It really seemed that cult '90s gameshow 'The Crystal Maze' had been relegated to the dusty VHS zone, to be rediscovered only by those who spend too much of their lives watching Challenge TV. Then a team of clever, ambitious and slightly mental people decided that, with the help of a Kickstarter, it wouldn't be impossible to rebuild the whole show, dome and all, in an old building in Zone One.
Considering that said project would involve building dozens of game rooms in four different age-themed zones and a glass geodesic dome strong enough to handle eight adults flailing around in it, you'd think they'd mess up somewhere. The odd panel of wall left un-medieval, a cheap-looking bomber jacket, a distinctly un-Richard O'Brien-like gamesmaster. But it was perfect.
Our team of eight dashed through the zones, taking it in turns to play physical, mental, skill and mystery challenges in the hope of earning a crystal, and thus five extra seconds in the dome finale. We were rubbish, but it didn't matter. The joy of this experience is in the incredible sets, the brilliantly silly hosts, the games so faithful to the original show that you can nearly remember their secrets, and the opportunity to blast your team-mates with frustated yells and not have to deal with any hatred when their two minutes are up.
This is an expensive outing – a weekend slot will set you back £60 and a pretty hefty booking fee – but it's easy to see where the money's been spent and what a costly operation just staffing it must be. And isn't the chance to realise a childhood dream of a stint on your favourite TV show priceless? We'd swap all our crystals for another couple of hours in the madness of the maze. Ashleigh Arnott
For more photos, tips and tricks from read our blog post about playing The Crystal Maze
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Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
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This is ridiculously fun, both for the nostalgic value having grown up watching The Crystal Maze and of course for the puzzles themselves in each room. £50 felt like a lot at the time of booking, but it's totally worth it. It just goes too quickly, I could have been there for twice as long!
A few bits of the set and games need a bit of loving and were showing wear and tear, but the budget value is embraced by the excellent and funny hosts. It was so hot in there we couldn't actually wear our Crystal Maze jackets, but that is forgotten in an instant when the games commence.
Totally recommend it, if you can book it!
Came from USA. Had a busy schedule and accidentally put down wrong time on our daily list. Thought I was 15 min early. But was 45 late.
They couldn't do anything for us. Not even let us into the team we were supposed to have joined. No way to find out if there are cancellations. Told us to call about possible refund which seems really unlikely.
Couldn't even view the maze rooms because they are supposedly constantly running.
Only saw the crystal ball and the team grab money.
Obviously our bad for missing the reservation but won't be able to come here again.
They are all booked. Nothing they can do. A really expensive mistake. :(
Apparently you would do about two maze games per person. Which is like £25 per session (!!!!) plus dome.
The more I think about it. What pathetic customer service.
You'd think they could throw us a bone? Like allow us a photo op in the dome (no one was in it for a long time). Or pause the room for one minute for a photo op. I mean we are from overseas. Not like I can just redo next week.
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