KISS (Premium/LE) (Stern, 2015)

KISS (Premium/LE)

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This game received 116 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.820 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "KISS". The group itself ranks #74 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.513

Artwork: 8.104

Sounds/Music: 7.811

Other Aspects: 7.713

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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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76 days ago
KISS was great before the big update.

Now it is really great.

Great call outs, smooth layout, and fantastic use of multipliers.

The way you can blow up super jackpots is insane!

And now the cities do something! The combos are really sweet.

I have had all the music pins and for me this ranks as number 1, and I have Maiden and AC/DC premium next to it.
7 months ago
Kiss is a terrific game, fun to shoot & finally a great code
A classic from Stern!
10 months ago
Kiss music isn't good but the game is a homerun for theming around this band.
11 months ago
Great game. There are so many good games to choose from. If you are a Kiss fan and like pinball, this machine is pretty cool.
11 months ago
This game is smooth, fast and a lot of fun. If you love Kiss, then you'll probably love this machine. Lot's of great KISS songs. Demon Multiball is really cool. Beautiful playfield. Magnet grab is cool. I definitely enjoy playing this one.
11 months ago
No need to upgrade from the pro. Physical ball lock is nice, but the magnet truck shot is underwhelming at best.

Still a fun game but just not great value adders on le
1 year ago
Lighting is great colors are vivid art work is great as well it plays very well and keeps your attention . It could use more game sounds and more interaction with the band like my Metallica game has a lot of voice of the band members and always says something funny to keep you playing . I don't like where they put the power switch if you have it in the middle of a couple games it's hard to reach don't know why they moved it? Just my opinion it took google for me to find it Other than that it's a solid 9 out of 10
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Fun challenging shots, good sounds and music, good looking machine, and I am not a kiss fan.
1 year ago
The new code 1.40 change the game to near perfection.New rouls,new animations,new custom speak.This game it’s now a wery fun beautiful game,with amazing light show.Kizz is a killer music pin,with the new code.Well done Stern!
1 year 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.
1 year 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 .
1 year 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!
1 year ago
Just a fun game. Looks and plays so smooth. The call outs by Gene and Paul are excellent.
1 year 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!
1 year 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). Love the right orbit spinner as it makes a fast clicking camera shutter sound. The scoop brings on some mystery intrigue and bonuses. There should be more in game call outs. This game is flat out super fun as so many ingredients combine to make it so - the music is upbeat and fun party type music, and again great light colors on terrific pf art. I have a few and have played a few and this will probably be my longest keeper and may never be up for sale.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
a few setting tweaks and a code update would make this one of the best games ever.
1 year 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
2 years ago
Not very good looking, not very fun, not very good music. This game blows.
2 years 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!
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Played the game a good 50x
I personally like it a lot!
The theme, artwork ,colors, music just pop!!!
I'm a kiss fan but not a fanatic!
I ve played pretty much every pin over the years sure, there are plenty more fun to play but , I think this is one of the nicest looking pinball machines ever made!
Definately want for game room!
UPDATE: 2/18/19 finally purchased nib kiss LE !
Was playing on it with original code for 3 days til , I updated to the 1.41 newest code. Wow! What a huge difference in gameplay and especially the newer lighting effects that’s put on!! So glad I finally was able to get one!
It looks incredible in my new game room and My family loves it!
2 years 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...
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