Yesterday, Stern showed us Munsters Pro, Premium and LE at CES in Las Vegas.
Dead Flip streamed gameplay footage with Jack Danger dressed as Herman Munster, Gary Stern as Grandpa and Zach as Eddie Munster. Too funny. :)
My Hot Take
I’m not a NIB Stern buyer, right now and every new pinball showed tends to get more “Best Pinball Ever” buzz than is generally warranted. That said, I think the game looks really cool. The sub / lower playfield is packed like nothing I’ve seen. (There’s even a multiball down there!) All three cabinets look pretty awesome but I was drawn to the Premium because I like the selective color with B&W, especially given the theme. The premium appears to have a greyscale treatment on both the playfield and the cabinet, which was a pretty bold choice, I think.
It was ballsy (but probably brilliant) for Stern to go head-to-head with Monster Bash Remake w/ this specific title. I predict the LE will sell out, partly in thanks to the sub-playfield and partly because of the polarizing choice to make the Premium playfield B&W. Pinball people are largely playfield fanatics and I expect once the pitchforks and fire leave the town square we will be left with the general opinion that: Greyscale Side art is thematic and artsy but I doubt the greyscale playfield will be considered a feature but more of a bug in the Premium options load-out.
I think Monster Bash Remake will do fine against this title (though will feel some loss from it) but I believe this was a critical hit towards Spooky Pinball and Nightmare Castle. Hopefully Spooky weathers the storm, they are good people and an interesting force in the pinball landscape.
I love to see new Pinball, though. Can’t wait to play it.
Release coverage & buying options:
More info from Stern on the table options: https://sternpinball.com/game/the-munsters/
IGN has the High Res Photos in an easier-to-view format that Sternpinball.com:
Better coverage always available at This Week in Pinball: https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/6757-2/
Interested in buying one? Check with Jarrett over at Gulf Coast Pinball: https://gulfcoastpinball.net/
Chris / Kaneda praised the release specifics and I mostly agree with his initial thoughts on the game:
Read people on Pinside, bitching about it or praising it: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/munsters-is-coming/page/80