KISS (Pro)

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This game received 198 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.661 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd 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: 7.35

Artwork: 7.824

Sounds/Music: 7.769

Other Aspects: 7.481

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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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26 days ago
I'm definitely not a Kiss fan, but this pin is fun despite that. I guess I would enjoy it more if the music was more appealing. The premium does add a few perks that I noticed were missing, as one would expect.
4 months ago
Played onsite. The Op had the pitch super steep so this beast played FAST. It's a fun game but not one I would ever consider for home. The rule set is decent, evenly balanced. The demon VUK is a one trick pony and sometimes spits the balls right between the ole legs for a drain. That sucks - no ball save for that either. The loop isn't a satisfying shot, the steep ramp is satisfying, middle ramp is meh, back stage is pretty damn clever. It's in a weird spot so it takes some actual skill to get into that and random sloppy play generally doesn't end up in there which is nice. The lower right pop is an animal and can send the ball any which way at anytime which is pretty cool also but that's where the fun ends. The pin strikes me as more of novelty pin than a real pin.
7 months ago
Compared to other Sterns pinball machines who fall in the hard rock category this is certainly not the most good looking, the fastest or the most tempting one to play. But when you're playing it there is no doubt that this is a cool and real entertaining machine. Even though there arent as many playfield gadgets here as for example on Metallica or Maiden, this machine manages to keep you busy and focused on the ball.

Although a cliché - I must once again say that here is a pinball machine with a fair amount of "one-more-game"-quality to it, which is pretty much the most important measuring stick for both vendors and home owners.

The general art on this game is rather dull and ugly. This is also true for the playfield, which on the other hand has a real
flashy and theme-fitting colour mix to it.

As with Metallica, I'm not a fan of Kiss music at all. Yet- this is another example of a Stern game with high intensity, interesting shots and a overall successful tribute to the hard rock theme.

Regarding lastability in a home collection I would rank KISS quite a few notches lower than Metallica- but nevertheless
a reasonable choice.
9 months ago
The playfield has a lot of things on it and is not "bare". Theming is great (premium is a touch better). 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.
1 year ago
This game totally is for the KISS fans, but it is a lot of fun even if they are not your favorite band in the world. It has a lot of great shots, and plays pretty fast. Getting multiple multi-balls is always fun, and challenging without being too easy.
1 year ago
I really don't like band pins where the songs you select change the rules... I like how Iron Maiden handled it and you can listen to any song you want when you're not in a mode, when you're in a mode, then you get the song to that mode. As there are some songs I like, but I hate the modes and rule sets... But, what I do like about this game is the theme, artwork, toys, and songs. The callouts are okay and fit with the rock concert theme. I like the animations and how they mix real footage of the band too. Love the Demon Gene head lock device. Really cool. Game shots fine, and I do like how its not hard to get 1-2 mb per play.
As the love gun and demon are attainable and both fun to play.
As band pins go this is a really good one, it both fits Kiss' image and also is just a fun pin.
1 year ago
This game got so much better since the last update ( 1.4 )
Better balance and more variation !
1 year ago
Glad to have this in my collection.
1 year ago
A very solid and fun game!
1 year ago
The music sound and art are all great. The game is very challenging for how simple it is, the shots are tight and it feels great to hit combos. The theme is wonderfully done I thought. Many times it reminded me of being at a KISS concert. Very cool. The callouts maybe gets tiring if you're not a big KISS fan.

I absolutely prefer the Premium edition for more than a few reasons but will always play the Pro when I see one.
1 year ago
Kiss is the new-aged Stern cookie-cutter layout with some slight differences. I don't mind Kiss' music, and I find this game to be pretty fun to play once in a while. I see Kiss is a player's pin, so if your skills are low, you'll find it to be an unenjoyable drain-monster.


-- This game is a cookie cutter Stern with just a few differences
-- The backstage/song scoop is very tight, but doable. I hated it until I dialed it in. It works!
-- The right ramp is steep as hell and a tight shot as well. It feels great to nail it!
-- Paul Stanley's kicker zone for love-gun multiball is cool. The kickout up there is cool too.
-- Being able to hit the center ramp with both flippers is nice. It's a welcome easy shot.
-- Gene's head looks cool, but it's functionality as a primary toy is flat-out weak.


-- Kiss was a great band (yes, WAS), and this game is themed pretty great.
-- RGB LEDs for the changing shots are awesome.
-- Callouts are pretty good. "Stop shakin' the game!"


-- The modes are pretty solid and challenging to finish.
-- I like the combo rules. Centre ramp makes comboing a little easier on a tough machine.
-- Multiballs are quite fun on this game.
-- Gameplay and music becomes redundant pretty quick.


-- Choosing the easier songs (Eg. Deuce then Love Gun) over and over gets old fast.
-- I love Kiss' music, but the same songs will eventually drive you nuts, unlike ACDC.
-- Art is a little too cartoony for me.
-- Right ramp is a too tight, and you are punished hard if you miss.
-- Bumpers kill a lot of flow in this one. Center ramp followed by a hopeful alternate shot is really all you get.
-- No skill shot, with the exception of scoring a hit on the loop for Deuce.
-- Gene's head likes to barf the ball SDTM on many copies of this machine.
-- I've had many balls drain in the outlines twice in a row. Talk about house balls!

