Crystal Maze raises more than 60pc of funding target in four days

17 Jun 2015

An illustration of the set, via Indiegogo

A reboot of The Crystal Maze that is seeking £500,000 on Indiegogo has raised well over 60pc of its target in just three days of funding.

Comfortably my favourite crowdfunding project ever, the organisers – with the support of Richard O’Brien – are looking to bring back the 1990s masterpiece as a ‘live immersive experience’, where people can pay to play.

So you can pay £300, for example, and your team of eight can have a go of the game, traversing the Aztec zone (the best zone by miles), as well as the Future, Industrial and Medieval zones, before getting into the Crystal Dome at the end to grab your golden tickets.

It’s very exciting, and people are very excited.

Little Lion Entertainment is behind this project and they have drummed up enough support to skyrocket the funding north.


“We are delighted to be announcing the return of none other than the legendary Maze Master himself, Richard O’Brien!” say the organisers on their Indiegogo page.

“Richard won’t be running around the maze himself, but he will be welcoming guests in time-honoured fashion… to find out how, you’ll just have to come along and see!”

And plenty of people are going along.

Snapping them up

At the time of writing, 674 people had snapped up the £300 offer, while almost 300 people are getting a crystal for £30. The early-bird offer of tickets to the opening is sold out, with 24 people having purchased the £1,000 offer of four teams going head-to-head throughout the maze.

What. A. Party.

So far, nobody has spent the £10,000 on private, all-day access to the maze. In truth, it’s a hard sell when you can get 32 people competing against each other for £1,000, but who knows? You can do other things like get clothing, too.

“Crowdfunding was a very deliberate decision because we wanted you guys to be involved from the very start,” say the organisers, who claim that investors have approached them as an alternative, but this is the way to go.

The reason for the £500,000 target is the cost of the set design but, once up and running, there could be a lot more people testing their logic skills, maths, engineering and physical prowess in terrible jumpsuits, to amazing music.

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic