The Printworks, Withy Grove, M4 2BS
based on ratings from 9 users
combined with 4 pro reviews
Absconding from Alcatraz
This was my third prison-themed room, but I'm always willing to see how different companies present them.
As convicted criminals, your fellow inmates have created a distraction, giving you one hour to escape before the warden comes back.
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.
The cells were credible...I wasn't particularly wowed by anything beyond that point.
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!
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
Well themed with some fiendishly difficult puzzles coupled with some really easy ones, the prison environment looks good and this is a split start game.
This was my first ever escape room and it was amazing - being separated at the start immediately makes you work as a team. There were some easy parts and some much more difficult parts. We made the rookie mistake of letting a door behind us lock, other than that we didn't need any help from GMs. Would 100% recommend!
Overused theme with cheap props and unusable tablet hint system. No GM interaction apart from actually having to come into the room to do something. Easy puzzles bar one incredibly frustrating supposedly obvious action. Do not recommend.
This is a tough game. We didn't get out, but it's a good type of tough.
Got to the last puzzle in 35 mins.... last puzzle spoilt it. Even with the guy in the room explaining to us how to do it we were still a bit like ‘that makes no sense’ apart from that cannot fault the team or the place whatsoever. Brilliant!!
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Time penalties were given for each clue given which is the only downside for Escape Reality, however, we escaped within the 60 minutes we were given, so I'm taking it as a win.
A good looking room, with good puzzles, this was the last of 4 for us, I thoroughly enjoyed it, we could have, and probably should have made it easier for ourselves, but despite that we got through. The iPad with time penalties for clues is probably the only downside for me.
Alcatraz is a well-produced room with good puzzle diversity. The overall experience is ultimately let down by the sub-par hint system, but the room itself is good quality. I’d recommend this room for larger teams that have a few escape room victories under their belt – you’ll need every brain in the room!
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