KISS (Bally, 1979)


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This game received 82 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 6.978 /10


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This game ranks #260 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.59

Artwork: 8.414

Sounds/Music: 5.176

Other Aspects: 6.959

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2 years ago
artwork is awesome..i have this machine basically as a show piece for the art, people play it but not often.
2 years ago
I like this old Bally, great artwork
2 years ago
For it's time, KISS was ok. Not much going on here playfield wise. Light KISS over and over. Like the drop targets. Spinners are always fun to hit. If your a KISS fan, worth owning if you don't have a small collection. Gets a bit old in a smaller collection. Nice looking pin. Always a fun game for a play or 2. Somewhat miss mine. When I have more room, i'll pick up another. Do love the artwork...
2 years ago
Great theme, classic art package, yet incredibly boring gameplay. Spinner all day once it is lit. Great for casual players looking to spell KISS over and over and over again via the matrix in the center but further than that, the game leaves a lot to be desired compared to other games of the era. One of the best art packages on a classic Bally, from a company that created the idea of an in-house art department. It would a few years before the idea of art agreeing with game design was Kiss proves wonderfully. Prices on this game have been madness for years now given Kiss Kollectors valuing this as the ultimate Kollectable. If it held a reasonable price, being a fan of rock n' roll, I'd consider owning the game for a spell, but not at current market value...!
2 years ago
I gained somewhat of a new appreciation for this pin. I've always considered it one of the most overpriced games ever, and I really don't like symmetrical games, but it's not all bad. The farrrr back spinners are a tight, dangerous, valuable shot. I actually like that more than ripping one halfway down the playfield on an EM. The bonus grid is kind of cool. Artwork, especially the backglass, is one of the greatest ever. The sound is of course abysmal, but if it it was made a year or two earlier might've been even worse. Just look at Nugent.
3 years ago
Where's my platform boots so I can kick some Ace!
3 years ago
Hard to play, not for a long time
3 years ago
Lots of fun, lighting up the spinners never gets old. Has some tight shots.

Surprised there isn't more love for this one...I am not a kiss fan but his is a fun pin.
4 years ago
Very good early Bally Solid State. I don't like symmetric games as much as asymmetrical ones, but it works pretty good for Kiss. Scoring is consistent with the other Bally's of that era, so if you kick ass early on it you can coast thru, esp on a 5 ball game. You either like the theme or you don't, not many people are on the middle. Can't find them cheap any more, so if you're looking for a player from this era maybe look for a Mata Hari or something instead.
4 years ago
KISS sounds like a great potential pin for its time, but I just find it dull and overpriced.
4 years ago
Of course a classic machine, with an awesome theme. Very fun to look at, but plays a little clunky... It is a bit easy at times, but can be very addicting at the same time. If nothing else it can sit and look pretty...
4 years ago
The KISS theme is what makes this a great pin. the gameplay is actually pretty addicting spelling KISS a bunch of times to score big points. Without a great theme, like this one, i dont think any pin from 1979 is worth owning.
5 years ago
Kiss the pinball and the band are 70's icons that come together perfectly in this game.

The Pros:
Kevin O'Connor's artwork is brilliant all around on this table. Jim Patla's design is understated, simple and very playable.

The Cons:
I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day in 4 bit sound... this is a rock and roll pinball right? I have to admit that I find myself singing the lyrics with the tune when I start my game, OK, it's not that bad. I know that this is what the tech at the time supported, but it seems shallow. The rest of the sounds are basic in comparison to that...

The Takeaway:
The Army will always be seeking this deck. It's a fun game and they made 17k of them, but the price will always be too high for what you get from the game for playability. If I'm paying 3k for a bally of this vintage... Give me a Paragon and a few others and I'm a happy pinhead.
5 years ago
If it wasn't KISS, this game wouldn't be a big deal. A band like KISS deserves a better pinball machine.
5 years ago
Very generic layout but with the artwork along with the sound(for the time)
it still has a good flow. Yes, you would have to be a KISS fan but I liked it.
5 years ago
Tough game to rate. Very simple, but on par for its time. Your paying a premium for the theme, whiel the gameplay could leave a lot to be desired. Great for non-pin people parties and gatherings since everyone knows KISS and the rules are easy to grasp.
5 years ago
Pro-forma game design. One of the first games tied to popular culture. Didn't compare well to peer games and wasn't compelling in game play, story or anything else. Of course, since Kiss has somehow stuck around, it is retro cool, but imagine instead if you were rating a "Hall & Oats" game . . . yawn
5 years ago
Kiss was huge in the 70's and I remember this table being very popular with the high school crowd. I was bit younger, but did play it. The music and backglass were some of the best ever. The gameplay itself was nothing special or innovative. A solid late 70's or early 80's game, but not a lot of replay value for me. As much a jukebox as a pinball machine to me, but I would like to own one.
6 years ago
A collectors game more than a players game. If you're really old school, you may like this one more than me. And yes, I still listen to Kiss.
6 years ago
Fairly symetrical playfield makes the gameplay fairly straight forward. The main goal of the game is to spell KISS to increase your bonus. Don't Tilt or you will lose a ton of points. The spinners are tight shots and the 4 pops give a lot of randomness to the ball. Sounds are typical pinball sounds of the day. The one KISS song it "plays" seems out of place because of its lack of quality compared to the rest of the game's sounds. The flashing KISS marquee is pre-flasher era and was cool for its time. Artwork is very well done. Some of the best on any game, even if you aren't a KISS fan.
6 years ago
Great artwork and music, but there where it stops for me the most overpriced game in the history of pinball.
6 years ago
Out of all of the games I own, the KISS pinball is the one everyone wants to play. People simply gravitate directly to it.

It is fun to play and has a great backglass. They made lots of these tables, everyone should own one.
6 years ago
Not a bad game for the bleep bleep era... gameplay is OK with a bonus building strategy. Not a fan of the band, so this lets it down for me! If you like Kiss, however, get one!
6 years ago
Looks great but the game play just didn't excite me. Maybe I missed something and need more plays.
6 years ago
I love the look of this pin, I just wish it had a wider variety of shots. It gets boring real quickly due to its limited shot selection.
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