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Black Hole

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8.19 / 10
Average Prices: USD $400 to $1,500
Manufacturer: D. Gottlieb & Company
Produced: October, 1981
Production Run: 8,774 units
Machine Type: Solid State Electronic
MPU: Gottlieb System 80
Players: 4
Design by: John Buras, Adolf Seitz Jr.
Art by: Terry Doerzaph
Black Hole is a pinball game released in 1981 by Gottlieb. It is notable for having two playfields: one on top with a conventional slope, and one mounted underneath, sloping away from the player.

Black Hole was the first machine to feature a lower playfield viewed through a window in the upper playfield. It was touted as the highest-grossing pinball game of all time shortly after its release, partly due to (or despite) the fact that it was the first pinball game which cost 50 cents to play.

It has appeared as an "extra" in the movies Les Compères (1983), Strange Brew (1983), and Next Of Kin (1989).

The attract mode included robotic like speech generated by a Votrax SC01, which taunted the phrase "Do You Dare To Enter The Black Hole?". This slogan was etched in the vinyl runout grooves on LP versions of the band Hovercraft's 1997 album, Akathisia.

It features as one of the playable pinball machines in the video game Gottlieb Pinball Classics, released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Wii.

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Cost Location Date
USD $2,250 United States 25 February, 2020
USD $2,375 United States 10 February, 2020
USD $2,500 New Jersey, United States 04 March, 2019
USD $3,900 California, United States 16 January, 2019
USD $2,500 Washington, United States 07 December, 2018
USD $1,825 Minnesota, United States 26 October, 2018
EUR €3,700 Germany 16 March, 2018
USD $3,567 Michigan, United States 29 January, 2018
USD $5,211 Georgia, United States 27 January, 2018
EUR €3,200 Germany 26 January, 2018

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