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A 1-4 player pin. This game has two playfields. The lower playfield can be seen through a blue plastic window in the center of the main playfield, just above a 5th display that shows the bonus score. This game has 4 flippers on the upper playfield. A shot to the upper right will send the ball spiraling down into the lower field which is tilted backwards away from the player. The lower field lights up and the player has the option of 2 banks of drops, a 3 and a 4 as well as a loop that advances the bonus multiplier, and a trapped ball hole. A player can "accomplish re-entry" by completeing a drop targent bank, otherwise when the ball is lost on the lower playfield, the ball is finished. Triple ball mose can be attained by trapping a ball on the upper and lower playfields, and then hitting a ball down to the lower field again, releasing the lower ball, if re-entry is accoplished, both ball return to the upper playfield, and the upper ball is released. Both playfields are then active. The head of the machine holds 4 displays with a 10" spinning graphic disk in the center, and "chasing" lights that circle the backglass. There are actually 2 backglasses, the formost being reflective. The game also has a sythesized voice that says the following: "Do you dare enter the black hole", "No one escapes the black hole", "shoot targents for re-entry", "re-entry failed", "re-entry accomplished" and I believe three others.

Black Hole was produced by Gottlieb, D. & Co. in 1981.

Gottlieb, D. & Co. released 632 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1929. Gottlieb, D. & Co. was based in United States.

Other machines made by Gottlieb, D. & Co. during the time period Black Hole was produced include: Star Series 80, Star Race, No Man's Land, Torch, Time Line, Mars, God Of War, Pink Panther, Volcano, Caveman Pinball, and Devil's Dare


Name Black Hole
Developer Gottlieb, D. & Co. (United States)
Year 1981
Type Pinball
KLOV/MOG # 1053
Sub-Type Solid State
# Maximum Players 4
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Black Hole Census

There are 14,911 members of the Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,532 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,200 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 89 known instances of this machine owned by Black Hole collectors who are active members. Of these, 89 of them are original dedicated machines.

For Sale - There are 4 active VAPS members with a Black Hole machines for sale.

Wanted - There are 10 active VAPS members currently looking for Black Hole.

This game ranks a 11 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 15 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Arcade Treasures Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X) Page: 115; Color photo
  2. Pinball Compendium : 1970-1981 Shalhoub (ISBN 0764320742) Page: 201; Color photo

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