Munsters (Premium)

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This game received 92 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.602 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Munsters". The group itself ranks #62 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.347

Artwork: 8.401

Sounds/Music: 7.605

Other Aspects: 7.285

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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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27 days 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.
29 days 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
46 days 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.
4 months 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.
4 months 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.
4 months 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.
4 months 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!
4 months ago
Love it!!!
4 months 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.
5 months ago
Just purchased my Munsters Premium at a huge discount since everyone is bashing this game. Love it!! Very fun and first time players love the lower playfield. I’m sure code will get better just like it did for my GB. It really is a great game and I will update this as time goes on. So far, couldn’t be happier
5 months ago
Very fun game, definitely one that keeps me coming back for more!
5 months ago
Looks fantastic.

Decent upper playfield design.

Lower playfield is horrible. Like a cheap toy.

Rules - ok, just nothing compelling.

Easy pass.
6 months ago
Just plain fun. You can buy one cheap because many people believe the potato heads who bash it.
7 months ago
Owned this game a few weeks now. Bought the game after seeing it at flippers in NC this past September. Flippers always has the new games. Played several games for the first time: Munsters,DP, GOTG,Stern JP, Willy Wonka,Beatles,BM66 and interesting for me, the one game that impressed me the most was Munsters. Flippers had a B/W Premium Munsters and I really like the package and overall feel of the game. Granted , maybe played 3 to 4 games on each but I came away impressed with Munsters (not really a fan of the show as a kid even).

Push forward a couple of weeks and a nice priced super low HUO B/W prem comes up for sale. I read all the negatives about code ( and I really like code deep games), but, I like Dwight games. GOT is nailed to my floor, had SW pro and will replace with a premium/LE someday, hear really good things about recent work on GB so I decided to take a risk.
So far, I really like the game. The code is no where near as bad as I have read. Most likely because I did not start with super hi expectations. Granted this is not a super deep /difficult code game like WD/ACDC/Hobbit /JJP Pirates but it has plenty of code as is for more then 80 percent of the players I know. I am happy as is, but, will be ecstatic if Dwight takes this game anywhere near SW/GOT/GB.
Even thinking about getting the Stern Topper for this one!

So updated my ratings. After several weeks , I am appreciating this game more and more.
First, I bought the topper. With the topper installed ,the engineering in this game is pretty cool at three levels: The interactive topper, the very fun play field , and the most complicated mini play field I have played.

The topper is great with the Raven throwing taunts. I actually believe installing the topper opened up more assets in the game play. Started seeing assets right away that I had not seen before.

After spending some time studying the rules, the game only gets better. Stacking the jackpots with the play field multipliers is a great strategy for the more advanced players. As you progress on stacking the play fields the light show/sounds get better and better.
For people looking at this game for a purchase , I would buy one now, as similar to Tron/IM, people are starting to figure out how much fun this game is and are over writing the initial code negative hype.
7 months ago
The upper flayfield has nice flow but I’m Not a fan of the mini play field. Played about 5 different pins at an arcade tonight and I cannot get the Munsters theme song out of my head. Need to work on the music on this, seems like the theme song plays non stop.
8 months ago
I love this game. This is a dream theme for me, and I think Franchi KILLED IT on the artwork. The b/w theme is waaay more beautiful in person than pictures. I know others are pretty hard on the rules, and sure, I'm hoping they add more in that dept., but as-is I think it is a great game. To seems like the modes are not all that different than Monster Bash in both style and ease of achievement. I can get Monsters of Rock/Munster Madness an equal percentage of games (~25%). For me, the gameplay is addictive. I do own some deep rules games (TZ, WOZ), and I like The Munsters in my lineup.
9 months ago
Munsters is simply an amazing game! Can only really be appreciated in the home. My family loves it!! It is so fun and exciting and has that one more game feel to it. Once the game is understood, it is a totally unique feel and unlike anything else in pinball. So many awesome aspects to this game. The only game that has a lower complete pinball table within a pinball machine. No other experience like playing two play fields with four flippers all at once. Yes, there is a strategy to it, not just random flipping while multiball is happening at the same time on two playfields. What a rush!!!

My table is a color premium.

I didn’t understand this game until now, after having it in my home and all I can say is I can’t get enough of it. Prior, I had only played it on location. The lighting, the music, the shots and code all work so well together. It’s an amazing package! The software is crazy good and fun.

There is so much show material that could be added by Stern. Then everyone would love the game even more. It is a fantastic game as it stands and I never tire of it. Chasing and collecting zaps and jackpots risk reward is exciting, with dragula as the vehicle to make it all come together is so fun and always has that one more game feel.

It is not about getting to Munster Madness, even though that is fun too! The game has plenty depth and is in no way a simple game like the 90’s. Monster Bash, while being a very good game, is very simple. I can run through all the modes over and over during one ball game session easily. It becomes somewhat repetitive and after a while not that much fun.

