Escape Reality Manchester

By | March 20, 2019

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Escape Reality have branches in 9 locations. They offer 31 games, 8 of which are available at Manchester.

Games in Manchester by Escape Reality Manchester

The Printworks, Withy Grove, M4 2BS

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Scotus0 experienced reviewed Auron by Escape Reality Manchester:

The Most Relaxed Escape, Ever...

Story

Lost in space and believed to be dead, the commander has left Mars without you. Get back to Earth safely by reactivating your shuttle.

Puzzles

Disappointingly easy. Sure, some took a bit longer to figure out than others, but we didn't use any hints. At one point, because of the relaxing music playing, I sat down to casually work some of them out. I have never felt so laid back in an escape room.

Mise-en-scène

A tiny pod with machinery along the walls and no props...a little too basic.

Final Comments

It would probably be more fun to do this room as a race against another team, since there is a replica of it next door. Otherwise, I can't say I'd recommend it.

Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced reviewed Alcatraz by Escape Reality Manchester:

Absconding from Alcatraz

This was my third prison-themed room, but I'm always willing to see how different companies present them.

Story

As convicted criminals, your fellow inmates have created a distraction, giving you one hour to escape before the warden comes back.

Puzzles

Somewhat traditional: a bit of counting, some arithmetic, a dash of practical. Teamwork was important, but only at the very start. As three decent players, we worked well together and didn't struggle on much.

Mise-en-scène

The cells were credible...I wasn't particularly wowed by anything beyond that point.

Final Comments

This room doesn't deserve more than a three-star rating. When compared to Lucardo's The Prison, it shows there are definitely some missed opportunities!

Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced reviewed Enigmista by Escape Reality Manchester:

Do You Want to Play (Another) Game?

With its half-price student deal, you can't keep me away from Escape Reality for very long.

Story

Escape a serial killer's lair by passing their series of tests. The ol' SAW storyline. Oddly, the picture on the website made me thought it's a pirate game, what with the skeleton and chains.

Puzzles

Intermediate difficulty. It did take us a bit of time to get going, but after that we were pretty much on our way. They used the sort of paraphernalia you'd expect to work with in this type of game. One or two appeared similar to puzzles I've tackled in their previous rooms.

Mise-en-scène

I liked the 'captured' situation we started off in. It had the feel of a dingy, grimy lair with sparse lighting and big, disconcerting props to interact with...definitely a place where a serial killer would store victims. Regretfully, though, there were plenty of cheap rubber limbs hanging about to remind me it's just a game.

Final Comments

A decent, slightly creepy challenge for two (not 'scary'). Take a couple more people for just as much fun.

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced reviewed Bank Job by Escape Reality Manchester:

More Bank Bustin’

This was another occasion where I introduced a newbie to the wonderful world of escape rooms. He’s since been hooked, and so this one must have done a good job of enthralling him!

Story

Steal a big shiny diamond from a bank.

Puzzles

There was lot of calculating and translating numbers into codes, as well as a couple more interactive puzzles. A fun mixture.

Mise-en-scène

There was a very lifelike and absorbing start and finish to this room, lending a sense of flow and progression to fit in with the story. From the big main features such as furniture and room layout, to the minor details like the smallest props, this room was on the money in terms of design.

Final Comments

Four-stars is a fair difficulty rating, but this room could be enjoyed as a pair or in a group of three to four. Another diamond to add to my collection.

Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced reviewed Asylum by Escape Reality Manchester:

Asylum Adventure

My Uni Fam had come to visit, and so it was time for another escape together.

Story

Having sneaked into a closed-down asylum and gotten lost while searching for any spirits floating about…get back out before they capture you. If you want to experience being the star of a horror film centred around stereotypically dumb teenage protagonists, I guess this is your chance.

Puzzles

None really stood out to me. They were your standard selection, and mostly observational.

Mise-en-scène

Only the final section lived up to the room’s title, providing the padded cell surroundings you’d expect to see throughout. Although the rest was still equally immersive, it was simply mild, non-specific horror.

