Monster Bash (Williams, 1998)

Monster Bash

Pinside rating

This game received 954 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.760 /10

8.76

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #4 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.843

Artwork: 8.884

Sounds/Music: 8.377

Other Aspects: 8.719



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There are 464 rating comments for this game.


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9.760/10
8 days ago
Simply, one of the greatest pinball machines ever.
7.556/10
15 days ago
Finally got to play this machine and i did enjoy it.
8.536/10
20 days ago
A really fantastic, great playing game. I don’t care for the theme, but I love it at the same time. It is funny and very approachable. Music and call outs are exceptional and so is the code. If I had the money, this game would come before AFM and MM.
8.609/10
29 days ago
Monster Bash, much like Road Show, is one of those "kitchen sink" games made during pinball's golden years. This game is a well-organized toy box that only suffers from being too easy.

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DESIGN
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-- The six monsters around the playfield are awesome!
-- The major toys (Frank and Drac) are designed to enter and exit to help with flow
-- The scoops and ramps are classic shots
-- The game utilizes the playfield and values both flippers equally

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THEME/LIGHTING/SOUND
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-- The theme is a stacked monster theme, with constant references to the classic monsters
-- The idea of the completing the modes for Monsters of Rock is a cool goal
-- The lighting is great and typical for the time period
-- The sounds, call-outs and music are great for this pin

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GAMEPLAY
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-- This game successfully forces you to play all shots and areas in the game, including bumpers
-- It's great that you can stack the modes
-- The code for this game is clean enough for tournament play

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CRITICISMS
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-- This game, like TOM and Creature, suffers from being too easy, even when set up to be difficult
-- Monster Bash is really easy to achieve, and Monsters of Rock is not crazy difficult either
-- With it being so easy, its lastability is rather low to me, but the toys and action help here

In the end, Monster Bash is a highly rated pin for very good reason: it is absolutely loaded with great toys, has good flow, has a great ruleset, and the theme and sound are wonderful. If it was a little more difficult, I would own one for sure.
9.560/10
33 days ago
One of the holy trinity of the late 90s, the best time for pinball.
8.900/10
42 days ago
Another classic! A fun machine to play with a great theme and lots of toys. This would be a keeper in my collection.
9.040/10
49 days ago
I love the Universal Monsters, so this game is a favorite of mine. Seeing the monsters move and in action is so much fun. The flipper code for Lyman's Lament is a fun added easter egg feature. I also love the sounds, lot's of different monster noises and speech clips make it fun to listen to. Great game play. Would love to own this pin.
9.420/10
61 days ago
How could you not love this game? It's a classic with toys and gimmicks galore, lots of shots, cool music, funny callouts, and good music. I can liken this machine to the feeling people get about the thrills of Halloween. Never gets old!
9.900/10
65 days ago
MM, TZ, MB... top 3. MB is the funest machine ever made. Any of the 3 could rank 1. Will preorder MBR day 1.
8.676/10
69 days ago
So fun to play! Love all the moving parts.
9.800/10
3 months ago
One of my all time favorite games fun in every way from music to theme interaction is awesome I sold my first one and regretted it for a long time. I ended up buying a nicer one and am glad I did the kids love this game probably the funniest pin I've ever played it gets even better with a few updates like led lights not to much to do but enjoy it
9.920/10
3 months ago
I really want this machine for my collection someday. It's hard not to give it a perfect score. The soundtrack, voices, playfield , backglass are all amazing. This is my number one favorite machine of all time.
7.839/10
3 months ago
Easily my favorite horror themed pin of them all.
8.484/10
3 months ago
phantom flip is pretty cool, when working correctly with a level table.
8.044/10
3 months ago
Theme and music are great. Shots feel a little clunky to me, but could just be my (insufficient) skills.
9.760/10
3 months ago
I remember playing this game as a kid. So much fun to play, still a great game that deserves to be part of the top 5.
9.640/10
4 months ago
George Gomez and Team nailed it, to me it’s one of the best games ever developed. It has great flow with a very well integrated theme. I’m glad I was finally able to find a completely restored one. The addition of the color DMD bumps it to another level. Just a top notch game.
8.064/10
4 months ago
This is in the top 5 games for a reason. Great shots and flow and pretty easy to understand rules. Theme is cool and the humor is good on this game. It’s a classic for a reason
7.338/10
4 months ago
Between AFM, MM, and MB, this one is the weakest of the three, and honestly, more of the same between the three. The layout, flow, play, it's all the same, but it definitely draws in newer pinball people which is a good thing. It shoots well and the shots are smooth, but the gameplay and ruleset bring nothing new to the table (pun intended).
9.244/10
4 months ago
Awesome game for the collection. Very popular with my wife and all the neighbors
8.360/10
4 months ago
Love the art and has great flow. That said, I found the game gets tiresome quickly. Long ball times also make it difficult for 4 good players to play a game together within a decent time frame. Lastability is not there for me.
9.424/10
4 months ago
Awesome theme, straightforward rules, fantastic artwork and call outs, this game is one of the best!
10.000/10
5 months ago
Classic!!!!!!!!
10.000/10
6 months 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.
8.760/10
6 months 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.
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