Creature from the Black Lagoon (Bally, 1992)

Creature from the Black Lagoon

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This game received 709 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.248 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #27 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.059

Artwork: 8.773

Sounds/Music: 7.777

Other Aspects: 8.243

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10 days ago
Creature is a pretty fun game but the rules aren’t quite deep enough for me to totally love it. The theme is awesome and the shots all feel nice. The game is quite challenging to and managing the multiball to get the jackpot and super jackpot is pretty difficult. It’s a fun classic but I feel it would get boring after prolonged play.
51 days ago
Played this pin a ton growing up. My grandpa used to have one up at his cabin. Overall, it is not a bad game I suppose. But man, I felt the game was brutal and entirely unforgiving.

Well built games should be easy to learn, but difficult to master. I felt this game was both difficult to learn and master. I can’t help but attribute that to poor design. The flow of the game I felt was very poor — so much so that I preferred all of his games over this one, including Popeye. :)

The gimmick with the playfield screen was cool back in the day, but it is entirely outdated now.

Maybe it requires a skill level far better than mine, but I never saw this as an overly fun pinball game.

High quality build overall, but this is not a game I would want to own based on my personal experience with it.
67 days ago
Shocking, Startling, and Amazing!! This game is very addictive. Takes a few games to figure out the rules. Game play is pretty deep. You’re in a drive in movie and some guy starts creeping in on you and your hot date, so go out and beat him up. The “Move your Car” bit is classic. Of course you have to kiss your date to progress to multi-ball. Challenging to keep your ball in play. Unique skill shot, very challenging. Call outs and humor are top of the line.
69 days ago
With additional lighting modifications to illuminate dark areas, and upgrade to LEDs (which in these case works with the drive-in theme), this game is a must-own. An extremely difficult grind to multi-ball, only to suffer through more heart pounding shots to get the jackpot, but when you do OH WHAT A FEELING. This game can be played a number of different ways...taking advantage of slide modes, move your car hurry-ups, left ramp collects, snackbar shots, and more. Such a unique and challenging, but satisfying game that has help up 25 years. With mods in the works to replace aging creature holograms, I expect a near term bump in price and desire to own this classic DMD!
71 days ago
Creature is a great game it has a great theme, good artwork, and good sounds. The hologram Never gets old such a cool feature.
76 days ago
Very Nice game an realy original theme. A lot of Nice shots and ramps. Beatifil Creature hologram. Love iT. :]
3 months ago
I have played this at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas several times. I was drawn to it because of the high ratings it receives here as a top 30 pin.

Honestly, I have no idea why this pin is rated so highly. The theme seems decent but I don't see the appeal.and found it boring and kind of dumb.

Another highly overrated pin IMO.
3 months ago
This is a legend ! love this pinball but only when the hollogram works :-)
Seriously, a great machine and fun to play.
3 months ago
Classic game! And very difficult to find on location, so always worth a play. This game has a very unique layout and art package that just oozes nostalgia. I love the ramps, and the way that the best ramp is only available during multiball. The hologram is awesome, it loses it's affect after dozens of games but the initial wow factor it offers is great. Music is cheesey in a good way, and although speech is a bit repetitive, nearly every callout is a Pinball classic. That being said, lastability could be a bit questionable in a small collection, as there are only a handful of modes that all occur linearly depending on how many times you shoot a certain shot. Nonetheless, good game.
3 months ago
Possibly the most well implemented theme of all time. Perfectly captures the 1950's setting. What did licensing this in the '90s have to cost, two nickels? Game needs additional lighting (LEDs, spots) to illuminate the beautiful artwork. Find hologram monster? Save girl? Does it get any better? Only two ball multiball, but hard to keep multiball going regardless. Hologram can fade and be expensive to replace, but a fine game to own.
4 months ago
Cool game . Lots of things to cover up the ball moving around...just sayin..The ModFather
4 months ago
Great WPC game. Cool 1950s theming. Challenging 2 ball multiball.
5 months ago
What a great machine. Deserves to be well up there in the rankings.
5 months ago
I like playing this table a lot. It has some really great shots and ramps and a great effect in the "lagoon" where a green hologram version of "the Creature" lurks. Love the 50's drive-in movie theming. The cons? The audio is AWFUL. Everything sounds garbled as if the sound chip was dipped in water. That and the placement of the ramps feels like you're looking at a set of ramps having an orgy. The entrances of certain ramps are hard to make out unless one knows where they already are. That, and aside from the hologram, there isn't much "story" to this board except for couples making out at a drive-in. Almost nothing here has anything to do with the actual creature. Still, a decent game and a lot of fun to play.
5 months ago
This game is amazing. Great fun and amazing depth. It feels like a total series of skill shots are needed for each play, keeping you coming back for more. Probably more fun for skilled players than novice. The theme is great and sound is good.
6 months ago
This is my favorite pinball. My only wish is that someone could come up with a real high quality aftermarket creature hologram. Over time and with play the original never holds up. Someone please answer my prayer. Truly the quintessential pinball.
8 months ago
I really love this game. The theme is something that I find so interesting. Not exactly a super deep game but I still enjoy playing it. I'm not one to get tired of a game so easily. This may be my favorite Trudeau game.
9 months ago
Really comes alive with Leds and better speakers. Have always loved the theme and the artwork. Surprisingly liked the two ball multiball also.
9 months ago
Really good game . A must buy if you're old enough to remember drive inns. Great theme and funny call outs
9 months 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.
9 months ago
Another classic that is a whole lot of fun, and not a cookie-cutter copy of other games. The music is catchy and keeps the player involved. I find a lot of the targets are hard to see, though, and I find it hard to keep track of where the ball is. The multiball is quite simple, and fairly difficult, and I find it to be a little too difficult given the reward. The playfield definitely has some interesting and different elements going on (the whirlpool and the hologram). The "Move your car" mode is really, extremely fun and satisfying, and that right there puts the game above the line for me. If it were going for something around half of what it fetches in the market, I would easily find room for it, but at its current price, I'll always pour quarters into it when I find it on location.
10 months 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
10 months 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.
10 months 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.
11 months 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.
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