Munsters (Limited Edition)

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This game received 117 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.925 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Munsters". The group itself ranks #77 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.578

Artwork: 8.782

Sounds/Music: 7.81

Other Aspects: 7.691

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

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19 days ago
Hands down one of the most beautiful pins ever made. People whinge about the code being shallow and this is a legitimate gripe for a serious player but its not easy getting Munster Madness for the second time in a game and I enjoy this game in a decent line up.
37 days ago
A fun family game
66 days ago
Recently purchased this pin. A real favourite with my son. His favourite after STTNG. Doesn’t even look at DI. I guess that will change as he gets older..

Strong theme, nice art and toys.. Really gorgeous pin. I find myself staring at its Ramps are smooth and fast. Just waiting for a bit more polish on code.
78 days ago
I'm amazed by the number of "code warriors" who have ripped the code on this game, but when I check their collections they have games like Scared Stiff, Theatre of Magic, or old solid states with rules that are far more shallow. What a bunch of hypocritical sheep.

John Borg should be called Mr. Consistent...the shots in this game are like a dream. Anyone who rips them must really hate Metallica, Tron, Guardians and The Walking Dead. The ball save does need to be on to protect from unfair drains. The Skill shot trick (holding down the left flipper while you plunge) and then hitting the right ramp is a great feeling. The mono targets don't bother me, I'll hit targets no matter what kind they are.

The lower playfield is fun. It could be better and a little less floaty. If someone makes a mod with heavier balls (hehe) it will be pretty awesome. It's amazing how many shots they squeezed into that thing: a VUK, a ramp, an orbit, and a bash toy. Plus the ability to play multiball on both playfields at the same time is total chaos!

The art is gorgeous, Christopher Franchi's best work. The lighting is beautiful, too. The music and callouts: like any game it can become repetitive sometimes, and it didn't seem like they used much of the assets they had available. The topper is pretty cool.

The Midnight Madness and Secret Mania modes are fun, too bad they aren't part of the main game and have to be specially triggered, I think it would have helped the code angst. It looks like production is shutting down soon. That doesn't mean more code isn't coming - see Dwight's work on Ghostbusters as an example. I guess time will tell.

Overall this is a great game. I'm amazed by the games ranked higher than this one. Pinball Magic, Roadshow, and Champion Pub (along with many others) are better than this game? Sadly we live in a time when it's more important to be aligned with the loudest and most vocal than it is to form your own opinion.
4 months ago
Not much love for the Munsters on here. I pondered buying this when it first arrived. I wasn't buying pins at the time and passed. Last month I finally bought a LE and I am glad that I did. Along with the topper this game is pretty cool. It may not be perfect but, I tend to ask myself if it is fun to shoot and does the theme pull you in enough to own it at home. Growing up watching the show I have to say that the theme is really good for pinball and it works. I really like the ramps. I like the Herman bash toy with the magnet and the sound effects (not as boring as I imagined). The art is perfection on all 4 versions of the game. The laboratory is more fun that I thought too and you can really build some points down there. The call outs are good along with the use of the show clips. Draculas drag car is cool. The visuals are great especially along with the amazing light show. I think this game is a tad underrated and if the rumored last code update is to come true I will then re-evaluate my rating. The code isn't the best ever nor the worst either. If you like the theme then you will probably like the game and it can be had for a GREAT value all over right now. Don't listen to others. Play it for yourself. It's more fun than they say and their is a rumor of one last code update coming? Maybe then Munsters will gain some more love.
6 months ago
I love the artwork and theme (I'm partial to the Munsters from watching them growing up), but the gameplay isn't there for me. I just feel there are better options at the price point.
10 months ago
This is a great family game and I think the only reason it is not quite as popular as it should be is that the show aired in the '60s which means that a lot of the younger Pin enthusiasts never saw the show or know how hilarious it was. But for fans of the show, this is a must have in a collection. One of Stern's better made games, in my opinion.
1 year ago
Loved the show and love the theme! Played the pro and then the premium but bought the LE. Fun, fun, fun. Love the artwork and love the play. I still laugh at the call outs and the raven taunting!
1 year ago
Great looking title, wanted so much to like this game but it just seems to miss the mark.

Wouldn't last long in my collection due to rules and gameplay.

Sadly disappointed and find the lower playfield a waste of time.
1 year ago
The Munsters sadly has fallen into the mob mentality and has been unfairly judge. I love my limited its unique from all my other games the mini Playfield when flippers set to soft fells like another pin in its self you actually have to strategize your shots.

The game helps me relax and I have tons of fun playing it it’s not over complicated where you end out drained. Instead it’s player friendly and just can’t help to feel happy every time I play it. Once you understand it’s rules it is tons of entertainment and fun. I purchased my Munsters when it first came out for sale and only grow more attached to the game the longer I own it.
1 year ago
Love with caveats with Munsters. Hitting Herman can be a chore, as the lanes getting to him are narrow, but once you figure it out, you can do it repeatedly. There's a lot going on with the table, but it's a lot of chaos and bizarre occurrence, which fits well with the Munsters. Loved that getting into the drop chute takes you to Grampa Muster's lab in the basement where you play on a mini-table - though the mini-table itself isn't that much fun to play on, as the lanes are tiny and the ball is very light. Even with all of that, Munsters is a great game and I can't wait to play it again.
1 year ago
Is there any way to hit dragula except for dumb luck? Generally enjoyable, although a couple of head-scratchers. Skill shot seems impossible to get. Can’t figure out how to hit middle targets in Grandpa’s lab with those pea-size balls. Fun ramps and loops, though. One of Stern’s better efforts of the last couple of years.
1 year ago
Game is simple and lots of fun. Playing both playfields together is a blast.
1 year ago
I want to like this game. It has fun shots. It's got a simple bash toy for my family to aim at. It's just boring. Start mode, spend entire time trying to multiply playfield. Layout is OK, but the code is shallow and doesn't hold my interest long.
1 year ago
I bought this game site unseen and I traded it for a DP LE. Love the theme and lighting. However speech - there is too much of the voice I don't like and when I had a great ball on the lower PF I hear "you will do better next time" - really? I killed it! I hate the mono targets. I love my drops but can live with stand ups - but not these mono ones. I also love modes and this game does not really have any - it is more points basis which I get - but don't like as much. I will play some on route - but owning - not for me unfortunately.

