Munsters (Limited Edition)

Pinside rating

This game received 68 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.093 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Munsters". The group itself ranks #39 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.812

Artwork: 8.789

Sounds/Music: 7.859

Other Aspects: 7.88

Rating comments

There are 23 rating comments for this game.

Pinside staff rating

None of the staff have rated this game. Sorry, no rating from us.

Your Rating?

You need to be logged in before you can rate pinball machines. No account yet? Registering only takes a sec!

This game is part of a group

Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Munsters (Limited Edition)".
The other versions are: Munsters (Pro) (regular version), Munsters (Premium)

Ranking history

An overview of this machine's ranking over the last years. Lower is better.

Rating history

An overview of this machine's rating over the last years. Higher is better.

Found 23 ratings (with comment) on this game

There are 23 ratings (that include a comment) on this game.
Currently showing results page 1 of 1.

List options

3 days ago
Why does this Monster Bash have an AC/DC lower playfield?
9 days ago
Maybe it is not targeted at the hardcore purist, the pinsnobs or the never-satisfied but "just" at the people who like pinball and its group entertainment....... I love it and so does the wife, family and friends. The theme is great, so are the video clips of the series, the old school innocent humor, the characters etc. Many hours of good clean fun. The ramps are beautiful and so is the artwork. Playing it is relatively easy for more experienced players but not too easy that it is boring. There is plenty to do and learn. Yes the rules are not very deep like some recent games but is that always needed to simply have pinball fun? Do all games need to be too deep to finish? Be video games with endless number of levels? The rules of poker are not deep at all but still fun... Of course I hope that Stern keeps working on the code and will continue to add fun and improve where possible. Pinball is relaxing to the mind, exiting, frustrating, laughing-out-loud, competing, learning skills and enjoying a light and sound show........Munsters is all that. Enjoy it while you can. ....Before I forget, the mini-playfield is a great addition that requires skill! It is beautifully made! Everybody that played loved it.
9 days ago
I wasn't interested at the begining, but i've tried it this weekend, i changed my mind. Very good pin, the artwork is really amesome, lot of fun. A good surprise for me.
I'm not found of the mini playfield.
21 days ago
No idea on the Haters this game is Amazing it goes right next to my Addams. Love the no ball save just like Addams. Love the Artwork the LE is something. I am finding it hard not long ball times at all just like Addams. The mini playfield is better than others by a mile. Code yes shallow but should improve so impossible to take that into account yet as most sterns are shallow at the start. Love the ramp shots they flow well with the game. Overall Stern great job once again.
29 days ago
I think I prefer the pro, to be honest. I wasn't a big fan of the pro, but I hoped that the lower playfield would add to the fun of the experience and mix things up a little. Unfortunately, I'm not impressed by the mini pinball. I think Family Guy/Shrek does the mini pinball stuff better, and even then it's a bit hokey.

The game isn't a disaster, it's just not that fun when compared to others in the similar layout family (Metallica, Guardians, KISS, etc.). I keep wanting to go back to Metallica instead.
30 days ago
I played it first at CES and liked it knowing it was early code. Now I have access to one close by and I’ve spent lots of time playing after the latest update and I’m a little underwhelmed. The art is of course beautiful, but it just doesn’t have any great wow moments during gameplay. I got annoyed with the canned laughter after an hour and the theme song becomes grating as well. I do like the lower playfield being packed with miniature pinball things though. The dragon is definitely to low on the ramp. Unfortunately according to the owner of this LE, it won’t be there long.
33 days ago
Definitely one of my all time favorites! They nailed it!
34 days ago
The lower playfield is super meh, good art package but really a blinged out pro...
34 days ago
This game is just an absolute blast to play. Theme integration is just fantastic and I really love Chris's artwork. The code is still a little bit early as of the time of this review so the rules aren't overly deep at the moment but it's just so fun! The wire return rails are just so cool on this and I love when the Spot monster pops up in the middle of the ramp. Just seems like an overall really well done game that makes me want to play it again. I do think you need to have a Premium or LE though. That lower playfield is just so cool.
36 days ago
100% fast family fun!
37 days ago
Munsters is a class A title. Stern has made a quality table that exceeds all other makers. They’ve turned the corner as of Munsters.

