Review: Phantom Peak, London

Phantom Peaka Wild West-themed town with robots and mystery, might sound a bit like Westworld — but that’s where the comparison ends.

Immersive theaters are experiencing some excitement lately, both in quality and quantity, and offer a variety of exciting experiences. We can now play Jitba with Jay Gatsby at Roaring Twenties house parties, join the Peaky Blinders crew for some quintessentially shady Shelby family shenanigans, explore the dark battlefields of Mycenae and Troy, and Join Guy Fox on a VR-assisted adventure under the Tower of London or plunge headfirst into the murky world of London’s underground music scene.

The latest addition is a massive 30,000-square-foot open-air project just steps from Canada Water Station. In this bright and charming setting, there’s a lot to see at the Wild West theme park – cozy salon, picnic area, several vegetarian/vegan restaurants, cute shops, carnival games and boat rides – and just Like something some people wouldn’t do, especially crashed airships and robot DJs.One might spend hours having fun here without even delving into one of the many strange things that happen here Phantom Peak.

Once inside, visitors are encouraged to browse the website on their mobile phone and begin pre-selected missions that delve into the town’s backstory. Each step requires a response to be entered on the website before the next stage is displayed. Answers to tasks and questions can be found by talking to local residents, using screens around the site, and scanning walls. As one mission is completed, another is suggested; we did two missions, each took about an hour, and both were very enjoyable.

The greatest feature Phantom Peak There’s no doubt about its deep story and the place’s excellent cast of characters. The promo promises a hundred adventures and games and twenty-five actors, which gives us an idea of ​​the size of the enterprise. It might seem annoying at first to have a stranger in a neat vest warmly tell us about their pet platypus, but overall there’s a lighthearted joy and a genuine connection with the townspeople.

While most immersive shows revolve around one-off productions and treat personal encounters as rare and precious moments, Phantom Peak Flip the script. There is no grand setting to speak of, each story mission is fueled by short and detailed conversations with shopkeepers, carnival people, politicians, and a large group of others, all with their own personalities, stories, and perspectives. How the town works.

Whether it’s as part of a mission objective or just chatting with them in general, they’re happy to give their opinion on the cult Jonas and his recent acquisitions, giving everyone a tiered ranking system, diamond mines and zeppelins still burning old urban area. On leaving, about four hours after we first set foot on the place, it felt a bit of a hassle to leave these people behind.

Seems like a good attempt at rebuilding the Wild West town, with some glaring omissions, especially the lack of cowboys, horses, guns, and ladies of negotiable virtue (deadwood this is not). This is understandable in a production – unlike almost every other immersive theatre performance out there – which is unabashedly designed to be an experience that families can enjoy, but which in turn creates an inconspicuous take on life on the frontier. Too accurate description. The actors seem to be having a good time, but their diverse way of speaking can be off-putting – some analyze the American accent, some attack it, and fortunately, some don’t bother at all.

While we don’t believe the show’s so-called “world’s first fully immersive open-world adventure” (Punchdrunk et al have something to say about it), Phantom Peak As it stands, it’s an exciting experience, and it’s definitely something to watch if it maintains its current high standards as it expands.

The pre-order deadline for Phantom Peak is October 16.

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