Williams 1980 Black Knight Pinball Machine
Black Knight is a 1980 pinball game designed by Steve Ritchie (who also provides the Knight’s voice) and released by Williams Electronics. Ritchie designed two sequels: Black Knight 2000, released by Williams in 1989, and Black Knight: Sword of Rage, released by Stern Pinball in 2019. 
This game is known for its two-level playfield (a first for a pinball game), and introduced the patented “Magna-Save”, in which a player-controlled magnet is used to prevent outlane drains. This was first of a series of four games that were both two-level and featured magna-save. The later games (Jungle Lord, Pharaoh, Solar Fire, Grand Lizard) feature a variable type magna-save in that the magnet is energized as long as the player likes (up to the time they have earned); on Black Knight the machine controls the magnet time (adjustable by the operator from three to ten seconds). Magna-save was activated by pressing one of two buttons placed on each side of the cabinet, just above the flipper buttons. The sequel to Black Knight abandoned the variable magna-save which had become standard at that point and reverted to a fixed time. Balls drained down the outlane in spite of using magna-save caused the machine to laugh at the player, reinforcing the theme of the game as an evil knight vs. the player.
Black Knight was not the first game to have electromagnets installed – an earlier example is Williams’ Electronics Gorgar (the first “talking” pinball game), which features an area of the playfield that when hit, holds the ball on an electromagnet for a second or two while a speech call plays.
Other notable features of Black Knight are a loud riding bell instead of the old familiar knock when a special (free game) was won, three ball multi-ball that did not require any previous targets to be hit before allowing balls to lock, and random score targets.
- LED lighting playfield and backbox – We use only the best “Comet”
- Coin Door polished/ coin mechs have been disabled – If you would like us to wire, please contact us
- Rubbers all new
- Playfield glass is new
- Legs polished and buffed
- Playfield waxed for premium playing experience
- Silverballs all new
- Circuit boards bullet proofed with NVR ram installed
- Speech board rebuilt
All machines in stock will ship in 3 business days after the order is placed. Our team will carefully pack and have this machine strapped to a pallet and ready for shipment. Land Of Oz team will mark anything that needs unhooked during shipment for ease of assembly when it arrives. We also provide phone or e-mail support with all products. This will be shipped via Fastenal included in the price. Fastenal will call upon arrival – Please expect 7-10 business days in transit.
We also offer delivery direct to your driveway with lift gate service. If you prefer this method please check “White Glove Service”
Due to the nature of pinball machines (original) wiring. We will offer phone or e-mail support only.