Munsters (Premium)

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This game received 129 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.689 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Munsters". The group itself ranks #75 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.456

Artwork: 8.434

Sounds/Music: 7.493

Other Aspects: 7.46

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

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17 days ago
Absolutely love it yes code needs help but for just pure enjoyment not having to figure out what to do it shoots great n fast n the beautiful art work is un real
I have a new premium coming in august can’t wait
37 days ago
Normally I tell people that I am biased when I love and theme and let people know that... While I love The Munsters and I think its a great theme, I don't need to do that warning, as I really dislike this pin.
I've held off doing a review of this machine until I could truly give this pin a fair shake. I've played this pin on about a dozen or so opportunities, from location to various conventions(2 in 2019).

Sadly I just never seemed to click with this game. I've never had great games on it, but I've had decent games. So I will say... If I opened it up a bit, I might appreciate the machine... Alas, that has never happened.

Let me start with the good. The art package is amazing. Whether it be pro, prem, or LE it all looks great. I will be reviewing the prem, but I might talk about the other models. I love the black and white look, it makes the prem stand out at a location and no doubt would do the same for the home. Great translite, great cab art, and for the prem... The playfield is alright, but that's because it has a lower playfield and art is limited on it. The pro doesn't have a lower and the playfield art is AWESOME(but, missing a prime feature).

I think you can agree that I think the theme is a good one. But, I don't think it was used the best and I think there were too many good clips left out and I don't like the callouts. Paul Lynde was in 2 or 3 episodes of the 72(I believe) and his part was recast with Dom Deleuise for one episode.
I think it would have been better to have someone else do the callouts. Callouts are fine, but would have preferred more Munster oriented callouts.

Also they have a woman, although she sounds like a small boy, do the callouts for Marilyn. Again... Marilyn... Not Lilly, not Grandpa, not Herman... Why? Just a bad choice.

Following the lack of Munster content, I feel the same with the video and animations. While I tend to be more forgiving on animations for pinball machines, I think the animations are crap. The end of ball bonus countdown with the cars looks BAD. Why not use the actual Dragula when it goes to the drive in and its cleared out. They might have to cut it a bit and speed it up, but that would look better.

Lilly dusting with the vacuum is a weird looking model that makes the lovely Yvonne De Carlo look strange. Why not just use footage of her actually dusting... They could have edited it to where it looped better, but they used a bad 3d model instead. The animations are BAD, and again... Same for the dragula shot. Why not use the real Dragula instead of that bad 3d model. It takes the charm out of the Munsters theme.

Now, the video and callouts can be forgiven as they're minor in the grand scheme of things. But, I do not like how this machien shoots or plays. The skill shot is boring. Basically if you overshoot it, you got 0 shot to even nudge or get it right and that sets the whole tone for this machine.

The Herman shot looks easy to hit, and perhaps for some it is. But, for me I've never been able to dial into it. I don't know why... I think its just on a piece of the flipper that I just never am use to hitting the ball at. If you can't get Herman easily, then you're going to have problems.

I don't like the code. I hate no ball save by default(you can turn it on, but not all people on location will or know how to). I just don't like the code. I like the idea that its simple. But, there is a way to even make the code bigger and still keep it simple. And while this code is simple, its not very fun or easy to understand.

To me this game feels clunky. I never can open it up. I'm not the best player in the world(but should you need to be to enjoy a game) , but I'm a decent enough player, and I feel like I've never had many good games with this machine. The lower playfield has potential, but as a gimmick it wears off.

The toys are alright. Spot coming out of the stairs is nice, but you hardly notice him when the ball is zipping around. The Herman bash toy is cool. And that really is about it. I don't think there is a clock or raven mech on the playfield. The topper is, but that's an extra.

To me, this pin is all promise and it does not deliver on any of it. The Munsters show was so much fun, but none of that was channeled for this pin. It's bland and lacks personality. It looks great, but its vapid to play.

