Monster Bash (Williams, 1998)

Monster Bash

Pinside rating

This game received 958 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.757 /10

8.757

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #3 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.841

Artwork: 8.882

Sounds/Music: 8.369

Other Aspects: 8.712



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9.560/10
9 days ago
I'm fortunate enough to have played three different examples of this machine in the wild. On every occasion they've been maintained in tip-top shape. People who own them and play them apparently respect this machine for the paramount achievement that it is.

What else can be said about this game that hasn't already been said?

The monster toys are some of the best in pinball. The flow around the wolfman orbits or alternate bride of Frankenstein ramps is awesome. And whoever threw out the theme idea at the planning stages for "hey, let's have all of the classic movie monsters get together and start a band!" needs more props than I can possibly give out.

It's a family friendly theme and game (not too punishing), that my kids always gravitate too as well. I only hope that this game can get the remake treatment so that mere mortals might be able to get one of these machines new in their own home.
7.787/10
14 days ago
Nice game to play. Not the hardest but is fun
10.000/10
18 days ago
ALL is perfect in this game. FUN FUN FUN. 100%
9.740/10
36 days ago
What can I say, one of the best pinball machines of his time, I'm looking forward to a remake
9.660/10
37 days ago
What needs to be said that hasn’t already?! One of the very best efforts from Williams, a timeless classic and a true display of talent from George Gomez. Along with MM absolutely smashes the coin drop on location even after 20 years. A keeper
8.824/10
52 days ago
One of my personal favorites that definitely has lastability. Love the toys in this game and the overall theming. There is nothing like getting to Monsters Of Rock and jamming!! Very rewarding. Just a great family pin that never gets old.
6.225/10
60 days ago
Another way overated game. Its super campy but it has a lot of toys and stuff. As a fan of Universal Monsters this isn't the game I would want... these aren't even the Universal Monsters. Wouldn't it be cool to see JJ do a pinball based on the Universal Monsters to have Dracula modes to Frankenstein, to Wolfman and so on. No monsters playing the drums. LOL

The game is fun but its not the 5th best pinball game ever. Please. Its one of the better ones but nothing close to one of the 10 best.
10.000/10
69 days ago
Simply, one of the greatest pinball machines ever.
7.556/10
76 days ago
Finally got to play this machine and i did enjoy it.
8.196/10
81 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
3 months 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
3 months ago
One of the holy trinity of the late 90s, the best time for pinball.
8.900/10
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago
So fun to play! Love all the moving parts.
9.800/10
5 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
5 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
5 months ago
Easily my favorite horror themed pin of them all.
8.484/10
5 months ago
phantom flip is pretty cool, when working correctly with a level table.
8.044/10
5 months ago
Theme and music are great. Shots feel a little clunky to me, but could just be my (insufficient) skills.
9.760/10
5 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
6 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
6 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
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