The Crystal Maze in Manchester has established itself as a must-try activity in the city centre, and now has updated it’s exciting games with new options to keep groups coming back.
Whilst a couple of games have remained, there has been quite a shake-up of activities to enjoy. Games still follow the format of the classic tv gameshow, letting players choose a skill, physical, mystery or mental challenge and the zones remain (along with the Aztec slide, which remains a group favourite).
STYLEetc has previously covered the news of the Crystal Maze live experience moving up north from London to Manchester, and trying both iterations for ourselves. Where there is some overlap, generally the games both offer tend to differ. One thought we did have about the maze was would it still have appeal within 12 months time once the initial buzz had left and many players had tried all of the games. Luckily the brand has kept itself relevant and appealing by opting to change and introduce new games over time, giving more reasons to return.
Whilst we cannot divulge too much information about the new games (it’d be rude to ruin the surprise for those who haven’t yet played), we can give you information about our thoughts on the Crystal Maze one year on from it’s opening.
Things we've learnt in the maze
The slide never gets old
No matter how many times you whizz down it, you never get bored of the slide reveal having crawled through tunnels toward the Aztec zone.
Neither does the impressiveness of the set
It really is something to behold taking in the detail and sheer size of each zone and the maze collectively. It has remained in fantastic condition no matter how many dozens of players try their hand each day.
Some games still frustrate us (but only because we’re competitive)
There are still games that annoy us purely on the fact that we can’t seem to grasp them. We can only hope to keep returning to practise and one day get the hang of it.
Some physical games are very physical
It may sound obvious but don’t underestimate the amount of energy some physical games expect from you to win a crystal. All we’re saying is don’t vote the team member who doesn’t have the best endurance.
The maze masters will accommodate your preferences
They want you to get the most from the experience so tell them upfront if there’s any scenarios you’d rather not encounter (be it heights, small spaces etc) and they can ensure you don’t go into a game you really don’t want to blindly.