Black Rose

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This game received 270 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.694 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #108 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.704

Artwork: 7.761

Sounds/Music: 7.086

Other Aspects: 7.841

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4 days ago
Just played. Never came across one in the past. Really nice game. Very smart game play with high level of lastability. You just dond want to stop playing.
31 days ago
Black Rose is a fun effort with unique features and gameplay featuring a female pirate. Definitely ahead of its time with a female antihero. Cannon under playfield is fun to shoot.
81 days ago
Fun game. Different layout makes it interesting.
3 months ago
This game sure looks great and is an eyecatcher in any lineup due to the cool pirate theme. Not many DMD games show this great combination of cabinet sideart, backbox and backglass that ties in with the general theme. Both music and call outs are also well integrated with this motive. As far as game play and playfield design goes- this is unfortunately a one (or maybe three-) trick pony.
There isnt really too much variety to the shots here and even the center attraction gimmick, the firing cannon, cannot change this impression. On top of that, the look of the playfield is totally dominated, I say destroyed, by a weird-looking habitrail that goes center from top to bottom, right over the flippers. This could have been done so much better.

For me personally the video modes on Black Rose dont benefit the playability at all, instead they create strange stops in what I want to be fast and furious action on the playfield- which is the reason I steered to a "pirate" pinball in the first place.

So even if this is not a total dud, it certainly comes across as a little underwhelming once you look past the awesome exterior of this admittingly beautiful game.
4 months ago
Black Rose is definately a sleeper pin and I'm absolutely shocked that this pin isn't rated higher. I mean come on it has everything a boy and man can dream of. Being a pirate on the open seas, knife throwing, walking the plank, firing a cannon!!! This is one pinball machine I'll never get rid of and I'm in the process of having every single piece of metal done in gold before I re decal this machine!!! If you've never played it in person you wouldn't understand as I didn't either. Once I played it I cannot stop coming back for more and more!!!! Long live Black Rose!!!!
5 months ago
Great video modes but wish the scoring was more balanced. It holds the game back a bit
7 months ago
Joining the crew of Black Rose is a challenge that you will find yourself doing again...and again...and again. Though the thrill of the cannon takes center stage on the playfield, the layout is such that there are multiple strategies to employ - practically any shot results in satisfaction. The ramps and targets offer satisfying combos that are enjoyable to hit over and over. An epic soundtrack guides you through the game, with one of the most heart-pumping multiball tracks out there. It is a thrill to play this game.
7 months ago
Great theme! Who doesn't like pirates?

Great art package. Nice animations and sound/music.
A slight disappointment for me was that it plays like System 11 and not like other DMD's.
10 months ago
My rating came to a 9 from my choices which seems a little high if you were just asking for a number off the top of my head I would's a really fun game with some cool ramp shots in the top left corner but I find it gets a little easy for the experienced is the favorite along with rfm for most of my non pinhead guests.
12 months ago
Damn this is a cool layout! I love the 3-bank standup targets that ricochet into each other! 3 ramps and a cannon built into the playfield too. Just plain cool. The game itself is pretty good. It has a little too much cannon and video mode for me. I'm more of a just plain pinball kind of guy.
1 year ago
Black Rose grew on me a lot. The cannon is a fun feature, although the seam created by it leads to a lot more SDTM shots. You have to bump this machine quite a bit. Once you get in the habit, your score will go up considerably. The animations & video mode are about as good as I've seen on a monochromatic DMD. I did check Color DMD's website & they do have a nice video showing this game in color. I like color DMD in general and on this game it looks amazing. The Davey Jones locker shot can get a bit repetitive, but is really it. Having played it 30 times, I will add it to my wishlist.
1 year ago
Of course it’s man against machine with quick smooth geometry nice complete story gets told through all presented go own one
1 year ago
I love this machine mostly due to it's unique spin on ramp layouts and integration of overall theme. It's super quick and super exciting for those who love the juggling type of shots. Theme wise it's a tad weird, but could still find it's home in my mostly horror themed collection since it's (kinda) scary ;). Only gripe I have really is the silly video modes that break the flow with min-games that have somewhat broken feeling mechanics. Especially in regards to the knife throwing bit. Bizarro. Otherwise this is a true gem, and one you should give a whirl!
1 year ago
I was really impressed by this game and like the rampsthe most. The cannon is very cool too but is hard to get... unlike Big Guns where you can fire a ball through the air with a lot less work.
I love a good pirate theme and this table delivers! Reminds me a lot of my smartphone app Pinball collection HD “pirates”. I didn’t get as much time on this table as I would like so I don’t know if the layout gets old. It is a very fun game in my opinion, and if it wasn’t a dot matrix $3k+ machine, I’d be more serious about trying to track one down.
1 year ago
We have had Black Rose at the house for close to a year now. Everyone seems to enjoy playing it and it does have some good shots, the whirlpool ramp is a blast to shoot both left ramps are challenging and the upper left is fun to loop. The cannon and resulting sword down the middle of the play field fit the theme really well. If I were to knock the table it would be mainly for the pretty shallow rule set and the seemingly lack of importance of the standup targets that are spread across the play field. So while it doesn't have the deepest rule set around it is still a fun pin that has that one more game appeal to it, but if I could only have one or two pins in the house I could see it becoming old pretty quickly.
1 year ago
I find this a very fun game that can be played by anyone. It's highly satisfying hitting that broadside and also Davy Jones Locker.... Cannon adds a lot of fun as well. Glad I bought it.
1 year ago
"Black Rose" is a fun, though frustrating, game. On the one hand, the scoring is complex and the little side-games (swinging to a ship's deck, escaping a shark, etc.) are really cool. However, the scoring is also annoyingly difficult. I can hit the left ramp with ease. The right ramp? Not so much. That and it's a timed combo system so you have like ten seconds or so to hit the next ramp so you can get your points. There's really no need for a timer. The fun is really in the center ramp and the use of the cannon to hit targets you normally have trouble with. Even if you're playing mini-video games on the DMD (which takes away from the pinball game at hand), the games are fun. But what the game lacks in gameplay and scoring, it more than makes up for in style and atmosphere. This FEELS like a pirate game, unlike the plastic, half-assed POTC by Stern. Black Rose is better than that game.
1 year ago
I own a Black Rose, and while it is certainly not in perfect condition, I don't seem to suffer the problems that others list on here. The cannon fires flat across the playfield, get very few airballs - the shots are all makeable, in a really well designed layout and the multiball is one of the best multiball designs I've seen in a modern game. (It could though quite feasibly go on forever). others have noted, the cannon shot could be used much better, and would be on a recent game. The cannon is so well designed that it can hit every shot on the playfield, there just isn't any need to do this. Something like ACDC though, will encourage jackpot, bell and even ramp shots from its cannon (NOTE: the ACDC cannon is not as cool).

