Medieval Madness (Remake - LE) (Chicago Gaming Co., 2015)

Medieval Madness (Remake - LE)

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This game received 137 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.972 /10

8.972

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Medieval Madness". The group itself ranks #2 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 9.126

Artwork: 9.071

Sounds/Music: 8.619

Other Aspects: 8.935



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This game is part of a group

Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Medieval Madness (Remake - LE)".
The other versions are: Medieval Madness (regular version), Medieval Madness (Remake - Standard)


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9.840/10
23 days ago
It has a drawbridge! Enough said.
8.381/10
47 days ago
One of the best layouts and rulesets, it never gets old smashing the castle and trying to beat all the kingdoms.. it's rated one of the all time best for a reason!
10.000/10
70 days ago
Not much to add. It is often referred to as the greatest pinball machine ever made and I'd be hard pressed to offer opposition to that sentiment.
6.938/10
73 days ago
When you’re remaking a game you should try at least to make it better. Make the dragon do something, or at least light up. My biggest problem with these remakes is that the flipper don’t extend far enough to hold the ball when it comes down. These flippers should go up at least another 1/4 inch. Also when you’re remaking games you should again try to improve them such as the side armor or the screen or anything cheap plastic parts just make the game an improvement. Sure the game is better because its newer parts but make it look and play better rather than doing an exact copy. The game is fun its a classic but would just rather see an attempt to improve upon that.
9.380/10
3 months ago
It's a great game and I love it, but #1? The fan layout is basic and makes it feel less strategic than any game with 3 or more flippers. For fan layouts, I like TOTAN more even though the software is limited. I like a number of wide body Superpins more including WOZ, STTNG, TZ, IJ, and ...gulp... even PSTE. Bang for the buck just doesn't seem to be there on this one. If it was a Superpin and had the castle on an upper playfield to storm with more flippers and a dangerous moat beneath it to contend with, then maybe it would rise to the top for me, but woe to us peasants, it isn't a Superpin. It would have made a fine one though. Yes, it was a late Williams game, and yes, they didn't make very many, and yes, it is good, yes it is fun, yes it has a great theme, but again #1?
9.525/10
5 months ago
Just purchased a MMR LE had the original but moved it on about 12 months ago missed it so much.
Lucky enough to find a remake shaker ,colour display every mod you would need and best of all it is practically NIB purchase what not to like.
Great player this game is ,super cool call outs this game is a total blast from the past .
10.000/10
5 months ago
The best game of all time. What can i say. I finally own one and im in love with it. Its the game that brought me in to this hobby! 10/10
10.000/10
6 months ago
Medieval definitely belongs the top all time. This is the best themed pin ever made. Game Design. Remake LE version. Characters. From the comical trolls to the hilarious princess to magical Merlin and the flaming dragon. Simply awesome. Theme. Yeah....Medieval Times is 100. Amazing theme with all the humerous call outs from this lineup! You are connected to the them through the machine. Fun factor. From blasting the castle to the Ramping the nerves of The Dragon to save the princess to smashing the trolls target to fantastic Multi-ball play. The machine is insanely fun with all the sights and sounds to match. So many fun shots including the catapult! Playfield. Artwork themed characters are dialed in to match the Medieval theme. The playfield shines with A theme done perfectly. Sound and Vision. Flashing lights from upgraded LED packgage. Color DMD with themed cuts. Shaker motor and low frequency bass to rumble you through the experience. This game is a perfect 10...Nothing tops this Pin. Still best themed game ever.
9.900/10
7 months ago
This game has it all! Great rules. Artwork is fantastic. The call outs are fun. Game is a blast to play, no wonder this game has consistently been high up on the top 10 list.
8.900/10
7 months ago
A great pinball! Easy to learn, hard to master. Especially when hitting the gate which can deflect ball straight down out of play- maybe only my machine. The castle multiball lock is a very satisfying shot. Better then original?...YES.
Is it the best?? everyone will have their own favorite. Indy still tops for me. I think we need a new way of ranking top 5- everyone just ranks their top 5 and points are accumulated. I only started playing this a few years ago, so I have no nostalgia when I say this pin has a much better feel then most of the new pins coming out. It has that balance of sound, light, playability, family fun...a permanence.
6.903/10
7 months ago
It is silly I have to rate the same game three times. What is even more silly is people remaking a vey mediocre game some 20 years later.

