The 5 Weirdest Arcade Games Ever

It’s no secret that we’re proud of our ginormous collection of 60+ arcade games, pinball tables, and other assorted amusement machines. I mean, we’re biased, of course, but we think it’s pretty impressive. That said, it’s not a comprehensive one (at least not yet). So, long story short, we’ve been researching games to bring in to Replay Lincoln Park. And in doing so, we’ve found some particularly weird arcade games. Now that we’ve seen them, you do too. Without further ado, here are the 5 weirdest arcade games we’ve ever seen.

[Image via OhGizmo!]

[Image via OhGizmo!]

The 5 Weirdest Arcade Games From Around The World

The Tablecloth Hour

[Image via Arcade Heroes]

[Image via Arcade Heroes]

You know that thing you used to do as a kid where your parents would make up the table for dinner, and then you’d tug at the tablecloth — trying to leave the table settings in their place but inevitably failing and sending your family’s best tableware careening to the floor, shattering into a billion pieces, and ensuring that you would be grounded for 6 months?

Well, some enterprising folks in Japan made a weird arcade game based on that. It’s called The Tablecloth Hour, and as you can see from the image above, it has an, um, unconventional control scheme. Instead of a joystick, you have a tablecloth. Depending on how well you tug at the tablecloth, you’ll either score big and impress your virtual (and real) audience, or shamefully allow the table settings to clatter to the floor.

Super Table-Flip!

[Image via Wired]

[Image via Wired]

Who knew that there was such a market in Japan for table-based arcade games? This next entry in our rundown of the weirdest arcade games ever comes from the same company as the first — the arcade legends over at Taito. But while our last weird arcade game focused on keeping your table pristine, this one is all about destruction.

Super Table-Flip! has a few different modes, but each boils down to a few core concepts. First, a player bangs on a table controller to adjust the position of items on a table onscreen. Then, as time runs out, you reach down and literally flip the table to try and cause as much mayhem as you can. Sure, it’s one of the weirdest arcade games ever, but it’s also probably one of the most cathartic experiences you’ll ever have on an arcade machine.

Wall Street

[Image via Games Database]

[Image via Games Database]

Yeah, you’ve probably heard of Wall Street. Sure, it’s not insanely weird-seeming at first blush — it’s a simple game where you bounce people on a trampoline towards an ambulance. Stick with me and I’ll explain why this deserves a spot in the pantheon of weirdest arcade games of all time.

Take a step back for a second and look at that image. In the 80’s, there was a real, actual arcade game released that was literally about saving suicidal stockbrokers from falling to their deaths from their high-rise office buildings. This was, somehow, okay.

 Sonic Blast Heroes

[Image via Youtube]

[Image via Youtube]

This is another game from Taito, and on first blush, it doesn’t look that weird. We get plenty of punching games here in the west, and even some with motion detection. That said, Sonic Blast Heroes earns its spot on the list of weirdest arcade games ever in the way it executes this idea.

Have you ever wanted to punch a truck in the face? How about a dinosaur? Or a meteor? As Sonic Blast Heroes progresses, the player must face off against increasingly ridiculous enemies and catastrophies. I’m going to want you to reread this paragraph though — this is a game where you can punch dinosaurs, trucks, and meteors in their faces. Awesome.

Boong-Ga Boong-Ga

[Image via Home Leisure Direct]

[Image via Home Leisure Direct]

Do I even need to explain why this is one of the weirdest arcade games ever?

Okay, fine, I’ll try. So, the point of this game is generally to get back at people who make your life a living hell by spanking them with a giant foam hand controller. I really don’t have any more words for this one. Just look at it. The arcade machine has a butt coming out of it.

We’re probably not going to be getting Boong-Ga Boong-Ga at Replay Lincoln Park anytime soon, but if you have any suggestions for arcade games that you want to see at the bar, make sure to like us on Facebook and drop a note on our page!