Lucardo Manchester: The Prison

By | March 20, 2019

by Lucardo Manchester (website)

Virginia House, 5-7 Great Ancoats Street, M4 5AD

Manchester

2-6 players

60 minutes

Wheelchair suitable - contact the venue for details
You and your team of criminals are due to be checked into the Category A prison facility in Manchester after committing a series of crimes. As hardened criminals you have connections on the inside - they are staging a riot allowing you the opportunity to try and escape. Time will be limited. You will need to use deception, bribery and skill to attempt this escape. Get caught and you will never get to see the outside world again.
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Rated between 40 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 15 users
combined with 6 pro reviews

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MerseyMarauders rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 3 Jul 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Has so much funn in this room. Not your traditional room, but would recommend if you like a twist. 

🔐James Bloodworth expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Played: 17 Apr 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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A prison escape is a well worn Escape Room trope and is probably familiar if you are reading this.  This is one of the better versions with solid scenery and elements of theatricality that elevate it from the typical style of room.  Progress is relatively linear in nature but you must read and remember the rules otherwise you could have a very different experience!  You start off in your cell and must move from there to other prison locations in order to facilitate your escape whilst a riot is ongoing.  Our GM was Rick who was fantastic throughout and clued us at exactly the right moments with just enough to push us in the right direction.
abooth expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 17 Apr 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 45 Outcome: Successful escape!

I liked this game a lot. It's puzzle-lite but that's because it's much more physical/story driven than a lot of games.

Joe Brown expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 3 Apr 2022 Team size: 4
Different take on the escape room format, some great theatrical moments but a few frustrating puzzles
Exotic Turtle experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 18 Sep 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 18 Sep 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 42 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Simon (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 21 Apr 2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 31:46 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 07/04/19
Ronnie Meade experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 5 Dec 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 48:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalimmersive

A great experience which immerses you in to a slightly different and more realistic prison break based more on practical tasks rather than solving puzzles for a code to padlocks. The GMs add to this experience and stay in character when checking in on their convicts and cell. A cleverly executed game with a fun end. 

Lise Mortier expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Played: 2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Prison is one of the timeless escape room themes. It's been done so many times in many different styles that it's very difficult to build a prison game that feels original, doubly so because there's a very limited range of items you can plausibly put in a prison cell, and an obvious set of tropes to draw upon for puzzles. Nonetheless, Lucardo's take on the genre manages to take classic jailbreak ideas and turn them into a satisfyingly physical sequence of puzzles with something of an action-movi...
Lucardo continues to improve, and The Prison probably ranks as the best of the Manchester experiences. I may have had more fun in their University of Magic game because of its theme but, objectively, I think this is a more impressive experience: the puzzles fit the theme, there’s a better-than-average overarching story, and the moments of theatre deliver a coherent game that’s well worth playing.
A prison break is nothing new theme-wise, but this game was immersive and realistic and on a completely different level to not only to other similarly themed games, but also everything else on offer at Lucardo.
A very unique and immersive experience that throws away some traditional escape room rules. A really excellent game.

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