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Night of the living dead-Live experience

Today I was invited by @LovePopUpsLondon to attend a live immersive experience of a remake of George A. Romero’s unparalleled 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, superbly adapted into an immersive stage performance.

The show is currently shown at the Pleasance Theatre in North London, running currently until 9th June 19. For booking please check here.

Myself and a few memebers of Love Pop Ups London kindly gifted premium seating to ensure the best experience possible which also meant that we were sat on stage and part of the splash zone. So before we entered the the auditorium we were given a protective boiler suit to help keep our clothing dry !

The premium seating are on stage and I totally recommend these as being only £5 more that the front roll seats these while not necessary but is totally worth it.

The show is split into two halves and the first part is very close to the movie itself..a little dark but great tension created and manages to keep us all at the edge of our seats. The second half is where the musical elements comes into play… Very much like groundhog Day…the scene replays itself until the best solution is agree..but can they?

As the movie was first aired in the late 1960’s a black and white theme is carried on throughout the show..being on stage I was able to see all the amazing makeup each character has possibly spent ages doing…

Oh did I mention that the stage was also called the splatter zone? If not then here it is… throughout the show..water mixed with charcoal may be splatter by any of the characters at any part of the show. So thought I give you a little warning ….

I had so much fun here and laughed till my cheeks hurt so make sure you are prepared to accept anything and nothing is impossible.

I would totally recommend this to any friends looking for a zombie style comedy…and if that’s your thing…what are you waiting for??

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Will you start the fans please- The Crystal Maze Experience [INVITE]

Growing up in the 90’s one of my favourite TV game show has got to be The Crystal Maze, watching people scramble inside the crystal dome trying to stuff as many gold tickets into the letter box as possible. I remember watching the show, while shouting at the TV telling the contestants how they can solve their puzzles….now fast forward to 2019, yes it’s been that long .. I was invited to a press night for the new The Crystal Maze Experience’s new Piccadilly location on Shaftesbury Avenue, following a very successful launch in Manchester back in April 2017, along with a group of other bloggers from Love Pop Ups London

So, it was our turn to see if all those years of shouting at the TV can help us conquer The Crystal Maze, trying out their skills, mental, physical and mystery games within their four different zones; Aztec, Medieval, Futuristic and Industrial zone, guided of course by an eccentric zone master, quick hello to Aggy here!

Each team should have around 8 players, however don’t worry if you don’t have enough players they will match you with other smaller groups so that you that you can get that full team work spirit cause trust me you will need it!

Each team will get to play four games within each zone of the maze, so sixteen chances to win a crystal, and you know what a crystal meant? Yes, each crystal equates to 5 seconds inside the crystal dome!

📷 https://the-crystal-maze.com

The website recommends that this is not suitable for children under 13. With tickets charged per person starting from £49.99 each so while it’s not the cheapest experience you could find, I will not hesitate to bring friends back here…Book here

We started our game by following our maze master Aggy running to that memorable theme tune, our first stop was in the medieval zone, here our team played four games; Bakers dozen; Maid Marion Men; Ogres Lair; Spikes of death, in this zone we unfortunately didn’t win any crystal but we also had a lock in (yes, remember them, you are locked in if you do not leave your room in time or it was an automatic lock in when you do something that obviously you’re not mean to!) So we were down one crystal when we moved to our next zone. I was first up with a skill game, Bakers Dozen, however, I realised that a mathematical challenge was never going to be my strongest strength, so let’s pass on that. .

Next up was the Aztec zone, the entry to his zone as via a huge slide, and enough sand if you are missing avisit the each. There was definitely no expenses spared in re-creating this zone. Here we played the following: Sun God, Tripod; Prophecy and Rolling Log. We were more successful here and won 2 crystal, yay!

Next up the Industrial zone, again I tried another skill game; Pipe Dream, again not very successful…I have learnt that skill games are not my strongest skill (sorry) however my team mates where more successful here with Worldwide Strategy; Traffic Light and Power Saver all of which they came out with a crystal each!!

