Monster Bash was a sidescrolling platformer released by Apogee Software for the PC in 1993. The game stars 10-year-old Johnny Dash (Probably no relation to Johnny Cash) on a quest to rescue his puppy, Tex, from the evil Count Chuck, who plans to turn all the pets of the Day World into monsters. Armed with only a slingshot and an endless supply of rocks, Johnny must travel through 28 levels of undead horrors.The first episode of the game can be downloaded for free at Apogee's official website.
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All There in the Manual: The plot can be read from the title screen. Episodes 2 and 3 update it with summaries of the previous episodes.
Blessed with Suck: If a Medusa attacks you just as you die, a glitch will occur that causes you to respawn with no health as a "ghost". You can't touch anything as a ghost, so enemies and obstacles can't hurt you. Unfortunately, you can't pass through the exit either.
Bottomless Magazines: Acknowledged in the plot summary. It's specifically stated by the Bed Monster that Johnny's pocket would never go empty once he put the rock in it.
Easy Mode Mockery: On the difficulty selection screen, there is an icon of Johnny flexing his muscles next to each choice, with bigger muscles on harder difficulties. The icon for Easy mode has him Flexing Those Non-Biceps.
Helpful Mook: There are certain areas in the castle stage that can only be reached by getting a boost from the Ogres' Ground Pound attack. More common throughout the game are living boots that kick you across the stage. Sometimes they're meant to knock you into spikes, but other times they'll help you across gaps.
Homage: One of the mooks in episode 3 is clearly an homage to the Xenomorph.
Invisibility: Invisible men appear as mooks toward the end of the first episode. You can thankfully see them because they wear boots, gloves and a hat... but no clothes...
Suspiciously Similar Song: Several. The title screen sounds similar to "The Monster Mash", the first stage contains the intro to "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", the penultimate stage of episode 2 has a small snippet from "In the Hall of the Mountain King", and the fight music against Igor bears similarity to "Flight of the Bumblebee".
Laughably Evil: Count Chuck. From the first mention of his name to the final showdown with him, you'll have something to laugh about while you void yourself in terror.
Meaningless Lives: There's an extremely simple Cheat Code in the registered version to max out your lives literally any time you want, with no penalty whatsoever.