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Rejoice! Pinball Arcade Preserves ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ Digitally!

The crew at Pinball Arcade have been working feverishly at preserving some of the greatest pinball machines ever made. Arcade, which carries “Theater of Magic,” “Black Hole,” “Tale of the Arabian Nights” and more, is currently available on a wide variety of platforms: the iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tables, the Kindle Fire, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and Macintosh, with versions coming soon for the PC, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Wii U.

With (the absolutely incredible) “Monster Bash” and “Gorgar” already available, “Creature from the Black Lagoon” has just hit devices, with the infamous “Twilight Zone” table coming at year’s end. What makes this special is that this preserves the machine digitally for future generations.

“Creature from the Black Lagoon” is a pinball machine designed by John Trudeau (“Dr. Flash”) and released by Midway (under the Bally brand name). It is loosely based on the movie of the same name. The game’s theme is 1950’s drive-in theater. Its major feature is a holographic creature, set in the middle of the playfield, that lights up and waves its “hand” back and forth during multiball play. The holograph is set behind a green plastic insert, so that the monster appears green. The game was licensed from Universal Studios by Bally so that the backglass artwork, the cabinet artwork, and the creature looked like the original movie actors and monsters.-Wiki

This table is currently #17 on Pinside’s list of the top tables of all time!



  • crow454

    I just don’t get it. I’m a huge pinball fan, and Creature is in my top 3 machines of all time. MACHINE. Video games are one forum, pinball another, and video pinball is nothing like the real thing. This nothing to get excited about. This is like a blowup doll versus a real girl.

  • John Marrone

    Video pinball has come a long way since Atari Pinball – even the early (part 1) version of Pinball FX. The physics, you can feel the different way the ball plays off the flippers on different tables. These classic comebacks/digital preservations are great. I lived for pinball back in the day, but its hard to find fully functioning machines anymore. There’s always some limp flipper or dead bumper. Love these tables. Cant wait for Addams Family – Cyclone/Comet (ride the Ferris Wheel! – Hey you with the face!) – Fish Tales, or T2. What was the one with the bald space chick? Xenon or something? Great memories and looking forward to new ones. Anyone looking for a challenge on the XBOX, for Pinball FX2 or Pinball Arcade – hit me up under ‘Demontaurus2’ – I shall not be dethroned.

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