Final Comments

I accidentally terrified one of my friends during the final puzzle, which really made us laugh. If you’re after a frightening challenge, there are scarier ones out there. That being said, it was a solid four-star room that we all enjoyed beating.

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced reviewed Tortuga Pirates by Escape Reality Manchester:

Incarrrrrrrrcerated

Land-ho! Another pirate-themed room! One of my favourites.

Story

As Captain of the Mariposa, your crew have formed a mutiny and locked you in the ship’s prison. Break out and search Tortuga Island for Derdrake’s treasure to break a curse that will turn you into a spectre in an hour’s time. I really like this creative plot, especially the mutiny.

Puzzles

A selection of fun, pirate-y and, overall, not very difficult puzzles, making the room more than suitable for beginners. A hint from the tablet literally gave us the answer to one we were struggling with, which I disliked.

Mise-en-scène

All the sights and sounds of the sea (and sand) from a pirate’s perspective. Tortuga Island was perhaps a bit bare, but I did get desert island vibes.

Final Comments

A victory was clinched with some time to spare.

Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced reviewed Legend of the Mummy by Escape Reality Manchester:

Egyptian Escape

Escape Reality is my favourite company in Manchester, not only because of the 50% student discount Mon-Thurs, but all of their rooms are well-developed.

Story

Steal precious treasure from the Ancient Pyramids, but get out of there before you're trapped forever.

Puzzles

Good fun, with the right links to Ancient Egyptian culture. One or two of them were clunky, though, and so we suffered a technical fault or two. I have to say, I'm not a big fan of scanning stickers using a tablet to get hints. In darker spots, they're impossible to pick up. Although it can be good to remain in control of your own hint-distribution and they don't usually give the answers away, a Game Operator would probably have a better idea on how much/little of a push in the right direction a team requires.

Mise-en-scène

Great. When entering, I felt like I was stepping into another world. It's an enchanting room with all the sand, mummies and sarcophagi you’d hope for in an Ancient Egyptian themed escape.

Final Comments

Take three or four people; as a team of two, we only just got out 😉 

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Arjay Henshall experienced reviewed Alcatraz by Escape Reality Manchester:

My favourite room they have here at escape reality. 

Love the start of the room and it really demonstrates teamwork. The first half of the room is truly a teamwork game and co operation. 

I know the prison feel can be overdone as its a common theme, however this was executed very well and made it feel like a true escape. 

A couple of the puzzles were a little ambiguous with very little signposting, however i would say that its certainly not the hardest room we have ever played by a long shot and i and that all the rooms at escape reality cater for beginner players rather than intermediate or advanced. 

if you are ever in manchester, please make sure you stop by and give this game a go. a team of 4 is optimal

Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Arjay Henshall experienced reviewed Bank Job by Escape Reality Manchester:

The theming of this room was absolutely brilliant, innovative ways to move on to the next rooms and a great exit to the room too. 

one puzzle had us stumped for a while and to be honest, it was one of them very tedious puzzles that you know is a puzzle but you just dont want to even try and work out what to do with it. 

The rest of the room was outstanding, however they had one of my biggest bug bares... a puzzle that is no longer working in the room but they have still left the signposting and the props in place. we knew instantly that something wasn't right because the door was already open but nonetheless, the puzzle elements should be removed. they did confirm at the end that the puzzle is broken and they are removing it at some point so dont let this throw you off 

Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Arjay Henshall experienced reviewed Asylum by Escape Reality Manchester:

As far as theming goes, the last half of the experience was themed very well with some very creepy elements, the first part however was a let down and if you didn't know the theme, it would be tough to decipher what it is. 

Escape reality mark this is a 4 star difficulty rating, however i would say that the puzzles are far and few between, without much challenge to them. 

As a team of 4, we found some of players sat around not doing anything because there wasn't anything they could be getting on with. reccomend paling this room as either a 2 or a 3 to get the  most out of it 

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5

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