KISS (Pro) (Stern, 2015)

KISS (Pro)

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This game received 159 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.597 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "KISS". The group itself ranks #101 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.3

Artwork: 7.819

Sounds/Music: 7.684

Other Aspects: 7.364

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

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6 days ago
Cool music... that's it...

Yet another boring ass Stern...
39 days ago
Have I mentioned I rarely like Stern machines? I rarely like Stern machines.
47 days ago
I love the band. I wanted to love this game, but I just don't. I actually really disliked it at first, but it grew on me a bit. Have played it a ton on location. I love the music and call outs. Hitting the ball in Gene's mouth is fun, but it's just lacking something. The back glass art, in my opinion, could have been done better. If you look at Paul's face it is kinda drooping. The play field is ok, but a couple of shots that need to be made are harder than they should be. Still torn, but probably won't love it. I would recommend playing on location, but owning it is another thing.
63 days ago
It is one of six pinballs at a local, easily the least played. Didn't like the lay out and art theme of entire machine. I like Kiss, but overall gameplay wasn't appealing.
3 months ago
gave it a highscore only because of the music..a different feel..a crowd pleaser
4 months ago
Rated same as Premium/LE. Not a game for me.
4 months ago
I like kiss, just not this machine. Looks and feels cheep.
5 months ago
Ugh yet another Stern pro that feels cheap and bare....this and GOT pro are very poor pins.

Wanted to like it as i love the music but just found it boring and walked away with a ball to play in the end.
6 months ago
I hate Kiss, so it gets low points for that, plus the playfield art isn't the greatest. Stern really cheapened their quality. This game also doesn't count because it's a pro, therefore it's not the full game. It's 1/2 a game, stripped of extra options, since they made 1/2 effort for full price, they're getting 1/2 my appreciation on this one and all other pros.
6 months ago
Rock n roll all night. The classic is a classic, but this new KISS can be addicting. I think it's the awesome songs that keep me glued to this machine when I find one to pluck money into. Maybe one day I will find a premium to play.
6 months ago
I have tried to play this game a few different times and different locations. I just don't like it, it does nothing for me.
8 months ago
Cool game to play on location. Not sure if it would offer a lot if you owned it. Animations are cool. It plays fast and is a great theme. But you sort of wonder why it didn't have more songs on it. I would say it need a little but more in the game play depth area. I know everyone love Meticalla, but I sort of like this better.

The art and playfield are awesome. I have not seen the premium version.
11 months ago
I really enjoyed sound track pick from Kiss discography, but did not really like the playfield and the toys. Anyway, it is a quite good game to play in the amusement shops, although I would not buy it for home use.
1 year ago
Yawn. KISS is as pedestrian as it comes with a little bit of frustration thrown in. The game's feature toy is problematic, and the rules are devoid of anything special. For such a cool throwback with the art package, it's a shame that the gameplay doesn't measure up.
1 year ago
Played on location... It's OK. Nothing new, exciting. Certainly nothing to write home about.
1 year ago
When kiss first came out I hated it an thought it was boring, spent a bit of time on it now an it's definatly growing on me, sounds are great an machine looks class, would definatly chose pro on this table don't think the extras weigh up to the price difference , never thought I would like this game but I do, hate how picking the cities with the flippers do nothing, code will defiantly make this game stronger, it's a good table, I like it...
1 year ago
Great game, never gets old. Always time for, "one more"!
1 year ago
new code is needed otherwise not much better than the 1979 Ballys Kiss
1 year ago
Tight shots, interesting layout that's slightly limited but quite challenging and fun. Love the retro look and much more fun to play than the original Bally. Hopefully code updates improve game play objectives it complete the game.
1 year ago
KISS (Pro) makes a great first impression right off the bat because the player can select the KISS song they want to listen to during gameplay before getting down to business. The song selection also functions as a sort of meta-mode select, and so it feels like several games in one (in a good way). The playfield lights do an excellent job of supplementing the callouts (that aren't always very informative), and the shots are challenging but clean. My only gripe about this game is that the Demon head (Gene Simmons) spits the ball SDTM many times, and often without a ball save in place. So, it can be frustrating to play when the toy effect ruins fair gameplay, but the rest of the game has great kinetics and keeps the player involved and interested. I'd like to own one of these machines someday (and I'm not even a huge KISS fan).
1 year ago
My decals are failing the more time goes by and it was bad right out of the box. Sterns response to my issues have me dumbfounded. They are unwilling to fix my machines decals and its only 4 months old.The game itself looks great. The code as of now is bad. My experience with Stern over this machine is making it hard to consider future new in box purchases.

I have sold the machine at a loss due to the poor decals and my experience with Sterns customer support. I will not buy a new in box Stern again, just not worth it to experience what I did.
1 year ago
I have a few PINS to include a Metallica Pro, so when I finally got a chance to play this recently I tried not to compare the two (though hard to do). I was a KISS fan when I was a kid in the 70’s so I am familiar with the music, more so than I ever was with Metallica. I absolutely LOVE the lighting on the KISS table. The whole “concert” theme is very endearing and the game just looks great. I found the play to be good. Again, it’s hard not to compare to my Metallica but the ball flowed smoothly and in the several games I played, the rule set seemed intuitive. I had more than a few STDM’s on weak ramp shots, but otherwise I did OK and I think by my third game won a free game on points.

If I were collecting pins on a music theme, I’d consider this for my collection but right now patiently waiting for my MMR Standard to be built and shipped, so I won’t be adding this table. I think it is a very fun pin to play with long lasting appeal. This will probably end up being the signature piece in an infinite line of KISS memorabilia. But, I’m not really a Metallica fan and I love my table because the art, layout, and play is just fantastic. The point is non-KISS fans will probably really enjoy this table for its build and rule set, as much as I, a non-Metallica fan, enjoy my pin for the same reasons.
1 year ago
The artwork is absolutely top notch. By far, the pins best attribute. Game play is another matter. I personally found it lacking. Code upgrade may help, but its doubtful. Enough of a game to appeal to kiss fans but not even in the same universe as AC/DC or Metallica.
1 year ago
I am not a big fan of the group Kiss but the machine is not all that bad. The design is colorful, backglass and field are pretty decent to look at. Nice ramp and lane shots provide decent flow, Targets on the side and the stage/pit/whatever on the upper left make for an above average pin. I found play quite fun and got a game or two more in than I would normally at a show with over 100 pins to play.
1 year ago
just a hit and miss !!
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