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Nemesis Inferno, Thorpe Park - Review

Nemesis Inferno - Review

Thorpe Park

Ride Facts and Info

B&M; Inverted Coaster themed around a volcano. Theming includes exploding water geysers, tropical trees, and lava flow. The station and part of the run up to the lift are housed inside a small part of the volcano, and are complete with mist effects to represent smoke. Inside the station, part of the queue is like a wooden walkway with flickering lights that give the impression you are in a cave inside the volcano. The ride has 2 trains, each with 7 cars containing 1 row of 4 seats.

Ride Layout

A ride on Nemesis Inferno begins with eerie red lights and music as the train leaves the station. The train takes a small right-hand banked drop out and enters a tunnel filled with dense mist and red lights. The train gently sways side to side along the track before leaving the tunnel and making a left-hand turn on to the lift hill. Underneath parts of the track are colored wood chips designed to look like lava flow. Due to the momentum gained, the train climbs the bottom of the lift quite fast, particularly in the front; in fact, the whole lift seems quite fast.

Once at the top of the lift, the train begins its descent down an (approximately) 90-foot left-hand banked drop leading to a Vertical Loop. The Vertical Loop is situated above water and as the train descends the drop, a jet of water explodes on to the track sometimes before the loop, sometimes after; this leaves water dripping from the track, which sometimes wets riders in the front.

After the loop, the train rises up into an anti-clockwise Zero G-roll, before plunging down to the ground and taking a moderately intense right-hand turnaround above more fake lava. The train then rises up into the first Corkscrew, before making a turnaround into the second Corkscrew, which interlocks with the first. Interlocking Corkscrews are seen often on B&M; Floorless coasters, but this is the first time they have been implemented on an Inverted coaster.

The train then enters what could be described as a figure-eight layout consisting of two helices. The first is a right-hand upward helix, which is very tight and just edges over the midway. The train then drops down into the second helix, which is a left-hand upward helix, and is far more intense than the first. This leads onto the block brakes, which leads into a right-hand turn before returning to the station.

Ride Evaluation

It is great to see a park actually theme a coaster, but I can't help feeling a little disappointed by Tussaud's attempt here, the Volcano theme at Paramount's Kings Dominion is more realistic! I was expecting flames inside the tunnel (like on Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach), falling rocks (like on Big Thunder Mountain) and volcanic rumbling. Instead, there was an overdose of mist, and very cheap lava made out of wood chips strategically placed throughout the ride.

The theming is in no way bad, but just a little disappointing to what I expected, and why they didn't just call the ride Inferno I don't know! The tunnel would have been better if it began from the station, thus the ride would begin in total darkness. The mist would be better as smoke as it wouldn't get you wet on cold days, and the lava would have been better as plastic with lights underneath rather than wood chippings. The water effects are great and very unique and add an extra element of excitement, and the general landscaping is pretty cool as well.

The ride is very short, but I don't have a problem with that since it delivers all of what longer rides deliver without any dead spots. My favorite part of the ride is the Interlocking Corkscrews, not only do they look great as they are directly above the midway, but they are also very fast and quite intense. To add to it, they are partly above water, and there's nothing like diving close to the ground with water below your dangling feet.

Thorpe Park are on to a real winner with Inferno, it's nicely themed and landscaped, well paced, and scary enough to intimidate the general public. However, from an enthusiast's point of view, both the theming and intensity fall far short of the original Nemesis. I thought after a year or so of bedding in the ride could become more intense, but three years after its debut it seems to be running the same.

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  • Nemesis Inferno - Stats / Pictures
  • Thorpe Park - Park Info
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  • Thorpe Park - Review

    Ride Experience:  8/10
    Theming:  8/10
    Landscaping:  9/10
    Queuing Area:  8/10
    Station:  8/10



    Times Ridden:  14
    Best Seat:  1:1
    Best Part of the Ride:  Corkscrews
    Popularity:  100%
    Satisfaction:  90%
    On-ride Photo:  Yes

    Riding Sensations
    Airtime:  Low
    Lateral G's:  Low-Medium
    Positive G's:  Medium
    Out of Control:  Low-Medium
    Intensity:  Medium
    Discomfort:  Low

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