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Pinball: Creature from the Black Lagoon
In 3D!
"Thank you, enjoy the film."

Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1992 pinball game designed by John Trudeau and released by Williams Electronics (under the Bally label). The name's a bit misleading, though; while it is named after the film of the same name, this game's setting is that of a 1950s-era Drive-In Theater. Save for the 3D decal in the middle of the table and main multi-ball mode, there's virtually nothing to do with the movie itself.

Taking place in 1954, you and your girlfriend head out to the local drive-in theater to watch Creature from the Black Lagoon. While waiting for the film to start, you try to get food from the snackbar, play on the local playground, and steal a kiss from your girlfriend. You also have to deal with peeping toms and large vehicles that block your view.

During multiball, which takes place within the film itself, the goal is to try to rescue Kay from the Creature.

Digital versions of this table are available for Williams Pinball Classics by Encore Inc. and The Pinball Arcade by FarSight Studios.


This pinball demonstrates the following tropes:

  • Anti-Frustration Features: The "Free Pass" ball saver.
    "Stay cool, Daddy-O."
  • Disproportionate Retribution: During "MOVE YOUR CAR!", the player tries to blow up a huge van that was blocking his view (using dynamite, a bazooka, a flamethrower, and an atomic bomb), but the van itself remains unscathed. Ironically, it'll move on its own if you can't get the ball up the ramp in time.
  • Drive-In Theater
  • The Fifties
  • First Kiss: What the protagonist tries to get from his girlfriend.
  • Framing Device: The drive-in serves as this for the Creature movie.
  • Hologram: The game uses a holographic Creature in the middle of the playfield that lights up and waves its "hand" back and forth during multiball.
  • Home Version Soundtrack Replacement: The version of Creature for FarSight's The Pinball Arcade does not have "Summertime Blues" and "Get a Job" for its game theme, due to licensing issues.
  • Licensed Pinball Table
  • Match Sequence: The match sequence plays after you and your date leave the drive-in theater; the car's license plate says "THE END".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • Say it with me now: "MOVE - YOUR - CAR!"
    • "SHOOT. THE RIGHT RAMP."
    • "FIVE. MILLION."
  • Random Drop: When it's open, the Snack Bar gives a random award from the menu, though some items are obvious joke entries ("A New Car!").
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Creature has five 1950s songs for its main play theme: "Rock Around the Clock", "Get a Job", "Summertime Blues", "Willie and the Hand Jive", and "Red River Rock".
  • Scare Chord: The sound at the end of the Super Jackpot animation (which, itself, is very reliant on the bass) is a low-pitched, THX-like chord. It isn't too loud, though.
  • Score Multiplier: Besides the bonus multiplier, there is also a score multiplier during multiball.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Mortal Kombat:
      • In the game's video mode, after knocking out the the peeping tom, hit both flipper buttons for a final blow that decapitates him. The announcer yells, "FATALITY!"
      • The player has the option to choke the snack bar attendant, after yelling, "COME HERE, PUNK!" The words "Choking Fatality" appears on the display.
    • The Pac-Man tune plays after scoring the "Snack Attack" hurry-up bonus.
  • Spelling Bonus: To start multiball, the player has to spell F-I-L-M. This involves several subtasks, including spelling K-I-S-S (to light the extra ball) and P-A-I-D (to increase the bonus multiplier).
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The main play is about the drive-in theater experience, while in multiball, the goal is to try to rescue Kay from the Creature.
  • Universal Horror
  • Video Mode: In the game's video mode, the player has to beat up a peeping tom.
  • What the Hell, Player?: The tilt warnings, made by the player's in-game girlfriend:
    "Watch those hands, buster!" — Tilt Warning
    "You're no gentleman!" — When the player tilts
    "That's it! Take me home, right now!" — When the player slam tilts the machine, resulting in a Non-Standard Game Over

Kay: "You saved my life!"

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