Creature from the Black Lagoon

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This game received 819 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.257 /10


Top 100 ranking

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

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.081

Artwork: 8.758

Sounds/Music: 7.83

Other Aspects: 8.269

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4 years ago
I have played this at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas several times. I was drawn to it because of the high ratings it receives here as a top 30 pin.

Honestly, I have no idea why this pin is rated so highly. The theme seems decent but I don't see the appeal.and found it boring and kind of dumb.

Another highly overrated pin IMO.
4 years ago
Classic game! And very difficult to find on location, so always worth a play. This game has a very unique layout and art package that just oozes nostalgia. I love the ramps, and the way that the best ramp is only available during multiball. The hologram is awesome, it loses it's affect after dozens of games but the initial wow factor it offers is great. Music is cheesey in a good way, and although speech is a bit repetitive, nearly every callout is a Pinball classic. That being said, lastability could be a bit questionable in a small collection, as there are only a handful of modes that all occur linearly depending on how many times you shoot a certain shot. Nonetheless, good game.
4 years ago
Possibly the most well implemented theme of all time. Perfectly captures the 1950's setting. What did licensing this in the '90s have to cost, two nickels? Game needs additional lighting (LEDs, spots) to illuminate the beautiful artwork. Find hologram monster? Save girl? Does it get any better? Only two ball multiball, but hard to keep multiball going regardless. Hologram can fade and be expensive to replace, but a fine game to own.
4 years ago
Cool game . Lots of things to cover up the ball moving around...just sayin..The ModFather
4 years ago
What a great machine. Deserves to be well up there in the rankings.
4 years ago
I like playing this table a lot. It has some really great shots and ramps and a great effect in the "lagoon" where a green hologram version of "the Creature" lurks. Love the 50's drive-in movie theming. The cons? The audio is AWFUL. Everything sounds garbled as if the sound chip was dipped in water. That and the placement of the ramps feels like you're looking at a set of ramps having an orgy. The entrances of certain ramps are hard to make out unless one knows where they already are. That, and aside from the hologram, there isn't much "story" to this board except for couples making out at a drive-in. Almost nothing here has anything to do with the actual creature, unless you're counting it being "a drain monster" which it surely can be when shots bounce back at you. Nudging BARELY helps with that, too. Still, a decent game and a lot of fun to play. It just plays fast and ends too quickly. Perhaps the machine I've been playing isn't calibrated correctly.
4 years ago
This game is amazing. Great fun and amazing depth. It feels like a total series of skill shots are needed for each play, keeping you coming back for more. Probably more fun for skilled players than novice. The theme is great and sound is good.
4 years ago
This is my favorite pinball. My only wish is that someone could come up with a real high quality aftermarket creature hologram. Over time and with play the original never holds up. Someone please answer my prayer. Truly the quintessential pinball.
4 years ago
I really love this game. The theme is something that I find so interesting. Not exactly a super deep game but I still enjoy playing it. I'm not one to get tired of a game so easily. This may be my favorite Trudeau game.
4 years ago
Really good game . A must buy if you're old enough to remember drive inns. Great theme and funny call outs
4 years ago
Blea. I want to lIke it. Have played 3 different ones multiple times and just end up smh. Feels clunky. Oh well. Just not my game.
4 years ago
Another classic that is a whole lot of fun, and not a cookie-cutter copy of other games. The music is catchy and keeps the player involved. I find a lot of the targets are hard to see, though, and I find it hard to keep track of where the ball is. The multiball is quite simple, and fairly difficult, and I find it to be a little too difficult given the reward. The playfield definitely has some interesting and different elements going on (the whirlpool and the hologram). The "Move your car" mode is really, extremely fun and satisfying, and that right there puts the game above the line for me. If it were going for something around half of what it fetches in the market, I would easily find room for it, but at its current price, I'll always pour quarters into it when I find it on location.
4 years ago
Some how this game works, it's original playfield that's been thus copied to its beautiful art and spot on themeing. The music and sound effects to each ball are some of the best and truely adds a classic feel and although it's a 90s pin takes you back. Ramps are satisfying and there are plenty of shots to make. Call outs and humor is great. One of the best video modes and a fun easter egg at the end. The only downside to this game is the 2 ball multiball, but it's not a pure chaos make shots machine. It's pure build up, hard work and making shots. It's really quite fun if you accept the game as its own beast and don't want it to be something else. Truely a classic and gem but it's not for everyone. Best in a multicollection. Give this game more than 1 or 2 games. Once you feel the goals and enjoy you'll see why it's usually in the top 20
4 years ago
Very original and classic dual theme (Monster Movie with 50's Drive In Theme) that is very fun to play for all types of players. Ramp and combo shots are very smooth and satisfying, hitting the high speed right ramp over and over is great. Although it may seem repetitive, this game is much deeper than it first appears.
Fantastic artwork on play field and backbox. Playfield lighting is good but, the game could use better lighting at the top of the play field and in the Jet Bumpers.

