Creature from the Black Lagoon (Bally, 1992)

Creature from the Black Lagoon

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This game got 966 approved ratings and currently scores 8.230 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #24 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.028

Artwork: 8.727

Sounds/Music: 7.761

Other Aspects: 8.236

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47 seconds ago
Blea. I want to lIke it. Have played 3 different ones multiple times and just end up smh. Feels clunky. Oh well. Just not my game.
6 days ago
Some how this game works, it's original playfield that's been thus copied to its beautiful art and spot on themeing. The music and sound effects to each ball are some of the best and truely adds a classic feel and although it's a 90s pin takes you back. Ramps are satisfying and there are plenty of shots to make. Call outs and humor is great. One of the best video modes and a fun easter egg at the end. The only downside to this game is the 2 ball multiball, but it's not a pure chaos make shots machine. It's pure build up, hard work and making shots. It's really quite fun if you accept the game as its own beast and don't want it to be something else. Truely a classic and gem but it's not for everyone. Best in a multicollection. Give this game more than 1 or 2 games. Once you feel the goals and enjoy you'll see why it's usually in the top 20
7 days ago
Very original and classic dual theme (Monster Movie with 50's Drive In Theme) that is very fun to play for all types of players. Ramp and combo shots are very smooth and satisfying, hitting the high speed right ramp over and over is great. Although it may seem repetitive, this game is much deeper than it first appears.
Fantastic artwork on play field and backbox. Playfield lighting is good but, the game could use better lighting at the top of the play field and in the Jet Bumpers.

Games can be very quick and challenging as there are lots of drains..but you keep coming back for more. Attaining that great game on Creature is extremely satisfying.

Playfield is tight, but very well thought out. Even though its only a two ball multiball, the tighter play field layout, upper ramp to swamp bowl , "Find the Creature, Save the Girl" multiball ruleset and the Creature appearance make this much more challenging, exciting and rewarding then many other machines easier attainable and more repetitive multi ball modes.
28 days ago
Its a love and hate game. You can have very short ball times , and some cheap drains. But if you level it correctly it plays smooth like butter. LEDs are a mist, cause the game is extrem dark.

I love the ramp shots and the artwork, sounds and animations are superb :)

In a small collection it will get old fast. But if you like a fast game in a bigger collection its perfect.
38 days ago
I know I'm in the minority here, but I just don't dig this pin. The entire table feels crammed and small due to the closeness of many of the shots. While BOP has a similar feel, I like that game SOOOO much more. I always find myself bored by this table, and I'm a huge Trudeau fan! I'll try to put more time on this game, but for now, I'm just not digging it.
44 days ago
This game can have a nice flow to it. And for in the House its ideal, it does not make the anoying klik klak ( to others that dont play pinball in the house ). Further more. I owned one, and sold it quite quick. It looks good, but playfield is not very big or wide. there are ramps that look nice, but its not happening on the playfield for me.
The theme is cool, eventhough i dont understand what the drive in and fastfood has to do with the creature.
Hologram... whats to say. It looks cool. Doesnt make it more playable. The machine feels like quality to me, but it couldnt keep my attention. A bit overratted to me. Hoped for more exitement.
53 days ago
Very nice artwork and music. I don't like that the center of the game is only in the lower half of the playfield, and the multiball with only 2 balls...
61 days ago
It took me awhile to warm up to this pin, my first games it ate my lunch, but there is a lot to like. The theme is stellar, great use of the DMD, and the creature under the playfield is very cool. The game I played had the LCD creature mod. If there's a downside, it might be the playfield is pretty busy and it takes some exploration to figure out what to shoot for.
3 months ago
Creature has probably one of the most unique playfield designs of all time. What initially seems like a cluttered mess, actually becomes one of the most thought out designs you will ever play. The game is simple. Spell FILM, save the girl, find the creature, get the super jackpot, and repeat. What sets this game apart from everything is else is that every aspect of the game is gorgeous. The sound, artwork, and overall design are perfect. There are several layers of depth to the game that are worthy of going after once you fully understand the multi-ball. If you see one in the wild, drop a couple of quarters through the coin slot and enjoy.
4 months ago
This is a fun game. Never tire of playing it, and when you get the hologram of the Creature, well, that is a good day of pinball. Playfield, as others have commented, is great except is too dark on the upper area. A mod adding lights to the pop bumpers is essential to spark that area up. The music is the best. The animations on the dot matrix are okay, but what makes the game is the beautiful playfield and the great sounds. It is not a super fast game, but I love the flow and there is a large variety of shots.
4 months ago
Dark dark dark. Better have some lights shining down on this pin because it is hard to see anything. It is a confusing playfield and the best thing about it - cool shots - is hard to master at best and really isn't that much fun. I want to like this pin and played for hours but it just isn't great.
5 months ago
Love this game. It's like Monster Bash with the monsters. Easy to pick up and play. My only thing is sometimes it get really boring since you're doing the same thing over and over again (move your car). Still, I'd love to have this pin in my collection.
5 months ago
I was really looking forward to playing at pinball hall of fame. I tried several games. I felt playfield to busy and shots kind of boring. A lot of times i felt I was waiting on ball to come down playfield after each shot.
6 months ago
Well, I wasn't born in the 50s so I imagine that's why the theme doesn't quite tug at my heartstrings, but it's executed really well.

