From climbing up rope ladders to swinging Tarzan-style into a rope net, I finally got to live my childhood dream of being on the 90s TV programme Gladiators again, thanks to Go Ape. No, there wasn’t a Travelator, John Anderson shouting “Contenders ready!” or skimpy lycra costumes (in view anyway) but it was the same kind of same thrill as we followed a course from the tree-tops in Trent Park, North London.
I say we, as I was at Go Ape courtesy of a bloggers event to promote an online slot game called Kong. It was great to catch up with fellow blogger Mollie and meet a few new faces. And also try something that wasn’t all about fitness or fashion.
As someone who only has played the lottery when bought a scratchcard for Christmas by her future brother-in-law (and I won £10), I was intrigued to find out about these online slot games. Would a day swinging in the trees, clambering along logs and flying down zip-wires (all in a safety harness) convince me to jump on the bandwagon and get in with the action of Kong: The 8th Wonder Of The World?
Unfortunately not, this jungle cat’s spots are not going to change any time soon. What it did though was show the rather cynical me another side to online gambling. Just as I enjoy running in the mud and sign up for loads of races, some people enjoy the thrill of the slot machines so who am I to judge? After all, look as Las Vegas, the home of gaming and entertainment. While I’m not drawn to the bright lights of this city in the Nevada desert, it doesn’t mean that I’d say no if the opportunity arose where I could try my luck at the Blackjack table in Caesers Palace. The same goes for Kong: The 8th Wonder Of The World. When offered the opportunity to have a go and try my luck, I actually enjoyed seeing if I could win any bonus re-spins and watching my points add up. We used a demo mode but you can actually hit the jackpot and play for cash on the online version with a £500 limit.
I have to say that despite enjoying the game, I actually prefer entertainment outdoors such as the forest of Go Ape or a good film, spot of theatre. But I’m a firm believer in trying something once to find out if you like it or you’re never able to form a considered opinion. And when it comes to Go Ape, I know I’ll be dragging the fiancé to try it again sometime soon.
Photo (c) Mollie Millington