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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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A 1940 Escape Plan? I’m on it!

IMG_20180430_1So you may by now experienced one or two at least escape rooms as these within the last few years has been popping all over the town. So how does one stand out from another? This is the question I keep asking myself and I guess I will only find out by testing as many of them as I can. Gladly of course.

Myself and a couple of friends Bianca and Jamie (a few pulled out last minute) tried out Escape Plan’s room. The room is based in the barracks of a P.O.W camp and you and your comrades (lets get into character here) have 60 minutes to escape! The story starts when you enter the room and you find out that only one person has ever escape, Bob Hails and to help you, he has written a journal which you find.

Once inside the room, you are faced with riddles, locks and puzzles which you have to solve. The one thing I like about this room is that each clue is linked to a particular lock, so this means that there can be lots of people to solve different parts of the clues within the room. As a three person group we felt there was more than enough things to keep us challenged. The game master is always watching as he tells you before you enter and will always help you out if he feels that you are struggling.

I also love that every prop they have inside the room are real artefacts from the 1940 so please handle with care… apparently someone has dropped a real grenade once and I don’t know why anyone would think of dropping that!

The one thing which I think is very important to mention is that this room is very accessible to those with mobility issues, theres a lift to the room as well as enough space for a wheelchair to manoeuvre so definitely a plus in my books.

I think as a group of three we was all challenged to partake in every part of the game and we escaped with just over 14 minutes to spare, I think the different level of experienced we had really helped and working together is very important. I think no more that 4 people would be a reasonable number to play this room without over filing with players.received_10156453638112664

I visited this room with LovePopUp London and while the experience was kindly gifted to us by Escape Plan all my reviews are my own and I would definitely rate this room a 4* out of 5.

I really enjoyed the different clues and also the final puzzle was definitely one to experience!received_10156453637442664

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DA VINCI – an escape room experience 

Photo credit Escape Games London 

Now, I don’t call myself an expert.. Seeing I have only done what? 5 escape room so far.. And this one from Escape Land is very different to the rest..they have two rooms at their venue, we played the Da VINCI game. 
The games are suitable for teams of 3-6 players. I think any lower than two would make the game difficult to play. 

The clues can vary in difficulties and I have found out that mathematical clues are ones I should stay well clear off! 

Photo credit Escape Games London 

For this game a lot of team work is required and talking and working together is key! A lot of the clue requires interaction and great communication skills to get you through.. There will be no quiet moments here! 

Photo credit Escape Games London

There are  no shortages of clues to keep the group entertained and you are given a walkie talkie to communicate with your games master.. We did extremely well in only requiring two clues from our gamesmater so we are very proud and we made it out just in time.. Phew!!! 

This is one game I would totally recommend to newbie playing for the first time and experienced players as there will always be games and clues you have never tackled before.. 

Photo credit.. @bambibluedo

Thanks again to Love Pop Up London for an amazing night of clue solving  and team building… If you are looking for a team build exercise for work.. An escape room is one to challenge the mind and team.. Bring it on! 

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Aftermath- London, can you solve it?

Photo creditsAftermath, the name suggest something has occurred and you need to solve it, so are you ready for it? This isn’t the usual escape room that I have experienced, there was no room that you had to literally escape, but the clues and objects needing solving is not to be dismissed.

The game can accommodate at around 15-20 people, which I felt was a little  too much. We had 12 in our group and there were times I felt unsure what to do with myself and trying to get involved in the problem solving but didn’t know where to start, and way the room was set was too spread out I felt. This game relied heavily on communication skills so, if that is lacking in the team then it does get a little confusing.

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The game with giving away too much is very heavy on detail and information so you really need to be able to think outside of the box and pay attention to things that you would of otherwise dismissed.

My favourite part of the interactive part with one of the character.. again can’t tell you as it would be giving it away.

If you are looking for something for like a corporate event for team building, this is definitely one I would recommend, as there is a lot of things that people can get their hands on.

There is a games master involved, I really wished we was told specifically about some of the questions you will be asked at the end so that we could of taken better notes.

All in all a great immersive experience and one that still gets me thinking about it. Oh I forgot to mention that we escaped with 7 minutes on the clock to spare..

Thanks to Aftermath and Love Pop Up London for the experience.

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