Remember the Golden-age of kids' gameshows in the 1990s? Stuff like Funhouse, which you would probably have sacrificed your childhood pet to get a spot on? Well fast forward 20 years and... you can do it all without leaving the comfort of your own home. In Minecraft.
Built by over thirty dedicated builders known as The Noxcrew, the (aptly named) Noxcrew Gameshow has been constructed over a period of six months and all takes place inside one enormous factory location. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory style, two teams travel through tubes to reach over thirty mini games.
Contestants are pitted against one another in games such as A Bridge 3 Far where they must compete to build a bridge as fast as possible but need to shoot targets to get their blocks, or Pyramid where only one player is dropped into a map and the others must help from a control room. The Crystal Maze ain't got nothing on this. Except maybe a bald man with a harmonica.
Impressively, each game has its own logo, theme, design and soundtrack, all created and composed by members of the Noxcrew and there are two suitably over the top commentators to talk over the action. Four camera men 'shoot' each episode and there’s even a referee present.
Season 1 is already in production with the first episode available here. Once again proving the endless creativity in the Minecraft community, it’s worth it entirely just to watch the incredible Decision Dome in action where chickens plummet from the ceiling and land on a pie chart to choose the game to play. Just don’t wait around for the Butcher who is tasked with ‘cleaning’ the Decision Dome for the next round of contestants.