Our final zone was the Futuristic zone, this time we played a more tactical game, putting our strongest players up to ensure the most crystal win we can get… unfortunately it didn’t pay off as we only came away with two more crystal here…from Emojoy; Rock It; Alien Operations and Hive Mind.

📷 https://the-crystal-maze.com

So one question, have you been keeping up with the number of crystal we have won??? Drumroll please!!! Yep 7 (remember we lost one as we brought one of our teammates out!) So, what does that mean? Yes, 35 seconds inside the crystal dome to grab as many gold tokens we can get our hands on….

Here comes my favourite part, yes, when Aggy shouts ‘Will you start the fan please’ 35 seconds later and we successfully grabbed 103 gold tokens, winning!!

Thank you again for the game The Crystal Maze live experience and Love Pop Ups London The for an amazing team, our captain Haydy, vice captain Katie, and Emilie, Chelsea and Sam for a great game!

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Cluequest- cQ ORIGENES- challenge accepted. [Gifted]

It’s been a while since I last visited Cluequest to find out what is new with Mr Q and Professor Black sheep, following the last game of Revenge of the Sheep, I was intrigued by what the people at Cluequest have planned for us, and I was surely not disappointed.

I and a few agents from @LovePopUpsLondon went down to see if we have what it takes to take on whatever nasty plan Professor Black Sheep has waiting for us for this new game cQ ORIGENES.

As we arrived we was briefed by Mr Q special agents, Professor Black Sheep is back and he has released a new virus in to the computer systems which could wipe out all of our existence, omg I hear you say..

The story goes back to the beginning when Mr Q and Professor Black Sheep were both human, what turned them into the animals they represent today?

Our mission if we choose to accept was to return to the lab where the SD card containing the virus lies and destroy it before it destroys all of our livelihood today!

However before we can start, as humans how do we get into the lab designed to fit a sheep and a mouse? Enter the Shrink-O-Mat.

This game was both challenging and rewarding at the same time, as usual you have 60 minutes to find solve all the puzzles and get out before the time is up!

As per all my escape room reviews, I won’t spoil the fun for you, but I can assure you that you will enjoy yourselves and the props for the game has been carefully planned out and with a group for 6 the games was not linear based but all very logical so everyone could be participating in different puzzles.

Unfortunately for us we weren’t able to make it out before the 60 minutes was up and needed an additional 1:44 seconds to complete our mission. However, I’ve been told current success rate is only 15% so I guess the extra minutes we had wasn’t too bad..

Definitely for me 4* in my rating for escape room, great puzzles, great props and plenty to keep the team entertained.

Thanks again to the team at Cluequest for a great evening out!

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CopyCat from CoLab Factory- Splutter Theatre

Are you ready to put your investigatory hat on? Did you know the there is a copycat killer on the loose?

The CoLab Theatre from Splutter Theatre have a case for you…

You will meet Anthony Larson, he has been investigating a string of killings following the kidnap and murder of his sister. The killer at large is known as the CopyCat Killer as the method he has used are similar to ones before him.

Anthony has decided to take this case on his own hands and he has enlisted the help of you to help him solve and find out who this serial killer is?

This is an uniquely terrifying immersive experience, one not for the faint hearted as there are images of torture and sick games being played out before you. The experience puts you in the middle of your worst horror movie as you solve the riddles and find the killer.

This experience is part horror show and part escape room, which for those who’s stomach turns easily, may I suggest you give this a miss? Not scaring you but be warned!

As usual, I can’t give away too much of the escape room elements as this is for you and your team to find out.

I experienced this with a bunch of experienced escape room players from Love Pop Ups London and horror enthusiast and we all well spooked from this experience.

The build up to the room was extremely well done, you really felt like you was part of it the whole journey.

Each of the rooms we went into was done in a way that I would never like to be stuck in, on my own.

