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. The pinball game was licensed from Universal Studios by Bally so that all backglass and cabinet artwork and creature depictions would resemble those of the original movie.
The centerpiece of the table’s playfield is a holographic depiction of the titular Creature, illuminated and in motion during multiball play within its “Black Lagoon habitat” (the space beneath the playfield visible through a customized window). The green hologram was produced by Polaroid and is affixed to a metal plate that is divided into three sections which are designed so that the hologram appears to float. gently bending the hologram’s surface, so that the Creature appears to “ripple” as if underwater and to swipe at the player with its claw. A 2nd motor mounted in the bottom of the cabinet oscillate
Until 2018 the Creature from the Black Lagoon was available as a licensed table of The Pinball Arcade for several platforms. Due to licensing issues however only three of the five songs have been kept intact for this version. In addition to the three songs, two Easter Eggs which refer to Mortal Kombat are disabled since the game’s Family Mode is permanently activated in the Pinball Arcade incarnation. This table is also included in Williams Pinball Classics (2001) for PC.