The Last Survivors: Outpost 16
We last visited The Last Survivors on its opening night and were very impressed by the amazing venue, realistic situations, use of real guns firing blanks and the terrifying zombies. Our only complaint was that the ending was something of an anticlimax but the team said this is something they would address. The show itself has changed several times since then and now (like the zombie virus that inspired it) has mutated into something even more terrifying. Fortunately, this time we are armed with Airsoft guns to allow us to fight back!
Once inside the compound the show effectively starts and all the characters works hard to portray the seriousness of the zombie infection and what we are about to encounter. We were slightly disappointed that the hospital/infection scenes from the previous version wasn't included but this did mean we spent more time actually underground in the massive nuclear bunker itself.
Led by a crack military team we were soon sent on missions to help us piece together what was happening to the people inside and how to escape by looking for clues amongst the genuine artefacts scattered around. We were surprised at just how much we were able to open drawers and search for things seeing as the Secret Nuclear Bunker (the actual one Margaret Thatcher would have gone to in the case of a real nuclear war) is an actual museum with real artefacts and papers from the cold war.
Being left alone at times to wander through this labyrinth of underground tunnels was an incredible experience and created a real sense of isolation and tension especially when we could hear other groups screaming in the distance - not knowing what was attacking them. Of course we soon found out!
All round the compound, we were repeatedly stalked by some big, powerful (and cunning) zombies hungry for our blood. Clearly these actors knew the best hiding places and they achieved some very effective scares that had us screaming in shock. Despite having guns, the attacks usually took us by surprise leaving us fumbling for the trigger to try and shoot the zombie down. It didn't help that different ones required a different number of shots and as ammo was so scarce, it was sometimes easier just to run in the opposite direction!
During the event we got split into much smaller groups and this made the experience more intimate. Fortunately we paired up 2 other guys wanting to take the game seriously and we worked together as a great team with each of us taking it in turns to guard the others while they were searching. The other group were far rowdier and had to be told off a number of times for not listening to the instructions. They probably missed some of the intricacies of the story for example the information about the different types of zombies and how to react to them, but they seemed happy to just run around and shoot every zombie they saw! At one point we were close to actually shooting them ourselves just to shut them up but of course we were preserving our limited ammo as they had blown all theirs on their first mission!
For the finale, we had to find a way to get out of the building and unlike before, the final scene was intense and terrifying with all the zombies attacking from all sides with no apparent escape. Fortunately our last few "bullets" were enough and we ran into the fresh air panting and sweating!
The new version of the show is far more satisfying than the original version we saw a year ago. It's certainly longer and plays out less like a preplanned show but something that the audience can control and impact along the way. This is created by the free flowing nature of the quest to find the clues and the ability to shoot or run away from the zombies. The venue is still one of the most impressive things and its hard to believe that this is even allowed in there at all (the team have to pick up all spent Airsoft pellets at the end of the night!).
The event runs most Sunday nights throughout the year. If you are looking for a fun, scary and interesting scare event then we would definitely recommend The Last Survivors: Outpost 16
For more details or to book The Last Survivors - check out their website - http://www.thelastsurvivors.co.uk/main/
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