Monster Bash (Special Edition)

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This game received 113 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.731 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 3rd in the game group "Monster Bash". The group itself ranks #4 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.724

Artwork: 8.906

Sounds/Music: 8.578

Other Aspects: 8.751

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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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53 days ago
This is a great game and a great mashup of Rock and Roll and Universal Monsters. It has some great art and that play it again feeling. Shallower than modern games, and not first on my list for my collection, but I will play on location every time. Solid George Gomez designed pin.
66 days ago
This machine is just pure fun - great theme, love the sound effects, and the gameplay is fast, but fair
77 days ago
Doesn’t play well. Something off. Not a super deep ruleset. Good for a 90’s game.
88 days ago
Monster Bash is a fun game to play. It is fast humorous and very accesible.

The Good: Monsters are lots of fun and this game makes sure to stay true to the enjoyment of the theme. The Wolfman playing the drums is perfect and the replay siren makes me smile. Stack your modes with Frankenstein for a good score. This makes you play the entire PF and go from there. K O'C did a great job with the PF graphics. One of my favorite match sequences ever starting with a siren and showcasing Drac imitating Pete Townshend' guitar smash just in time for the "WHACK" of the replay knocker.

The Bad: Scoring is utterly unbalancing with the multiball and wiz modes being worth so much that everything else doesn't matter. Still a blast to play these modes. The Monster Bash song seems to get stuck in your head.

The Takeaway: George Gomez (earned his nickname "Fan-Man" and kept it on every design he created after this pin-table) and crew did a great job of making this deck accessible to someone just walkingup to it and still a challenge for most players. Now there are a number of games that feel like this and for that reason I did not give it the score that many others have regarding this table. Not my favorite BG. It's all over with the colors and your eye loses focus on the images of the characters in the game. When maintained as it should be, it's a blazingly fast game to play. With the rules being so heavily weighted on the multiball wizard modes... the scoring for this game is heavily weighted in this direction as well. Between low production numbers and the fact that it still makes money on locations, it's expensive. I've seen museum pieces of this deck in five figures. If you want to just enjoy a fun game or work on your multiball skills, this is a fantastic way to go. A fun game... A really good game... but not a great game for the ages in my opinion.

After playing this game some more, I have to say that this game has a bit more strategy to it than I originally gave it credit for. Going through the modes and (strategically) adding multiball on top of them means that every shot is something to consider before being made. Be careful with Frank, as a direct shot can mean an instant drain! The spinner is a much better shot than most people play for points as well as 6 shots gets you to a multiball award from the scoop. That and it is your Monster Bash award collect as well. The rulesheet for this game isn't that long, but the nuances and secondary considerations for the long game on this deck make up for it. The audio calls are great and Lyman's Lament is a great little easter egg that can make this game even more entertaining when you get bored with the standard issue game rules. My initial issue with the game was that MB and MOR are heavily unbalancing on this table, and they are. However, you must EARN these awards and that isn't always easy. One of the things that I have really learned to appreciate about this game is the "scalability" of difficulty that depends on how the software and the physical adjustments to the game. This can make a huge difference in gameplay. Monster Bash is very much like WCS '94 in the sense that some people think this game is too easy. And it can be. Some people curse this deck in the qualifying A bank at PAPA. And it can be that too! Scores updated accordingly.

Respect (Lyman/Gomez) the architect!

Update v2:
If you can get all the modes running and THEN start Frankie's multiball, well played. For me, that is the ultimate challenge of this game. One thing this game has down is that it is FUN! No wonder the ops love it. People love to play this deck. Is it a game I'd like in my collection, for the money, probably not. But I still love to play it on location. The copy at Lyons Classic Pinball has a black light LED near the flipper making the whole area of the PF glow with green slime creepy goodness!

This game is a perfect example of why I pay attention to the programmer as much or even more than the game designer. Consider the bodies of work by Eugene Jarvis, Larry DeMar, Keith Johnson and Lyman Sheats Jr.

Chicago coin addendum:
I like what they have added to the game color changing LED’s and a larger screen with updated animations look good and add to the theater of the experience. The layout is nearly identical and the rules are the same. While the show might have been upgraded, gameplay is the same.
3 months ago
I love this game, but i installed a shaker motor, and the game play, for me, improved dramatically.
3 months ago
just love this game
3 months ago
This game is literally a theme in a box. Every shot seems to be valid so long as you're not draining, and the art/sound/music/lighting and animations are all top notch. CGC absolutely elevated this game in the best possible way and it's just plain fun to shoot and experience. I'm not sure I'd ever let it leave....
5 months ago
Such a fun game. Played an original a few years back and I did love it but didn’t have LED lighting and seemed very 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 and I love all the old Universal Movies!
7 months 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.
7 months 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!
7 months 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.
9 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.
10 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
10 months ago
Fantastic,very hard to fault , there is a reason it’s in everybody’s fun fun !
11 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.
1 year ago
Great game. Pays tribute to the original with some awesome upgrades.
1 year ago
This is one of my favorites
1 year ago
Very deserving of its' rating. I prefer the LE, but only because there are more bells and whistles.
1 year 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.
1 year 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!
1 year 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.
1 year 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
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
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