I don't think this would hold up well in a home and for me I play it 2-4 times on location and I'm really fine with that.
73 days ago
FUN FUN FUN! If you grew up watching The Munsters, this pin will not disappoint. Grandpa's laboratory is also a neat little addition as well. And the topper with the Raven is one of the best
3 months ago
Piece of art
Good theme integration
Nice layout, great shots
Absolutly awsome machine
4 months ago
Pinsiders seem to never be satisfied - A pin is too hard (Houdini) or too easy (Munsters). Maybe over time it will get old in a game room, but this pin meets the number one rule for me - my wife really likes it, it was her choice. And guess what I do too. The premium and LE both have Grandpa's laboratory, which I think was so important in the series that it adds a lot to the game, including some complexity. The shots are all good, the modes are good, and the topper, if you can snag one, adds a lot to the game with the Raven. This pin really does justice to the source material. Could it be better with additional content and a code update? Of course, most all pins can. Still when you want a quick and fast game, and one very approachable by causal pinball players, this is a great choice. The B&W premium is the best looking model, IMO, even better than the LE.
4 months ago
Great horror themed game. Love the bright colors and the black and white.
9 months ago
Having enjoyed the Munsters TV show in re-runs as a kid, I was immediately interested in this theme, but concerned about all the bashing it took in the early reviews here. Then I played the pro version at a local barcade and really enjoyed the shots--so I bought a premium table NIB at a nice overstock discount. This has become one of my favorite games to play, and is a favorite for friends and family too.

I really like the lay-out and the shots. Both ramps are extremely satisfying to hit. The lower playfield is great--it truly is a complete game within a game, and it takes both skill and strategy to play it well. The Munster Madness multi-ball, with action on both playfields at the same time, is always exciting--and I'm getting better at controlling both sets of flipper buttons and actually managing to see what is happening on both levels simultaneously.

Technically, the game has functioned well. I did find a hang-up spot in the lower playfield that would catch the little balls and require drastic tilting or disassembly to resolve. But after a little surgery with my dremel tool, I was able to fix the problem and it has worked perfectly ever since. Note: Make sure the lower playfield window is replaced into the playfield with the proper screw tension so that it is perfectly level and flush. In my case, I tightened the screws down a little too much and it put the plexiglass a little below flush, and it made the balls jump slightly and created rejections at Herman and the Grandpa scoop. Easy fix, though. I also found that I enjoy the game play with the main flipper power setting switched to "normal" instead of the default "hard."

I can't say enough about the great artwork--the game is really neat to look at. The B&W art in the premium package is very distinctive.

My advice--play this game! If you're not a tournament player and you don't care about code depth, you may find this table to be really enjoyable.
9 months ago
Thought I would give it a month of me owning it before I reviewed. Was very nervous to pull the trigger on owning one but I couldn’t get over how damn pretty it was. The lack of feeling like your in an actual mode was what scared me the most. With all that said, this game is amazingly addictive. Stacking a Lilly with a Herman multi ball then hitting your multiplier trying to get your super jackpot only to drain after all that work keeps me hitting the start button. I have a crazy modded walking dead premium ( Best game ever ) right next to it, most prefer playing the Munsters. It’s insane when you get to Munster madness and have six balls going on top and to balls bellow. Not saying this is a top ten, because I’ve played a ton of games the past few years but this should be top 40.
10 months ago
I had no intention of purchasing this one, as I'm more of an Addams Family guy, but the family seemed to keep going back to it. After having it for a while, I can say that this is a feel-good machine, if you're wanting longer ball times and easier multiballs. I agree with other posters that the code needs some work, and trying to play both upper and lower playfields at the same time lacks any skill whatsoever.

Overall, I really like this machine, and the B&W version of the premium absolutely nailed it from an aesthetic perspective. Blasting a machine for simplicity seems counter intuitive to wanting to grow the hobby, and machines like Munsters may not make someone's list, based on the scores on the ratings board. It may not be everyone's favorite, but it definitely deserves more love than it has received here.
11 months ago
This was unexpecting. I had zero intrest in this theme, but the game was really fun. It made me forget about this old timey them. I really liked the monochromatic playfield. The mini playfield is typicaly of the type, but does add variety in a good way. This one surprised me.
11 months ago
I really like the theme. The black and white art looks really cool. It just doesn't have enough shots for me. The code needs work.
11 months ago
Stern took a chance and nailed the theme on the Premium. I love playing this game!
12 months ago
At the end... i like this game.

