Creature from the Black Lagoon (Bally, 1992)

Creature from the Black Lagoon

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This game received 711 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.241 /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: 8.046

Artwork: 8.769

Sounds/Music: 7.778

Other Aspects: 8.237

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6 days ago
Without a doubt one of the most fun machines I’ve ever played! I love the theme. The title is a little misleading since it’s not all about the creature, that’s about half of it. Most of the game is all about 1950’s drive in culture. The artwork is great! Lots of cool ramps and shots. I’m sure a color dmd would really enhance the experience for a nice mod. I tend to favor the simpler rule set games like system 11 machines and this is somewhat complex, but it’s not swimming in deep rules. I’m amazed this is ranked so low, far better than attack from mars in my opinion!
15 days ago
I sold this game some time ago and miss it. I love the art package, the theme is great and very fun game.
17 days ago
One of the best games ever made.
20 days ago
I enjoy pins with lots of smooth shots and places to put the ball. Games like GB which has like 10 distinct shots, not counting the stand-ups and other targets. I like a lot of spinners, ramps, scoops, VUKs and variety. CBL is too limited. There are only 6 main shots. 2 ramps, which are nice and long, but they wrap around directly above the playfield and obstruct your view of the ball. The artwork and theme are good. I like the rules and goals. I just don't enjoy playing this game. The repetitive music can grow tiresome too. If you like the Creature, play Monster Bash instead.
21 days ago
This is my Grail... I have lots of great memories with this game, it plays fast and can be challenging. The theme is just beautiful. One of my all time favorites!
28 days ago
I think this game is underrated. I would imagine that is due to the simplicity of the game. The theme on this one completely sells it. The classic 50s drive-in movie theme hooked me. Frustrations with this one include the lack of use of the Creature ramp, except when you start the movie. It is a large part of the playfield, and doesn't get the use. I would also say that the other ramp shots have very little value, which surprised me. On the positive side, the programmers paid attention to smaller details, such as the Snack Bar shot. If you aren't familiar, and have a chance to play it, click the flipper buttons if you get stuck with something useless like popcorn. The animated effect is priceless. The game is a must-own if you like one that has replay value, and the sounds don't ever seem to get old.
39 days ago
This game jumped off the page after I added the miked mod and a color dmd. The animation is perfect for the theme, and the music and flashers seem to go hand in hand...the only disappointment I have is the absence of a replaceable translite which I assume is due to universal studios being stubborn with the rights.. my favorite overall game of all time, took me several years to find a nice one and I will have it till I die!!!
44 days ago
I believe this game is/was the pinnacle of game design and theme integration, I love the varied ways to score, and the hard work that is put in for the biggest jackpots. The art and layout are phenomenal.
49 days ago
Theme is great, but there's only one real strategy with this game. Not for me. Sound quality is also awful, and the right ramp placement isn't great. Also the GI seems to always be too dark.
77 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.
3 months 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.
4 months 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.
4 months 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!
4 months 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.
4 months ago
Very Nice game an realy original theme. A lot of Nice shots and ramps. Beatifil Creature hologram. Love iT. :]
5 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.
5 months ago
This is a legend ! love this pinball but only when the hollogram works :-)
Seriously, a great machine and fun to play.
5 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.
6 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.
6 months ago
Cool game . Lots of things to cover up the ball moving around...just sayin..The ModFather
7 months ago
Great WPC game. Cool 1950s theming. Challenging 2 ball multiball.
7 months ago
What a great machine. Deserves to be well up there in the rankings.
7 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.
8 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.
9 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.
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