Monster Bash (Williams, 1998)

Monster Bash

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This game received 869 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.777 /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: 8.853

Artwork: 8.913

Sounds/Music: 8.429

Other Aspects: 8.732

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4 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!
4 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.
4 days ago
Just finished a full refresh on my MB and added Pinsound with my own mix. What a great game.
6 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.
14 days ago
Hands down one of my all time favorite pins. I will own one of these one day.
36 days ago
This is a very good game, but top 5 of all time? No.
47 days 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...
51 days ago
so much fun
58 days ago
Just bought again for the 3rd time.Pinball at its best
70 days 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!
74 days ago
while being a bit easy - its still a game that every time you play it its fun
76 days 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
78 days 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.
82 days 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
85 days ago
Always one of my favorites when I see it on location. Great theme and broad appeal to casual and regular players alike.
3 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.
3 months ago
Probably my favorite game to play on a well set up machine. Great shots, awesome theme, really well put together machine!
3 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!
4 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.
4 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!
4 months ago
I had to let AFM go to get my hands on MB, and the verdict is still out. The more I play it, the more I like it. The layout and shot selection is fantastic. Toys galore with great sounds and call outs. I added a color DMD which helps the animations. My only complaint is the feed from the pops. It may just be my table, but I can't seem to get a consistent feed down beside the Dracula.
5 months ago
I've held off on rating this and gave it a few more tries as it is rated high in the polls, yet not too interesting and appealing to me. I would play this a couple of times on location as I still wonder what I'm missing with this one. The rules are pretty shallow, no real intriguing modes. I like the toys and some of the gimmicks, and the regular game play is ok, but not enough for my "lastability" to return again and again. An ok pin to play occasionally on a location. If something changes my mind, I'll update my rating.
5 months ago
Great fun. It really is a game you can just walk up to time after time and have a blast.
6 months ago
Monster Bash.... When I play Monster Bash I think the designers decided to put everything a pin should have into this one.... and then put some more and a little more... and then the kitchen sink (it's up there by the Wolfman where you can't see anything).

The Soundbites, Music, Monster Gimmicks, Lighting and Theme all make for an experience that is addictive and crazy fun.

I love it. There is so much to do and it's so much fun doing it. I wish I could afford to get one.
6 months ago
Monster Bash is such a great pin. It's easy to get into, and the call outs make me laugh.
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