Was really trying to find all the negative aspects written about on this forum, but couldn’t really find them. The table is a Stern gem.

Artwork: Beautiful and a joy to see one of my favorite themes from a show represented so well. Other companies tables don’t look this good. Meaning, most use clip art, instead of paying for full blown artwork like Stern does.

LCD: Lots of integrated video that puts you right into Mocking Bird Lane. The feel of the show is well represented and the Munsters theme shines. Hope Stern puts lots of different video on additional levels that I’ve not experienced yet. There is so much more video I’m hoping Dewight adds from the show, like Lyman did for Batman.

Game layout: Flow is spot on (no pun intended - lol) and really works well, with all shots exposed for trapped balls to hit off flippers. Like the kitty shot next to Herman. The ramps are innovative and work so well. Even without hitting the ball hard, right ramp 180 is makable at slower speed. Best of all, targets at the end of the ramps, so goodbye nasty bricks. This is a fan layout of course, but has its own unique feel. Borg nailed this one better than the video streams reveal. It has the all important kinetic feel to the shots.

Mono targets are fine, even if drop targets would have been nice, but might look odd to have Lilly drop and Dragula otherwise. They work well with the flow of the game. Dragula is a nice touch and makes for interesting flow. Could use more video variety although for dragula sequences.

Toys: Grandpa’s basement is the shiny main toy here, with flippers set to soft, feels big and how cool is the light transition from upper to lower and back again? So fun Borg fit a whole miniature PF down there. Herman bash toy moves well and fun to hit. Wish for another mechanical toy, but spot under the stairs is fun too. Grandpa’s lab has an additional bash toy that helps satisfy. Could have had raven as an interactive toy. Maybe they’ll do that with a topper?

Lights: Love the light show and was worried about green flashing, hoping Dwight will program a way to tone them down by menu adjustments. Heard even brighter flashing on B&W, which I’d be buying.

Music and call outs: Can it get any better than Munsters theme and associated show series music? Paul Lynn call out sounding voice is quite nice. Other callouts from Munsters family is so good too.

Munsters is a four player party game, if there ever was one. Stern needs to amp up game depth a bit for the one player experience to last in a home environment. I’ve always liked MB, but think Munsters edges it out and seems like a lot more to it with LCD theme integration.

Overall this table is not boring as a few suggest and would fit nicely in any home, as long as Dwight continues to improve the code depth. Needs some wizard type modes to go along with the fab table and theme. The flow is so nice that it feels good to shoot. It has that one more play feel to it, with plenty to shoot and hit. Stern now makes the best tables as the table quality demonstrates. Upped their game making better now than the competition. Premium table is a good buy and wow, B&W!
38 days ago
The game is easy Yes. The game is fun Yes! The code is deep right now...NO.

A great code update will make this game a real winner.

Negativity on this game comes from people that Don't have an LE. Game is beautifully executed! Mini PF is a blast!
38 days ago
I just hate the mini PF. Plus the big Lilly target is way too easy. I want to like this game. I hope I get into it soon or it will be for sale soon.
39 days ago
Pretty fun game the sounds are fun the screen is super cool even if you’re too young to know who the Munsters are you’ll enjoy playing it. The lights for Dragula spot and Marylin could have been nicer maybe just me i like the frosted lights for the lights that are out in the open. I definitely think for the money there should have been a topper and a 3D Grampa also the flashers covers could have been better designed rather than the common shot glass reflectors that they have used on a lot of there games.
40 days ago
First of all... this does not affect my rating but Stern changing the LE quantity from 500 to 600 after taking deposits is an absolute joke. In the world of toy collectibles, art, and other industries such an unethical practice would have destroyed their reputation beyond repair and/or gotten them sued. the soapbox and on to the game....

By coincidence, this game arrived at the same time as my Monster Bash LE. I was more excited to get the Monsters bash LE, but the Munster holds up very nicely.... it certainly does not pale in comparison. Both games are sitting next to my Spiderman Vault... which suddenly looks very bare.