Games can be very quick and challenging as there are lots of drains..but you keep coming back for more. Attaining that great game on Creature is extremely satisfying.

Playfield is tight, but very well thought out. Even though its only a two ball multiball, the tighter play field layout, upper ramp to swamp bowl , "Find the Creature, Save the Girl" multiball ruleset and the Creature appearance make this much more challenging, exciting and rewarding then many other machines easier attainable and more repetitive multi ball modes.
4 years ago
Its a love and hate game. You can have very short ball times , and some cheap drains. But if you level it correctly it plays smooth like butter. LEDs are a mist, cause the game is extrem dark.

I love the ramp shots and the artwork, sounds and animations are superb :)

In a small collection it will get old fast. But if you like a fast game in a bigger collection its perfect.
4 years ago
I know I'm in the minority here, but I just don't dig this pin. The entire table feels crammed and small due to the closeness of many of the shots. While BOP has a similar feel, I like that game SOOOO much more. I always find myself bored by this table, and I'm a huge Trudeau fan! I'll try to put more time on this game, but for now, I'm just not digging it.
4 years ago
Had it rated a 7. seeing the flow and smoothness of the machine i have to raise it. A bit boring... but quality feel play.
4 years ago
Very nice artwork and music. I don't like that the center of the game is only in the lower half of the playfield, and the multiball with only 2 balls...
4 years ago
It took me awhile to warm up to this pin, my first games it ate my lunch, but there is a lot to like. The theme is stellar, great use of the DMD, and the creature under the playfield is very cool. The game I played had the LCD creature mod. If there's a downside, it might be the playfield is pretty busy and it takes some exploration to figure out what to shoot for.
4 years ago
Creature has probably one of the most unique playfield designs of all time. What initially seems like a cluttered mess, actually becomes one of the most thought out designs you will ever play. The game is simple. Spell FILM, save the girl, find the creature, get the super jackpot, and repeat. What sets this game apart from everything is else is that every aspect of the game is gorgeous. The sound, artwork, and overall design are perfect. There are several layers of depth to the game that are worthy of going after once you fully understand the multi-ball. If you see one in the wild, drop a couple of quarters through the coin slot and enjoy.
4 years ago
This is a fun game. Never tire of playing it, and when you get the hologram of the Creature, well, that is a good day of pinball. Playfield, as others have commented, is great except is too dark on the upper area. A mod adding lights to the pop bumpers is essential to spark that area up. The music is the best. The animations on the dot matrix are okay, but what makes the game is the beautiful playfield and the great sounds. It is not a super fast game, but I love the flow and there is a large variety of shots.
4 years ago
Dark dark dark. Better have some lights shining down on this pin because it is hard to see anything. It is a confusing playfield and the best thing about it - cool shots - is hard to master at best and really isn't that much fun. I want to like this pin and played for hours but it just isn't great.
4 years ago
Only had this game for 3 weeks, and I know already it won't leave my collection. Love the theme and can't wait to mod it.
5 years ago
Love this game. It's like Monster Bash with the monsters. Easy to pick up and play. My only thing is sometimes it get really boring since you're doing the same thing over and over again (move your car). Still, I'd love to have this pin in my collection.
5 years ago
I was really looking forward to playing at pinball hall of fame. I tried several games. I felt playfield to busy and shots kind of boring. A lot of times i felt I was waiting on ball to come down playfield after each shot.
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