Houdini’s Escape Room Experience: Escape From Alcatraz

By | May 28, 2019

by Houdini's Escape Room Experience Southampton (website)

Tenpin, Auckland Rd, SO15 0SD

Southampton

2-7 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

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You have been convicted of multiple murders that you didn't commit and have 1 hour to escape your cell in Alcatraz before you are executed.
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Rated between 35 and 40 out of 5

based on ratings from 12 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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Kelly Archer experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!

A fun room, though it has a few hidden items that we missed on searching - it seemed like these were deliberately sneaky. The puzzles were solid and pretty clear, though I think we needed a few hints.

The GM was really full on which split our team - you'll either love her or loathe her. 

PurpleB experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: Jul 2019 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
Lots of puzzle variety and a great game master made this a very enjoyable game.
imrahil experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
ratsontour expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 14 Nov 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivequite difficult😨creepy
Nichola Morrison experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersiveintensebroken tech

Good room, good set, needed a couple of clues and one particular puzzle was worn out so we could see which "buttons/keys" needed to be pressed. Host said no one has ever noticed that so perhaps we are just eagle eyed.  We also skipped a whole puzzle without realising and still completed the room. 

Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 15 Aug 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 45 Outcome: Successful escape!
illogicalplainunoriginal
Tim Cooper expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 44:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hostingplain
Lianne experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 1/7/2018 Team size: 5 Time taken: 58 Outcome: Successful escape!

The room was well built and had some clever puzzles in that fitted the theme. There were a couple of extremely sneaky ones that I can't imagine how we were meant to have just come across them. 

Our gamesmaster was a fantastic actor and set the mood well at the start. However during the game his hints and help, when asked for, were really awful - so unhelpful that it felt like he was trying to frustrate us rather than help us. Really wished that rather than speaking in nonsensical riddles, he instead gave us simple and clear hints.

The main issue we had with the game was it was during a 30C heatwave and there's no real air circulation or ventilation in these basement rooms. It was so unbearably hot and sweaty that we struggled to stay focussed on the game - and at one point I gave up and just sat in front of one of the desk fans to cool off for a few minutes.

Despite these issues, we enjoyed the room much like the other excellent rooms at Houdinis for its ingenuity and theme.

Peewee Stevens ッ rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
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Prison break rooms are probably one of the most common themed rooms out there, but this is one of the better ones. Quite a search heavy room at times, but the puzzles were fair and the signposting was decent.
When reviewing games I rarely say much about the venue outside the game itself. A polished intro or an enthusiastic welcome from the host can get the experience off to a good start, but for me at least is rarely a large factor in how I feel about a game afterwards. Houdini Escapes put so much effort into their hosting that it would be a crime not to mention it. Not only is their reception very nicely decorated with a first-rate selection of free drinks on offer, the briefing then takes place in ...
An well rounded experience from the moment you enter the shop to the moment you walk out the door. A tough start for novices but good plenty of good puzzles. Let down a bit by a couple of awkward moments in the game.
The theming of this room is absolutely excellent with twists and turns which we have not experienced in other rooms.

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