The Crystal Maze has been off the air for more than 20 years, but endless repeats on Challenge TV have ensured the game show has retained its cult status among students and night owls.
Now the show is back in a new “experiential” form, allowing fans to test themselves in the Future, Medieval, Aztec and Industrial zones before flailing their limbs around in a desperate Crystal Dome cash grab.
“Seeing people’s faces when they come out and seeing their reactions — it really is amazing.”
There’s even a ‘Maze Master’ to guide you around, although unfortunately it’s not Mumsy-loving Richard O’Brien… or even the show’s short-lived George Lazenby-style host Ed Tudor-Pole.
It’s re-launched in Angel in London, and is the brainchild of fans Ben Hodges, Dean Rodgers and Tom Lionetti-Maguire.
They raised close to £1 million in cash through crowfunding site Indiegogo and, with additional help from private investors, set about recreating the iconic design in meticulous detail.
Lionetti-Maguire admitted that the process of recreating the game had been a taxing one – but it’s been worth the blood, sweat and tears.
“Naturally when you do something like this the original spark and excitement goes over time, he told the Evening Standard. “But seeing people’s faces when they come out and seeing their reactions — it really is amazing.”
Early reviews from those invited along to preview the revived Crystal Maze have been positive, surely signalling the way for a load of stag and hen dos to descend on its North London location.
The Crystal Maze opens to the public on Tuesday, March 15, but you’ll have to park your enthusiasm for a while – it’s virtually sold out until November. Tickets are £50 per pop on a weekday and £60 on weekend, and can be purchased via the official website.