The video modes are good, but they're just video modes - and noone really needs a video mode, definitely not more than one.

The scoring seems...sort of imbalanced, but I've not played it enough to really test this - you can get loads of points from the centre shot and from destroying the ships - but destroying the ships is sort of can keep shooting even if you miss and nowhere near as satisfying as destroying a MM castle or an alien saucer.

But I really think the layout is great. The ramps are brilliantly designed, there's achievable (though not dangerous) targets to hit, the ramp down the middle is awesome, don't listen to anyone who says's just that the really good bits don't seem to be used well enough.

Maybe someone could PROC this mother?
1 year ago
A very underrated game.
It looks so simple but once you start playing you realise just how much fun it is. The way it plays and flows is very enjoyable.
The sounds and music are just great. The way it ramps up the music as you play is something that is sadly missing in many modern pins.
1 year ago
Black Rose is a fun game and has many challenging shots the multi ball lock is great and sinking the ships is rewarding and not easy. The area that gets kinda boring for me are the pop bumpers, its tough to get points up in that area and often leads to those nasty direct down the middle ball loss of balls or bounce down the side drains. The ramps are fun and jack pot shot is very rewarding to collect. Overall a fun game in my opinion and worth a try.
1 year ago
This table is very underrated.

It is a great game and even my wife enjoys it! The pirate theme is awesome and visitors to my house always gravitate straight towards the black rose. Sinking a ship still gives me a thrill and the changing music as you progress through the game really adds to the atmosphere gaming experience. The graphics on the dmd could be a bit better, but outswimming the shark is fantastic. I love this pin and enjoy it as much as my AFM. Great toys and a nice flow make this a game that can be enjoyed by both beginners and pin heads alike.
1 year ago
ARRRR...matey! Who doesn't like a classic pirate theme? This machine is more timeless than Stern's POTC and half the price. Lot's of video modes make the machine stand out. The stock outlanes gobble balls a lot. I cured the excessive outlane drains by adding some rubber to the up posts and bending the inlane-outlane divider rail over toward the outlane slightly. With these mods, the outlane drain frequency is now comparable to a modern Stern. Love the pop-up cannon. Love the "swashbuckling" pops. The GI lighting uses a lot of dimming/flashing during play and may not respond very well to change over to LEDs. Using LEDs only in the playfield inserts makes sense for this one. The light show is excellent. Playfield can be rather dark in the back though, so nice to add a couple of spotlights to illuminate the ship. Nice classic pin with timeless theme. Good for a quick game and very satisfying to sink ships.
2 years ago
Great game at a pretty affordable price point. Cannon is fun, love sinking ships and pirate theme is on point. Lots of multiballs but not crazy deep rules. Still a very fun casual game.
2 years ago
Such a waste of a fun theme. The center cannon ramp is such a drag, and the pf layout is simply uninspired to say it nice. One of williams worst DMD games. Don't know why it's held in such a high regard.
2 years ago
Possibly the most one dimensional bally williams dmd
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