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Still, overall Kiss Pinball is one of the better pinball sims that I have come across for the Playstation. Kiss Pinball is hard rocking pinball fun. Plus at a price of $10, it's a nice, inexpensive game and a new piece for that Kiss collection of yours. I give Kiss Pinball 3 1/2 out of 5 GIN Gems. If you see it for sale, go ahead and lick it up, or at least buy it.
So, even looking at this as a 10 dollar game, I have to say that your money is better spent on some first-generation PS game like Tenka or Jumping Flash. Apart from the KISS name on the cover, I don't think KISS Pinball is worthy of the rock legends, even as a silly pinball game.
So to answer the question you all are asking: Is it worth buying? No! How about as a rental? Not likely given that a rental could cost as much as five dollars. If you really want to try it just borrow it from a friend. I'm sure that whoever has it would be willing to part with it for some time.
KISS Pinball is a bad attempt at pinball. The unrealistic speed of the ball makes playing more of a crapshoot than a game of skill. The slow-down is atrocious when in multi-ball mode and the ball physics are marginal at times. The sound and graphics are decent but could have been much better, and neither one of those qualities can make up for the shear short-lived fun that it provides. I had high hopes for this title. A while back I picked up Take Two’s “Big Race USA” pinball game and it rocked. If you want pinball on your Playstation, see if you can find that one, because KISS Pinball gets the KISS of death.
10-dollar game, gets a 10-dollar review. If you absolutely must have console video pinball, go hunt down Last Gladiators or Necronomicon, the first-rate pinball games developed by Kaze for the Saturn. They're better-balanced, better-looking, offer more boards, and are otherwise many times better than KISS Pinball. Their only possible failing is that they do not have KISS in them, and whether or not that is a negative quality is a matter of perspective.
KISS Pinball only features 2 tables, and though the table designs and dot-matrix displays are authentic, the graphics are stale and lack depth compared to games like Pro-Pinball. Not only is the game plagued by brutal slowdown when you unlock multiballs, but the ball suffers occasional palsy attacks, and deflects off the flippers in random trajectories. The sound effects are rudimentary, and the music consists of nothing more than flanged-out guitar samples. Simple and responsive controls are competent. Gamers needing their retro KISS fix are better off picking up Destroyer on vinyl, because KISS Pinball scores a big, fat tilt.
KISS Pinball serves no useful purpose whatsoever. KISS fans will be disappointed by the distinct lack of KISS, and pinball fans will be disappointed by the distinct lack of pinball. Even at the low price of $9.99, this one is no bargain.
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Responsive flipper control is critical in pinball, but these flippers are sluggish and tend to "stick" after you trigger them. If you want to return to the main menu to save high scores or switch tables, you'll need to replace your CD with the game disk. That's a lot of trouble to go through just to play a cheap product designed to cash in on the band's popularity. Giving this game a second chance only cemented my hatred for it.
Ah, and once again we find the word "value." At 10 bucks, some of you might think that this is a cheap enough diversion to warrant a dip into the wallet. Instead, you could go see a great movie. Or you could probably find a copy of the MUCH better Last Gladiators for the Sega Saturn (provided you still have a Saturn). Or better yet, take the 10 bucks and get it changed into quarters, then go to the local pool hall or bowling alley and spend an hour playing REAL pinball. Heck, just take the money and run!