Creature from the Black Lagoon

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This game received 842 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.285 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #51 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.11

Artwork: 8.795

Sounds/Music: 7.832

Other Aspects: 8.307

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7 days ago
This game is an absolute blast to play and own! Everything from the overall theme of the game to the absolutely stunning artwork of the game is amazing. Even if you’re not a fan of horror this game is amusing because it’s just a cheesy parody of 50’s American culture. The game is a difficult one despite its simple rule set, it’ll definitely put even the most advanced players in their place. It’s definitely worth a try, and even better to add into a collection!!
25 days ago
I absolutely love this game. An incredible theme, with sweet gameplay, cool ramps and great lighting. Really wish I owned one.
28 days ago
Such a gorgeous looking machine with some really good sounds and lovely flowing shots. But it can be a killer if you can't control the ball, making it actually a challenging game. When it comes down to it, there is only a few challenges to do but getting the multiball started, finding the girl, building up the jackpot and collecting it, can really build the tension.
I have one in my collection and it would take something massive to change for me to every consider selling it.
39 days ago
Good and fun game , might be, one day, in my gameroom
72 days ago
Love this game, corny fun.
3 months ago
Old school music that draws you into the game. Only played 10 games but now this is on my wish list to own.
3 months ago
One of the greasiest games of all time. The one game I can play for hours. Never gets old and will never leave my collection.
4 months ago
This is a pretty fun game and an excellent theme, but I think it's priced a bit high for what it is. The 360 loop ramp to a funnel is fun, but it's only used in multiball and kind of blocks a good deal of the playfield for the rest of the game which I'm not a huge fan of, (VERY Plasticy game.) The rules are also a bit simple for a DMD game, aside from multiball you only have a few "Playground Awards" to earn across the game. If you can look past that, it's fun, the hologram (though a rarity to see an actual one these days) is a neat trick, and the multiball is more strategic than it looks on the surface leading to some tense pinball moments even though it's only a two ball game. If you ever see one I'd highly recommend playing it to see for yourself, but I'm not sure it would last long in a smaller collection.
7 months ago
This was actually the VERY first Pinball machine i played on with a Color-DMD, so thats a cool personal thing i have for CftBL, otherwise, its fun!
9 months ago
Top 3 ever made IMO
10 months ago
a charming theme with shots that flow so perfectly
1 year ago
CFTBL is a great game from John Trudeau with flow and brutality!


Great flowing playfield layout with slightly off angles for shots making this feel unique.

Art is pretty great I have to say, another great Kevin O’Connor effort.

Game is brutal, and I mean that in a good way! An excellent tournament game.

Sound is pretty solid, not the best soundtrack, but the usage of classic 50’s songs is nice. Multiball theme is pretty catchy too.


Rule depth is definitely lacking nowadays, especially without any wizard mode.

If the center plastic piece is warped at all, it can cause some bizarre physics in the center of the playfield.

The center loop might be a bit long, I also wish it fed back the left loop instead of the pops.

Overall, a pretty great game! It’s a classic for a reason.
1 year ago
Playing is not so fluid, to many ramps
1 year ago
I wanted to love this game and planned on it being a permanent keeper. Cabinet is beautiful, probably a top three for me. Playfield looks awesome, music, and DMD animations are all fantastic for an early 90’s BW. Lot of ramps and diverters that have beautiful flow. Creature hologram looks awesome if it’s not faded.

However, shallow rule set, and two ball multiball killed it for me. Any decent player will figure out the rules and get to the multiball in a handful of games tops. Where do you go from there? Not a lot of really value from me. If it was a cheaper game and I had more space it still probably would have snuck into the keeper section. Traded mine for Theatre of Magic and have zero regrets.
1 year ago
Played at Pinball Republic (two different pins) and on Williams Pinball app.

I find this hard to rate. My husband loves it. It’s a flowy pin with attractive artwork, which - with modern lighting and mods - can be made stunningly beautiful.

Unfortunately, I find it a bit simple and shallow. I’m a terrible pinball player, but can routinely get to the multiball and that seems to be the entire focus of the machine. Despite absolutely loving Alien Poker, which has next-to-no rules, I somehow feel cheated by this one.

UPDATE: This pin is definitely growing on me. It has a great theme and getting the multiball is harder than it looks. I play it everytime I see one on route. A true classic of its time.
1 year ago
Awesome machine. It's absolute iconic pin with a great theme. It's fun to play, rules are not deep
1 year ago
You go to the Drive in with your friends sneaking some of them in, make out with your girlfriend, deal with someone parked in front of you, go to the snack bar, the creature B movie starts and you save the girl. The game tells you what to do shoot the snack bar! Anyone that grew up in that time period understands and if you didn’t it’s still a game that makes sense and has a theme purpose.
1 year ago
one of my favorites by williams, fun, perfect music, very technical
1 year ago
Great game
1 year ago
A sentimental favorite and the first pinball machine I ever bought. Drive in theme is wonderful and hope to someday have this one back in my lineup
1 year ago
One of my favorites. Compared to later machines it doesn’t have the same depth of ruleset or shot variety, but the shots are satisfying and the strategy required to get high scores with the two ball multi ball make for a perfect challenge. The artwork is incredible, and the overall theme seems to appeal to a wide range. Things like move your car and the snack bar callouts add extra character too. All and all one of the best machines out there, perfect combo of challenging, fun, and goofy.
1 year ago
Fun game! Haven’t fully gotten the rule set down but I have gotten more understanding each time I try to play it. The theme is good, just a little dark (referring to lighting) which I realize is part of the theme, just makes it hard to see at times.
1 year ago
Creature is just a fun game with a throw-back to the Drive-In Theater days. Game play is fast and them is well integrated. The game is not overly complicated, pretty typical for the time frame...pretty much a game for me that makes me keep coming back. Lots of nice mods to be had for this game...Swinks Snack-bar Mod for one. It should be mentioned that the only downside of owning this title is the hologram...over time they become faded and the "3D" selling point becomes nonexistent...again, there are mods created to remedy this issue but they are either too expensive or no longer available.
1 year ago
A fun theme that holds up well to the constant threat of newness / the next big thing that tends to be a trend in pinball.

A lot of ramps, a lot of fun artwork, fun callouts and music. I'm a bit nostalgic for the era of vintage cars and drive in movie theatres so this game has appeal to me; the Creature aspect is a fun add on -- a functional hologram is a must.

Definitely a game I'd like to rotate into the collection one day.
1 year ago
The game play is excellent. I would like to own this machine.
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