Coupled with the insane amount these machines tend to go for, and I think you have a fairly overrated machine. I have a more detailed review in my post for the original MM.

The gist? Not a bad game necesarily, but not a top 10 game either. Nostalgia has been very kind to this game. But the truth? It was never more than a fairly mediocre and simplistic bash the castle fest that gets old and tiring pretty fast — again, see my more in depth commentary for the original game.

I rated this one even less because it is the more expensive limited edition of a remake of a 20 year old mediocre game. Look, it is not a bad game. But it is nowhere near a top 10 pin of all time. There are many, many flaws with this game that readily get overlooked simply because it is “MM.”
8.948/10
8 months ago
Art and play field is beautiful, callouts are humorous and is a game that everyone can play, without having to have a PHD to know the rules.
It has the right amount of toys to ensure its still plays fast and the trolls really add a nice touch. If you get a chance to play one I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Just wish the sound was better and lights were brighter.
9.400/10
9 months ago
Not much you can say, perfect modern remake of a classic.
9.244/10
9 months ago
I highly recommend MMR! I love my MMR and it may be on the way to being my favorite game. It's definitely top 2 in my book at this point, at a minimum. I love the two ramps not seeming like just two normal ramps. The Catapult and Damsel aspects of the ramps make them feel like so much more. The castles and trolls are nicely implemented and don't seem repetitive, despite the fact that the castles really are repetitive, but still fun. Besides that there are also Peasants, Jousting, Catapult, Merlin, a nice mixture of multiballs, funny callouts, etc. I just added the color upgrade and 3D translight, so I feel like this is the perfect pin. I finally understand all of those old positive rankings and why it's a the top of the rankings.
8.723/10
10 months ago
After playing this game for the first time, I can see why its king. Great shots, great humor, trolls, catapults, awesome animation and sounds. Really the whole package. Had to edit my rating as the code (for me) is not very deep.
9.316/10
10 months ago
Great Game must for all collections. There is a reason it is ranked #1
9.700/10
10 months ago
Exactly where it should be. Although I can appreciate any of top 4 being rated 1. Oh and TOTAN! played this game a lot back in 97, when it worked! Techs couldnt keep up with how busy this game was! Got played a lot!
9.860/10
11 months ago
MMR great game as good as the original. Chicago gaming knew what they were doing by building it and not changing anything on it (game play and artwork). MM has great challenges besides just destroying the castle.
10.000/10
12 months ago
love the game . lots to do
7.701/10
1 year ago
So, I owned the MMrLE for a year and a half. I played it allot. Game is fun and challenging, but I found myself getting bored with it compared with all the new a great post 2005 (5+/-) games that have very deep rule sheet, amazing looks and lighting/light shows. It is clear that recent games have learned allot from MM and have stood on the shoulders of this giant game and taken best elements. But, in the end, I see a progression and MM being a leader pre-2000 and a great game post 2000, but not the single best game.

If I had a 10 or 20 game collection, I would have kept it. But I recently traded it and TZ for AC/DC prem and GBLE and am very happy. But, Ill add, I loved having MMr in the house for over a year and finally got to learn, play and enjoy this great pin inside and out.
9.460/10
1 year ago
What’s better than owning a 90’s MM? Owning a brand new MMr!!! Plays better than most originals with thousands of plays on them & the color upgrade is fantastic!
9.740/10
1 year ago
I've only been in the hobby for about 6 months, and this is the first machine I bought. I did so without ever playing it (only the Pinball Arcade version) and I was worried I was making a terrible decision. From the first day I got it, to the last time I played it a couple of days ago, it has been nothing but pinball perfection. I've had a few technical issues with the game, but the game itself is flawless. I tried to find areas where I would not rate the game 6/6, and being as objective as I can, the only possible change I would make is adding some accent lighting to the castle, but I can always get the upgraded castle later if I really want it. I've played a lot of pinball over the last 6 months at local meets, and there is nothing in my opinion that even comes remotely close to rivalling the fun factor of MM. I highly doubt this game will ever leave my house.
6.995/10
1 year ago
Many pinheads believe that Medieval Madness has it all. I think it has charm and a great sense of theater, but it is not the best pinball game ever made. Not by a long shot. MM looks and sounds fantastic, but it is not the highes end player's game that many people put it up on a pedestal for. The re-make feels like the original, plays like the original and has some updated animations.

