Black Knight Sword of Rage (Premium)

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This game received 87 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.400 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Black Knight: Sword of Rage". The group itself ranks #35 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.204

Artwork: 8.543

Sounds/Music: 8.438

Other Aspects: 8.347

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

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25 days ago
Very fun and typical fast Steve Ritchie game. Lots of fun, reminds me of the original!
35 days ago
Amazing pin! Fun fun fun
50 days ago
In my opinion a very under rated and un appreciated games. This game should be higher on the lists. The rules are easy to I understand and very enjoyable to play. Nostalgia is a big factor black knight first pin I ever played. And SOR first pin I ever owned and was the gateway to my new world of pinball
59 days ago
Surprisingly fun game. Not one I would have thought I would like so much. My son absolutely loves this one. Funny speech and callouts.
67 days ago
Challenging, but fair game. Can be very frustrating, but also very exciting and satisfying when you lock into focus while playing. Working your way through the modes - defeating the Black Knight’s various minions is a blast, so are the callouts and animations. This can be a drain monster if you don’t learn the shots - a wall across the mid-playfield sends a lot of shots right back at you at high speed. It feels like you’re doing battle with the Black Knight, which is the point. Upper playfield is a bit simple, but adds a couple of cool elements with the catapult ball lock and mini-loop. Soundtrack is amazing, never gets old. Upgrade the speakers! The retro mode is great, so are the other multiball modes. Very little to criticize on this one outside of the difficulty level that might turn casual players off. A great home game that will take a lot of time to master, and may eventually be considered a classic.
68 days 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.
79 days ago
pinball icon, black knight is the strongest name in the pinball world! strong, rough and difficult game, do you have the courage to face the black knight ?!
83 days ago
Fast, brutal, and hard.

Much, I mean like 100000% better than the pro. Not even close. The upper playfield is fun and engaging. It makes the ramps , lanes, and targets much more fun.

It is brutally fast. Lightning fast. Yet you can learn how to control the ball. The targets are tight. There doesn't seem to be any room for error at all. Miss at all and it's slamming back at your flippers at lightning speed.

The catapult is a cool target. The knight is a cool toy.

But overall, it's just... Eh. It is definitely fun tho. Much better than any other BK game out there.

If you play, make sure you've wanted up your eyeballs and reflexes first!
83 days ago
Fun game but could be better
88 days ago
Pretty much my all time favourite. Very fast and smooth with a soundtrack that gets you completely amped and I almost always get completely consumed by the whole experience. Cabinet art is a bit average and also think magma save button would be better located somewhere else. Love this game though.
3 months ago
I own a BKSOR Premium now for over a month and I've come to love it the more and more that I play it. Its always challenging and a blast to play for me and my family I think this Pinball will be a keeper for many years to come.
3 months ago
This pin is really a blast to play. The speed, flow, graphics, player/pin interaction, integration of the software with the past Black Knight. The sound track and call outs are also very well done. The intensity and quickness of play can frustrate, but it always cries out for one more game.

I find the layout different from past Steve Ritchie games, nonetheless, is is very well done. All in all the design team really out did themselves. I am sure that there are many hours of enjoyment to come with this fantastic pin.
4 months ago
Love the revisit to an original theme. The black knight toy, and upper playfield ball lock are great. I love how smooth the gameplay is, and even though it’s very difficult, I always want to try one more time.

I hate that the magma save is in the middle of the lockdown bar; by the time I press it the ball is long gone. I wish it were a second flipper, or something. I don’t care much for the backglass, or cab art, but I think the playfield art is great.
4 months ago
The fact that this is not in the top 10 is mind bending to me... I can not stop playing it. I have over 20 games in my collection and I literally go to this all the time...Addams Family is rated higher than this.....Like really???? Game is stellar, callouts are the best in pinball and it is just plain fun!
5 months ago
Fast paced, nice artwork, plays decent.
6 months ago
This was the first machine I bought for my home, and it is still one of my favorites. I think it's a drop-dead beautiful game, and the sounds, music, and call-outs are all absolutely first-class.

I like the game play, and have learned most of the tricks of progressing through the modes. One thing I figured out early on is that the upper playfield and the main ramp are the keys to making it through the various monster modes. You can follow the flashing lights and make all the shots that are supposedly required to defeat the enemies, or you can just shoot the ramp over and over and get all the hits you need up top. It does get a little repetitive--lock balls behind the shield (which is cool and satisfying in and of itself), then get up to the upper playfield and stack on the catapult multi-ball and build points.

I still get excited by achieving the "retro" modes. There is something really cool about engaging the original BKs from the classic games.

