The 90s are back and back with a bang. I’ve got my bomber jacket on and I’m sitting here reliving the fact that I’ve just ticked one of my lifelong goals off my list. How life loving is that?
Ever since I was a child, I’ve watched the Crystal Maze and longed for the opportunity to run though the four zones that make up the hit TV show and to finally end up in the Crystal Dome, catching gold tickets. If you’ve never seen it, I demand you turn on your TV, switch it to challenge and watch an episode. Not in the UK? No worries, just Google it. You’ll soon be hooked and yelling at the TV, as we did back in the 1990s.
That dream has now been realised. Last June I saw that there was a crowd-funding campaign to get the maze built, so I immediately marked it in my diary to make sure I was one of the first to get tickets. When the day rolled around, I popped some tickets in my basket, paid for them and the long wait commenced.
Almost a year later, I can proudly say that I have been and conquered (well maybe not conquered, we sadly didn’t get enough gold tokens to win us a 90s range rover driving experience) but we’ve been, seen and admirably competed.
Our team was made up of me, three friends and four lovely, friendly and super-smart randoms. I offered to be vice-team captain, proffering to step up in the serious situation that our captain was detained.
We flew around the four zones, stopping in each zone for a few games. They kept to the original version of the show (the Richard O’Brien era) with the Industrial, Medieval, Futuristic and Aztec zones. We started in the Aztec and secured 5 out of 5 crystals in this zone. On to Industrial, where we didn’t fare as well. Medieval and Futuristic proved better for us. I secured a crystal with a medieval stone puzzle completed in lightening quick time (our Maze Master said it was the quickest time she’d seen yet) but didn’t fare so well in an Industrial mystery. Overall our team, aptly named Team Tango after our orange bomber jackets, secured 12 crystals. That gave us one short minute in the dome.
I won’t go into any more details as I don’t want to ruin the surprise and delights for anyone who is planning to visit, but I will say that is was AWESOME! The maze was well put together, the little quirks that we all love from the original show were present.
The Crystal Maze is located in a secret venue close to Kings Cross train station in London. Tickets to the Crystal Maze cost £50 or £60 per visit, depending on when you visit. I bought mine at the crowd-funding stage for just £30, but even if I didn’t, I would have happily shelled out the full price to fulfil one of my life long dreams. It was the best day out! I’d love to know if you are planning to go, or perhaps you’ve visited? What did you think?
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