I do love the lower PF - man they packed a ton down there. Would like it to have slightly bigger/heavier balls as the ball flies past the opto on the right ramp so it was bugging me when it would not register - but the design is super cool
1 year ago
The Munsters LE version is fun to play. The layout of the lower small playfield is pretty good - maybe one of the best out there. However, the mini-playfield ball is not heavy enough or too small. The ball bounces all around down there (lots of air balls) and that gets frustrating. If that one thing was changed it would make it great. The mini-playfield adds a lot to this game - something you try to acquire. That makes the Prem and LE version so much better that the Pro. The color playfield art looks better than the LE black and white in my opinion. The occasional green lighting for modes looks pretty cool. The overall look of the pin with the color side art, translite art, and powder-coated gold legs looks real good together as a package.

Locations leave most of the default settings on, but they really should turn on the ball save. I've had many plunges to where I never got to hit the ball with the flippers with less than 5 seconds of play. That's not worth the $1 per play price tag especially if you get two of those per game. The ball saver should be on by default. The code is a little shallow and needs some polish and maybe some more excitement. The animations on the display are good. The Herman multiball is really easy to get started and play, and is fun.

I could see myself picking up a HUO Prem or LE for a good price some day if the code matures and gets noticeably better. Until then, I will continue to get my fill of it playing multiple games at locations and shows.
1 year ago
Great game, family members of all ages (2-62) enjoy it immensely!
1 year ago
Not a bad game overall. Code blows. Played on location.
1 year ago
I was surprised how much I liked this! The lower Playfield was super fun for me.
1 year ago
I was not a fan the first several times that i played it!

Once i read the instructions the game became interesting, The ramps are for some reason a bit difficult for me. My timing is just a bit off and the place on the flipper where i make the shot is just different enough to throw me off. The lower play field is awesome! It makes me think that if AC/DC had a lower playfield that you could control the ball like this one it would rank much higher today. You can catch and control the ball make the shots. The rules allow you to complete all of the levels at once , but your scoring depends on the order that you do things in. Lilly increases your score on all shots so you may want to get that one first. Herman gives you a saved ball and a multiball etc.

The out lanes have lights on them that you try to line up w flipper buttons for the ball as it passes through them to light up both the loops and Marylin ramp. the zap thing is still a mystery.

It could uses a few more rules and a little more depth. Perhaps add a video mode that makes use of the zaps that you are supposed to save. The art and lighting is great on the LE.

Overall it is a very smooth game that it is much more fun when you know the rules but you need to know the rules. it is interesting to read the comments of those who panned this game. Perhaps some of the rules that I illustrated above will allow them to have a better experience the next go around.......

the cat multiplier at top is important and difficult

the code update took away the ball save which needs to be restored .....without that the game rating should go down to about a 7-7.2

These ratings are bogus!!!
1 year ago
Why does this Monster Bash have an AC/DC lower playfield?
1 year ago
Ok so my first Stern pin review and my very first new pin. The theme is a really good one and will resonate with the generations that actually watched the original show and its reruns. Those in my circle who have played this have said that it is a mercedes compared to a ford etc (no offence intended as I have had both also with fond memories). I think that what they mean is that compared to older pins, the statement should be compared to an an old merc vs a new one rather than manufacturer vs manufacturer.

The game offers great game play for all levels of player. The mini play field is a bit of fun really and with some practice you can get some usage out of it, but dont panic with the clock ticking down as yo dont get long in this part of the game. The game is fresh with great artwork and design, it is also easy to play, but also good fun. I can see people who have the TAF liking this one in many respects.

I think that new pins always have a high expectation. Maybe this is a T2 equivalent which is also a great pin at the time, but I actually think it is more, maybe much more. Having played the Walking Dead I think this is in the same category, maybe a top 20 pin, but it is great fun as an LE and there will be some good condition home use ones out there over time to get hold of. A good pin overall.
1 year 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.

Update: Ooooh I forgot to mention the ZAP button below the play field. It adds a nice stress touch to the game. Also nice to cancel early super jackpots as you want to accumulate them.....the blooooobooo sound when you cancel it is fenomenal.

About half a year onwards and a few code updates.....this game continues to grow on is pure pinball as it should be. In a few weeks the topper should arrive and make it even more stunning. What a joy to look at and to play......underrated by opinionated people, admired by experienced people. One day it will become a highly sought after collectible.

The TOPPER has arrived.... woooow how beautiful it is and it adds a new dimension to this already great game. The raven comes alive in the clock.....for me this is pinball art. Better than the Mona Lisa.....imho.

I just tried the Midnight play this game at midnight and you will be in for a big is wonderful and fully Munsters themed. Man this pinball really grows on you...playing a few game in an arcade will give you not a correct impression. It is surely a top 10 pinball all the way.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
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