Close Encounters of the Third Kind EM
Gottlieb’s electromechanical 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. A solid state version of this game was also made by Gottlieb in greater numbers. Slight differences between artwork and rules exist between the two versions to accommodate EM limitations.
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