Close Encounters of the Third Kind EM

Gottlieb, 1978

Manufactured By: D. Gottlieb & Co.

Date: September 1978

Gottlieb’s electromechanical Close Encounters of the Third Kind was based on the 1977 science-fiction film of the same name. Gottlieb had recently been purchased by Columbia Pictures, and Close Encounters represents one of the first attempts at synergy between a Columbia property and their newly acquired pinball division. A solid state version of this game was also made by Gottlieb in greater numbers. Slight differences between artwork and rules exist between the two versions to accommodate EM limitations.