We’ve always wondered what we would do in a Zombie apocalypse, and we'll be honest we never thought we’d truly find out……how wrong we were. Saturday night (Oct 29th) saw LondOnTheInside take part in the Zombie chase game 2.8 hours later, a game designed quite specifically to scare the living bejesus out of you!
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We had seen the promotional video and read the rules but were still not quite prepared for what followed. Starting in Bermondsey Square we were treated to cult classic Beetle Juice on an open air big screen whilst queuing for briefing. Rules reiterated and map in hand we were set off in groups of 8 every 90 seconds through the streets of London to find our first co-ordinate point and location of a ‘survivor’ – each player is given a silver glow in the dark armband to distinguish you from the general public.
Stumbling up-on an actor pretending to be a survivor from the zombie apocalypse we quickly realized how ‘real’ this game was. In floods of tears and quite literally petrified a girl warned us of the dangers and told us what had happened to her friends and family – so convincingly so that while she told us her story an elderly couple who happened to be passing by stopped to see if she was OK to which we had to explain that it was all a game. She gave us our next co-ordinate and we set off into the night...
We eventually escape the first onslaught and regroup to get our breath back, hunched over, panting we realize that we have another 2.8 hours of this to get through if we are to survive. As we cross London we are scarred of EVERYTHING, it’s Halloween weekend and people are in the streets dressed up, we have no idea if they are merely party goers or part of the game, we run from everyone just to make sure.
Through a series of survivors and map co-ordinates we travel across the capital, getting directed to derelict buildings, closed down pubs and scariest of all an empty multi-story car park, now that might not sound scary but throw 8-10 zombies in there on floors above and below you and in the stairwells in the dark it’s petrifying! As we reach the top level which is open air we can see Zombies on the streets below us, we are trapped, one of our team is in tears and our hearts are pounding! Finding another survivor we (just) escape to safety.
With the game over we are led into a zombie disco where we are re-united with our friends who have now been covered in full make up to make them look like one of the creatures. Spooky songs and scary themed cocktails are a plenty as we do the thriller dance until the early hours.
We can’t recommend this game enough, but only if your are physically fit, if running isn’t your thing you need not apply – wear sensible shoes, don’t get drunk before hand and if you scare easily then maybe stay at home. At £28 (naturally) we think this is a bargain for an evening’s entertainment 2.8 hours of games and then the option to party to your hearts content. But only if you survive, of course.