Black Knight Sword of Rage (LE)

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This game received 132 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.393 /10

8.393

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Black Knight: Sword of Rage". The group itself ranks #31 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.



Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.075

Artwork: 8.793

Sounds/Music: 8.266

Other Aspects: 8.324


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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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9.520/10
50 days ago
While not “easy”, this game rewards those who slow the ball down and focus on shots. I love the fact that you are truly battling vs the machine. The mocking, the graphics of the mode villains make the game even better. The upper playfield is awesome and the retro multiball music is truly one of the best experiences in modern pinball. This is one of my favorites.
9.140/10
69 days ago
If you are looking for a fun different game this is the one! Drew me in right from the start!! It’s a different layout from the traditional games but a real blast once you get into it.
9.316/10
4 months ago
This is the most metal pinball I've ever played.
Its got a great flow to it, the theme is amazing and way to incorporate the two previous games into this one. Homerun in my book.
9.900/10
4 months ago
Awesome pin. Pure fun, great package, great rule, shooter, eye catcher. This pin offers it all. I have had several dozen of pins in my game room, but this is an instant Keeper.

Rule set is also simple enough for quick success, even for visitors
9.347/10
6 months ago
Wowzers what a fantastic pin! Love the theme and pretty much everything. Keeps me coming back for more.......
8.420/10
7 months ago
not an easy play, but rewarding, and a good flow, and the music and call outs are immersive
8.900/10
9 months ago
I jumped at the opportunity to pickup an LE with Stern topper, and this game works really well in my 3-game lineup. Not the same 2-3 ramp layout that most games offer.

Pros: Every game feels like a battle! Upper playfield is fun, and multiballs are rewarding. Great music, code, light show, and sound. Flippers are snappy, and gameplay is very fast. Mirrored backglass and powder coat are REALLY nice. The topper integration is also really fun to experience.

Cons: Magnasave button difficult to reach on lockdown bar. Gameplay is on the more difficult side, so this game isn't as good for general audience.

Bottom line: Absolutely great game to own at home in a 3+ game collection.
9.180/10
9 months ago
Went to Scandia to play their Deadpool Pro a few more times before I possibly get my first new in box pin and holy sh t they have a BK LE! I have never seen it let alone played it. After 3 brutal fast what a loser games.... I fell in love!! This game is amazing and looks / sounds as solid as any pin out there! I couldn't hear the insults because I was in Scandia gdamnit! I know they were flyin cause I sucked. With all the comic book pins everywhere these days this pin looks like it was made for serious adults. I want one!!
9.392/10
11 months ago
This table is a work of art. Sound and visuals are unrivaled. Gameplay isn't the most varied but it's super tough and punishing. But the feeling to actually be fighting against the black knight is something you rarely experience in such intensity. When the Black Knight taunts you and Steve Ritchies bellowing laugh humiliates you after the moving flail instantly drains you without a chance to react you are just left speechless.
8.576/10
1 year ago
Might be a simpler layout in the play field but still a lot of fun to play this game. If you're looking for a simpler game this might not be the game for you, Super hard which I like . For someone who has just bought this game ,must spend some time to tweak the sound effects just right to hear all the awesome sounds and that get drowned out by all the music. Overall I'm glad I bought it. Play field , cabinet Art is just beautiful. Just hope Stern does another update so the mystery shop has more to offer.
9.340/10
1 year ago
Wonderful game that gets better with age. This game can be dialed in to have a good difficulty level for experienced players.

I have played the Pro and LE versions about 50 times each now, TBH, I like them both equally for different reasons.

The layout of the Prem/LE is a true successor to the Black Knight series. If you like the originals, you'll like this one, as each pays homage to its predecessor.

I really enjoy the rules on this game, as when you make the correct shots, you are really rewarded quickly. Like most Steve Ritchie games, random or missed shots will punish you.

The media package for this title is mind blowing, considering it is not one of your typical licensed IP titles. Everything comes together in a cohesive fashion, Visual Art, Sound/Music, Playfield. Everything is so well done.

