Kiss (pinball)

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A German version of KISS Pinnball
Closeup of playing surface

Multiple actual and virtual Kiss-themed pinball games have been made over the past few decades, beginning with the Bally-made machine first conceived in January 1978.[1]


In 1978 the first Kiss arcade pinball machine was introduced by Bally, and stayed in circulation well into the 1980s.[2] In 1978, Barry Imhoff declared, "there will be 20,000 Kiss machines."[3] In September 2006 it was announced that a new coin-op machine was in the works from Kiss licensee ICUP.[4]

Notable owners of Kiss pinball machines include Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails[5] and Marc DeLeon of The Mentors and Adema, along with Denver Post and Sports Illustrated hockey writer Adrian Dater.

At the Midwest Gaming Classic (MGC) In April 2014, John Popadiuk of Zidware revealed a Kiss pinball machine prototype. The prototype was the project of Popadiuk (Jpop) and his friend Tony Allison, and they hoped to strike a licensing deal with the band to mass produce the game. Popadiuk stated about the project: "it is an art piece (one off) and I am holding "no" use rights. We did not reproduce "any" kiss artworks but created all from scratch."[6]

In 2015, Stern released a Kiss pinball machine.[7]

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  1. ^ Cindy Page, "Making the Kiss Pinball Machine," Pinbally's Pinball Homepage (November 30, 2007).
  2. ^ KISS Pinball Machine by Bally of 1978 at
  3. ^ "Talent Forum Report: Merchandisers Plan Move For Battling Bootleggers," Billboard Vol. 90, No. 39 (Sep 30, 1978): 48.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Martin Huxley, Nine Inch Nails (Macmillan, 1997), 223.
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