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Creature from the Black Lagoon

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This game received 758 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.280 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #41 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.097

Artwork: 8.811

Sounds/Music: 7.846

Other Aspects: 8.287

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55 days ago
Games played: ~10, >200 on Pinball Arcade

Everything is very close to the flippers and it also has the wide flipper gap.
The double ramp with the path into the whirlpool is pretty cool.

Incredibly unique way to try and beat that one goal (getting those jackpots) but without any given end goal.
This is the main objective of the game, and getting to it (and retrying) doesn't take very long. It also gives the most points.
Some side modes are are a nice addition, like ramp millions and move your car.
Other side modes become irrelevant and just mix up the music for half a minute.

The hologram is awesome.
Otherwise the game has some very clear indication on what to shoot for and the progress of features.
Animation on the display fits in very well without taking too long to finish when the ball is held.
Since the game focuses on scoring instead of objectives, there is a high amount of big numbers.

Very very right flipper heavy. The left shot, left ramp, whirlpool, center shot and scoop all feed to the right flipper.
This may get a bit boring.
Since the shots are close to the flipper and realtively easy to hit, not missing them while a timed feature is running is the real challenge.

Good art package in the movie poster style.
This game makes good use of black backgrounds.

The most catchy music in pinball.
The callouts and sound effects are very fitting for the theme.
There is a laugh to be had every time move your car starts.

It's about going to the movies instead of one specific movie in some franchise, which is a nice change. And therefore it can be much more generic and light hearted.

The rules are easy to get into for new players and provide an immediate goal to practice the flipper skills, or just have fun.
This is the best pinball machine for "beat yourself" instead of "beat some challenge in the game".
69 days ago
A great looking game for sure. Nothing really negative to say other than the gameplay itself isn't anything too special. You buy this game to look at it and to enjoy a few games once in a while. In an only pin setup, it will get repetive.
75 days ago
No clue how it's themed. Kept thinking wtf is this about?!?! So much going on with the ramps and so many blind spots. Shots are hard but not impossible. No really clarity on where to go or what to do. The ramps seem very close and cramp the playfield.

Not sure what all the hooplah and hubbub is about. Below average game.
85 days ago
This is another work of art from the 20th Century.
Really like the drive in movie theme of the game, great excuse for rock'n'roll music and who doesn't like a Universal studios monster - the hologram is a really nice touch.
I had a chance to buy this machine and regret not doing so.
3 months ago
One of the best of the era, second only to Funhouse! Love the 3D effect of the creature. great layout and themed well. One of the best art packages.
3 months ago
While I'm not into the theme as such, I find myself coming back to this machine regularly. While a simple ruleset and gameplay, it is still challenging and rewarding to get those super jackpots. A fun game that people enjoy when they come over.
3 months ago
Forget AFM,MB,MM. This is the best pin of that era!
4 months ago
Very tight playing game that is not too crowded. Not a lot to do, but concise it what you need to do for big points.
5 months ago
Awesome game! Definitely on my wishlist for sure. The back glass is one of the best. This game has a great rule set. This game has a good amount of shots
9 months ago
I just love this pin. It plays like butter. Shots feel great (even bad ones). It's a bit slower, but the sounds and theme are so we'll integrated with the play, and it's more relaxing to play than stressful. This is my go to pin for fun and non-frustrating gameplay. I can't speak for Theater of Magic as I've only played one example one time, but Creature is the best feeling pin I've played to date. Highly highly recommend!
9 months ago
Beautiful game. Great art and sound. Awesome hologram. Fabulous.
9 months ago
Great pin! Played it so many times and still love it! The hologram of the Creature on the playfield is very unique and makes me want to play it over and over just to make him appear! Love the game play - I also really enjoy the call outs on this game - "MOVE YOUR CAR!"
10 months ago
It is in my collection for only two months. The art is lovely, like the music overall. Some callouts can be repetitive. In relation to the gameplay, sometimes this pin seems too quiet, so you will have to get the four letters FILM to start something amazing. Jackpot is not easy to get, and whirpool is interesting. Move your car mode is a good way to get points without finishing FILM letters. Personally, I hate the four green targets in the center of the playfield, you can feel very frustrated to hit all the four. Playfield looks wonderful with Led lights, but if you are thinking about to buy it for the hologram, forget it, because it is only a little interesting gimmick. I expected a bit more
10 months ago
CFTBL is a classic game. A little too busy of a playfield that can feel crowded with ramps. The theme is great and the hologram is superb! Wished there were more Universal Monster themed tables!
10 months ago
Boy. Was I wrong. I traded this in. And I think it's a keeper
10 months ago
One of my early favorites, and lucky enough to get to play one with the creature still intact! I will confess, the whole drive-thru theme can make me a bit bonkers, but it's still a favorite I keep going back to.
1 year ago
CBL has grown on me over the years. I didn’t understand the rules until years after its release. Once I figured out how you spell FILM and start multiball, then everything became a lot more fun.
1 year ago
Fun, albeit not very deep.

The theme is great and they do a nice job incorporating the hologram.

I hate the ramp that blocks so much of the playfield.

I do enjoy the music and the callouts.

A classic, that is well worth a few quarters and your time.
1 year ago
This game look like a great game to play but disappointed I was to say the least not being able to see the ball beneath spiral ramp. Disappointed
1 year ago
I want so hard to like this game because of theme. For me, the playfield is too covered with ramps going everywhere. Just not a fun one for me.
1 year ago
Amazing “American Theme”

Beautiful colours! Fun game!
1 year ago
This game is too much about the drive in factor than the Creature movie. It feels like Im being pulled in 2 different directions with this theme?
1 year ago
This is a tough one because I have grown to appreciate it more the more I've played it. Walking up initially I had hoped it was more classic creepy monster movie than it turned out to be. It's colorful and very 50's drive-in. Even still, its a theme I can connect with because I love movies.
1 year ago
I don't have nearly enough time on this pin.
I love it.
Game play doesn't get old and I can't think of a better theme.
1 year ago
Beautiful to behold. It will take a while to discover everything. Shame about the probs with the hologram.
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