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D. Gottlieb & Co.

September 11th, 1982

1800 units

Caveman on the IPSND.

Main details

Gottlieb System 80A
4 player game


wide body






Popularity and ranking

This machine has been rated by 15 users and currently ranks #341 (not in Top 100)

Playfield details


Design team


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Noteworthy features

  • A video game screen is mounted at top center of the playfield. Video game time is won while playing pinball. Video play is controlled by a joystick mounted on the lockdown bar. The Extra Ball is earned via the video game. The video also displays instructions during Game Over mode.


  • Caveman's "pinball with a video game" design was not attempted for another 17-years until Williams "Pinball 2000" series, which was their final pinball hurrah. This Caveman design is NOT to be confused with Bally-Midway's "video game with a pinball" design (Baby Pac Man and Granny & The Gators) which were video game cabinets with tiny pinball playfields in an upright video game cabinet.
  • Gottlieb patented the pinball-video game concept (US Patent # 4'375'286) and also the design of the backbox (US Patent # D273'597). The playfield layout of Caveman is apparent in the submitted drawings, however the video-game concept presented revolves around a video-ball and dragons to be slayed or avoided. The inventors of the pinball-video game concept on the patent certificate are John Buras and Adolf Seitz Jr. They also are the named inventors for the backbox design, along with Algimantis Gabrius.
  • The only other large production run machines (albeit standing upright video game cabinets) were Baby Pac Man (Bally 1982), and Granny and the Gators (1984). They also met with little success.

Backbox ornament(s)

Shorter with a forward-facing design backbox with a video game marquis-style & size backglass.

Video mode

This machine has no dot matrix or video display, so it has no videmode.

Latest software version

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