Well itís that time of year again, a magical time when the minds of children and adults alike turn to thoughts of monsters, demons, and teeny tiny candy bars. Since Halloween is possibly my favorite holiday I figured Iíd get the Halloween spirit by posting about a game that exemplifies all these things, 1993ís Monster Bash.
You play as Johnny Dash a strapping young lad with a backwards baseball cap and a pocket full of rocks. One night Johnnyís dog disappears, at first he simply believes that he ran away. One night while laying in his bed the friendly monster that happens to live under Johnnyís mattress let him know what is really going on. Pets all over are being kidnapped by Count Chuck and turned into monsters, and Johnny is the only one who can stop him. Lock and Load
So Johnny takes his trusty slingshot and enters the monster world to rescue all the pets from the clutches of the evil Count Chuck. During this rescue mission he must battle zombies and floating skulls, all while avoiding clever traps like spears stuck in the floor, spears stuck in the wall, and the ever deadly spears stuck in the ceiling. Johnny faces all these obstacles and risks his life all for a creature that will thank him by chewing up his furniture and crapping on his carpet.
This is how I look when I stub my toe.
Even though I only had the shareware version I still managed to develop quite an obsession with this game, even going as far as to write a short story based on it in the second grade. Want to give it a try for yourself? Of course you do, you can download the shareware version here
. Youíre going to want some kind of emulation to play this game on any modern machine, may I suggest DOSBox
If downloading is too much work for you simple watch this video to get an idea of what this game was about:
Hey, you still there? If you are I want to tell you about a little contest Iím running as thanks to those who take the time to read my little slice of nostalgia. I have is my possession a gift voucher for both Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode 1 as well as some Halo 3 swag I got from a pre-release event I attended as part of the Visual Studio Developers Group. This includes a t-shirt (XL), a poster, a 1 gig flash drive, and a limited edition watch. What do you have to do to win? Just post a comment telling me what you want, the vouchers, the swag, or hell even both. First come, first served.
Directory of C:\DOS\RUN\
BattleChess.exe Boppin.exe MegaRace.exe