Here are some quotes from their website:

“Fundamental fear at it’s finest”- Design My Night for previous show “The Harrowing”

“[Splutter Theathre] certainly promised scares…and they weren’t wrong!” ScaretourUK for previous shows “The Harrowing”

Artistic Director Benedict Hudson wanted to create a completely contemporary horror that places the audience inside their favourite film, he draws inspiration from movies such as; Saw; Se7en and Hounds of Love.. The experience is to ensure that everyone that comes along, gets to play a leading role in the own true crime tale.

The only suggestion I would make to the whole experience would be that the experience ended very abruptly with no one telling us how we did and how long it took for us to get out? I mean as an experienced player this is an important factor for most of us (a little sense of achievement of escaping and knowing we did it in the time allocated or less).

All in all, I think this was a amazingly well presented immersive experience and I would totally recommend it to those who a little bit of immersive role play in their escape room experience.

p.s totally not one for a first date if anyone is thinking this!

A good 4* stars review from me.. if you do go please let me know!

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The Prisoner-a London Escaped presentation..

received_294074697990598OK, if you thought that was a movie blog coming up, you have been mislead my friend.. It is actually an escape room experience from London Escaped.

London Escaped have recently opened two rooms and myself and a few bloggers from the Love Pop Ups London community were invited to come and escape The Prisoner.

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📷 From London Escaped

As usual, I don’t want to give too much of the atmospheric build up away, however, I can let you know that this escape room is located in the east London venue, just off the Commercial Road. It’s located in an underground parking allotment. Upon entry you’ll find the slopy entrance, be careful its very steep so mind your step!

So what does London Escaped say about their new room?

The Prisoner known as The Bloody Elbow. It is the time of the Holy Medieval Inquisition around the 14th century. You have all been accused of witchcraft and imprisoned awaiting your death by the hands of a executioner nicknamed “Bloody Elbow”. He is infamous for his love of using horrifying torture to obtain confession of your crimes, this often lead to a slow and agonising death if you were lucky, “Bloody Elbow” has left you for a rest between the bouts of torture, this is your chance, you have 60 minutes to escape your hideous dungeon and change your fate forever” 

The room can take up to eight players, however I would recommend a maximum of five as I felt that would give the players more to do when there are less people.I didn’t feel that there was much problem solving involved. More finding keys and the right object to aid your escape.

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📷 From London Escaped 

The first part of the game does require some team work and the game does mention sharp objects were involved. I totally vouch for it, I would however recommend no drinking beforehand as we don’t want any injuries OK!

So you have been accused of witchcraft and the aim of the game is to escape before the executioner returns to torture you to death.. With that in mind I would be the first to try and get out.. 

As the game is recently opened there are still some finishing touches that the owners are looking to finalise and while speaking to them you can really picture their vision and I would be interested on returning to see what changes they have made to the room.

As I am writing this review you will be happy to know that my team and I managed to escape in 48 mins I do admit the first 5 mins was just a lot of screaming.. I will let you figure that part out for yourself.

I would say that this is one very immersive room, so and I really enjoy the props the thoughts the owners have put into the design of the room. IMG_20180822_212045_131

This is a 3* from me for the difficulty of the room but definitely a 4* for the immerse design.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsor post, but reviews are all my own.

 

 

 

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Celebrate Fantasia- with Sounds and Sorcery at The Vaults

IMG_20180705_200824Can you believe Micky Mouse is 90 years old this year and to celebrate this magical event, SoundsandSorcery have produced an immersive sound and visual journey within the deep underground London’s The Vault venue.

The journey takes each visitor through the music of Disney Fantasia while offering them a chance to explore and enjoy both live theatrical performances and light and computer generated displays.

The producers of this event is looking to entice both the visual and musical senses, as each visitor upon entering will be given their own headset which they can control their own Fantasia journey.

