For years, “The King” of pinball design Steve Ritchie has had a dream, a vision, of a game he wanted to bring you. He brought you over 20,000 Black Knight and Black Knight 2000 games. Steve preached to us that there was more he could and wants to do with that theme and design. So Stern Pinball licensed for Steve from Williams and Planetary Pinball rights to all the greatness of Black Knight, including its iconic music, speech (voiced by Steve himself), concepts, art design. Stern Pinball introduce to you their latest cornerstone game, designed by Steve, Black Knight – Sword of Rage.
Black Knight – Sword of Rage is classic Steve Ritchie. It has all the DNA of the first two Black Knight games – speech, sound & music, upper playfield with flipper on the LE/Premiums, classic player operated Magna Save to prevent the ball draining right, and art by Black Knight artist Kevin O’Connor. Black Knight – Sword of Rage’s playfield layout is new yet derived from earlier Black Knights, providing fast, flowing game play, with all steel and wire ramps. Steve has added great ball interactive toys with the Knight’s flail mech and multifunction shield mech. He has included drop targets, spinning target, and vuks. A retro play mode utilizes classic rules of the original games and has early pinball numeric score displayed on the LCD. Steve has modernised this pinball with the LCD display that has all original animation, with more Steve speech helped by Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson, and music by Brendon Small and Anthrax’s Scott Ian. Lighting and light shows are bought into the 21st century with LED’s, many RGB, white and appropriate red GI’s, and backpanel mounted LED simulated fire burning down the Knight’s castle. And Steve made the Premium/LE’s upper playfield of see-through lexan – the ball is not hidden.
The Pro Black Knight – Sword of Rage is another great Stern game for operation. The shots, flow and mech’s are exceptional. For casual players, the game is intuitive. And there is depth for great players.