Before going to AT i didn't really know much about Sub-Terra except that it was a tower drop ride, alarm bells rang immediately as this is the same thing as 13, surely it would be bigger right?
Walking into Forbidden Valley from Gloomy Wood I was a bit shocked to see ST stuck there with little theming, just a tank in front of it which looked out of place and not really integrated into the scenery. I'v'e always said that Alton Towers is one of the best places in the world for its theming/scenery however this lets it down. The military style personnel outside the ride was a nice touch, however the queuing area could do with work. One of my main concerns is that AT will slowly decrease the number of actors on the ride as the hype dies down. However most of them did simply resort to barking orders at you to be quiet etc etc. I believe a better approach would be to shout about health and safety, viewing the egg. This is because, as is explained inside, "one of the eggs has been made viewable to the public" ie us, so why would Phalanx (the military style company) allow employees to shout at paying customers? They have to stick with the scenario. I was also disappointed by the look of the nemesis on the video, a giant crab? Really guys???? A positive of the video is that it does explain the nemesis story quite well for those that don't already know it but a little more detail wouldn't go amiss as Nemesis is probably the main attraction in the park.
After the short video you are ushered into an "elevator" to go down to the viewing chamber, however it's very disappointing that they simulated this simply by moving some LED lights down the side of the lift, a little vibration or doors that actually look like an elevator would improve this. Coming out of the lift you are in a dark corridor with little theming or direction of where to go, many people were asking, "what do we do now?", perhaps someone showing us direction and drips from the ceiling would help? Going into the chamber there isn't much happening, i think another good thing to do at this point would be to have one of the actors standing in front of the egg to make sure no one touches it, it is supposed to be dangerous after all. As the video starts and the egg inevitably begins to destabilize you do begin to get anxious however the special effects on the egg are pretty pathetic as you don't actually see it hatch, the lights go off and once they come back on its cracked. The drop does shock you however it is very short, since 13 was small i assumed this may be a step up as AT hasn't had a big new ride in a long time. The bursts of air on your leg (although they do hurt a little), the poke in the back and sounds of the creature moving around are quite scary, a thumbs up for that, I imagine it would be very scary for younger riders as there is no lighting at this point. As the chamber moves back up it does vibrate a little giving the feeling that the creature is trying to pull you back down, some tentacles/claws would have really improved it. Strobe lights and a time limit to evacuate really build tension and the actors add to the urgency. As you enter another lift, this time your experience is more frightening and enjoyable as it simulates the creature trrying to break in, however this is very similar to the Charlie ride, not the comparisons AT were looking for. The maze exit works well as it allows the actors to really shock you, especially those with the blood on their faces.
As a whole this isn't a bad ride, however it is more of an experience than a ride. If AT wanted to take this approach they should have extended it as you are essentially queuing for a minute long ride and a 30 second maze. As a huge fan of Nemesis I'll admit I was expecting more as this is a legendary coaster that deserves the best.
My boyfriend, who had never been to a theme park, thoroughly enjoyed this ride for it's immersive atmosphere and the fact that it wasn't a rollercoaster haha, the same can be said for my younger sister. So, perhaps this is the ideal ride for those who are looking for something that is scary but doesn't actually move. For the rollercoaster lovers, like me, it may not be the ideal ride as you are left wanting more of a RIDE, however if you sit back and enjoy the experience Nemesis: Sub - Terra can ,on the whole, be a scary and exciting time.