Monster Bash (Williams, 1998)

Monster Bash

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This game received 907 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.777 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #3 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.865

Artwork: 8.899

Sounds/Music: 8.382

Other Aspects: 8.73

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5 days ago
This game is brilliant. It gets everything right. The only reason I'm hesitant to own one is that the flow/shots resemble the other games in my collection.
23 days ago
For me, this game is the epitome of perfection. Yes, it's a similar fan-style layout to other great modern B/W games like AFM and MM, but subtle shot variances, theming, DMD displays, call-outs, and artwork give Monster Bash a nudge above the other two A-listers. It's challenging enough that good players can have bad games, but forgiving enough that casual players off the street can likewise blow it up.
37 days ago
Monster bash is a great game when it's not set up to shoot creature all day long. But, I do like the artwork,theme, and toys in the game.
60 days ago
One of the best, forever a classic.
67 days ago
Good theming, but a little bit easy and lack replayability
69 days ago
I don't know what else to say other than that if there's a Bash at a location it's what I go to first and if it's in good shape it may even be the only thing I play all night. I never tire of this table.
86 days ago
Another classic. Just a great game with easy to understand rules and goals. Defeat each monster mode, then battle them all! Fun call outs and good sound, music, and good dots. My only minor criticism is that it can feel a little too straight forward, as everything is basically a vertical shot toward each monster. That's a very minor critique though, this is a well designed game that is challenging and really fun.
88 days ago
Love this game, it's fast and fun and the French accent delectable !!!!
89 days ago
Great game with fantastic toys. I custom paint the characters which makes it even better . ModFather
3 months ago
Lots of cool toys on this game, I like it a lot.
3 months ago
It's an amazing game. A lot of toys paired with a great soundtrack. Definitly one of the best machines ever made.
The only thing that is a bit too repetitive are the callouts from Franks Bride.
3 months ago
Very popular title, but i never got a chance to really play it until recently. I was pleasantly surprised. The theme and sound effects are funny and add a lot to game play. There are a lot of modes to complete. My wife fell in love with this machine, so it looks like this one is getting added to the wishlist. Shes not happy that she finally found a game she really enjoyed, then saw the price point on them. Maybe someday...
3 months ago
Lot's of stuff to do, great theme, fast and smooth gameplay, great replayability. The lighting is a bit dark though.
3 months ago
Feature packed game with plenty to do!
3 months ago
This is just a fun pin. The theming with the toys is just perfect, you really couldn't do it any better than this.... endless replay.
4 months ago
Yes it's an easy pinball but it's also one of the best ! Fun, pleasure and beautiful you got everything on this pinball.
For beginier they can have fun immediatly, for pro after several games you will just play points but you will always start a game with pleasure and finally it's the target of our toys :)
4 months ago
This is one of my favorite games of all time. The theme is endearing, with amusing animations, hilarious callouts, and fantastic music. Each mode is easy enough to start for even the most novice players, yet it can be a challenge to start and complete them all, and it is even more of a challenge to start them all in tandem with a multiball - one of the better strategies to getting towards Monsters of Rock. It's not the most complicated of games, but it makes up for that in the laid-back, fun feel. It's the kind of game that you can relax into, where you are experiencing it as much as you are playing it.
4 months ago
Playfield is over stuffed with too many toys. This game is very popular but i find myself bored with it.
4 months ago
This may be one of the greatest pinball games I've played -- if only it wasn't so easy to beat. Seriously. I've played this game about 15 times and I've beaten it and gotten every monster and instrument most of the games I've played. It's straightforward, delightfully so considering the audience it's aiming for, but it's almost TOO straightforward -- to the point of being too simple. That said, this game is just too awesome with a cute theme and mission wherein the player has to gather the six monsters of rock for the ultimate concert. The shots are fairly simple to make, yet requires precise shooting (the Gillman's lagoon shot is difficult to the point of frustration at times). The problem is that there are only six monsters to collect and it's just a series of ramps and lanes you have to hit in repetition. Not much of a challenge. Great toys (love Dracula floating around as a moving target and a rising Frankenstein's Monster...just brilliant) and a playful theme make this a winner, though.
4 months ago
Simply the best. Neverending fun for beginner or advanced player. Flow, humor, everything hit the point.
5 months ago
Welcome to The Monster Bash !

