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Monster Dash is a 2010 iOS game created by Halfbrick Studios. The player joins Barry Steakfries (Of Age of Zombies and Jetpack Joyride fame) as they must complete goals and travel as far as they can as they blast through monsters.

Game has recieved a huge update in 2014, which added missions, new soundtrack and leveling system, with old version being available as Arcade mode, and another one in 2020, which completely overhauled the graphics and introduced some dialogue for Barry, as well as costumes.

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  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Barry, who wears a buisness suit with torn off sleeves.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Yes, there are yetis in the game.
  • Bottomless Magazines: In case of default Shotgun. Averted with every other weapon available, including Machine Gun Jetpack, which has unlimited ammunition in Jetpack Joyride.
    • Played straight in "Death From Above", "Dirty Air" and "Rain of Fire" missions. You are given Machinegun Jetpack with unlimited ammunition and there's no ground to land on.
  • Bottomless Pits: Serve as one of the obstacles.

  • Cool Bike: As in Jetpack Joyride, The Bad As Hog, which bowls over enemies.
  • Crossover: With Ghostbusters. Featuring Peter Venkman as playble chatacter, Slimer as new enemy, New York City background and Proton Pack. Unfortunately, it was completely removed in 2017, with Proton Pack being replace with Rainbow Cheeks.
  • Double Jump: Fruit Ninja Blade allows you to do this. Using the attack button in mid-air gives Barry small aerial boost. It can and will save you from falling into Bottomless Pits, Spikes of Doom and some of the monsters immune to a Goomba Stomp.
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  • Endless Running Game: Though there are many levels with a variety of goals, they all have the aspect of running as far as you can.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Rainbow Cheeks.
  • Fartillery: Some levels feature mummies that literally fart out poison gas clouds that you have to dodge.
  • Floating in a Bubble: Incredibubble, which gives temporary invisibility.
  • Friendly Zombie: In "Zombie Barry", "Zombie High Fivin'" and "Zombie Diplomacy" missions, the zombies are harmless, and your goal is to high-five as many as you can.
  • Goomba Stomp: One way to deal with monsters.
  • Have a Nice Death: In pre-2014 versions, Barry will make some kind of a remark, simmilar to Sensei's Fruit Facts in Fruit Ninja. Some of them depend on what player just lost to.
    "Note to self: Next time there is a wall, don't jump into it!"
    "That fortune teller sucks! There are no sharks with lazers involved in my demise!"
    "You win this round, [The enemy Barry died from]. Next time we meet, you wont be so lucky."
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  • Hunter of Monsters: Barry is this in the game.
  • I Call It "Vera": Mr. Zappy.
  • Large Ham: From 2020's update, Barry now gives occational one-liners during the run, with plenty of them being very hammy.
    "Locked n' Loaded, Suckers!"
    "BARRY STEAKFRIES! I'm not scared!"
    "TO THE MAX!"
    "Mmmm... Hearty!"
    "HA HA! See that? You saw that, right?"
    "Oh, the juice went in my mouth!"
  • Lightning Gun: Again, Mr. Zappy.
  • Martial Arts Headband and Martial Arts Uniform: Equiping Fruit Ninja Blade would give Barry both. 2020's overhaul made it into a separate "Ninja" outfit and allowed to use with any weapon, likewise allowing to equip any other costume with the Blade.
  • Off with His Head!: Killing a zombie causes its head to visibly fall off.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Some demons are on fire.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Some of the vampires in the game fly in midair.
  • Recoil Boost: Machine Gun Jetpack, propelled by recoil alone.
  • RPG Elements: 2014's update introduced Leveling system, which makes you pay coins you collect in exchange for more health, Jackpot coins, Bad As Hog fuel and Machinegun Jetpack ammunition. Later update introduced Lucky Charms, that give a chance to pervert taking damage (Depending on the charms you pick, any type of monsters, spikes, fire or poison), give more coins from enemies and slow down acceleration speed.
  • Rule of Cool: The Bad As Hog comes with a shotgun which you can shoot while riding. While redundant as the bike already kills any enemy in its path, it's still awesome.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Fruit Ninja Blade is the sword from Fruit Ninja, another Halfbrick game.
    • SMG's descriptions states, that "it goes through more shells than an Italian Plumber".
      • One of the achivements for Goomba Stomp-ing 2 enemies in a row without landing on the ground is called "Mario".
    • Many of the Costumes, including Dancer, Cyborg and Archeologist.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Barry's death animation.
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