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Video Game / Monster Dash

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Monster Dash is a 2010 iOS game created by Halfbrick Studios. The player joins Barry Steakfries as they must complete goals and travel as far as they can as they blast through monsters.

The game has went through three notably different versions:

  • 2010 - The original, and most simplistic version. In 2023, the game was reverted back to this version and became a part of Halfbrick+ subscription service.
  • 2014 - A revamped version by Six Foot Kid. Added missions, new soundtrack and leveling system, with old version being revamped into an Arcade mode.
  • 2020 - Also known as Back From The Dead, a remaster by Krome Studios. Featured overhauled graphics in style of Battle Racing Stars, new dialogue for Barry and costumes. Also introduced Betty Beefpies to the series.

For simplicity, different versions are referred to by their years of release.

This game provides examples of:

  • Achievement Mockery: 2010 has an award system for doing something in the run. One of them is for falling in the very first pit is called "Concrete Shoes".
  • Awesome Aussie: Since the game was given spoken dialogue in 2020, Barry has become this.
  • Company Cross References: Fruit Ninja Blade is the sword from Fruit Ninja, another Halfbrick game.
  • Cool Bike: The Bad As Hog is one of the collectable weapons, which bowls over enemies.
  • Crossover: With Ghostbusters. 2014 featured Peter Venkman as playable character, Slimer as new enemy, New York City background and Proton Pack. Unfortunately, it was completely removed in 2017, with Proton Pack being replaced with Rainbow Cheeks. Crossover eventually returned in 2021, which brought back the Proton Pack (now renamed to "Particle Thrower"), added even more locations, enemies, new costumes and Slime Blower weapon.
  • 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.
    • More straightforward way of double jumping was added in Halloween update for 2020, which also means players can do triple jumps with the aforementioned blade.
  • Endless Running Game: The main game is endless. Alhough 2014 added many levels with a variety of goals, they all still have the aspect of running as far as you can.
  • 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.
  • Goomba Stomp: Stomping the monsters is just as effective as shooting them in the face. However, 2014 and 2020 versions have variations of them that are immune.
  • Ground Pound: Ground Slam in 2020, performed by swiping down in mid-air, added during Halloween update.
  • Have a Nice Death: In 2010 version Barry will make some kind of a remark, similar 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 lasers involved in my demise!"
    "You win this round, [The enemy Barry died from]. Next time we meet, you wont be so lucky."
  • I Call It "Vera": Mr. Zappy, equipable Lightning Gun.
  • Instant Ice: Just Add Cold!: Snowball Cannon immediately freezes monsters and walking past them in this state scores you a kill.
  • Large Ham: From 2020, Barry now gives occasional one-liners during the run, with plenty of them being very hammy.
    "TO THE MAX!"
  • Martial Arts Headband: Equipping Fruit Ninja Blade would give Barry a headband and gi. 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.
  • 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, the game's Socketed Equipment.
  • 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.note 
  • Socketed Equipment: Lucky Charms were the equipable gems, up to 20 at a time. Depending on the ones selected, they would grant obstacle resistance (Preventing damage against any type of monsters, spikes, fire or poison), increase coin drop, or decrease acceleration speed.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Barry's death animation, mostly consisting of several Stock Femur Bones and a skull, before it was changed in 2021 to him falling into the portal.