I have always enjoyed the immersive experience previously put on by The Vaults and I was very much looking forward to the evening ahead of me.IMG_20180727_185012

I must say that upon entrance, there was a little confusion with regards to where you register and where you went to pick up your headset, however, headset ready, the anticipation of what was behind those big white doors definitely builds the excitements.

The venue itself is free roaming on your iPod sound device there is a map of the rooms available so you can ensure you get to enjoy each of the rooms available. IMG_20180727_185021Each visitor can spend as little or as long as they wanted in each of the three rooms, visual lighting with the changing moods and the music on the headphones is what the producer uses to communicate with us.

The first room which we entered ‘The rite of spring’ was like a magical forest, with hills of mushrooms and flowers that glow in the dark guide us deeper into the forest, the floors were filled with bark, which gave off the smell of the forest.IMG_20180705_202520

Next we waited for the next live showing of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice room, I think this has to be my favourite room. The live actors and the story telling really draws the audience in and the music playing on your headphones really bring the visual in front of you to light.  I have heard from other visitors that you may get wet.. And the benches in the front does prove it hence no one dare to be in front.IMG_20180727_192022

Next we visited what was the volcanic room, the room was designed as if you was walking along erupted volcanoes, and by using clever lighting, it really looked liked it was erupting!IMG_20180705_211434

After a drink at the bar, (do give the cocktails a go),  we loved the colour changing gin cocktails. We were definitely wowed.

We then moved to the theatre part of the show, ‘The Dance of the Hours’   the show again paired with the lighting and music playing through your headphones are combined to the dances from the actors in front of you. we was told that the live performance was available every 15 minutes, and there are signage to tell you when the last show would be so you don’t miss any part of the experience. IMG_20180727_194539

After this we moved along to the final room, staff are around to make sure you have seen everything before you enter this room as there are no returns once you have entered. IMG_20180727_195518

Once this concluded, the screen lifted to lead us into a tree filled woodland. A great conclusion to the experience I have just encountered. The trees and barks on the floor really makes you feel you are actually there.

If you live immersive experience paired with music then please make this a stop for your visual and hearing senses.

I was invited to attend this event by Love Pop Up London and SoundsandSorcery however all the reviews are my own.received_10156499497494104

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The Lost Passenger- will you be next?

IMG_20180717_184348I was invited back to Mission Breakout   second room after my visit over a year ago to trial their latest room of The Lost Passenger.

The story of the room is loosely based on a true story of a passenger who got off the train at South Kentish Town station back in 1924. Just after 1924 when this station closed, a train suddenly stopped at South Kentish Town  by mistake and a male passenger by the name of Mr Bracket got off and then the train departed, it is not known whether Mr Bracket escaped or has he been stucked there since 1924?

The room and game design did not disappoint, we was told that the design were from designers orginating from Russia, and every part of this new room really challenges the mind and phsyical abilities (Dont worry, there isn’t any heavy lifting involved).

As for most of my escape room reviews, I wont be able to give too much of the game away, however, be prepared to be ducking and crawling to your next destination so put away your glad rags and be prepared to get mucked in.

Team work is key and communication with your group is a must, there are lots of clues you will need to work together in order to solve the riddle and move on. The game is very linea and you must solve one clue before moving on to the next.

Our group escaped with just under 2 minutes to spare, and logical thinking and team work made sure we escape in the nick of time.

Due to the location of the rooms especially the last one,  and the summer heatwave London was having at the moment, it did get quite warm in the room, also as there was 6 of us in the rooms it got very uncomfortable at times. But hey let’s not complain too much about the weather here!

I would however recommend that due to some of the games where only one or two players can work on them at a time, the room should really hold a maxium of 4 players to give each players an opportunity to solve some of the puzzles/ clues.

Regardless, I really enjoy the game and totally recommend friends to come and challenge their wit and escape.

A good 4**** for me on this one!

Thanks again to Love Pop Up London for inviting me and some of the other Love Pop London crew to play. Please note while this experience is sponsored, all reviews are my own.

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