KISS (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2015)

KISS (Premium/LE)

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This game received 109 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.825 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "KISS". The group itself ranks #67 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.447

Artwork: 8.139

Sounds/Music: 7.788

Other Aspects: 7.709

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "KISS (Premium/LE)".
The other version is: KISS (Pro) (regular version)

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49 days ago
Full disclosure, I am a huge KISS fan! But I also feel I am an objective pinball fanatic as well. Case in point, I have a huge Star Wars collection, but I do not own any Star Wars pinball machines *AHEM*. I own the LE version of the KISS pin. Let’s just say first that this machine is beautiful. The foil sideart, mirrored backglass and red hardware really set this machine off. The playfield is gorgeous. Kevin O’Connor really hit it out of the park. Explosions, flames, lightning bolts, stars, planets, guitars, drums, Catman, Spaceman, Demon, Starchild, retro bumpers and retro grid! This machine is Dressed to Kill! The lighting is what really makes the LE or Premium worth it IMHO. As you progress through the game the changing RGB LEDs make it seem like it is becoming more alive. It keeps the excitement building. Then of course there is the Demon Multiball when the whole playfield gets washed in blood red light. I think God of Thunder would have been a better song choice here than Calling Dr. Love. There is also Love Gun Multiball that washes the playfield in purple and pink light. My only major negative about this game is that some of the DMD animations are very subpar. I like that you can use the flippers to change the cities for callouts during the game. They don’t happen very often, so it is fun to hear a shout out to your chosen city once in a while. There are a lot of things to do in this game. I really like the linear flow to the game. Shoot here, then shoot there, go on to the next song. Very simple to understand once you know what is going on. The shots are very satisfying as there are plenty of audio and lighting cues to keep you engaged. This is my first LE title and now makes me feel that the LE and Premium models are truly how the designers intended their games to be enjoyed. If I can pony up the funds, I will always go this route in the future. I own two John Borg titles, KISS LE and Metallica Pro. Metallica is rude, crude, industrial and dirty. KISS is the glam and glitz of a theatrical rock band. It is truly a concert under glass. I don’t anticipate parting with either title anytime soon.
74 days ago
Fun challenging shots, good sounds and music, good looking machine, and I am not a kiss fan.
3 months ago
Kiss is a cool game with great artwork, good sounds, and cool toys like the ball hovering in the back when the magnet grabs it and Gene spitting balls at you.
3 months ago
I own the KISS LE for the crimson red armor package and the Foil based flame decal's and real Back Glass. The Premium is good as well just not as pleasing to the eye. The choreographed GI lighting is awesome and the 16 extra RGB color changing inserts and Levitating "LGMB" . All these features give the edge in the current market to seek out a KISS LE . 1.30 code with multipliers being very well done . Hard shots . But many options to shoot for . I thought KISS irrelevance in the music scene for the last decade or more would be a factor for my enjoyment . I was wrong . It is great I just forgot about them and it is implanted very well . This pinball got me by surprise as to the "FUN Factor" it provides. Very underrated . I am very glad I bought a KISS LE excellent game and Iconic theme KISS .
5 months ago
The sound is what does it for me here. It's very well tied into gameplay. 4 pop bumpers are neat, and they have good color changing lights. Cool hard to hit left show. Satisfying middle ramp, challenging right ramp (very steep), smooth gameplay, a lot of fun!
6 months ago
Just a fun game. Looks and plays so smooth. The call outs by Gene and Paul are excellent.
7 months ago
Very vibrant game. I love the shots...very smooth, no airballs. Not too diificult to ubderstand the modes. Very underrated game. Code is satisfying as is, but the animations need expansion. Overall great game!
8 months ago
Can you say "underrated"? This game rocks. I rate everything about it right at the top. LE Light show is fantastic - love the pink lighting with the black toys and table art! Table art as good as MET and AS, so right at the top. Same for cabinet and backglass art. Genes head is a great toy though some say may need to tweak it so it doesnt go SDTM. Paul toy ditto. Nice feature is when it takes the ball across the back above the pf for Love Gun multiball. Good callouts for that by Paul and demon multi has a good callout as well. This game has crowd noise that gets ya pumped and really adds to it! For that reason imo all music pins need crowd noise. But not all have it, oh well. Very good flow and very fast esp if you can hit the right ramp, which is a challenge esp at speed. I think the code is fine except for a few bugs which I think shouldve been fixed a long time ago but hopefully there will be new code for bugs and also to add to the already great pin. Funny thing, I didnt even like Kiss until I saw some demos on YT, which pretty much introduced me to the band as well. Loved the game at first sight and I bought the LE almost right away. Have never looked back! Love this game, dig the band after all these yrs of "eh", and dont see myself ever selling (unless maybe its remade w/ an LCD. And who knows - if they hit purchasers w/ good new code that uses the cities, bcs/ so many customers seem to expect that, this thing will be a smash). Looks so impressive w/ flames side blades and speaker inserts and light kit mods. This game is flat out super fun and the LE has the look of "R n' R all night and Party everyday" defined.
8 months ago
I don't mind Kiss and rocking along as I play. As others have said it is kind of similar in shot geometry to other Borg games, but that doesn't stop it being fun.
9 months ago
Fun pin, played about 10 games on the KISS LE at the RailRoad/PinCrossing. Right ramp is tight, but rewarding when hit; easier modern Stern game; was getting replays a lot; through the pops on the left and around the orbit felt great...The Gene Simmons head reminded me of TFLE, ball not always registering in there, or slipping out; that wasn't great...I really didn't have a good handle on the rules, but was having a good time. Long ball times would be my one main gripe, but sound was excellent and I had a blast playing it.
10 months ago
a few setting tweaks and a code update would make this one of the best games ever.
10 months ago
all the times before I played this pin ... I hated it.
after i understand the Rules and the shoots ... I loved it

