When I first heard of the Galloping Ghost arcade in Brookfield, Illinois I was intrigued. It is about forty-five minutes from where I live, and literally down the street from one of my good buds from college. We first ventured here about four years ago. Since then, we have gone at least once a year and watched it expand each time. They are reported to have over 400 games on the floor, and I don't doubt it. There are so many games, that you will have to circle the maze-like floor plan just to see all that they have.
The admission fee is $15 for entry, and all games are set to free play. They have nearly everything that you could possibly remember from the old arcades, and then some. There will no doubt be games that you haven't ever seen before. In some cases, cabinets will have two games available, and a toggle switch will change the game that you want to play. The combinations of games make sense, as they are sequels, spiritual successors, spin offs, and the like.
One of the coolest games present is the sit-down version of F-Zero, known as F-Zero AX. It is essentially the same game as the Gamecube version, except that it is a ride with hydraulics, shaking, and seat belt! It has a slot for a Gamecube memory card, so you can transfer your saves to it and save to it as well. I love the home version, and this was truly a riveting take on a modern classic.
The Galloping Ghost has score placards for every game, listing the world records as well as local in-house records.
So if you want to experience arcades as they once lived and breathed (sans the smoke and ash trays),
where you can play nearly everything you ever wanted, you should check out the Galloping Ghost in Brookfield, IL. Plan on staying a long time. You can even leave to eat at the diner across the street and return the same day as long as you have your receipt. It's open until 2 am. Every game should check it out.
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