"You have the reason / You have the right / To mosh with the monsters / and stage dive tonight!"
Dracula: Ah, the creatures of the night. Vhat music they make.
Monster Bash is a 1998 Physical Pinball Table designed by George Gomez and illustrated by Kevin O'Connor, and released by Williams Electronics.The goal of the game is to get together the Monsters of Rock, a band made up of six Universal Horror creatures: Count Dracula (guitar), the Mummy (bass), Frankenstein's Monster (keyboard), the Bride of Frankenstein (vocals), the Wolf Man (drums), and the Creature from the Black Lagoon (AKA: "Gill Man"; saxophone). Travel the globe to gather the various monsters, help them get their assorted instruments, then put on the show of the centuries. Activate the Phantom Flip and let the the game make shots for you, then run through all seven tracks on the CD while the mob works itself into a riot.Monster Bash was only a modest success for Williams, but is frequently praised by pinheads for being an overlooked classic. The gameplay is approachable for beginners while being deep enough for experts, the playfield is loaded with fun gimmicks, the beautiful graphics, rocking music, and funny sound effects keep players engaged, and the lighthearted theme makes it suitable for any location.A digital version of this table is available on FarSight Studios' The Pinball Arcade.
The Monster Bash pinball demonstrates the following tropes:
Face of the Band: invokedWhile not a vocalist, Dracula does most of the talking for the band, whether opening concerts/multiballs, trying to recruit Gillman, or announcing jackpots, extra balls and specials. The Wolfman fills in sometimes, despite being the drummer.
Henpecked Husband: Frankenstein's monster is implied to be one; the Bride of Frankenstein's mode is called "Ball & Chain", during which she repeatedly hits him in the head with a Frying Pan of Doom.
Bride of Frankenstein:*CLONK!* "How's that for a kiss?"
Hidden Track/Bonus Material: Shooting the Concert Hall scoop 44 times in regular play activates "Lyman's Lament", the seventh track on the CD and the game's non-monster mode. The bonus multiplier is raised by 25x, the point values for all targets is increased, and a new song plays while programmer Lyman Sheats provides in-game comments.
Lyman: "Oh my god, that is the ugliest drain I've ever seen!"
Easter Egg: "Lyman's Lament" can also be enabled by entering a flipper combination before launching the first ball and then shooting the Concert Hall scoop, but without the score bonuses.
The lane to the Creature's saucer includes a translucent panel with a small Gill Man figure underneath it, similar to the "hologram" effect from Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Additionally this game reuses the "swimming" animation from the same game.
And the way his mode rewards points, a runaway value that when collected starts a timer to collect the same value several times with an increasing multiplier, is similar to Move Your Car from the same game.
The mosh pit theme's lyrics, currently seen above as the image quote, have more than a passing resemblance to the lyrics of Black Knight 2000.
Spelling Bonus: Spell D-I-G to increase the bonus multiplier, P-H-A-N-T-O-M to enable the Phantom Flip, and D-R-A-C-U-L-A to start "Drac Attack" mode.
Stealth Pun / Expy: They way the Wolfman talks is meant to be a reference to the aformentioned "Wolfman" Jack.
Timed Mission: All of the monsters' modes have time limits; completing them rewards the character's instrument. Starting any multiball, including Monster Bash, will stop all mode timers for easier completion.
Torches and Pitchforks: Used by the audience on the backglass, along with weed-whackers, hedge trimmers, and other unconventional implements.
The "bomb" (activated by pressing the ball launch button) for Frankenstein's Monster is a "Flaming Torch".
Dracula: "I am Count Dracula, und I vid you velcome!"
Weaksauce Weakness: You can collect items that can be used during each monster's mode as a free shot toward completion. They consist of typical monster weaknesses for each: garlic, silver bullet, spear gun, torch, scroll... and for the Bride of Frankenstein, a hair dryer.
The sub-Wizard Mode is "Monster Bash," available after starting (but not necessarily finishing) all six monsters' modes. This is a generous four-ball multiball with each monster worth two million points, and the center lane lit for Bash Jackpots.
The Wizard Mode is "Monsters of Rock," which is enabled after completing all six monsters' modes so they have their instruments. Shoot the Concert Hall to get a bonus for each instrument collected, then start a four-ball multiball with each monster being worth four million points. Make all of the monsters' shots (or shoot the Mosh Pit) to get the Monsters of Rock jackpot.