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Monster Bash (Special Edition)

Pinside rating

This game received 92 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.799 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Monster Bash". The group itself ranks #3 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.814

Artwork: 8.94

Sounds/Music: 8.624

Other Aspects: 8.836

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This game is part of a group

Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Monster Bash (Special Edition)".
The other versions are: Monster Bash (regular version), Monster Bash (Classic Edition), Monster Bash (Limited Edition)

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16 days ago
Such a fun game. Played an original a few years back but and I did love it but didn’t have LED lighting and seemed every dark and hard to see. But once I played a remake wow what a difference! Game is fun and one you always come back for more. Is challenging at least at my skill level but interesting and fun enough to make you want to play more. A must have in my opinion but I love all the old Universal Movies!
60 days ago
This is THE classic of classic 90s pins and Chicago Gaming Company nailed this remake like they did with MM. It is my all time favorite pin. It doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of the LE, but it is still a blast to play. It has it all: Great shots. Great rule set. Great multiballs. Great toys and gimmicks.
73 days ago
WOW! We had a MM ReSE, loved it. (Keeping it) but then the family wanted something new - and this is it! From start to finish - everyone in our family loves this game! And it seems even more addictive! The lights, sounds, music and call outs, so many shots to learn! Can't write now, need to go play this one again!
73 days ago
There’s no wonder why this game has been near the top of the rankings so long. It’s a very fun game, loaded with toys, smooth play, and nothing to really gripe about.

Pros: artwork, toys, theme, sound, animations, flow, variety of shots, fun.

Cons: not much...maybe the rule set is a bit too simple.
4 months ago
It may not have the best flow among top pins, but mb is fun to play. For some reason it's goofy theme, call iouts, and music pull me back in. I like monster themes so I'm biased. If you want a deep game, this isn't it. If you want quality and fun, it's here. Hitting Dracula never gets old.
4 months ago
One of the best and for good reasons, and a very good and approachable family pin.
I would not get one for a 2 pin collection but if you have other pins that are deeper and greater lastability, a MB is a great addition to the collection.

Almost every shot has a great toy, the code is simple but yet fun.
After a few hundred plays I had to move on to games with a deeper code, a personal preference
5 months ago
Fantastic,very hard to fault , there is a reason it’s in everybody’s fun fun !
6 months ago
CGC did another amazing job/upgrade on this classic title. The new light show and display are amazing and allow a novice to understand the shots and callouts much easier. The flaw of this game is the callouts though, always have been repetitive. This isn't CGC's fault, that's just how the game is. Super fun to play for anyone to step up and go for a game.
6 months ago
Great game. Pays tribute to the original with some awesome upgrades.
7 months ago
This is one of my favorites
8 months ago
Very deserving of its' rating. I prefer the LE, but only because there are more bells and whistles.
8 months ago
Waited forever to find the right price, right location, right timing. So worth the wait.

Nice collection of shots that will keep the casual player engaged but a deep enough rule set to challenge serious players. Larger color display on the SE is so worth it.

A true keeper.
10 months ago
Many people love/love/love this game. I would say that I like the game. . . probably don't love the game. Definitely a classic theme with good shots, decent flow and some fun things to do. After initial honeymoon period, I will play this game once every few months, but can't say that it is a personal favorite time and time again. Nevertheless, worth a few plays to see how it will work for you!
10 months ago
One of those games that wasn't really on my radar but always found myself dumping money in Monster Bash Remake at the arcade when I was really there to check out the new Sterns like Munsters. Just a fun, fun game and had the chance to pick up an SE for a great price.

There are a few quirks on mine that probably need dialed in but the biggest annoyance is making it up the left bride ramp. If the ball doesn't make it up it is a slow roll back down.

The improved light, display and sound on the SE are easily worth the extra but you can't go wrong with the classic either. Non-pinball people seem to love it as well. Great gateway drug pinball machine.
11 months ago
You'd be hard pressed to convince me that MB isn't the greatest pin of all time. There's nothing lacking here and CGC did an amazing job with the remake. The larger screen really makes a difference. Everybody in the house loves this machine and, honestly, what's not to love. The toys are great, the callouts are funny and not too repetitive, the artwork is top notch. It's an incredible machine and well deserving of it's rating in the top 5 of all time. It's the best.
1 year ago
Top of my list. The toys on the table bring this game to life, jammed packed the whole playfield. The playfield is stunningly gorgeous full of color and flow, especially the remake limited edition with the neet add ons that can be purchased with it. Gameplay is top notch, not overly difficult, and amazing to see how the whole game plays with all the toys interactively.
1 year ago
The game is great, I have some drain issues that I need to figure out... Just purchased NIB last week. Can see why everyone has loved it for so long. The rule set seems simple, but it is timeless none the less. The game is fun but it is not a top three game. Maybe a top 20 game, but not top 3
1 year ago
I love this game. I think the SE version is the best bang for your buck, however, everything about this game just screams fun. In my opinion, it should be rated as number 1 because it is such a blast to play for beginners and veterans alike, everyone will love playing this game!
1 year ago
My favorite game. Now I have one
1 year ago
Chicago quality was fantastic but the game code and overall play didn't connect with me and was short lived in my lineup.
1 year ago
Great game I would like to add to my collection. The toys and animations are second to none. Very enjoyable game for all.
1 year ago
My favorite game of all time! Just purchased one. Love the theme and it is just so much fun to play!
1 year ago
Excellent remake by CGC. Their standards, by now, are becoming well-established. Just like with MM and AFM, this game looks, sounds, feels and plays almost exactly like the original, but with some key improvements. The lighting is the most obvious difference, for me. The color-changing LEDs are a nice touch, and each monster mode gets a different color. The scoop is well lit, and the game has a very nice appearance overall. As with AFM and MM, I too feel a slightly "clicky" feel to the flippers. Something mechanical feels slightly different. After getting an SE and playing it many times, I don't necessarily dislike the flippers. I think they are functional and strong. They do feel different than Stern, and even Williams. So, if anything is uniquely CGC, it may be the flippers. I wouldn't really downgrade the game tho. This game is just a fantastic theme, with fairly easy, accessible shots and good rules/code. It's a game you feel you can actually finish, in time. Still, it's not easy to collect all 6 monsters to achieve Monster Bash, but it's do-able. It feels on par with destroying the ring in LOTR, for me. I've done both a few times, but not often.

The larger DMD is awesome. The animations are fun and greatly improved, but still capture that DMD feel with a vastly more sophisticated display. The quality of the materials is very good, and the game is just well-made. The theme, the old-timey Universal monsters all being collected to form a band, is really fun. The ramps (3 of them!) are really fun to shoot. This game is just very well-designed and feels right. The humor is spot-on, the music and sounds are great and the lighting is (intentionally?) dim, but colorful. Only the trough is poorly lit. A trough LED strip is a great idea on this pin. Only tiny flaw is it can feel a bit repetitive and limited, once you've collected all the monsters. Still, a fantastic game and deserving of a top 10 spot.
1 year ago
I have to say like that of the other remakes (AFM/MM) there is an issue with the timing of the flippers and it appears to be hardware related, which means that the originals are still the way to go. Its a pity since everything else is fantastic.
1 year ago
My favorite game ever.
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