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Inside London’s Tomb Raider Live attraction, where visitors help Lara Croft defeat a ‘secret order’

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The brand new multimillion-pound Tomb Raider: The Live Experience has opened in London, inviting ‘adventure-seekers’ to help the legendary Lara Croft on a mission to save lots of the world.

I actually have been given the prospect to try it out, but unlike Ms Croft, I just don’t have any Uzis to see me through – only a pair of trainers.

The experience, which spans 30,000 sq ft (2,787 sq m) in Camden’s Stables Market, leads us from Croft Manor – the stately Surrey home of the Croft family – to an ‘ancient tomb’ within the jungles of Costa Rica, solving puzzles to defeat a ‘secret order’ along the best way with the assistance of live actors from the Tomb Raider franchise.

The brand new multimillion-pound Tomb Raider: The Live Experience has opened in London

I’m in a team of seven – we’re Lara Croft’s archaeology students, we’re told. One person is made team captain and handed a backpack for selecting up handy tools along the method to help us.

Each stage of the experience is against the clock, heightening the strain, and the sets are very impressive, but it surely takes some time to get into the flow of the acting, which initially feels a bit of cheesy.

A tunnel of LED lights leads us from Croft Manor to a fake snow-covered ‘Finland’, where we hear the voice of Lara Croft, courtesy of Alicia Vikander, who played Lara Croft in 2018’s Tomb Raider. She instructs us on our mission via a tinny speaker. An actor, playing one other of Lara’s students, weighs in and shares the small print of our challenge – we want to gather as many ‘relics’ (glowing balls) as possible in a bid to defeat Lara’s nemesis Aidan, who rules the aforementioned secret order.

Next, we’re led to the back of a truck, where one other actor hands us a bow and arrow and instructs us to shoot down the gunmen which are tailing us, as illustrated by the animated projection on the wall. I’m spectacularly bad at it – reasonably than soaring through the air, the arrow flops from the bow and lands a few metre in front of me – but others manage a bullseye and hit the bad guys.

The Tomb Raider experience spans 30,000 sq ft (2,787 sq m) in Camden's Stables Market and sees visitors complete a series of challenges and puzzles to defeat a 'secret order'

The Tomb Raider experience spans 30,000 sq ft (2,787 sq m) in Camden’s Stables Market and sees visitors complete a series of challenges and puzzles to defeat a ‘secret order’

With the clock ticking, we’re ushered right into a ‘sinking’ cargo ship then emerge in Costa Rica, where we’re instructed to zipline through the ‘jungle’, swinging from a T-bar before landing with a plop on a soft cushion under the zipline track.

An obstacle course through the jungle comes next before we clamber through a pitch-black tunnel on our hands and knees. Overall, that is the part that unnerves the team essentially the most, due to the whole darkness of the confined space. Handily, a tiny red glow stick that we acquired earlier within the experience helps to guide our way.

Finally, we reach the climax of the experience, entering the ‘Tomb of Sibu’ where we meet villain Aidan, who has a spectacularly evil laugh. We plonk the relics that we have found on top of 4 pedestals and successfully defeat Aidan, before hotfooting out of the room as he yells after us.

My favourite part comes on the very end after we’re guided right into a mock-up of a personal jet with white leather seats, aeroplane windows and dimmed lighting. It’s especially cool should you’ve never been in a personal jet before (like me). Here, Vikander’s voice returns over again, congratulating us on completing the mission, as a map on the jet’s TV screen shows us that we’re flying back to Britain.

MailOnline's Ailbhe MacMahon (not pictured) says that 'each stage of the experience is against the clock, heightening the tension'

MailOnline’s Ailbhe MacMahon (not pictured) says that ‘each stage of the experience is against the clock, heightening the strain’ 

It has been a cracking hour and a half. The experience really ramps up if you’re tasked with physical activities, and it’s a large rush of adrenalin if you find the relics. To take advantage of it, it is best to embrace the theatre of the acting and check out and get into the mindset of the character you are playing.

Nonetheless, as we only find nine of the general 16 relics waiting to be discovered, I doubt Lara would recruit me for her next mission.

The world first met Lara Croft in 1996, when the unique Tomb Raider video game hit the shelves. It was followed by the discharge of 12 more games, in addition to several spinoffs and expansions. One other game is currently within the works, and as of this yr, over 88million Tomb Raider games have been sold worldwide.

The franchise hit the silver screen in 2001, with Angelina Jolie taking the lead role in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. She reprised the role two years later in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. A sequel to Vikander’s 2018 revival, Tomb Raider 2, is currently within the works.

Angelina Jolie stars as Lara Croft in the 2001 action film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Angelina Jolie stars as Lara Croft within the 2001 motion film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 

London’s recent Tomb Raider experience, created by Little Lion Entertainment and in partnership with Paramount Pictures, Crystal Dynamics, and Square Enix, is one other good recent chapter on this ever-expanding franchise.

And while anyone can participate within the experience, it’s sure to be a very big thrill for hardcore Tomb Raider fans – Uzi or no Uzi.

Teams of as much as eight people can participate within the experience, which opened today. Tickets to Tomb Raider: The Live Experience start at £66 per person. For more information, visit www.tombraiderlive.co.uk.

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