‘Phantom Peak made me forget about my problems for one glorious night’ – review

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Phantom Peak tickets are out proper now (Picture: PHANTOM PEAK)

Hidden in plain sight in (what seems like) a warehouse in Canada Water lies Phantom Peak, a veritable treasure trove of experiences and whimsy that I have not been in a position to cease fascinated with.

This isn’t simply one other flavour of the month “immersive expertise” in London’s outskirts, although. Usually these inferior sights throw company right into a well-built set with a few actors and some drinks earlier than calling it a day.

Phantom Peak is totally totally different. A lot in order that I have been questioning what sort of secrets and techniques I missed in its 30k sq. foot play space for days. And it isn’t simply massive – but it surely’s dense, too. The large footprint comes full an precise excessive road beside a operating river, water options, countless customized decorations, two or three flooring, a graveyard, and immersion such as you’ve by no means skilled earlier than.

Friends (gamers, residents of Phantom Peak – take your decide) are welcomed to the fictional city by Mayor Pocket earlier than being given a fast rundown of their proprietary app. Utilizing this, I used to be despatched on certainly one of dozens of “trails” wherein I ventured on a scavenger hunt to: determine who was murdered and why; study a secret organisation that’s pulling strings behind the scenes; a superhero whose identification isn’t so secret – and who his enemy could also be.

This retrofuturistic world permits gamers to really discover a brand-new universe the place missions, experiences, and lives are altered and skilled in real-time. No two run-throughs will ever be the identical. And, a few occasions, I needed to simply cease and soak within the dwelling, respiratory world round me – simply to show to myself it was actual. From gamers attending to know each other to common Joes from humdrum nine-to-fives pulling faces, doing dances and adopting accents to determine who killed a fictional platypus.

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Phantom Peak sends participant on a robust journey (Picture: PHANTOM PEAK)

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Phantom Peak encourages gamers to speak to the characters (Picture: PHANTOM PEAK)

All of Phantom Peak is wrapped up in a (actually) sky-high world, populated with a number of buildings, a dungeon and a curious assortment of characters. 

Truly, that’s maybe essentially the most thrilling and (actually) immersive a part of Phantom Peak: Its characters.

You can strip again all the exterior, the buildings, the expertise, the distinctive and well-thought-out merchandise and Phantom Peak would nonetheless stand head and shoulders above each different expertise in London due to the distinctive performances its actors delivered.

One other key to its success is that the paths pressure the gamers to go and reside on the earth, speak to the characters; make dialog, deduce, seduce, trick, and manipulate them to get the data they want. This countless enjoyable lives and dies on its actors.

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Phantom Peak is a really immersive expertise (Picture: PHANTOM PEAK)

When all was mentioned and carried out on the finish of Phantom Peak’s runtime (which got here full with a closing ceremony, an election, and a shock look…) I used to be rebirthed onto the streets of Canada Water. Dejected. Flat. In that second, I realised the looming and multiplying worries of day-to-day life had disappeared – only for a couple of hours. True escapism had been achieved, and I didn’t wish to be again in the actual world. I wished to go be a detective in Phantom Peak for just a bit whereas longer. There have been some issues I had not but discovered concerning the mad scientist. What the hell was up with these graves? I am counting the seconds till I can return and discover myself once more. 

Phantom Peak is the final word treatment for forgetting who you might be for a night and reinventing your self as a brand new particular person. And for it to do this, inherently, it must be bl**dy good.

, with a model new Halloween occasion simply across the nook (Hallowed Peak: The Lunar Pageant).