"I am the King of Payne! Welcome to my kingdom!"Medieval Madness
is a Williams Pinball
machine designed by Brian Eddy, with artwork by John Youssi
and Greg Freres
, and released in June 1997. The player must defeat six enemy kings and their castles, ending the tyrannical rule of the King of Payne. This is done by visiting each castle, hammering its drawbridge, then breaking open the front gate and storming in.
Along the way, the player will also fight dragons, rescue maidens, participate in jousts, and rally angry peasants. Two trolls will periodically pop out of the playfield to menace the player, but Merlin the wizard is nearby to help. It's all played for laughs,
with clever writing by Scott Adsit and Kevin Dorff of Chicago's Second City
A digital version of the game is available as part of FarSight Studios' The Pinball Arcade
This pinball demonstrates the following tropes:
- Abnormal Ammo: The catapult fires bowling balls, cats, chickens, cows, and Skull the Bone Head.
- The Alcoholic: The Duke of Bourbon.
- Alliterative Title
- Anachronism Stew: Played for laughs throughout the game.
Rioting Peasant: "They stole our pinball machines!"
- Anti-Frustration Feature: The Magic Shield; if your ball drains too soon after launch, Merlin gives you another one.
- Awful Wedded Life: The peasants, apparently. When one of the rioting peasants shouts, "They took our wives!", all the other peasants start cheering like crazy.
- Be a Whore to Get Your Man: One of the princesses is very happy to be rescued by the knight...
- Black Knight: You fight five of them during multiball.
- Brawn Hilda: The "Opera singer" princess.
- The Cameo: Skull the Bone Head from No Fear: Dangerous Sports
- Creator Cameo: Artist Greg Freres did the voice of the jousting announcer.
- The Don: Lord Howard Hurtz, complete with Brooklyn accent.
"I'm gonna make you look like an accident."
- The Dragonslayer
- Dragons Prefer Princesses
- Everything Makes a Mushroom: Destroying a castle causes it to explode in a mushroom cloud.
- Everything's Better with Cows: If you launch three cows from the catapult, the Video Mode will be "Save the Calves".
- French Jerk: Francois de Grimm.
"Go away, you peasant from another kingdom!"
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Sir Psycho.
"You're driving me crazier!"
- Jewish American Princess: One of the damsels to be rescued.
"What are you, some kind of prince or somethin'?"
- Large Ham Announcer: The announcer during the jousting tournaments.
"Sir Lanceless charges up the center lane!"
- Match Sequence: As a pair of numbers quickly flash, an arrow is fired from off-screen, skewering a roasted marshmallow and stopping the numbers.
- Mythology Gag:
- Shooting ramps consecutively prompts Skull to appear. He's also one of the things fired from the catapult.
- The only game-opening line that isn't spoken by the King of Payne is "It's a great day for jousting!", referencing the opening line of Indianapolis 500.
- Punny Name: Lots, especially the Kings and knights.
- Psycho for Hire: Sir Psycho, naturally.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Merlin, almost always.
"It's not tragic, you have Merlin's magic!"
- Save the Princess
- Score Multiplier: You can start with a 5x (or higher) multiplier by making the Skill Shot. The multiplier can be further increased by rolling over just two lanes; bonus multipliers beyond 30x are not unheard of.
- Sir Verba Lot: One of the knights in the jousting tournament is "Sir Miss-A-Lot".
- Skill Shot: Shooting the flashing lane at launch gives 50K points (incrementing 10K each time) and adds 5 to the bonus multiplier (making it 6x if there is no held bonus multiplier). The Super Skill Shot which can be activated by holding down the left flipper while launching the ball will score 100K points as soon as a shot is made and start a Castle Hurry-Up for up to 1M.
- Small Name, Big Ego: The Earl of Ego.
"I am the Earl of Ego, and I am far superior to you."
- Sound Effect Bleep: One of Lord Howard Hurtz's introductory clips is "I'm Howard Hurtz, who the [BEEP] are you?" An operator control allowed the unbleeped version instead.
- Spiritual Successor: Of Attack from Mars.
- Storming the Castle: Done literally, as the player must batter down the drawbridge and smash the gates before a castle can be destroyed.
- Summon Magic: The trolls are summoned by Payne with bolts of lightning.
- Those Two Guys / Those Two Bad Guys: The trolls.
Troll 1: "We eat you for lunch!"
Troll 2: "With croutons and sprouts!"
- Torches and Pitchforks
- Treasure Room: Defeating the five knights during multiball and then shooting the left castle wall will reveal a treasure room that scores a Super Jackpot.
- Valley Girl: One of the princesses.
"This is, like, totally medieval!"
- Video Mode: After spelling out the F-I-R-E rollover eight times, visit Merlin to start Video Mode. A flock of ravens attacks a group of children, and you must move your character left and right to fend them off. There are 30 ravens all together, but beating 20 ravens yields an Extra Ball.
- We Have Reserves: Francois du Grimm's reaction after his castle gets destroyed:
"Big deal! I have another one just like it down the road!"
- Whack A Monster: The two Trolls in front of the castle work like this generally, but the Smack-a-Troll mode is the straightest example.
- Wizard Mode: Battle for the Kingdom.