View Full Version : The Crystal Maze

12-19-2003, 04:26 PM
I watch this on challange TV whenever I get the chance, it's by far the best gameshow EVER. But damn, the people they get on this can be as thick as shit.


So err, yeah, who likes it?

Post other examples of Gameshow idiocy.

12-19-2003, 04:31 PM
Crystal Maze was good when Richard O'Brien done it.

That Edward bloke is gay :n:


Nightmare was another kickass gameshow/quiz thing. I hated it when that horn blew :(

Kane Knight
12-19-2003, 04:35 PM
What is it?

12-19-2003, 04:42 PM
The show in brief

Each show, a different team of six contestants (three male and three female) are led around the Maze by their host Richard O'Brien (pictured). In each zone, the team play three or four games (see below) which are housed in one of six chambers. Although the contestants work as a team, each game is played by a nominated, individual player who enters cell. The remainder of the team must remain outside the cell, although they are allowed to help (or hinder) their team-mate by shouting encouragement and suggestions. Completing a game correctly caused a contraption of some variety to release a time crystal.

Each game was given a time limit of between 2 and 3 minutes. Any contestant who failed to get out of the cell within the time limit (regardless of whether they had the time crystal or not) was locked in the cell. They could be release and play a further part in the show, but only if the team sacrificed one of the team's time crystals.

Once all the time zones have been visited, each time crystal is converted into 5 seconds inside the Crystal Dome. where remaining team members aim to grab flying golden tokens and avoid grabbing silver tokens and post them through a letterbox and outside the Dome. The performance in the Crystal Dome determines if a prize is won or not.

As explained earlier, the purpose of winning each game was to win a time crystal (one of which can be seen in the picture illustrated here). Each series of Crystal Maze used approximately 50 different games. Each game was categorised as either:

Physical Emphasis on being agile, strong and flexible.
Mental Basically, word-association and mathematical puzzles
Skill Testing dexterity and marksmanship.
Mystery Anything at all!

Some games were designated as "automatic lock-in" games. If a player attempts an automatic lock-in game and fails to perform some specified part of the task, or performs some forbidden action (e.g. touching the floor with any part of their body) then they are locked in at once regardless of whether they have obtained the crystal or not. The contestant has no choice as to whether they play an automatic lock-in game or not; they will always hope not to have to play one! Once a player has been locked in, the captain must choose whether to buy them out or not. This decision can be made at any time between two games, so long as there is time for some available team member to return to the cell where the lock-in took place, open the door, deposit one of the team's crystals and return to the rest of the team with the rescued team member. If the team captain is locked in, then the vice-captain takes over the captain's responsibilities. If both captain and vice-captain are locked in (which did happen once or twice) a replacement captain was elected on the spot.

The Dome represents the denouement of the show the absolute climax where all the time crystals collected are converted into time and, possibly, prizes! All time crystals earned (typically somewhere between four and eight) are worth five seconds worth of collection time each. All the members that are still with the team (remember, some may still be locked in the cells) enter the Dome, a geodesic structure made up from triangular glass panels. There is a thick metal grid mesh placed as a horizontal plane perhaps a metre from the bottom of the Dome, which the contestants stand on, holding onto a handrail lining the inner surface of the Dome. Also on this mesh are lots of gold and silver tokens (625 silver, 500 gold). There are powerful fans underneath the mesh. The host will call for the fans to be started...

Suddenly, all the gold and silver tokens will fly into the air and circulate throughout the dome. A few seconds later, the host will blow a whistle and the contestants try and collect flying gold tokens and post them through a "magic letterbox". Contestants should be observant and avoid posting silver tokens through. Once the time allowed has expired, the magic letterbox closes and all token-collecting-type activities must stop.


12-19-2003, 04:43 PM
What is it?
<font color=#33ffff>Edit- Disturbed beat me to it.</font>

12-19-2003, 04:43 PM

12-19-2003, 07:29 PM
<font color="#99CCFF">Love the show, used to watch it every week on Channel 4 while I was growing up.
I wish they'd make new ones...</font>

Kane Knight
12-20-2003, 02:44 PM
Sounds pretty damn cool.

Is that the same Richard O'Brien from the RHPS? The picture was pretty tiny.

12-20-2003, 06:28 PM
Yup, same dude

Kane Knight
12-20-2003, 10:06 PM
Yup, same dude


Oh, and your post count is 6669...:eek: Kinky beast. :cool:

12-21-2003, 07:00 PM
Wooo kinky :naughty:

12-21-2003, 10:00 PM
That show was the man. But it did go downhill after Richard o Brien left.