Munsters is not the same at all and is exciting all the time. I hear some people try comparing the two and they don’t know the two very well, because there is no comparison. They are night and day different.

Munsters is a top game the way it stands now and I’m so glad I bought one. But must say, after reading some in this thread for the past 6 months, the way people have trashed it, I almost didn’t buy one and that would have been tragic, because it is my families favorite out of all our collection.

I have not listed all our games on pinside, but we have a nice growing collection of modern games and only growing larger, but Munsters stands at the head of the pack in fun and excitement and that’s saying a lot! Guests like it more than any other game they’ve played too.

Added additional comments 27/8/19:
I own both Batman and Munsters and think they’re equally a thrill ride. While I think they both shoot well, Munster edges out Batman in the shooting department. The reason they get compared is because they are contemporaries of each other. Although Munsters code is quite good now, many of us would like Munsters to have more of a Batman like story/modes in the game. If Stern did that, I’m convinced it would become a best seller of all time. Munsters has everything else going for it, it just needs more show based material included.
We just had a party last night and Munsters was hands down the favorite of all our guests. I asked them why they liked Munsters over all the other great tables we have and they said:
1. Munsters shoots well and is easy to get into and get results with a Herman MB right close to the start button.
2. Lighting is superb and exciting music changing with each new ball or mode. 60’s Venture’s style music.
3. They also said, look at this table, there is stuff everywhere and it looks loaded. They walked over to our Star Wars and said, it looks a little empty by comparison. Lol (I totally disagree with that assessment, as Stern did a fabulous job on my SWLE conveying the feeling of the last battle scene in the first movie.) Wonder what they’d think about empty if they saw a SWPro, lol.
4. They thought it is the best party machine of all, because loads of fast ball movement, with rockin music, along with great light show and rewarding jackpots, along with zaps. The games has it all. I set the midnight madness to come on at 8pm right during our tournament. Everyone stopped playing the other games and immediately came over to see what it was all about. They went wild. What fun Munsters is for our home!
People that don’t have a Munsters are missing out on the best part of pinball ever, imo.
9 months ago
A big heaping pile of yawn. Fun for new players maybe? Lacks depth. It's not a bad game, it's just not a lot of fun. Pinball should be, above all else, fun.
9 months ago
I don’t like the black and white coloring so the artwork took a hit on this model. I like the lower playfield, especially the play both at the same time mode which people have been clamoring for years. But other than that, the gameplay is just kind of vanilla.
10 months ago
I’ve owned both the Pro and the Premium. The Premium in black and white is a gorgeous machine with smooth shots. The lower playfield adds another layer to gameplay and increases the fun factor significantly, especially during Munster Madness. Overall, not a deep rule set but in my opinion, that’s ok as it makes the machine enjoyable to the casual/average player and is always a hit with guests. There code is fine as is with v1.00 however there is plenty of potential to make it even better with additional modes and better theme integration using the plethora of clips and sounds available from the original show.
11 months ago
Cool game with a great variety of shots and gizmos. The mini sunken playfield is surprising fun too. Its great seeing clips from the classic show too
12 months ago
This machine is next level gorgeous, especially with Franchi's Black and White art package. Kudos to Stern for taking the risk. Also the lower playfield is actually fun and really elevates the overall gameplay far above the pro and makes Grandpa's mode much better defined. Munster madness with both the upper and lower playfield multiballs is epic and a crazy/frenetic good time. The Paul Lind soundalike callouts are hilarious and the lightshow is fantastic. Classic Borg layout that shoots SUPER smooth. Don't mind the "shallow" code, just don't personally like Dwight's reliance on playfield multipliers in general. I also dislike the code in Star Wars, Ghostbusters, and GoT for the same reason. Even though all of those games have great moments in them. Dwight's code is a mixed bag for me. He is the best "moments" coder (lightsaber duel, storage facility multiball), but I HATE that playfield multipliers are the only path to scoring well in his recent games. Makes the games feel a bit broken in the scoring logic to me.
1 year ago
I like this game game more than i should.. It has amazing shots, theme, and artwork, but a very early code!! You have to start 5 munsters for the Mayhem!!
HOPE it gets another wizard mode soon!!!

( Update) To get good scores, you do not only have to start Munsters.. You to have stack them with kitty( my favourite multiplier shot) complete them, and then get Super Jackpots ( stacked with kitty!

It plays quite well despite the super early code!!
1 year ago
I really thought this one was a keeper. So disappointed. Spot needs more light. Not sure what the Marylin ramp does. The lower playfield feels like a toy. I love the theme, artwork, and clips...but Stern needs to step up. Maybe mature code will change my mind.
1 year ago
Meh... It's not a bad game, but by far my least favorite release out of all the spike sterns... possibly even that wrestling game.
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