Creature from the Black Lagoon

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This game received 818 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.259 /10


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This game ranks #45 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.083

Artwork: 8.76

Sounds/Music: 7.84

Other Aspects: 8.27

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2 years ago
I've owned this game for 15 years. I got my first taste of it in the early 2000's playing a computer game called Williams Pinball Classics. The theme is great, a 1950's drive-in movie theater (where the movie is Creature from the Black Lagoon). The under-playfield hologram is a very cool toy. The rules are straightforward... spell FILM and start the movie, find the monster and rescue the girl. The artwork is really neat. The game isn't super deep or super challenging for a good player, but very fun. The shots are smooth and satisfying. Aside from the hologram, my favorite treat is when you make the shots necessary to open up the long habittrail to the whirlpool.
2 years ago
I was surprised with this machine, as I hated it on pinball arcade, but playing for real recently, I was surprised how much I liked it, shots, flow, music, lighting and build quality all good. Definitely would play again. It just shows you the difference between virtual pinball and the real thing.
2 years ago
Managed to put way more time into this at a mates not long ago. It has changed my mind for sure!

Shots when hit are rewarding. Ramps enjoyable and the challenge is there to keep me coming back.
2 years ago
Played this game with my friends at the Asheville Pinball Museum. It was really fun and we all agreed it was one of the best games in the place. I didn’t play the game long enough to see the creature swimming in the black lagoon in the playing field, so that is a challenge I’ve yet to conquer.
2 years ago
CFTBL got everything right about what a great theme for a pin is. It is so simple in its rules that it can be explained to anyone in just a few minutes. You are at the theater, visiting the snack bar, getting blocked from the screen (Move Your Car!), and trying to get the movie started (Multi-ball). If you do that, you are immersed in the film, trying to save Julie Adams. The shots are satisfying, the theme universal (no pun intended), and overall, this is a plain fun pin.

Looks great with LEDs, Swinks Snack Bar, light up Speaker Panel Mods.

Yes, Move Your Car can get annoying at times. Got a good laugh though the first time I heard this same callout (with the same character) in Judge Dredd!
2 years ago
Creature is a blast to play, I have been playing this machine on and off for the past 20 years or so and It hasn't grown dull. However If the owner has upgraded the strobes with LEDs for when "FILM" is lit, be prepared to be blinded and seeing spots for the next few minutes. Overall a phenomenally fun machine to play for both the entry level beginner and seasoned veteran.
2 years ago
How can you go wrong with the Creature from the Black Lagoon? You can't. The back glass is an absolute masterpiece. It plays well and just keeps going.
2 years ago
I really enjoyed this game and would want it in my collection if I had an endless supply of room and money. If any of you have any tips as to how to get an endless supply of either, please let me know. Anyway, I think the game definitely captures the mood of the film and I enjoy the playfield quite a bit. I will be playing it again soon hopefully - perhaps it will become another 'on the bubble' game that I will eventually want once my essentials are all in hand and other priorities in life are adequately dealt with. A lot of fun!
2 years ago
Looks amazing, great theme, always play one at arcades/meets. Only played one nice one, other two on locations were a bit ratty. Loads of great ramps, whirlpool only a treat if you've got film going, so nice variety, snackbar targets can be a bit of a drain. Sound is brilliant and fits it well. Animations good too.
2 years ago
Very nice game. Ahead of its time
2 years ago
I highly anticipated owning this machine and last weekend I could pick one up for a decent price. It smells like a cigarette factory but that will wear off in time I hope. The machine is a good base for restoration and this will be done once I decide it's a keeper.

So far I got the chance to play like 20 or so games and I must say it is fun. It's not as deep I would have liked it to be. Spell F-I-L-M, shoot 1 or 2 locks and play your multiball. Rinse and repeat. On the other hand, there are more than enough other shots you can play. Miss a ramp? You're screwed!

The artwork is sublime in my opinion, although I don't understand why the popbumpers aren't lit. I just love the backbox art, the playfield art and the somewhat movie reel-like ramp. The ramps are hiding a lot of the playfield, so an extra lightsource here and there will be added.

The music and callouts match the theme, I find the "move your car" sequence somewhat annoying and aggresive. Some humor is in it. Decent and good for it's purpose. Quality is okay.

