield is made of a plexiglass type of material and it is going to get scratched over time. I already have minor scratches after 100 games and its only going to get worse. It is an easy changeout for a new piece though. Also, the game is a right flipper heavy game. I wish the game was a little more balanced. That said, the artwork, lighting, and rules are awesome. I love playing against the monsters and the multi-balls are intense. Great game from a first-class designer. Good job Steve.
1 year ago
Awesome Game! Loved playing it! Super fun! Best Toy I’ve seen on a game in a very long time! The heavier music by Scott Ian is incredible and definitely to my liking. Additionally, I really think the upper play field is a must have! Can’t imagine playing this game without it. Lastly, regarding the Topper that will be coming out for this. It has to be the best Topper I’ve EVER seen on a game, period. Can’t wait to see it in person.
1 year ago
Awesome package if your a Steve Ritchie and Black knight fan
1 year ago
Well, I'm not the most skilled pinball player but I think I can say that this game plays fast and tough. I think I can also say that this is a really fun game. Of the three Black Knight games, I think that this is my favorite.
The thing that annoys me is that the Pro model does not have an upper playfield, which is stupid because the ones that came before it did. I think Stern probably did that for two reasons:
1. Because it's cheaper to only have upper PFs on two of the three models.
2. Because they didn't have enough extra features to make a significant difference between the Pro and the LE & Premium.
Anyway, the first thing I notice about this game is the overall colors: red, orange, and black. If you do not like those color combinations, you should not play this game.
The second thing I notice is the upper PF. There is basically two things you do up there: get your skillshot at the beginning of your ball, and get catapult multiball. There is also a loop up there, but it's not very important in my opinion. One problem with the upper PF is that the ball tends to get stuck behind the flipper and is difficult to free without a tilt warning. Also, this may just be me, but I find it surprisingly difficult to hit the lock shot.
Okay, moving on. On the normal PF, not much has changed. There's a drop target in front of of the far left shot and the center ramp...sorry, ahem the ONLY ramp...goes to the upper PF.
As for the magna's okay, but is not the strongest or most reliable, and I can't even manage to relight it (I assume that's possible).
Lastly, the music and animations are the strongest point on this game in my opinion. I love the black knight music and the animations...are just really cool.
So, nice job Stern, keep up the good work!
1 year ago
As a fan of the original Black Knight pins I had high hopes for Black Knight Sword of Rage. After playing a handful of games on an LE I walked away disappointed. Is the game bad? No. Could it have been much better? Yes. First off I found the main music track to be extremely repetitive and coming across as always being at 100% heavy metal versus having a build up as any main track should. A track like that would have been much better suited for a specific mode (or hurry up) but as a main track it becomes mind numbing in my opinion.

As far as the layout goes I was expecting more. There's only 5 main shots on the lower playfield and 2 on the upper playfield. The layout overall feel's very generic, too safe of a design, and the upper playfield feel's uninspired compared to Black Knight 2000's large sprawling upper playfield with a motorized target bank. If the upper playfield was larger, had a couple more shots, and featured a detailed 3D mold of the Black Knight's castle versus an unappealing piece of metal with flat plastics as the ball lock then I could see BKSOR being the ultimate Black Knight pin...sadly that isn't the case here.

In terms of toys I'm impressed with the interactive Black Knight toy. The toy has a moving metal flail and a moving shield that reveals an additional shot. However, beyond that the game is a bit lacking in features. Whereas Black Knight 2000 had a larger upper playfield with a motorized drop target bank + a physical ball lock the upper playfield on BKSOR features a large piece of metal with a few plastics screwed into it to represent a ball lock. For $7,500 - $9,000k depending on model there's no reason why the ball lock shouldn't have been built around a detailed 3D mold. Besides shooting around the ball lock there isn't anything else to do on the upper playfield. The virtual kickback also hurts the game as it makes it feel less feature packed compared to the last pin in the Black Knight franchise that was released 30 years ago.

The playfield artwork on Black Knight Sword of Rage is stunning and is a throwback to Black Knight 2000. As far as the cabinet and backglass artwork goes I found it to be too busy and prefer the more simpler artwork on Black Knight and Black Knight 2000. In terms of music I just don't find the extremely heavy metal soundtrack to fit the Black Knight theme and much prefer the rock theme used in Black Knight 2000.

Finally, the heavy metal soundtrack, muffled and bass filled Black Knight callouts, and frequent insult callouts thrown at the player make the game come across as taking itself too seriously. As I said Black Knight Sword of Rage isn't a bad pin, and I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy it. I was personally just hoping for more of classic rendition of the theme with a modern twist (with some comedy tossed in) over the cyber knight + heavy metal take.
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