The game is well done and plays very smooth. I love the entire art and sound package on the LE... I am not sure how they could have been done any better.

Grandpas basement is fun, but I am afraid it may not age well. It almost feels like you are playing a small toy pinball machine. However, it really, really sets off the playfield.

The music and callouts are great... the music is awesome and takes full advantage of the Munsters classic theme song. The animations are also pretty cool... lets of show clips... again.. it is very well done.

Game play.. so far we love it. I may need to update it once we get a few hundred more games under our belts. I wouldn't necessarily call it "Easy" but it is definitely an approachable game for newbies.

Code... the code out of the box is certainly acceptable, but I am excited to see what the future holds.

Getting back on to my soapbox... A totally great game... It is too bad that Stern wasn't a more reputable company when it comes to releasing Limited Editions. In the future, I will struggle mightily ]IF I decide to buy another LE from them.
40 days ago
Munster LE has exceed my expectations for the game. The artwork is off the hook, the music and screen is great and really pulls you in to the theme. I'm seeing people tear into the standard "fan layout" but these same people are lined up to play other "fan layouts" and preach how much they love them only to tear into this game... its called a fan layout for a reason... fans like them? I didn't purchase this game to be my deepest rule set game... I bought to give me a good fun break from playing other fan favorites and escapes... monster bash or LOTR, or TSPP or Met Prem or Iron Maiden Prem, ACDC Prem etc.... and Monster Bash has simple runs and is universally loved... but yet we can't recognize another masterpiece as it releasing?

Guess I should have known better.. people didn't rush to Monster Bash when it released and they had to discount to sell through only for it to explode years later as people finally gave the game a real shot.

Stop thinking with your wallets people and give ever game a fair chance for what it is... did it make you happy and give you that escape to leave your troubles in the real world? If so, then its a hit to you.... if I wanted deep I'll just turn on my TSPP or LOTR.... its pinball people… be open minded!
42 days ago
Munsters LE is a fun well put together game. Shots rewarding, there is plenty of inovation and the theme is spot on. Rules are developing however, as is, shows plenty of depth and variety. It is a beautiful machine with an outstanding integration of a lower playfield. As many, I feared that the mini-playfield would detract from the machines flow...I was wrong. The lower playfield has plenty of its own functionality...set the flippers to soft. Stern seems to have upped their build quality for Munsters...I like the plywood bottom.
45 days ago
Munsters LE along with Deadpool LE are two of the best Sterns that I've had the pleasure of playing in a long time. The game is your typical Borg design with two ramps that feed right to the flippers, but somehow the other great features make you forget that feeling that you've already played this game with other Stern pins. The modes are fun, collecting the characters like Monster Bash. Grandpa's basement is the best mini playfield I've ever played.

The game fits the theme perfectly. Playfield, cabinet, music all bring it together to make you feel like you're part of the Munsters family. Can't wait for the black and white premium.
52 days ago
Well, I've had my LE for 4 days now and put several games on it. This is a hard review as I think reading all the negative reviews on the pro over the past month or so may have skewed my overall feeling for the game and made me a bit more picky on small things I normally would have let slide and not bother me. This is my 4th NIB Stern pin.

The game is very fun and I am enjoying it, my family seems to like it. Although I haven't seen them play one game solo. I always have to ask someone to play with me to get them on it. Which is NOT a good sign. Didn't seem they were as excited as I was to get it and only put a few games on it over the past few days. After playing one or two games with me they went back over to IMLE or Metallica... Which was surprising and a bit disappointing to me after dropping +$9k on a new machine for my family to enjoy...

Theme, art, sound and video are great as I LOVE the Munsters, As previous reviewers have stated I believe Stern really needs to up their game on LE's. The clear plastic picture figures don't cut it for this amount of money. They need to 3D print characters and stop these plastic picture inserts. Drop targets would have been nice as well. Also Dragula car is so small you can't even see it... It should have been something more prominent or the machine goes completely dark and a spot light placed on it. The back glass is also a sore spot for me. The game and cabinet are beautiful but I believe the back glass could have had better art. Lily looks like Herman smashed her head down below her shoulder blades... Looks really odd and it is front and center. REALLY bugs me!!!!!

