Brick phones, Snake, and orange anoraks. The 90s was certainly an interesting time, epitomised by anything with a smily face on it and binge watching Friends on repeat.
Another TV show you may remember is Crystal Maze. Yes, the one with shiny headed, leopard printed presenter Richard O’Brien. Who could forget?
You may know that this quirky gameshow has returned to our screens with Kate Hutchinson and funny man Richard Ayoade.
It’s the sort of show that really gets you up on your feet shouting ‘For fook’s sake, I could do that!’ at your TV screen.
Every week you sit on your settee and wish that one day you could hear those wonderful words ‘Will you start the fans please…’
Your prayers were answered when the live experience came to Manchester on April 1st and it’s already had over 6500 teams take on the challenge and is notorious for selling out months in advance.
Now they’ve been answered a second time as, for a limited time only, The Crystal Maze Live Experience has slashed up to 40% off the standard ticket price on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. So if you’ve not already been, now you’ve got no excuse not to.
It has all the ingredients to make you feel exactly like you’re in the game show on the telly. You’ll work your way around the different zones, traversing the regal hall of a baronial castle in Medieval, before tunnelling through Industrial, materialising in the Futuristic zone and finally standing in awe at a giant temple in the rainforest clearing of the Aztec zone.
You are, of course, led through all zones by your quirky maze master who frequently touches his earpiece and mutters under his breath before making your heart sink by telling you ‘We’re running out of time in this zone. Better be quick.’
Each area is better than the one that precedes it and the final challenge is, of course, the famous Crystal Dome. It’s an exact replica of the original and has to be seen to be appreciated. Nifty to say the least.
Unlike the gameshow, you’re not going to be locked in a room on your own, contemplating life and the mistakes you made. You’ll be given a riddle to solve instead and, if you answer correctly, you won’t lose a crystal and you can get straight back into playing the game.
It’s the sort of place where you’ll see your true colours. In a matter of minutes you’ll be pulling your hair out, yelling out answers to riddles and wishing you paid more attention in GCSE maths class as you struggle with the simplest equations.
If you’re not sure how you handle stress, book yourself in.
On the plus side, you’ll be bonding with teammates faster than Usain Bolt in the 100 metres. Nothing like a little stressful fun to bring out the community spirit. You’ll also look cooler than a cat in your in your bright orange bomber jacket, so it’s win win really.
The Live Experience also features bespoke games strictly for Mancunians that aren’t available in the Big Smoke proving that it’s not all that grim up north.
We’ve also probably (definitely) got the best Crystal Maze in the country. Yes, I’ve said it. Manchester, not London, was the city to get the bigger Crystal Maze. I’ll just leave that there.
Tickets can be purchased here, subject to availability. Another month of tickets have been released to coincide with the launch of the new Civilian Crystal Maze TV show, starting this Friday on Channel 4 at 8pm so, if you think you have what it takes to ‘Crack’ The Crystal Maze and beat the Civilians score, book now and prove it.