- it's an fantastic ball flow
- absolut real music
- very nice artwork
1 year ago
Played at a pin bar and fell in love. Some was the memories and music but the fast flowing play and multiball modes were also just fun. Liked it enough I bought one. The 1.28 code made it even better.
The speed gives my kids some frustration but they are catching on!
1 year ago
Beautiful! Love the playfield artwork. Code is fun but still feels a little incomplete, but that's not really going to kill it for most people. You DO have to like KISS music though. I changed all the music out.
1 year ago
This theme *might* have been relevant in 1985. Completely not relevant any longer by 2015. I really doubt there was a pent up demand for this.

Gameplay is mediocre. In just a few years, this will be one of those titles you can pick up cheap...
1 year ago
When kiss first came out I totally hated it, bored me to tears could not understand the hype behind it, but have played it a lot now because it's in our local tournaments an honestly it's starting to grow on me a lot I thought I would never like this game but I do, sound is great playfield awsome, hate the back glass but can see why stern did it the way they did to respect the original Bally machine. Personally don't think there is much in extras between pro an Le , love guns a little different with the ball getting dropped from right ramp to love gun, an kiss drop targets for me don't make a difference, it really is a beautiful machine an plays great, playfield sorta reminds me of Harley Davidson which is another Borg game so I can see how that can sort of happen, new code is really going to make this game better, never thought I would say it but I do like this game...
1 year ago
It's better than the PRO, solid game that feels like a high end SEGA machine.
1 year ago
Definitely one of John Borg's most fluid playfield designs,; it's a great balance of "fast and flowy" and variation in shots and shot difficulty. Just like Metallica, you could not do better with the KISS theme (artwork and pinball concept). When it comes to the Rock n Roll pins, KISS is "the one" that truly puts on a rock concert under glass.

So theming, artwork, and playfield design are great, but this is a game that severely needs code. Yes, it's not meant to be a serious, deep goal-driven pin like WOZ or LOTR, but right now the ruleset is ridiculously shallow, and the rules around the wizard modes are beyond confusing. Actually trying to figure out any objectives of this game (other than hit the lit up shots) is beyond perplexing. And call-outs are too few, and way too repetitive. I know you can't do too many call outs when a pin has music with vocals, but this is way too quiet a pin. It's missing the call outs that put pressure on the player to hit a shot or complete a mode.

Pro vs. Premium\LE? Yeah, you need the upgrade on this one for the dynamically changing RGB lighting. When Demon or Love Gun Multiball kicks in, and the lighting totally changes, it just feels like a rock concert (and the ambient lighting colors they chose for the different songs work). The floating pinball on the back-wall premium feature is a one trick pony that gets old very fast.

In Summary, with more robust code in this game it will be a classic IMO. If Stern does not fix the code, the pin becomes a game with very little lastability that will be forgotten quickly. Own it? No, only if you're a KISS super-fan and a pin-head. For me, right now the game is just fun to play at a bar or arcade after I've had a beer or two. But even then I'll only play a game or two, because it gets very repetitive fast.
1 year ago
this is a must for kiss fan..very nice flow,smooth ramps,plays fast ,i like it dnt care much for kiss...great job stern!!
1 year ago
This is the third KISS I've played (out of 3) where the head feeds the ball SDTFM! I am glad I am not a KISS fan because this game sucks. It does look good and the lightshow is nice. Sound is good too with many choices, even though I only care for a couple of the songs. It just isn't fun to me.
1 year ago
Flipper average, perhaps improved in design
1 year ago
if they don't get good code for this, unfortunately I wont be much better than the 1979 Ballys Kiss.
1 year ago
Typical Borg style with a lot of randomness but also with more flow on this one. The code still needs lots of work but is better then people give it credit for. If the code comes around this is going to be a really good game. The artwork is awesome on this game and I always have a blast playing it. Sound on the spike system is great, lighting is great, just needs the code.
1 year ago
the ugly head toy is ruining everything,can not look at
1 year ago
Really cool game got to play it at a tournament a little while ago then after the tournament I play itForrest quite a bit. Really fun I like the flow and the long shot up the ramp .
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