Monster Bash (Williams, 1998)

Monster Bash

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This game received 873 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.772 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #2 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.849

Artwork: 8.903

Sounds/Music: 8.408

Other Aspects: 8.726

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1 day 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 :)
5 days ago
Playfield is over stuffed with too many toys. This game is very popular but i find myself bored with it.
11 days ago
This may be one of the greatest pinball games I've played. The ONLY thing wrong with it is that it's almost TOO straightforward and lacks the complexity of games like The Twilight Zone. I finished the game on the second try. I've never done it again since then but 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 the game is still difficult what with the multiple targets you have to hit to accomplish your goal. 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.
14 days ago
Simply the best. Neverending fun for beginner or advanced player. Flow, humor, everything hit the point.
39 days 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 ;).
56 days 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!
56 days 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.
56 days ago
Just finished a full refresh on my MB and added Pinsound with my own mix. What a great game.
58 days 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.
66 days ago
Hands down one of my all time favorite pins. I will own one of these one day.
88 days ago
This is a very good game, but top 5 of all time? No.
3 months ago
A complete package--art, theme, music, voice work, effects, good lighting. Not too many pins nailed the theme as well as this one. Perhaps the band would not be my first choice as the best way to bring all these monsters together in one pin, but it does work. I always enjoy playing this one when I find it--this pin is fun every time you play it. Only thing I would have done differently--I'd have used a vinyl 45 or an LP instead of the lame CD in the artwork...
3 months ago
so much fun
3 months ago
Just bought again for the 3rd time.Pinball at its best
4 months ago
One of my all-time favorites! I love the theme, the toys, and the sense of humor. I could play this one all day!
4 months ago
while being a bit easy - its still a game that every time you play it its fun
4 months ago

- very colourful game with wonderful toys
- some great shots, it's a game that really gets the player involved
- the colouring of the playfield does an amazing job of keeping in the theme of the game
- tonnes of modding potential


- this is quite a general remark, but I feel like they could have done much better with this theme (perhaps skewing towards something like Gottlieb's Class of 1812)
- the back of the playfield is PACKED, a problem for me since I like to have the ball in sight for as long as possible
- minor point, but I'm not a fan of the cabinet artwork
4 months ago
Monster Bash is an amazing pin.

A great layout, by George Gomez. Especially the Frankenstein shot is amazing.

Williams/Bally/Midway has used some cool features there like for example the "Phamtom Flip".

All the figures match to the iconic characters out of the classic Universal movies.

The artwork is very good, especially when you compare it with modern games like the Batman TDK game.

The game is a little bit dark. Maybe LEDs would be a great choice to put in there as GI-lamps.

The only problem on this game is the gamecode.
Don't get me wrong, the rules are good, but they're too easy.
Moster Bash is a great game, no doubt and it has a great gamecode as well but I believe it is far too easy for an advanced player. I for example got to "Monsters of Rock" the 5th time I first played the game.

The game is great, but for some people like me the gamecode is too easy and so it might be too repetetive.
But it still is a lot of fun.
4 months ago
My top tier game, so many good call outs, great shots. You can have fun and you can play serious with tactics to get big scores. Theme and music is on point. Love the toys and to get monster bash and then monsters of rock is sooo rewarding. Some of the best multiballs out there. One of my personal favorites like BSD is you can stack modes. Too much to cover other than this game is perfection
4 months ago
Always one of my favorites when I see it on location. Great theme and broad appeal to casual and regular players alike.
5 months ago
I love this game. Moreover, I love finding this game on location. It is everywhere in Paris, for some reason. There is one in Western Canada. In any event, if it was good enough for Leonard Cohen (Google it), it's good enough for me. Cheers to Shawn from Pinball Vancouver for explaining some rules to me.
5 months ago
Probably my favorite game to play on a well set up machine. Great shots, awesome theme, really well put together machine!
5 months ago
I never thought i like this pin due to its theme, but once I played what a great pin! It never gets old. not sure what pin I like better? MM or MB? Both are great!
6 months ago
Played at pinball hall of fame. Played everything , but it kept drawing me back. Made it on my list. Good fun, madness multi ball is why I love it.
6 months ago
Monster Bash's popularity is warranted - it is one of the best pins in terms of lastability and fun. Getting all six monsters on board to jam out is an addictive challenge, and the corny jokes are amusing enough that they don't get worn out too quickly. The rules aren't quite as complex as my favorite pins, and, like many pins, the D-I-G rollovers are buried by ramps and toys. Still, bashing Frank, bashing Drac, and bashing the Mummy's bumpers all build up to a fun game (there's a reason it's called Monster BASH!). An excellent game that deserves its acclaim, just not a cerebral experience. Bash! Bash! BASH!
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