We took on Preston’s new Ninja Adventure VR attraction – here’s what happened

Posted on - 29th March, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Observations, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Recreation, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Trying out the VR jetpack and motorcycle racing.
Trying out the virtual reality jetpack and motorcycle racing

If you’ve ever wondered how you’d fare in a zombie apocalypse, wonder no more.

The Multiverse at the newly-opened Ninja Adventure Preston is a virtual reality arcade where shooting zombies is one of a number of other-worldly experiences on offer.

As well as the VR arcade, the £0.5m attraction offers fun fitness challenges for adults and children with a high ropes section and the UK’s largest Ninja course.

I was among hundreds of people who visited over the opening weekend (24/25 March).

Read more: Ninja Adventure Park opening in Preston

I decided to avoid the Ninja course due to a complete lack of upper body strength or desire to try to run up a vertical wall. Instead I headed for the Multiverse.

The Multiverse contains three zones, one of which offers the country’s first free-roaming VR experience.

I was a little apprehensive about trying VR, but technician Daniel was on hand to reassure and guide me through the experience.

We had a false start when the first machine crashed, but it didn’t stop me going on to slice fruit like a Ninja, ride a rollercoaster, fight bad guys while wearing a jetpack, and take part in a motorcycle race. Oh and of course shoot those pesky zombies.

Despite a couple of glitches, the games mostly felt very real. The rollercoaster ride was so immersive that I couldn’t help but scream. I even felt a little queasy by the time it finished.

Samir Patel, the director of Ninja Adventure, said: “After months of hard work, it’s fantastic to be open and seeing people enjoying the activities.

“Our courses are aimed at people who have watched the Ninja Warrior TV show and thought ‘I could do better than that!’

“We have a cafe serving hot and cold refreshments, plus two party rooms that will be great for children’s parties and corporate events.”

Mayor of Preston Cllr Rollo opens Ninja Adventure in Preston. Photo: Richard Clein, Boxed Off
Mayor of Preston Cllr Rollo opens Ninja Adventure in Preston. Photo: Richard Clein, Boxed Off

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Brian Rollo, cut the ribbon to officially open Ninja Adventure. He said: “This is a wonderful addition to Preston, increasing the options for people of all ages who want to get active and have fun with friends. I wish the centre every success.”

Located off Mercer Street near Preston city centre, Ninja Adventure is open 10am to 8pm, seven days a week. For more information, visit the Ninja Adventure website or Facebook. To book a session in the VR arcade, go to the Multiverse website.

Have you been to Ninja Adventure? Let us know in the comments below

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