Monster Bash (Special Edition)

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This game received 54 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.695 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 3rd 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: 8.651

Artwork: 8.945

Sounds/Music: 8.437

Other Aspects: 8.658

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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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25 days 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.
59 days 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.
3 months 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.
5 months ago
Chicago quality was fantastic but the game code and overall play didn't connect with me and was short lived in my lineup.
7 months ago
Great game I would like to add to my collection. The toys and animations are second to none. Very enjoyable game for all.
10 months ago
My favorite game of all time! Just purchased one. Love the theme and it is just so much fun to play!
11 months 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.
11 months 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.
11 months ago
My favorite game ever.
1 year ago
CGC did a great job recreating this classic, and then some. The larger LCD screen really is impressive (though after awhile you don't really notice that it's bigger). RGB color change lighting is spectacular with the different monster modes - well implemented and an improvement over the original though the look might be "too much" for some fans of the original GI.

Gameplay wise, it's Monster Bash as you remember it and always wished you could afford in years past. Flippers feel poppy and a little plasticky - hard to put your finger on it, but it's not exactly like a Williams. Still, after a couple games it feels great and with all the extra ways to dial in the game (varying power to each coil, etc.) there are a lot of ways to customize the feel that weren't available with the original.

Monster Bash is a bit on the easy side, but it has that "one more game" feeling to it that makes it - and others from its era - feel classic. Tons of great toys, great music, modes that are doable and stackable and you've got a very fun, though slightly limited game.

10/10 for the physical remake aspect of this game. Minus a point for lastability and repetitive (though very good) call-outs.
1 year ago
Sweet reboot of the original.
1 year ago
The remakes are beautiful. I have played the original extensively and also the remakes extensively. The remake MB is another quality offering from CGC. The all LED light show is awesome and the game has a great layout. It's fun for all ages. Depth is ok, which detracts from the lastability a bit, but otherwise there is just so much going on with ramps that are like butter. The shots are satisfying and not difficult to hit.
1 year ago
This machine is super fun. It’s the kind of theme that just works in pinball. Overall the gameplay is quite simple and is repetitive, but there is enough variation in the shots that it’s still fun. This game probably isn’t for the deep pin heads out there ...although I bet it’s tough to resist for anyone. The SE adds a spectacular light show and enhanced LCD and it’s a perfect upgrade to this classic machine! This remake is built with great quality and the CGC updated WPC architecure is a perfect blend of new tech and classic mech.

Great value!
1 year ago
Wow, so Monster Bash pretty much rocks my pinball world. I absolutely adore the theme. Then the toys, oh man it's a party every time you play. From someone who also appreciates hard pins like BSD, what I really enjoy is just being able to unwind after a long day and not stress and MB suits this bill very well.

That said, while it's not hard to get to the mini-wizard Monster Bash, getting to Monsters of Rock is a little bit more of a pickle. Not that it's super complicated mind you, but it's leagues harder than finishing the door in TZ to get to lost in the zone, which can be achieved by just stacking modes. Actually, haven't even got there yet. Not that I expect doing so would make me feel like the party is "over."

I expect this one to be my first keeper, and the CGC build is just out of this world. Owners are totally spoiled in this regard vs. their competitors. Hoping Cactus Canyon is next. If so, my wallet will be waiting.
1 year ago
The MBSE is a terrific machine. It plays fast and smooth and has all of the upgraded playfield toys, etc. as the LE. The only thing the LE has the SE does not is the topper and powder coated steel.

My son and I love it and it's challenging enough for me to go after MOR and he has a difficult time getting MB, so it's great for us to play together.
1 year ago
After only playing this game online and seeing pictures of it for years, my wife and I finally bought the SE version. We've had it a few weeks.

-- Tons of fun toys. Drac. Franky. I even love shaking the machine when creature is lit up just to watch him bounce around.
-- The RBG lighting is absolutely insane. I can't believe how great it is. Each monster gets their own color, and the entire machine turns green, blue, red, etc when a monster is hit or the monster mode starts up. It's an amazing effect that I can't recall from any other machine.
-- No tight shots. The spinner is super fun to hit.
-- Love all the modes and multiballs.
-- Anyone can play and have fun with it. Rookies love the game for its simplicity, vets love the game for the complexity of finishing the modes.

-- I gave the game rules/scoring logic a 4 out of 6. It's only an opinion, but if you don't start multiball during league play, then you're going to lose. It's kind of unbalanced compared to other games in that regard. This is just my own personal preference.
-- While the RGB lighting is amazing, the colored lighting isn't enough to light the entire playfield. CE versions have white lighting, so the playfield is lit up pretty well. SE & LE versions need extra support imo. I use pinstadium. It's fine now but that's an extra expense I'd rather have not made.


Overall, it's obviously a great game. One of the best of all time, and the remake is even better than the original in my opinion. I'm so happy that CGC is remaking some of the classics so regular shmucks like me can finally own & play it.
1 year ago
Love this game! It is pretty addicting, the new animations are amazing to watch. The light show is second to none... code could be deeper but I am not that great of a player so I like the rule set.
1 year ago
Going to own the first MBr LE in Israel :-p
1 year ago
Beautiful classic with large screen and color dots and sexy looking blue armor.
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