After being extremely excited to get his game it seems a bit mehh to me atm. Hopefully after a few code updates and more time on it, it will grow on me more and hopefully my family.

I will update if my feeling towards the game changes.
52 days ago
There is a big difference between the PRO and the me the PRO is boring and the LE is like night and day difference. Some of the highlights are the lower playfield, real backglass, cabinet art is more refined, gold powder coated legs. Stern still needs to learn what an LE should be and they should look no further than Jersey Jack. Why didn't they powder coat the side armor? This game needs more toys for $9000 there is no reason for a cheesy plastic Grandpa in the Electric Chair, look at Mod Couple they made a functional 4D Grandpa this is a miss by Stern or just going cheap.

The one thing stern is better at than JJ is artwork, they really know how to nail the playfield, cabinet art and more. I'm not a big fan of the mini balls for the lower playfield much rather a lower playfield like ACDC but its probably the best themed lower playfield ever.

Munsters LE is a really fun game, especially if you're a fan of the TV show. I also think when Stern is selling an LE game it should include a topper like all the JJ games. I feel that is another miss but with all that being said get a Premium or LE if you're going to buy Munsters because the game is just a lot more fun!!! One other thing that I think was a let down was the side targets should have been drop targets made to look like tombstones. I think its going cheap when you make one big long one ... I think drop targets are a staple for a pinball game missed that on this game.

I feel as a horror fan this game is a total keeper despite the knocks.
55 days ago
Less score for the unfinished code though I like where it’s going.Undeniably one of the best looking pins ever
Sound and lighting is fantastic esp the zap lightning strikes
Love the lower playfield
Super fun,great flow,makes you laugh,has heartfelt moments,the clips are great

This game is amazing and super fun total winner for multi player games
Herman multiball easy to start but I like action out the gate and it’s a great multiball
Hard not to give this one a 10
With code it could get there

EDIT - seeing low scores for this game for the stupidest little things or someone that played it 5 times is laughable the game is bad ass why even take the time to trash it get a grip
3 months ago
The Munsters was a great show. Now it's a Stern pinball game.

The Good:
This game looks and sounds great. Judicious use if the Tv show footage is very well edited. The cabinet, PF and trans(ylvania)lite look fantastic! The shots are standard Borg and feel solid. The Herman randomizer is far enough up the PF to be less of a death shot than the magnet may suggest. I did not expect to see Spot on the Pro. The left lane is like the MM catapult, but with Borg frugality and functionality. The lower playfield makes the difference on this design. The Stewie Pinball layout with the super skillshot and 5 buttons with their individual actions, and multiball being played on 2 levels at the same time... YES! This gameplay is worth the preem/le. First time since AC/DC. The tiny ball on the lower PF works GREAT!

The Bad:
The marketing algorithm at Stern Inc. has determined that along with grandpa rock, 60's tv shows and comic books are what pinball is all about. The pro really feels ok. The preem/le is more of a game.


Lots of airballs down by the flippers into the outlanes. Probably needs the ghostbusters treatment. Personally I prefer the Black and White look of the tv show for the art treatment. Rules are Herman heavy right now. Two shots into the game and you are off, but the scoring is VERY heavy on Herman. Kind of like Sparky and Groot...

The Takeaway:
A great FUN theme to play. The game plays well and people are going to play it. Despite my grumblings, this game is going to do well on location. I actually got to play a 5 player zen game with the 4 flippers and the whammy button on the lockdown bar. Never done that before...Expect updates to this review as code progresses.
3 months ago
Munsters theme integration is off the chain. Great fun to shoot and lower playfield is one of the best. Only thing lacking is more code.
There are 23 ratings (that include a comment) on this game. Currently showing results page 1 of 1.

You too can add your own comment by rating this game! Click here to rate the machine.

Hey there! Got a moment?

Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside