Friday, 12 October 2018
Thursday, 11 October 2018
To play it properly, you'll need a timer and there's an accompanying app to do just the job available on Google Play or Apples App Store
There's no games in the app itself, but it makes a great timer for not just the board game. For example, if you want to add some tension to doing the washing up or you want to make sure the kids brush their teeth for a full 2 mins.
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
The all new, bigger Maze will also include a bar area and will be located minutes from Picadilly Circus Tube Station in Shaftesbury Avenue. I am very pleased, as the Manchester Maze was quite a trek for me and the original London Maze was quite small in comparison. Will we see Ocean Zone in this new London maze is what we are all asking ourselves? Apparently, the Manchester Maze was originally meant to have Ocean but this was switched to Industrial. However some Ocean Zone games remain. Let's hope so.
Details can be found here:
In other Crystal Maze news, the Brystal Maze Gromit is up for auction this evening at Aerospace Bristol. You can bid online. He is currently at £2,000 with 17 watchers. I'm rather jealous as I want him. The board game is also expected to hit shops this weekend. The tie in timer app is now live on Google Play and Apple Store.
** UPDATE 07/10/18: The Brystal Maze Gromit sold at auction for £15,500 for Bristol Children's Hospital. Secondly, I have just received a stock email alert, the first copies of the new Crystal Maze Board Game have just been made available on WH Smith website at a reduced price!!! I have already ordered!! **
Friday, 28 September 2018
A simple Google search shows that they've recently acquired a former Casino space, some 21,000 sq foot near Piccadilly Circus in London. (Only 9,000ft smaller than the real Crystal Maze Studio at Bottleyard, in Bristol). We must stress that this hasn't been officially announced yet, it will in four days - but we think this is what the announcement will be! What else could it be? The link to the venue is here: http://blog.lorenzconsultancy.com/21000-sq-ft-former-casino-lease-assigned-to-unique-leisure-occupier?utm_campaign=News&utm_content=77725347&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
It even states that the Crystal Maze has acquired it. One of our Blog contributors, Liam found this link online, after some detective work.
The current London Maze is in an old office block and is not really fit for purpose. They will either relocate there, or open a second venue - let's wait and see what's announced next week. Exciting times to be a Crystal Maze Fan!
Monday, 24 September 2018
We have been told that copies of the game will be available for £35 from Debenhams, John Lewis, WH Smith and Amazon from October, bringing all the adventures of this iconic TV show to the living room with a host of perplexing puzzles and tricky challenges for friends and family. Suitable for ages 10 and above, and for 2 or more players, teamwork is paramount as players voyage through the four themed time zones in one of two teams competing against one another.
Packed with an assortment of mental, mystery, skill and physical games, The Crystal Maze Board Game is sure to challenge and excite even the bravest of adventurers with success being rewarded in the shape of precious time Crystals. For each Crystal won you will earn time scrambling for gold tokens in the dome finale.
Thursday, 20 September 2018
However owing to reasons, the team are unable to take their tickets and exchange them for a day at a heavy plant themed theme park, watching a JCB display team. So they're auctioning off their 5 tickets here with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support, happy bidding.
for more information on the wondrous majesty that is Diggerland: https://www.diggerland.com/
UPDATE: as well as the 5 tickets, the show's producers have added some things to the auction:
A Crystal Maze Crystal
A copy of the soon to be released board game
and a copy of the book The Crystal Maze Challenge by series producer (and all-round magnificent bloke) Neale Simpson
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Last Friday myself and Adam met up with Mike Park at the Crystal Maze Live Experience, a contestant on the first series of the revival. He is as mad about the Maze as us. We had a good time talking about all things Crystal Maze. I even dragged my girlfriend along to play and she loved it. Our team won a total of 9 Crystals. Nice to see a good mix of brand new games in the Manchester Live Experience since our last visit in March. Worth doing again. No new Maze Merchandise on sale but the board game is due out anytime now.
Interestingly, Little Lion Entertainment, the company behind the Live Experience, have recently posted on their social media about a "mystery announcement" coming soon. New Zone? New Maze Venue? New type of Live Experience but based upon a different show? Who knows! I would love to see Ocean Zone back or a brand new Maze Venue. (Hangar size in scale like the original). But I expect it is something different to the maze. Go to www.littlelionmystery.com to sign up for updates about this mystery announcement!
Monday, 20 August 2018
Much like I always fawned over in the back of the Argos catalog after the original series 2, this year will see the release of a board game.
Other future licensed items in the future are set to include apparel, nightwear, and underwear.
Sunday, 19 August 2018
And if you haven't seen what I made for last years series...
Monday, 13 August 2018
A brand new Crystal Maze Board game is currently nearing final production and will be available on the shelves to purchase from many retail outlets as of end of September/Early October. The rest of the merchandise will soon follow thereafter.
With regards to The Brystal Maze Gromit, he is still on display near Bottleyard Studios for another 2-3 weeks until 2nd September, so get down there to check him out, he is awesome. I visited the Gromit Shop at Cribbs Causeway at the weekend and asked if they plan to release a minature version of the Maze Gromit, like they have with other designs. Apparantly an online poll on the Gromit Unleashed website will determine what additional minatures get the go ahead for release, so get voting for The Brystal Maze Gromit please.
I am aware they will be Exhibiting all of the Gromit Statues in the Cribbs Causeway mid September, and then shortly after auctioning them all. I would love the Maze Gromit, but expect he will reach between 15-30k at auction for charity.
This week we see the Vikings team on Channel 4 take on the Maze.
Tuesday, 24 July 2018
Last Friday, the civilian portion of series 2 started and it was a personal sore point as I'm fairly confident that it was the all white, all male group that made it on screen in place of the world famous (maybe not in this reality but in some reality somewhere) Superfans team.
It's currently just gone 5am and I'm sat waiting in Milton Keynes, Crystal Maze testing photos, book and Twitter competition Crystal in tow to bore the arse off my stepdaughter. I know there's only so many times I can talk about it without being an irritant. However its still the coolest thing (to me) I've done in a very long time so I'm hanging on to it for all it's worth.
Joking aside however, well done to the Gamers. 9 crystals (including a win on a game we struggled with in testing: the coloured cooling towers). The only loss being the airgun maze, which was the other game we 100% failed at in testing too.
The gamers episode marked the halfway point of series 2, and with 5 civilian episodes and a christmas special left, there's still one game we tested we haven't seen yet so at least there's still new fresh games for viewers to enjoy.
Now, the scene everyone's going to remember, Tipping Point. I didn't mind it, it was something a bit different. A novelty, and there's nothing wrong with that. What with TP being made by the same company and being filmed in a studio next door at the same time, why not use the available resources to do something a bit different. When we were testing, TP was filming at the same time and we ended up getting fed early to accommodate their lunch schedule.
The other bit I liked was Ayoade's interaction with Jarhead. Harking back to O'Brien's interactions with Mumsey, after the team had won their final game, the little conversation referring to Ayoade being king of the nerds (which he is, we had a meeting, there was a buffet) gave me something I've been wanting for a while: for Richard to live a little in the fiction of the Maze. I, personally, don't mind him destroying the 4th wall, it fits in with the dry persona he's maintained through his career. However it was nice to see him talk to Jarhead as Jarhead, not Adam Buxton.
So, in 2018, a 2nd series of the Crystal Maze hosted by Richard Ayoade was comissioned, and I entered a team along with 4 friends – little did i know that I was actually quite close to competing on the show itself, as we were invited to attend auditions in Bristol! As for myself, I had to go through the ringer TWICE as both my teams had been picked to audition stages!
Monday, 16 July 2018
Friday, 6 July 2018
Friday, 29 June 2018
Another superb episode tonight. Both Richards got into a pickle. Richard Madeley got locked in and Richard Ayoade fell into the Medieval water! P.s. I want a Richard O'Brien Medieval banker coin desperately! Word is on the street that after the last Celebrity episode in the next week or two, there will only be a break of about three weeks before the six civilian episodes air. Wohoo!
Hopefully we will see the release of the eagerly awaited Maze Merchandise, and also our photos from our time at the studio soon.
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Keep your eyes peeled around Bristol soon, this incredible Gromit with a Crystal/'Brystal' (Bristol) Maze design will be featured in a forthcoming 'Gromit Unleashed' Trail. The four iconic zones are incorporated onto him, alongside Bristol Landmarks - with the nose being the Crystal Dome. A work of art, I must admit. Incase you didn't already know, the current revived Crystal Maze series is filmed in Bristol at Bottleyard Studios.
Aardman Animations, also Bristol based, created Wallace and Gromit.
This is in aid of Bristol Children's Hospital so please donate / visit the Brystal Maze Gromit and support both the Maze and this great charity. We will try to check it out ourselves.
**UPDATE** The Brystal Maze Gromit will be located at Hengrove Promenade, Bristol (around the corner from where the Maze is filmed), from 2nd July.