KISS (Premium/LE)

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This game received 125 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.018 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "KISS". The group itself ranks #52 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.742

Artwork: 8.198

Sounds/Music: 7.962

Other Aspects: 8.013

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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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3 months ago
I'm surprised this game is so low. I find it really fun and one of the better music games (nothing beats Metallica, of course!) If there's one thing that I guess sort of irritates me is its allllllways a long ball game. The very first time I played I won a free game....and then a free game off the free game....and then another free game... etc... I'm no pinball wizard either, it's just really hard to drain I guess (some would say that's a good thing!).

It deff lacks some challenge. I've only played on location too so not sure about the "rules" etc
5 months ago
I believe much of the negative ratings are based on theme, but as a KISS fan, it gets a 6 from me
I love the songs, but the rules and shots are what make the game so fun. I hate the center art of the bad and the
back glass but love the cabinet. Unfortunately mine came with the body wrap wrinkled and damaged
Very upsetting to say the least

Overall I love this pin...all my guests love it, especially kids. It sits next to Monster Bash/Deadpool/Star Wars
and KISS and DP get all the play from the 5-12 year olds
6 months ago
I never really gave this game a chance. but the more I play it I love it. Ok I know that being a kiss fan growing up might persuade my thoughts about this game but it is really fun. I love the progress bars for each song and the chance to change it. Metallica does not do that. I would love to have this game in my house.
7 months ago
Full disclosure: KISS will always be near and dear to me as it got me into pinball. That said, I was never big KISS fan, so it's not just a KISS fanboy rating either. The playfield layout is pretty simple on kiss and other than the right ramp and left orbit the shots are pretty easy. It plays fast, and it's a lot of fun to shoot. The demon multiball always seems to get everyone excited. The levitating ball on the prem/LE is a really cool mech, but I like the Love Gun MB more on the pro (probably b/c it's easier haha). All in all, it's just a fun game to shoot.
8 months ago
Had to get one after the code updated to 1.41.
With the final touch of that code update it really made it hard for me not to get one....until I got one.
Right decision in every way. I love it period.
9 months ago
The playfield has a lot of things on it and is not "bare". Theming is great (premium is a touch better than pro). The lit shots make it easy to know what you need to aim for and step you through the game. It's a fun game, but doesn't "pull you in", yet has that "one more game" feel to it. After a while playing it, it seems to be a little repetitive even though there is a lot to shoot at. I would play this at locations every visit if the Gene mouth is working properly. If there was a real good deal on an LE, I could see myself owning one to compliment my pin collection. Currently there are other pins that are higher on my interest list.
9 months ago
Played this game with my friends at the Asheville Pinball Museum. It was really fun and we all agreed it was the one of best games. in the place. I especially like shooting balls up the tongue of Gene Simmons.
9 months ago
Real good pin !!
9 months ago
Big KISS fan and I love this game! I had played it previously and the playability was just ok. With the updated 1.41 code, it is flipping awesome. Loved it so much I just bought one.
11 months ago
This pin is a lot of fun and I'm not even a Kiss fan. My buddy got a premium and I ended up setting the high score on it on my first play, somehow managing to get multiball about 6 times during the game. The game has a lot of neat features but we kept running into a problem with the ball getting stuck after hitting it into Gene Simmons' mouth. The game then would go through a ball-search process multiple times, eventually spitting it out without warning, pretty much ruining the game. Despite that issue, I strongly considered buying this game from him when he sold it - I definitely would have if I liked Kiss's music.
11 months ago
Fun game. Better than I was lead to believe it was. As a KISS fan, it hits the right notes for me.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Kiss is a terrific game, fun to shoot & finally a great code
A classic from Stern!
1 year ago
Kiss music isn't good but the game is a homerun for theming around this band.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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
2 years 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
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Fun challenging shots, good sounds and music, good looking machine, and I am not a kiss fan.
2 years 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!
2 years 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.
2 years 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 .
2 years 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!
2 years ago
Just a fun game. Looks and plays so smooth. The call outs by Gene and Paul are excellent.
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