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.

Design team

Game Design: Ed Krynski
Artwork: Gordon Morison

Game details

D. Gottlieb & Co.
August 1978
Solid state
Gottlieb System 1
9,950 produced
$1390 - $1610


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Price history

Price estimate

This game has been listed a total number of 86 times on the Pinside Marketplace, most recently on 2024-02-17.

This past year, we've seen it listed 10 times. The median asking price (trimmed median) was $1,500

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Marketing slogan

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

Pinside rating

This game has received 43 approved Pinsider ratings. 7 more approved ratings are needed to get a rating and for it to be eligible for the Pinside Pinball Top 100 ranking.

Rating comments

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Owners / Wishlisters / Places to play

191 Pinsiders have this game in their collections.

73 Pinsiders have this game on their wishlist.

26 public locations to play this machine.

Market value

There is currently 1 ad (related to this game) on the Pinside Market place.

1,500 (OBO)
Machine - For Sale
Seattle, WA

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