Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Gottlieb’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind was based on the 1977 science-fiction film of the same name. Gottlieb had recently been purchased by Columbia Pictures, and Close Encounters represents one of the first attempts at synergy between a Columbia property and their newly acquired pinball division. An electromechanical version of this game was also made by Gottlieb in fewer numbers. The game features a spinner, a set of drop targets and Gottlieb’s trademark roto-target in the top right corner of the playfield.

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Design team

Game Design: Ed Krynski
Artwork: Gordon Morison



Game details

105
D. Gottlieb & Co.
August 1978
Solid state
Gottlieb System 1
9,950 produced
$830 - $970
Normal
Alphanumeric
4
2
0
0
#536
Unknown


Flyers


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Marketing slogan

"You were dazzled by it on the screen...Now..."

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Pinside rating

This game has received 31 approved Pinsider ratings and currently has a rating of 6.934 out of 10.

6.934

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #277 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Rating comments

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Owners / Wishlisters / Places to play

154 Pinsiders have this game in their collections.

39 Pinsiders have this game on their wishlist.

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2,400 (OBO)
Machine - For Sale
St. Augustine, FL

Price estimate

We have seen this game for sale in the Pinside Market 20 times. The median asking price is $938

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Recent Pinsider scores

The most recently logged high scores by Pinsiders.

denisn72
on Close Encounters of the Third Kind
838,450
Gott1978
on Close Encounters of the Third Kind
606,850
Bluejay
on Close Encounters of the Third Kind
204,040
Krupps4
on Close Encounters of the Third Kind
420,810
psalim
on Close Encounters of the Third Kind
190,180
Solublegilles
on Close Encounters of the Third Kind
140,470
VON
on Close Encounters of the Third Kind
441,590
Coolpinballdino
on Close Encounters of the Third Kind
630,550


Instructions card

Card courtesy of Peter “Inkochnito” Koch


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