Despite the criticisms mentioned above, I find this a satisfying and really fun game to play. This is a tough table, and it will force you to learn ball control. Just banging the ball around will not work for long. Casual players seem to get frustrated by it quickly, but the better players find it intriguing.

I had a weird glitch involving the fuctioning of the shield, but posted a query on the Pinside forum, and quickly received a helpful message from Tim Sexton, the software guy at Stern who programmed the game. I was impressed that Tim jumped so quickly to help me out--makes me feel good about Stern as a company.

I also found that the little black screws that hold the plastic trim pieces in place needed a little blue loctite, and the same was true with the fasteners that mount the spinning flail. And I had to unplug and re-plug the connectors to the under-field node boards to correct a crazy lighting issue. But it's all good now, and with about 1000 games on the machine everything is working fine.

I like games with unlicensed themes, although I suspect we won't see many more from the makers, and I think this is a really neat theme. Bottom line--I don't think I will ever get rid of this game.
7 months ago
Owned this game for 6 months and have no regrets letting it go. This is a great game to play on location, but not good for home use. It is just too repetitive. The music and callouts are super fun and the Topper is the best (would rate it as a 10). But the gameplay and lack of shots are what brings this game down. Modes do not feel at all unique. It is the epitome of shoot the flashing lights. With the upper playfield stand up that spots a shot, there is no reason to hit anything but ramp, stand up, ramp, ball lock. Seriously, it makes this a 3 shot game. The throw back modes are great, but once again, there is no clear objective once you start it. Hearing the BK2K music every few games is not worth owning. If you love the theme, I would recommend owning either BK or BK2K or both instead of this game. So disappointed. I really enjoyed this game on location, but couldn't wait to get rid of it from my home.
9 months ago
Love the game where it is you vs the game. The trash talking knight that you are doing battle with makes you want to do battle again and again.
10 months ago
Great game. Very harsh but oddly fun. When you're nailing your shots, this is an incredible game. If you're bricking every shot, this game is infuriating.
10 months ago
The music is epic and the artwork is stellar. I love the theme too, but I'm not sure if it has that "one more game" appeal for me.
11 months ago
Black Knight Sword of Rage (Premium) reminds me fondly of the original game of 1980. The music (I use the alternate soundtrack), the colors, the lighting, the call-outs, the game play -- this game has it all.

This is one of the few times where I think the Premium is worth the extra money. Maybe it wouldn't be worth it for the extra playfield, but it is worth it for the extra multi-ball option.

I think the design of the game is great. The only problems I have is with some production issues. I have had numerous plastic pieces come loose, and the playfield is experiencing excessive dimpling.
1 year ago
I think I let to many of the bad reviews when this first came out put me off about this game. I finally got the chance to own a premium and I must say WOW. Now i didn’t grow up playing the first two so i had no preconceived notions on this one or what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised when i started playing this how much fun it is and how good the code seems. It definitely is a game where if you don’t know whats going on or what to shoot for if could be boring. But man when you even semi learn the rule set this game comes alive.

The upper playfield gets some hate and i agree having the 2nd flipper would have put it over the top but i have learned to play that rubber and actually grown to love the upper playfield. It has some fun harder shots and in some of the modes that spot target can become quite valuable in helping complete it quickly.

The animations are on par with the theme and extremely well done. I just get drawn into this game and really feel like i am in a battle with the black knight. It is definitely not the greatest game ever made but it sure is fun and exciting and gets that blood pumping.

The addition of the 2nd sound track option is very nice as i can only take so much of the original sound track in a night. I love the call outs but that can get to be repetitive but none the less some great one liners.

Im not sure if you consider the black night a toy or not but either way he sure is fun and help adds to drawing you into the game. Having him fight back is a cool feature and oddly enough the shield shot when open is oddly satisfying.

All in all a great game option to be had, i couldnt imagine having the game without the upper playfield it just adds another level (no pun intended) to the gameplay and helps keep things wild and crazy.
1 year ago
I LOVE this pin. So much that I have upgraded my impressions on the original BL and BK2K after replaying those games and leaving with much better impressions of them. Otherwise, it’s as fun to play as the premium and LE, which is REALLY rare. So I have nothing more to add.
1 year ago
I rated the Premium version of this game a little bit higher than the Pro for the upper playfield & ball lock its not the greatest upper playfield for sure but it adds something that makes this one play different
1 year ago
This is a really fun game to play 3 or 4 times with a group of friends at a bar. It's challenging and fast, with perfect music and callouts. The knight toy with the rotating mace is really unique, fun, and intimidating.

This is one of the few games actually gets my heart rate up!

All that said, I don't get a "one more game" vibe from this plays fast and drains fast, and it's just running 10/10 the whole time. But I always put a few quarters in when I see it.
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