The Pros:
Good game play and goals that are reachable, but so hard to achieve... most of the time. Always a challenge. Novice players get into it and have a great time as well. One of the few games to offer fun to all levels. The theme is executed, perfectly. Stack your hurry ups and score HUGE points. A perfect example of getting the balance right so that new players can step up to it and enjoy it enough to get hooked. Deep enough to give higher end players something to aspire to. No wonder why ops won't sell their games. This game looks and sounds fantastic.

The Cons:
In tournament mode, the unbalancing strategy is to hit the castle over and over with glancing shots for bigger scores. Strong flippers are a must for the right ramp. The price these games go for are silly expensive! This is a pinball game, not a museum piece! Out of Eddy's 3 designs... this one is the one I like the least.

The Takeaway:
Get one if you can and leave it in your will to someone who will love it as much as you do. Now I'm going to go out on a limb here... but MM is the lesser of the 3 games designed by Brian Eddy. Playing this game over and over in tourneys, bashing the castle over and over... not that there are not other things to do, there is a whole lot more to do... but points is points! Medieval Madness is a good game... but out of Brian Eddy's 3 tables, this is the least of the 3 and not what I would call a truly great game or even an "A" lister. For the entertainment offered, The Shadow and AFM are both better players. Gameplay suffers from "Bash the gate" syndrome for good scores. IMHO, this game is a top 50 game, but not anywhere near the top 10 and with absolute certainty... not #1. A perfect game for rich dudes that like to be entertained by their museum pieces. I'm sure it'll look great next to their Big Bang Bar.

Clarification:
The reason I am rating this game so low is because it is "exploitable" and has a scoring imbalance in the ruleset that takes away from the brilliant gem that this game should be. The game may look like, but it does not PLAY like a true "A" title. That is just how I feel about this deck. This is my opinion and only that. Take it for what it is.

HELLO... MYSTERY PROGRAMMER!!!

Update:
The more and more I play this game, the more and more the unbalanced nature of the scoring becomes apparent. All that would need to happen to make a huge difference in this game is to reduce the scoring on the castle (by half? 1,2,3,4,5,10 million a pop and KOP hits to 250k, heck, a quarter of it's current value may be an even better way to do this. .5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 5= 12.5 million instead of 80!) to make this game much more balanced and bring out the rest of the layout and strategies that this game should provide to the skilled player. MYSTERY PROGRAMMER?!?!? WHERE ARE YOU?!?!? You think they could have found someone to do this for the remake. At this point, I walk by this game now, when I used to line up to play it. Scores reduced accordingly.

Ah innocence, Those were the days...

Austin, this review is in your memory.

Update #2:
I go to this game in a tourney when I am looking for a relatively easy win. After you defeat the King of Payne what do you do? Well you keep on banging on that castle for 750k a hit. This never stops for the rest of the game. That is all there is to do on this game when you are looking for the big win. Rinse and repeat up and down the middle to the win.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwnnnn...
9.460/10
1 year ago
I let Monster Bash go to bring this one in, so I was hoping that it would fill the void well. I feel that it is harder than MB. I like the shots, the art, and the sounds. It is very fun to play. With the trolls, it may edge out Attack From Mars.
8.480/10
1 year ago
Just an amazing pin all around. Super theme, great art, amazing layout. Shots can be combo'ed easy enough, but they still feel satisfying. The callouts are excellent and the theme is integrated perfectly. The castle has to be best bash toy ever. The trolls are also the best "pop" out of the play field toy IMO.

I guess I had only played MM on location and it never really resonated with me. I never found a well tuned deck and always could hardly hear the audio. I only picked this up because I found a 1 owner HUO at a reasonable price. This was never on my radar, but it's so great in a home environment and I'm so thankful I did. Haven't loved a pin this much since Tron.
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