Escape Reality Manchester: Tortuga Pirates

By | March 20, 2019

by Escape Reality Manchester (website)

The Printworks, Withy Grove, M4 2BS


2-6 players

60 minutes

Port Royal, 1718. Piracy in the Caribbean is spreading more than ever. You are the Captain of the famous Mariposa ship. Your crew has formed a mutiny and locked you and some of your friends in the prison of your ship. But you can’t stay there, you need to complete the mission you were undertaking: to find Derdrake’s treasure buried somewhere in Tortuga Island. You need the treasure to get rid of a terrible curse that will transform you into a spectre. You need to hurry, the prophecy will come true with the First Moon.
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Overall rating

Rated between 25 and 35 out of 5

based on ratings from 11 users
combined with 3 pro reviews

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Player reviews

Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 08/09/19
Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 10/12/2018 Team size: 2 Time taken: ~50:00 Outcome: Successful escape!


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


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.


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.


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.

Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 21/09/2019 Team size: 4 Time taken: 33 Outcome: Successful escape!

A very well themed room split into several sections. the first part of the game was great with some really strong puzzles that weren't too challenging. That being said, the last part of Tortuga Pirates was a massive let down. we actually escaped still with padlocks locked. and when we asked the GM to explain, they responded that its fine, its not really needed. no explanation. 

This would be a great game for anyone that's never done an escape room before or have done maybe just 1 or 2 but its definitely not one for seasoned players. 

worth sticking your head in the door to see the scenery and theming but that is as far as i would recommend. 

Jemileh experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Molly Minerva experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 21 Dec 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 28 mins Outcome: Successful escape!
great hosting

Lovely people here at Escape Reality! Our hosts remembered us from the previous game and were really enthusiastic about our escape time.

The game itself starts really strongly - we really enjoyed the first section. The puzzles are all logical and make a lot of sense and there is a good mix of searching and solving. We enjoyed one of the final puzzles particularly.  A fun room with a strong theme!

Sam Smart rated this:
Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed 🙁
value for moneycleverstory-driven

We earned  ourselves a bit of reputation over this game. 

We failed To do the first puzzle but somehow managed to make it over a third of the way through with very little movement.  We had got the host worried they had forgotten something and were just about to call and ask for assistance when we discovered our mistake.  The games hosts could not believe how far we had made it. Lol.

nanocatsammy experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlyvery easy
🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 2020-02-08 00:00:00 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Pirate themed room, I had a great time in this room!  Theming is on point with some suitable piratical puzzles and some great room reveals to carry it forward.
Mynameisntjeff rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: Team size: 2 Time taken: 40 Outcome: Successful escape!
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The good pirate ship theming and well flowing puzzles made this a really fun room. It may be a little too easy for some escape room enthusiasts, but I can see escape room beginners and families loving this room.

Our favourite game at the venue but alas let down by poor customer service.

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