Easy to play, challenging with the jackpot cancell sistem, smooth and flow. Mini playfield? the best of mini playfields...

Could be better, ok, but this pinball is just different. BW version... soooooo beautiful
1 year ago
Fun game and great theme. Mini play field is OK. Sounds and animations are great.
1 year ago
This game is underrated. Granted, the code is not the best, but it has improved. The art is great, the mini playfield is simply awesome, always makes me sad when I run out of time. Right ramp is cool, and both are smooth as butter. The herman magnet can be brutal, as well. Honestly, the game may be simplistic, but it's still challenging and fun.
1 year ago
This is a very nice looking machine that is fun for a few games but the code currently lacks long term lastability. The game has so much potential hopefully in the future the code will unleash this potential. I am holding mine with that hope. The theme pulled me in but I was probably too quick to purchase on this one.
1 year ago
Ive owned this game for awhile now. Its just not doing it for me. Maybe its the multiplier based theme...The weird layout and angles of the i actually get annoyed sometimes when i hit the grandpa scoop and go down below....poorly designed drac and kitty shot...the software (dont get me started). I keep waiting for a update but I dont think I can wait. Even with a update Im just really not impressed with the layout. It really is a brutal game, the angles are really weird. I feel like the prem and le should have come with a shaker motor also or something. Also why spend so much time on hidden modes of the game. I feel like Im missing out on a lot of things. Like how often am I going to be up at midnight to play. sometimes ill be up and try to remember to notice its 1215 and i missed it haha. I have set my alarm before haha

There are good things

I have never had to take the glass off for a stuck ball or anything. I havent had any maintenance issues at all. I do like the black and white edition i have. Some of the lighting effects i like. Some people dont like it but I like that stern is moving to these smaller brighter type of inserts. They use a lot of them on the new Elvira and i think they look good and changes the look. The different colors look neat on the black and white also
1 year ago
Early owner review: The game has stunning artwork in black and white which is amazing. Its fun to play. My only complaint is the coder. I sold star wars because of the crazy multipliers. I am still learning this 1.02 code. Lower playfield is fun and not just a gimmick. The right ramp is great and new!! The turn around loop is extremely creative on that ramp. So far fun. Hope it proves out over time.
1 year ago
In my youth I always found the show to be funny and entertaining. This pin really brings back the memories. It is a nice effort by Stern. The "fun" factor wasn't there for me. The mini playfield doesn't do much for the machine and after a half of a dozen games I lost interest. Too bad I really wanted to like this machine and add it to my collection...possibly I will have a change of heart once the software is completed/updated.
1 year ago
Really wanted to like this one. Grew up on re-runs with my great grandmother. Had the nostalgia, the art, what I thought was a great theme, but fell short. Lower playfield was more chore than fun, and a rule set that just loses its appeal. It’s not as terrible as some say, just not something that has the last-ability. Would have liked to have seen what Lyman could do with code and rules.
1 year ago
Personally prefer the pro. I like lower/upper playfields, but this one does nothing for me. Feels too disconnected from the rest of the game, and you stay down there way too long if you keep making your shots. When I'm down there, all I can do is wish that I was back up top so that I could get back to the real game.

Granpa's Lab was an interesting concept, but ultimately doesn't work for me. Recommend the pro, but you should really try both.
1 year ago
Love the look of the black and white playfield, but the mini pinball gets old and the game lacks interest after a few plays.
1 year ago
While many parts of the machine may be "Boring", I think the munsters P is a great all around pinball experience. It also has probably one of the best lower playfeilds around!
1 year ago
Love it!!!
1 year ago
Would LOVE this game with more in depth code and variety of objectives. The mini Playfield is really cool and well integrated into the game. Just doesn’t have the staying power for a purchase.
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