The Eddy pinball

The pinball machines available at The Eddy are AC/DC, Iron Maiden, “Jurassic Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Big Buck Hunter, “Star Wars,” Deadpool and the Beatles Gold Edition.

The Eddy is stepping up to boost family-friendly entertainment gaming in the community. The Cave Creek food truck park and gallery recently added a small pinball arcade.

Eight premium pinball games were brought in by owners Edwin and Virginia Schenck, who also operate their Hibachibot food truck out of The Eddy and are residents of Cave Creek. It costs $1 to play all the pinball games, which include AC/DC, Iron Maiden, “Jurassic Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Big Buck Hunter, “Star Wars,” Deadpool and the Beatles Gold Edition.

“We are super excited about them,” Edwin said. “They are all really nice machines and all in working order and ready to play.”

The machines were sourced from the personal collection of resident and local enthusiast Kent Pontiero, who has over 100 machines. The idea, he explained, was to bring pinball to Cave Creek so adults and kids could enjoy an activity together.

“We really like Eddy and Virginia’s place here, and my wife and I go here every Saturday, and this just seemed like a fun thing to do,” Pontiero said.

The closest pinball machine arcade is over an hour away from Cave Creek, according to Pontiero, who said the game can fill a niche, adding some new family entertainment to the downtown area.

“Pinball is so immersive and physical, and each game is actually telling a story,” Pontiero said.  “Every game has an objective, and it’s this little world.”

The games are so new there’s no telling which will become the most popular in the long run; however, Pontiero called Big Buck Hunter a unique machine. Based off the arcade game, a deer runs across it.

Other machines predicted to be fan favorites are the Beatles Gold Edition, which plays a whole selection of songs, and, of course, “Star Wars.”

However, the Schencks plan on keeping the games fresh by swapping them out with other machines periodically.

Guests can become a local pinball wizard from 5 to 9 p.m. on Food Truck Saturdays, which, according to the Schencks, have been “rocking” lately. The Eddy hosts food trucks every Saturday, including Hibachibot and a variety of other popular food vendors.

The Eddy is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Find more information about The Eddy on Facebook or Instagram @TheEddyinCaveCreek.