In the end, I expected to dislike this machine, but I don't mind it at all. Is it a great pin? No. Is it a typical Stern offering? Yes, but not to the point of being Aerosmith. I'll play this in the wild, but I feel sorry for those who bought this and rate it high simply to defend their purchase. Trust me, I've played it enough to know. It is an average pin at best, but worth a few bucks in the wild.
1 year ago
Such an under-rated game.

Amazing flow.

Superb call outs by Gene.

Gameplay - it's all about trying to get the multiplier at the right times to blow up the score.

Rock City is supposed to be great but haven't got there.

Hoping the final update polishes the code and does the game justice.

Will update again then.
1 year ago
Very fun game to play. Enjoyed the different rule sets based on music choice.
2 years ago
I love this game!! I am a huge Kiss fan, but I like to think I would love this game even if I wasn’t. I went with a pro as the premium and LE models offer almost nothing for the increase. Overall, the rules are simple, but it’s fast and flows well. In many ways it reminds me of Iron Man, brutal fast and short ball times. It is the ultimate pick up game and works in small and large collections.
2 years ago
First I think many of the early poor ratings of this game is due to bad early code, dislike for the band and the difficulty of the game it self. I believe many players want to put up big scores with little challenge. Shots are tight except for the center ramp. The game is a beast challenging you at each mode but it clearly defines what needs to be done. That is what makes for a long lasting challenging game that taunts you to keep coming back to complete that next mode or multiball. If you want something simple to put up big scores get something else. If you look at Pinball and want a challenge Kiss is a game for you.
2 years ago
I have wanted this game for awhile but was leery of the code talk. I pulled the trigger and Santa came through! Kiss saves Christmas once again! Anyway if you like or love Kiss you will like or love this game. If you hate Kiss than this game is not for you. I'm a big Kiss fan so I love it! However standing on its on is still good but I don't know if it would go in the home collection. It's a lot deeper than I thought it would be. Lots of things to do and shoot for. I have Metallica and theirs more to do than Metallica. Overall I would give Kiss an 8.5/10 and Metallica a 9/10. I hope that helps make your decision if your on the fence about owning it like I was since it came out. (Re-adjusted on April 3rd and I just love this game! I sold Metallica and kept Kiss!
2 years ago
Got the game thinking code was going to stink. It is a real blast to play. With finishing touches this could be another TWD. Game looks awesome and hearing old KISS songs hearkens back to my teenage days. Buy one, mod it, enjoy.
2 years ago
I approached this game with a fair amount of skepticism. But after several dozen plays, it's growing on me steadily. I admit to some bias for the theme; I haven't really been a KISS fan since I was a kid, but the nostalgia factor, the music, and the band member personalities are a lot of fun.

The songs available in the game are the right ones, in my opinion. Interestingly, unlike AC/DC for instance, the concepts of the band's songs aren't translated into playfield features. Instead, the songs get DMD animations based on the song concept, and the specialized animations play when you hit the necessary shots to complete the song. (Like in Aerosmith.) Meanwhile, the playfield features are based on the band members' characters and the concept of the KISS ARMY -- an approach that really isn't as good of an option (if at all) for bands like AC/DC and Aerosmith. I think this setup is well executed for this game.
2 years ago
Kiss is a fun game it has great artwork, good sounds, and Cool toys.
2 years ago
KISS Pro is themed very well . Hard shots but great sound and decent game play .I own the KISS LE but KISS pro would be a great pinball to own if you are looking for a music pin Addicting
2 years ago
I think this game is very underrated. The shots and flow and are great. It kind of feels like a Steve Richie game with regards to the flow. Great for a quick game. I own an acdc pro and would consider it close to as good. Acdc n my opinion has more character but the shots on kiss are just as or possibly more satisfying. There has been a lot of negative comments about the code but I disagree. I tend to prefer games that aren't very difficult to figure out, Kiss qualifies. Also, they are still working on a final code update. The couple negative thing I have to say is it wouldn't hurt to have a couple more toys and dots are a little bland. If you're interested in a game with great shots, flow, and theme this is a great choice.
2 years ago
Cool game which nails the KISS theme. Artwork mimics the classic 70s Bally KISS. Dont believe the hype that the code is lacking ... there is nothing wrong with it.
2 years ago
Fun game. Great art. Could use a few more songs. Gene's head shoots the ball sdtm too often though. Otherwise wise it is a fun game
2 years ago
Great looking game! I've been a Kiss fan for a long time and I had an opportunity to buy a discounted new one so I did. Great music but not a deep game but still fun.
2 years ago
I played this after Aerosmith and started to notice similarities. I had not read much about these two pins, but they are very similar in layout. I liked Aerosmith a lot better. While KISS was fun it didn't hold me.
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