--- EDIT ---
Needed to dock a few points as there are some minor issues that are probably not getting addressed. Still love the game overall.
9.880/10
1 year ago
The “Black Knight – Sword of Rage” is the pinnacle of the Black Knight Trilogy! Steve Ritchie has returned with probably his best pin ever, in my opinion. Every game feels like a "Battle” a real “Fight” for survival. To me the game is perfect! Why, because it's hard, it's frustrating, it's unforgiven, and it demand accuracy and not just a flipping frenzy!

I don't care what folks say about the upper playfield, I've had mine now over 6/7 months, (as my local arcade only had the pro) however, within a week I found that the upper playfield was an absolute must have. I don’t understand how folks can say the upper playfield is not fun…. Well, there are a couple things to do vs just hitting a few drop targets as on the past BK pins.

• One - skill shots:
o Standard Skill Shot (Premium / LE) - hit the light locks standup target on the upper playfield 1.0M +250K for each
additional Skill Shot.
o Super Skill Shot (Premium / LE) - Lock a ball in the catapult lock on the upper playfield 2.0M +500K or each additional
super Skill Shot
• Two – Loop the catapult for multiple scoring; very fast
• Load the Catapult… which can be difficult yet rewarding

Once the Catapult has two balls loaded, you can load two into the Triple Knights Challenge multiball virtual lock. Then return to the upper playfield, has two shots to get you back to the upper playfield. Load the 3rd ball into the catapult and once they are released…. Lock the 3rd knights multiball behind the Knights shield. BAM… 6 multiballs.
Game also offers the BK 2000
KNIGHT Multiball: It’s a throwback to the original Black Knight, complete with the old score display, original music, and, most importantly, multiplied scoring during KMB.
The King’s Ransom: Completing KNIGHT for the second time in one game will begin The King’s Ransom, a throwback to the first ever wizard mode in pinball (from Black Knight 2000). This is a minute-long 3-ball multiball with an unlimited ball saver for its duration.

For me a great pinball machine… which has been badly underrated pinball machine in the past 5 years
7.617/10
1 year ago
Not a game that I want to keep coming back to. Likely need more time to see of it grows on me but for now not impressed. Pirates of The Caribbean and Jurassic Park had me from the first play.
8.340/10
1 year ago
I’ve only got about 25 games in on this, but I really dig the challenge. It’s notorious for its short games, and that notoriety is well deserved. But the theming is excellent, and for some reason I can’t get enough of the BK taunting me. His position on the playfield matches this perfectly too, and his offensive demeanor and toys are likewise a great marriage. This one really sucks me in to the battle, which I always lose miserably, but I have fun doing it. The upper playfield seems well implemented but isn’t my favorite gameplay. It just seems a little disconnected. But down low, I love fighting the Knight and enduring his insults as he tears me to shreds (usually). It’s a fun one, but not one I can stand at for very long each visit… the losing takes its toll pretty quickly and the BK takes my quarters in turn.
9.356/10
1 year ago
This was a game that wasn’t on my radar. I played it at my local Pinfest in Newcastle Australia and found myself really enjoying it. Some great shots, good throw back to the original with a mode that takes you back to the eighties. Beautiful artwork and layout. Unique with the flail and that Topper. Taunting you as you play. I really like the game and find I come back again and again.
8.600/10
1 year ago
Having played the Pro and the premium/LE, I believe this game needs the upper deck. It does not feel like Black Knight without it. The bash Knight is cool and the artwork is terrific. The animation is pretty good. The topper is excellent, maybe the best topper out there, too bad you can't get it and the cost is ridiculous even if you could.
7.777/10
1 year ago
Fun game but didn't have the feeling that I wanted to keep coming back. A lot of the shot lanes are at the same distance from the flippers.
7.568/10
1 year 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.
9.340/10
1 year 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.
9.636/10
1 year ago
Maggot!
9.200/10
1 year 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.
8.112/10
1 year ago
This is a good fun game. After playing this game I sought out the other Black knight games.
8.840/10
1 year ago
I was late to this title. Did not get me first. Took a full year before it got me. Really like the animations, the gameplay, the art on backglass and cabinet. All great. Less great is the playfield art. Also the music can be repetitive but you can set it to an alternative one. Which is really nice. The code is also very straightforward. It is ok. I love the old black knight mode, also last chance. It could use one or 2 extra modes. But the modes are ok. Overall very fun, fast game. With a real great topper.
7.547/10
1 year 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.
9.660/10
1 year 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.
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