This machine has a high mod-factor, installing LED's really lets this pinball pop! New clear ramps will open up the playfield somewhat. I added green leds around the playfield, green trough lighting, green flipper buttons, green flipper rubbers and green post sleeves, and boy did that clean up nice. For the big ramp and the swirl cup I will test with green / white or purple leds. The backbox is lit with green/red/blue/warm white and man oh man, that creature just looks like it's handing over the girl right to you.

##EDIT 02-04-2020##
Well, the love is over, like completely over. What a turd of a machine. I really love the artwork, layout, ramps. This game is a looker imho. But what a complete disaster to play. Rinse and repeat, ball drains, no safety nets. I truly hate the gameplay. Sold it a couple of months ago and was glad somebody took it of my hands. Played it two or three times ever since and hated it even more.
And that's a shame because I really love the looks and the potential of this game. Love the film shaped ramp and the satisfaction if you make that shot. Such a shame.
2 years ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 7 - above average

* Great 50's style music a different song on each ball
* Easy to follow rules written on the playfield itself
* Beautiful piece of art this machine
* Fantastic theme tie in more about going to the drive in than a Universal Monster
* Move Your Car mode and video modes a highlight
* Nice smooth ramps great ramp shot exclusive to multiball

* The closeness of the playfield makes it tough
* Bit like chopping wood to spell film the 2nd time and after
* Not a deep ruleset
* Only a 2 ball multiball

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* A hologram mod of some sort (MikeD had an awesome one but never see it for sale)
* Light up speaker panel
* Reed switch for the bowl
* Swinks Snack Bar mod

What To Look For When Buying
* The state of the existing hologram
* Cabinet art fading
2 years ago
Last the test of time can’t really go wrong with the universal monsters theme
2 years ago
Absolutely a classic for good reason , it’s a simple game but i love the little ways that you can increase scoring like maxing out the multiplyer before heading into multiball or getting kiss off the skill shot and intentionally draining to shoot for paid. I really think about strategy with this game. You have be very conscious of ball control. If you flip around flagrantly your game will be over in no time. There is simply no room for error and I really dig that. Creature will make you a better player...if you let it. That being said... the main theme song gets on my nerves a bit but... ITS CREATURE!!! Great shots, great layout, great gameplay!
2 years ago
Love this game, it is such a classic, this one knocks it out of the park for me, it has the whole package. Fun unique layout, great theme! A must play.
2 years ago
Players and collectors game Period
2 years ago
Total dud!!!
2 years ago
Owned it but after 6 months had enough. Looking back, it's definitely a keeper
2 years ago
I had Creature for a short while and really enjoyed my time with it. It's a stunningly beautiful game and the theme integration is phenomenal. The music is just perfect and the game oozes charm. It's got a good sense of humour too. The problem for me with the game is it's simplicity (this may be a positive for you!). Very little depth and really needs to be part of a larger collection. I'll always have a soft spot for this game, it just has so much character but not one I can really afford to own with how simple the ruleset is. I do dig the 2 ball multiball though, great risk reward game play.
2 years ago
Game is visually pleasing to look at with all the ramps and lights. The "hologram" feature is kind of cool but often its not working properly, this is a common thing to break so check it out carefully if you plan to buy one. The sound effects are nice and fits the theme; I love the car horn tune :D

Although I don't like all aspects of this pin I still keep coming back to it because of the theme and great visual presentation. Definitely on my want-to-own list.
2 years ago
Great game but tough. Some of the shots really make ya want to cry. Amazing theme amazing art. Very cool.
2 years ago
Simple but deep rule set and shots. Great ramps. Fun themes. Feels a little chauvinistic at time in this day and age, but sort of harmless. Love this game so much. Hearing the same three songs gets repetitive
2 years ago
How, is this game is not in the top ten. I can’t see how this is below or not next to MB, MM, AFM or TZ. All time classic!
2 years ago
Love the whirlpool ramp and the hologram. Fun game with a decent rule set. Satisfying shots. The DMD animations are great and integrated well with the game. Love the horror movie drive in theme.
2 years ago
Good friend bought one so got finally to play a proper tuned and tweaked one. What a fun. This pins has really the one more game factor. It’s brutal and can be very frustrating with his multiball with no ball save. But feels OK and I think it’s a main reason for the one more game. Also the rules are understandable and good for enjoyment of the game.

And a Pinsound with the Wool mix is a real must. Upgraded the gameplay in an immens way.
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