Wirehive crack the crystal maze
On Friday the Wirehive team, and a few tagalongs, were given the opportunity to realise a childhood dream and entered the Crystal Maze – yes, THAT one!
After prepping with a few pizzas in the office, we started our journey to Islington to have our first glimpse of the maze. Once we’d arrived and stowed our belongings (including our phones, so no photos from inside the maze I’m afraid) we split into our teams. The first order of business was to don our c.1993 blue, red, green or orange bomber jackets before setting-off to meet our Maze Master.
We arrived in a briefing room – complete with CRT television set – and were transported back in time with a montage of all of the great shows of the 90’s. At this point we met our Maze Masters, each with a flamboyant personality to rival the great Richard O’Brien himself. There then followed a quick strategy meeting as we were reminded of the rules, picked our team captains and decided our game plans.
Once inside, each team started in a different zone: Aztec, Futuristic, Medieval and Industrial. During our time in each zone we were given 15 minutes to complete as many tasks, and collect as many crystals, as possible.
For those of short memory or too young to remember the original series (some education was required in our tech team) the team captain nominated a player and type of task from Physical, Mental, Skill and Mystery, to be completed. Dependent on the task each player had 2-3 minutes to complete and retrieve the crystal before being locked in. As before, there were a number of games which included an automatic lock-in should you break a rule, such as touch the floor or ring a bell.
Thankfully, in our team we all managed to get through the tasks without getting locked, although this may more so been through caution than anything else. Sadly, Dominic was not quite as lucky (there’s always one). Fortunately, this is one area where the maze differed from the television show: rather than leave you locked in your room for the remainder of your time you get taken to the prison for your zone where you can win your way out by completing a puzzle. For added jeopardy if you do not complete the puzzle before your team’s time is up in that zone they are forced to relinquish a crystal for your release. As a slight competitive spirit was at work, no one wanted to be that guy!
At the end of the four zones, the teams unite to compare their winnings. The crystals are counted and as we remember from the television show, each crystal won buys you five seconds in the dome to collect as many golden tickets as possible.
For ease (and to save huge amounts of time taken to sort) this dome only contained gold tickets. Our team had won 12 crystals and therefore had 60 seconds in the dome. Catching the flying tickets is so much harder than it looks on TV! We did fairly well collecting 138 tickets in total, although we were pipped to the post by Rob and his team who collected 144.
A well-earned beer
After all of the exertion, we made our way around the corner to the pub for a well-earned beer and some mini-burgers before our coach arrived to take us all home again.
All in all, it was an amazing experience and lived up to everything we had imagined it would be. If you ever dreamed of being on The Crystal Maze all those years ago we would all thoroughly recommend this experience.