One of the hottest attractions in Chicago is the infamous Galloping Ghost Arcade, located in Brookfield, IL. The first location opened on a Friday the 13th in 2010 with 130 arcade games that were saved from the brink of destruction and restored for all to enjoy. By 2014, they had grown into the largest arcade in the world with over 440 arcade games. Their next venture in saving the arcade and the various machines takes them into a new building, which is located just a block walking distance from the landmark first location (9211 Ogden Ave Brookfield, Il 60513).
The Galloping Ghost Pinball Arcade isn’t just for the pin-fanatic as horror fans are going to plan a road trip just to gets their hands on some of the rarest pinball machines in the world. In the following video, Galloping Ghost’s Doc Mack previews some of the new machines that include a fully functional, one-of-a-kind Predator prototype machine that was developed in 2014.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg as the new arcade hosts the incredibly rare Alien pin that allows players to switch between Ridley Scott’s film and James Cameron’s Aliens. Featuring several digital screens and a magnet that whips the ball all over the board (and also allows a Xenomorph to connect with it), this pin also boasts an insane 7-ball multiball.
For me, the highlight is a fully-operational Tales from the Crypt pin inspired by the HBO anthology series. Released in 1993 by Data East and rocking heavy vibrations with its 3-to-6-ball multiball, this is one of the most entertaining pins ever made – if you can find one that’s working. There’s so much more, including Gottlieb’s awesome 1994 A Nightmare on Elm Street, where you can shoot the ball into a furnace and have it pop out of Freddy’s mouth; Bally’s infamous The Addams Family (1992), Twilight Zone (1993) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1992) machines; not to mention classics like Gottlieb’s tri-level masterpiece, Haunted House (1982).
$15 admission gets you unlimited pinball play. I hope to catch some of you Bloody readers there during one of my forthcoming all-day binges. Keep up with Galloping Ghost on Facebook.