Ever dreamed of testing your skill inside the Crystal Maze? Now’s your chance!
London’s open-to-the-public Crystal Maze experience was a crowdfunded sensation back in June 2015, smashing its target on a wave of 90s-kid nostalgia that even predated its return to our TV screens. It launched to widespread acclaim for one simple reason: it’s thrillingly, geekily, exactly like the telly show. And we’ve got your ticket to the maze right here!
The first step is, obviously, donning one of those legendary bomber jackets to ensure you look the part. Stepping into the maze as part of a team of eight, you’ll be accompanied by your own professional Maze Master: part-judge, part-jester and irrepressible cheerleader who, in our experience, could go toe-to-toe with O’Briens, Tudor-Poles and Ayoades for ironic asides and madcap energy.
Clambering, sliding, and running through four zones (Aztec, Medieval, Futuristic, and Industrial), you’ll take on games of skill, physical and mental challenges, and the odd mystery. In pursuit of those all-important crystals, you’ll be solving puzzles, shooting crossbows, cracking codes and more besides.
Just as you’d expect, teammates can assist and offer advice through portals into each game. Alternatively, they might all scream mutually contradictory things at you, until you melt into a puddle of tears – hey, it happens…
Amongst the maddening challenges to be found in the Crystal Maze is the infamous PLANETS game, as popularised by the hapless TV show contestant from this viral clip. Here’s hoping you make easier work of it than he did.
After eighty exhilarating minutes and (for us) sixteen games completed, it’s onto the Crystal Dome. As fans of the show will know, crystals buy you time in the dome, but in the event of an embarrassingly low score (the all-time lowest, we’re told, was ‘negative four’) you’ll probably get to frolic inside anyway.
You’ll be facing off against up to three rival teams for an added competitive frisson. The cry of ‘START THE FANS’ goes up, and then it’s one final push to grab as many glittering tokens as possible, before your final score is revealed, and your place on the leaderboard decided.
Basically, it’s an absolute hoot. If you’ve got a big birthday, work party, hen or stag do in the offing – or just really want to show off to your mates how good you are at dodging lasers – you’d be mad to miss it. Grab your tickets here, and good luck in the maze!
Location: 10 White Lion Street, N1 9PD. Nearest station is Angel. See them on Google Maps. PLEASE NOTE – from January 27th, the Crystal Maze will move to a new home in the former Trocadero on Piccadilly, set to open on March 29th, 2019.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, games start on the hour, 10am – 9pm.
Entry: can be found here. Over 18s only, and booking in advance is essential. Teams are eight people: groups smaller than this will usually be combined with others.
More information: head to their website.