Wow, just wow ! Funny story behind this pin in my collection.

All happened few months ago , i visited friend place to buy Scared Stiff of him ... and in his place ive got opportunity to play for two days Attack From Mars, Medieval Madness(in mint collector condition), Twilight , Adams , IJ and many more ...
Monster Bash was behind 3 pins in his garage . Hes collector and seller and also rent machines , and in two garages more than 50pins were there...

So we played and had fun i was blown away by pins mentioned above and so on . Until than , beside indy and tz ive got opportunity only to play those titles on pinball arcade and virtual pin...

Anyway, last night i asked to move 3
pins so we can play Monster Bash , he said its boring game i dont understand rules bla bla bla ... we start playing and i get hooked on first sight . Figured out game very fast , and loved it a lot .

After few days i returned home and i couldnt remove MB from my head . In same period ive got opportunity to purchase Medieval Madness but i was so blown away with MB that couldnt stop thinkin on that pin. I asked friend to sell but he refused for some reason , and i found other seller and quit buying MM and grabed MB instead.

Reason why i was blown away is that i love horror and love universal monsters. I grow up on monster squad and this game reminded me a lot on legendary movie. Beside great theme , they are in rock band and love touring , i worked as a concert promoter and tour manager and i am music lover (heavy and rock) so one more reason to get hooked on this pin.

Beside all mentioned above , gameplay , gameflow , callouts , artwork , quests and everything else is mastered done and its pin that you return everytime with "just one more game".

Even my wife love this pin and shes playing more than me , so if you look for family pin with a lot of fun, toys , gimmicks this is pin for you .

To cut big story short , creators of this pin managed to create pin that have everything in one - great sound/music,gameplay,quests/rules,characters/toys,artwork, etc. This is why i will rate this pin with 10, cose everything is perfect!

The Monsters of ROCK!

i am just a fan of pins , i am not pro player, love this hobby (love to play pinballs) and every review is based on my personal feeling and emotion. I am in this game only for FUN and to have stress free ;).
5 months ago
Monster Bash is a fantastic game, one of the most recognisable Pinball layouts with great flow. Themeing throughout is well integrated with each monster having his or her own area of the playfield, and it's fun to recruit them all into the band and to stack their modes. Music and callouts are some of the best in Pinball, and there is a great deal of good humour on this machine. The only problem I have with it is the lastability, as once the player has assembled the band and their instruments, there's not a great deal else to do aside from do it all over again, which means this game is super fun as you work your way through but you're left a little bit deflated once you've completed it. For this reason, I wouldn't want to own it, but that doesn't detract from it being a well thought-through and fun game!
5 months ago
I told my buddy that I played this game and it was awesome and fun, he said "yeah, have you heard water is wet?" Awesome game with a tremendous reputaition for a reason.
5 months ago
Monster Bash might be the best game in terms of game play. It has every kind of shot. Having to light up the monsters, start their individual games and then beat those games really is great. There are rewards along the way, which makes the smaller achievements feels significant, too. Good for beginners, but tough to get all the through. I still haven't. Everyone that comes over likes this game the best in my collection. For me, the weakness is the theme. It's not the monsters that bother me...I'm just not sure why the monsters had to form a band. I never thought, "Man, the creature from the black lagoon is pretty cool...but what if he was super into Kenny G and decided to start playing the saxophone? That would be badass." Of course, that doesn't make the game play less fun...I just think they could have done something cooler, like formed a universal version of the suicide squad. I'm digressing. It's an amazing game. I would have loved to have seen what that team would have done with one more game for Williams.
6 months ago
Hands down one of my all time favorite pins. I will own one of these one day.
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