Monster Bash
Release dateJuly 1998
SystemWilliams WPC-95
DesignGeorge Gomez
ProgrammingLyman F. Sheats, Jr.
ArtworkKevin O'Connor
MechanicsChris Shipman, Robert C. Friesl
MusicVince Pontarelli
Production run3,361 units

Monster Bash is a pinball machine produced by Williams. The game features some Universal Monsters including The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein's monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy.


The main goal of the game is to collect the instruments of the iconic horror characters and form the Monsters of Rock band.[1] The table includes a Phantom Flip; when this feature is enabled, the player can let go of the flipper buttons and allow the game to attempt a shot.[2][3]

The machine has an easter egg mode called “Lyman’s Lament”. It features different music and comments of programmer Lyman Sheats while the ball is played.[4][5] The game uses the DCS Sound System.


Each of the six monsters has an associated mode that must be played in order to earn his/her instrument.

The player can earn "monster bomb" items, which can be used to make progress during the associated modes by pressing the ball launch button. Each item is specific to one monster, such as a garlic clove for Dracula or a silver bullet for the Wolf Man.


In addition to Frankenstein Multiball (see "Modes" above), the game includes three other multiballs, all of which are started by shooting the center scoop once they are enabled.

The monsters become unlit after playing Monster Bash, while both the monsters and instruments become unlit after playing Monsters of Rock. In both cases, the player can immediately begin making progress toward relighting them.

Whenever the player starts any multiball other than Monsters of Rock, any modes in progress continue with their timers frozen as long as two or more balls are on the field. Once all balls have drained except one, the timers begin to run again. Monsters of Rock terminates any active modes without completing them.

Digital versions

Monster Bash was formerly available as a table of The Pinball Arcade until June 30, 2018 when it was taken down from digital stores after the license expired. It is available in an add-on pack for Pinball FX 3.


In October 2018, the Chicago Gaming Company released three new editions of Monster Bash, Monster Bash Classic, Monster Bash Special Edition, and Monster Bash Limited Edition.[6][7]

See also


  1. ^ "Monster Bash Pinball of 1998 by Williams". Archived from the original on Apr 16, 2021.
  2. ^ "Adjusting Phantom Flip". Paisley Pinball. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  3. ^ "Williams Monster Bash - Features". Planetary Pinball. Archived from the original on May 22, 2022.
  4. ^ "MONSTER BASH Pinball Machine (Williams)". The Pinball Man. February 7, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-11-16. Retrieved 2013-11-16.
  5. ^ "Williams 'Monster Bash'". Internet Pinball Machine Database. Archived from the original on Jul 14, 2023.
  6. ^ "Monster Bash (Limited Edition) Pinball Machine (Chicago Gaming Co., 2018)". Pinside Game Archive. Archived from the original on Aug 3, 2023.
  7. ^ "Monster Bash Confirmed". Pinball News. 2018-07-24. Retrieved 2018-10-16.