Close Encounters of the Third Kind EM (Gottlieb, 1978)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind EM

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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Design team

Game Design: Ed Krynski
Artwork: Gordon Morison

Game details

D. Gottlieb & Co.
September 1978
Electro mechanical
470 produced
Mechanical Reels


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Pinside rating

This game has received 3 approved Pinsider ratings. 2 more approved ratings are needed to get a rating and for it to be eligible for the Pinside EM Top 100 ranking.

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