Gameplay is awfully repetitive and that, along with the poor lighting and crowded play field, keep this low on my like list. I think the theme, awesome artwork and nostalgia factor keep this game rated so high, but make no mistake: it's a 1-trick-pony. Complete 4 goals to get to a 2 ball multiball. Find the creature. Rescue the girl. The other stuff along the way isn't really interesting. "Shoot the left ramp!" How fun is that to hit 20 times in a row? Well, not very.

Ultimately Creature didn't have the staying power it should, just like a drive-in movie.
7 months ago
Great theme and music
very fun to play and lots of combinations
7 months ago
The layout on this game is what I like best about it. There seems to be no end to what you can shoot for in this game, and the rules work really well in conjunction with this. It is a great casual gamer game. It doesn't require a great deal of time with it to learn what you need to do. Another positive note is the excellent flow in this game. It just feels right and fluid. Not much to nit pick on this game for me, other than the sounds and music don't do anything for me. it is easy to see why it ranks so high. It is a busy layout done right.
8 months ago
Fun pinball. Great theme.
8 months ago
Despite the simple rules its very fun to play and connection of art, theme, music and humor of the pin is fantastic and super cool. This table have style like no other.
10 months ago
This game is a blast. The call outs and animations are really fun. The rules aren't deep, but getting super jackpot is still a challenge. All around a really fun game.
10 months ago
The machine Looks awesome but i just can't get into the game. A big turn off for me are the sounds and music also they just don't work for me. It's hard to see things on the playfield also. Game just doesn't do it for me.
10 months ago
Fun game to play. Easy rules to follow. Great music. Will be a keeper in my collection for a long time.
10 months ago
All I can say about this Trudeau classic is that it truly oozes "fun". Sure it has that one shot that is far more important laying in the midst of it all, but even so, it's a purely gleeful shot to hit over and over again. The ramps are a blast, the music matches it perfectly, and the dot animations are perfection. I love this game. Such a blast every single time, and possibly Trudeaus' finest.
10 months ago
The playfield is overly busy and things are hard to see. I just can't play well on this table, no matter how many time I play. Feels gimmicky and lacks any fun factor.
10 months ago
I have owned CFTBL multiple times. I did not really see the genius of the game until I started playing my friend's game. Once I started playing it with more attention paid to the modes of the game, I found that I really enjoy this game. There are many ways to score points. Most people prefer to go for the jackpot and super jackpots afforded by the multiball. I actually enjoy earning points using some alternative approaches

Move Your Car -- This mode is super simple. Shoot the ball up the middle as often as you can until the timer runs out. The wrinkle is that the score for the middle shot will immediately start to reduce as the timer ticks down. So it's important to make a shot as quickly as possible since the points earned on the first shot will be multiplied on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th shot. If your middle shot is sound, you can earn 50-80 million in this mode.

What makes this mode great is the dots associated with each shot. The guy really wants you to move your car! He shoots with a bazooka and eventually an airplane bomber!

Another fun mode is ramp millions. If you make the right "SLIDE" shot multiple times during one ball, you can reach Left Ramp Millions and Right Ramp Millions. If your ramp shot is true, you can rack up some impressive points during the mode.

All in all, I really enjoy Creature. It's a game that I can play 10 times in a row without realizing it. And that makes it a special game indeed.
10 months ago
I really wanted to like this game. Even almost bought one and never played one. Seems overrated played a few machines and the fun factor just isnt there. Like the video modes. Hologram problems scary.
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