Munsters (Premium)

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This game received 120 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.680 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd 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: 7.44

Artwork: 8.424

Sounds/Music: 7.503

Other Aspects: 7.423

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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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4 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.
4 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
6 months ago
Stern took a chance and nailed the theme on the Premium. I love playing this game!
6 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
7 months ago
Fun game and great theme. Mini play field is OK. Sounds and animations are great.
8 months 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.
9 months 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.
10 months 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
10 months 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.
1 year 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
1 year ago
Very fun game, definitely one that keeps me coming back for more!
1 year ago
Looks fantastic.

Decent upper playfield design.

Lower playfield is horrible. Like a cheap toy.

Rules - ok, just nothing compelling.

Easy pass.
1 year ago
Just plain fun. You can buy one cheap because many people believe the potato heads who bash it.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
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