Black Knight Sword of Rage (Premium)

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This game received 134 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.453 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Black Knight: Sword of Rage". The group itself ranks #28 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.197

Artwork: 8.66

Sounds/Music: 8.373

Other Aspects: 8.42

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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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1 day ago
If i was a good pinball player i would buy this game, the music , callouts , theme, music, all is amazing, except that the shoots are very hard to make, and is the game that i loose the fastest in all pinball machines i ever played.
67 days ago
This is a great game. It it like a battle that fights you with the fast play. I also love the talking smack when a ball drains or you hit the knight. Great animations and all.
74 days ago
A really good game. Fast and punishing, but fair.

Played the premium after many games on a pro. I’m not a fan of upper playfields in general but it feels like it belongs on this one. The pro still feels like a good machine without it however. I really like the back glass on the premium.
3 months ago
Played a couple of times at The Pinball Office in London in a line up with some JJPs, a Spooky pin and a couple of American Pinball pins.

I’m a huge fan of BK2000 and was excited to play this. It plays very much like an update of the original Black Knight pins and I really enjoyed it, despite the amazing music being inaudible in the arcade.

Sadly, I didn’t get much chance to get very far into it as the shots are quite hard, but I’m keen to find another onsite somewhere.
8 months ago
Not an easy pin. You get punished for missing your shots. Very good callouts, some of the best in pinball. Overall a pleasant surprise, still a very much underrated machine. Just needs more code polish, let's hope Stern realises that one day.
10 months ago
Its fast. Its Furious. I f......g. love IT. Great multiplayer game.

One of my favorites.
11 months ago
This is a solid modern stern that appeals most to fans of the older black knight games. Some of the better original animations from Stern on their LCD display. There isn’t quite as much depth here as some other recent games, but there’s still plenty to do. Layout if fine but nothing that special. The upper play field is pretty bare and the ball kinda just bounces around up there. The black knight flail is cool in theory but a little annoying to shoot. The shield shot is fun though and the black knight being right on the play field is fun and immersive. Overall a solid game, but somewhat forgettable with Sterns other recent offerings.
1 year ago
The best Black Knight title. Stern outdid themselves.
1 year ago
I love the black knight theme, always a Ritchie fan but this...Stern really missed and honestly its kinda concerning that the premium has the upper playfield and you have to pay thousands more for that. Honestly unacceptablebut let me get to it. So the upper is really really bad, that clear plastic they used for it too... it just looks terrible, the plastic gets fuzzy after use too and it gets harder and harder to see the back of the playfield. The shot is just really unsatisfying and not really skill based? It just feels totally random. Need more of that Black Knight 2k music too, should've been more prominent. Stern cmon man, its black could've been a home run, but I feel like it got to second base and then struck out trying to steal third.

Call outs, theme, art, toys, amazing, hard and fast. But its gonna be a no for me. Big point reduction with that upper playfield feel and whole premium aspect to pay for it. Some cool modes associated with the upper playfield though.
1 year ago
This table surprised me. The pro was fun and spent a good couple hours on it, but when i found a premium...I had a hard time getting off it. So much so I just purchased one. The upper playfield truly takes this game to the next level, i love that upper playfield loop and multi ball shot. The old school multiball sounds are amazing, don't know what multiball it's called, but it's on both pro and premium. Visuals are some of the best i've seen and the music is absolutely perfect.

This theme isn't one i thought i'd like as i gravitate to "themes of nostalgia" but this brought be back to the Williams era where it felt like they had a theme, and built the table around it. The shots are very rewarding. The rules are easy to follow, but difficult to execute. Honestly one of the more "fun" games to come out of stern the past few years...(second only to Dead pool ;))

This is far too low of a ranking and a very underrated game in my opinion.
1 year ago
Owned the premium. Premium suffers from the upper playfield in my opinion. Initial thought is BK must have the upper playfield for nostalgia's sake but it just doesn't work in this application as it disrupts gameplay and makes the game easier than the pro. If I were to add to my lineup in the future, it would be a pro.
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.
1 year ago
Great pin but for new players of pinball could get frustrating at first but a fun one to play n challenge your self I enjoy it
1 year ago
Black Knight Sword of Rage is a great game but ultimately if I were new to Pinball and played this in a commercial setting I wouldn't play it much. For new players its very unforgiving and you'll ultimately gutter ball on your first few games while you get used to the unforgiving lanes to land your shots. Professionals will deny this is a problem but likely don't put themselves in the shoes of newbies. I love this game with the voice lines and smack talk from the Black Knight I just wish the lanes were a bit more forgiving to my feeble Pinball skils.
1 year ago
This game does a lot of things well, but like a lot of Stern games, I found the playfield lacking in the sort of shot satisfaction that I personally find in the Williams and Bally games of old and Jersey Jack games of new. Additionally, I don't love the busyness of the monitor, and it reminds me more of the ill-fated Pin 2000 era games, where there's too much going on, but none of it is that great. The graphics and concept and such are done well, and I see why a lot of folks like this game, but it's not one I ever seek out.

Pros: It looks unique, interesting, and the demarcation of the playfield fits with the theme, shots for the most part feel well laid out.

Cons: The gameplay is lacking for me. The getting to the duels and stuff is fine, but there isn't any shot I remember. I remember the style of the video screen more than any gameplay.
1 year ago
One of the games I always come back to! Love the layout and the flow! Must have in the collection.
1 year ago
Very fun and typical fast Steve Ritchie game. Lots of fun, reminds me of the original!
1 year ago
Amazing pin! Fun fun fun
1 year 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
1 year ago
Underrated game. But it can be challenging and frustrating. I can understand the polarizing ratings!
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
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.
1 year 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 ?!
1 year 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.

It is definitely fun tho. Much better than any other BK game out there.

If you play, make sure you've warmed up your eyeballs and reflexes first!
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