Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

Classic arcade games conjure up images of Joust, pinball, and Pac-Man, but pay-to-play games predate the video game cabinet, and some tested more than your hand-eye coordination. From machines that tested your lung capacity to claw machines with live lobsters, here are a few largely forgotten arcade games.

The first commercial video game, Computer Space, by Nutting Associates, released in November 1971

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

This game had a 15" black and white TV by General Electric and three circuit boards mounted in a rack. Created by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, the founders of Atari, in 1972.

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobsters

(via JohnsJukes and The Arcade Flyer Archive 1 - 2)

Caille's Hygienic Exerciser, a lung tester from the early 1900s

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobsters

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobsters

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Are You A Superman?, a strength tester by Western Products, 1941

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

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Auto Race

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobsters

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobsters

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SEGA Grand Prix, 1969

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobsters

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

(via System16 and SEGA Retro)

Apollo Moon Shoot Rifle by Chicago Coin Machine Co., 1969

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

(via The Arcade Flyer Archive and Scott Amus)

Magistral, 1989

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobsters

You can play this game here.

(via jk5000)

Sea Battle, 1970

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

Play the game here.

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

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Carousel Race from the 1970s, using Nixie tubes to show the bets

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

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Stunt Pilot by Midway, 1971

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

(via eBay and CoinOpSpace)

Moto Champ, 1973

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobsters

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

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Autorally M, 1975

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

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Maneater, by Project Support Engineering, 1975

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

(via The Arcade Flyer Archive and IndyJeff)

Initial D Arcade Stage 4 Limited

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobsters

This awesome arcade game features a shaking and moving life-sized car and a 90-inch screen.

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobsters

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Bonus: The Sub Marine Catcher

Forgotten arcade games let you shoot space men and catch live lobstersS

Catch a lobster, go home and cook it!

(via mygaming)