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Medieval Madness (Remake - Royal Edition)

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This game received 51 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 9.087 /10


Top 100 ranking

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

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 9.248

Artwork: 8.96

Sounds/Music: 8.866

Other Aspects: 9.204

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

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14 days 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.

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.


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.

38 days ago
Favorite game i have owned or played, royal edition is on another level
41 days ago
I have a Royal edition and the RGB LED light show is phenomenal. Topper is awesome. Plays great but does seem to drain pretty easy. Backhanding ramps is impossible.
Otherwise a true classic. It’s all been said before in the reviews. The game that really got me into pinball.
48 days ago
The Royal Edition of Medieval Madness takes the best game ever made and makes it even better. Medieval Madness has always been my favorite pin, and even through all of the years and new games coming out (which are great), I still have a blast every single time I play this game. It's rare to find a game you don't get tired of - but this is it. The addition of a cool topper, beautiful RGB general illumination, and an awesome large color DMD just elevates the game to even greater heights. While I don't technically have a Royal Edition, I upgrade my Limited Edition with all of the extras (so pretty close) and love them. I still feel after all of the years and after many amazing pins that Medieval Madness is the greatest of all time.
51 days ago
I own the Royal Edition and its epic.
58 days ago
This game is a classic, the humor, the playability, the design, the scenic work it is absolutely perfect.
64 days ago
Best pinball machine during its time. Still translates in the current state of pinball.
Brian Eddy at his best.
Chicago Games knocked it out of the park.
65 days ago
An honest review score. Not a stacked review score from a Royal edition owner. Afm still plays better and honestly neither really lockdown the first 2 positions like they used to. Phenomenal game. Always a top 10. Doesnt need to lock in number one anymore. Let it go.
72 days ago
Love the original and LE.
The Royal takes it to the next level. Plays smooth and buttery. Audio is clear and crisp. Dynamic Gi lighting, topper, illuminated panel, trim finish, and cabinet construction seal the deal for me. The game is more solid, fresh, smooth, fast, yet controllable and predictable from a shooting perspective.
A shooters game all the way.
76 days ago
Only game that is better is Pirates by JJP
3 months ago
All 10 for me EXCEPT Cgc refuses to increase the volume on the voice call outs even though they’ve been shown how to do it. Boooooooo.
3 months ago
There is absolutely no doubt that this is the best version of MM.
4 months ago
I love this game. I had a LE we liked so much that we sold it and purchased a NIB MMrRE. It is awesome. I really enjoy the rule set, we are not pinball experts so this is a game we really can play the a lot of games. Lots to do on this pin, funny campy sayings, great game for the family collection.
4 months ago
Bought this without playing, clear why it’s number one.
4 months ago
Best version of my favorite pin ever, a must have!
5 months ago
MMRR is the best of the best!! No question about it! Have owned the Williams Original in the past and loved it. Any time a company tries to do a remake they are taking a lot of risk trying to live up to the original game. Chicago gaming has done it with all their remakes, but the Royal is in a class unto itself. The Topper, Non Ref glass, shaker and all that other jazz is super nice, but all that can be added to any game. The powder coating and interactive LED is what makes the Royal a game that will stay in its own lane for the next 10 years. All MM games are amazing, the MMR's are all great, but nothing touches the Royal to date.
5 months ago
Perfect Pinball 10??? I've seen many of the other games on here and played them. Its not hype as a small handful of nay-sayers might chime in later on. CGC hit this one on the head! The lighting, topper art, modern electronics, black diamond powder coating, larger color display, upgraded sound, VERY limited production #350 so we are told, etc. are all making this out to be a instant classic. Simply put, there are many cool pinball machines out there, but this one takes the cake!!!!
5 months ago
XL display-long overdue! Sound quality improved over previous MMr version. Powder coat is beautiful.
Led light show brings new depth to this classic.
Most of all topper from Chris Franchi is awesome.
5 months ago
Medieval Madness, as represented years ago in The Pinball Arcade app, was the table that got me into pinball. My only experience playing one was in a virtual setting. A couple years after, I finally got to play the original real deal at a bowling alley and I was immediately hooked. Now I could see why this game was so popular. Of course I wanted to eventually own one, but originals were hard to come by. They are often in badly routed condition, they run 20+ year tech, and available original machines in the ideal condition are usually priced over $10,000 in the market. Enter the CGC remakes...

I got on the list for the rerun in early 2019. I was hoping CGC would eventually align the MM remakes with the greatness of the other remake models...and in 2019/2020, with the Royal and SE additions, they did exactly that!

The Royal Edition of MM is about as good as you can get in pinball. CGC really went all out on making this remake stand out over the others. Having played the original, I believe the remakes recreate the original’s features and feel very well. CGC has also added a number of enhanced features that are not available on the original game, including: modern electronics, fully adjustable color display, all LED lighting, and enhanced sound.

Chris Franchi’s interactive topper is one of the best looking toppers in pinball. The machine is decked out in black diamond powder coating all over and it looks really great. ATHYRIO GAMES created all new full-color display artwork, re-imagined within the framework of the original Williams display artwork at four times the resolution. It’s glorious looking and really breathes new life into the game.

But what else can you say about MM that hasn’t been said already? The rules are easy enough for beginners and yet challenging for experienced players alike. This game (along with AFM) are the pinball standard in what ‘flow’ shots are all about. Up until a year ago, I would have said ‘MM contains probably the BEST toy in pinball (castle)’...but that honor may now belong to 2019’s Stern’s JP...but it is really a toss-up. I have them side-by-side because they are my favorite games to play. My wife’s favorite feature is bashing the trolls that pop up every once in awhile. The sounds and call-outs are some of the best ever done, it’s quite humorous and enjoyable.

While CGC consistently takes forever to go from the game announcement to finally shipping a game, and during which time they offer almost no regular communication on production updates, especially when they repeatedly miss previously proposed production dates...when they do finally get the game in your cannot question the build quality. It’s always a premium product. The MM Royal Editions is their best effort to date.

If I had to dock points for anything: In comparison with the modern games now, it doesn’t have the deepest ruleset, the cabinet side-art is okay (not great), and the music could use a little more variation. But it’s a game from the late 90’s and a straight up comparison to modern games like Stern’s JP and JJPOTC seems really unfair. For it’s time, Medieval Madness is King of the Realm.

I have the privilege of owning the top-5 rated machines on Pinside and I can see why MM is consistently #1. MMr has that one-more-game feel and then some.
5 months ago
Great game! Glad they took the time to build it right. The lighting is legit, hats off to the quality and feel of the powder coat.
this is the best version by far for MMR
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