Houdini’s Escape Room Experience: Escape From Alcatraz

By | March 20, 2019

by Houdini's Escape Room Experience Southampton (website)

19 Onslow Rd, SO14 0JD


2-7 players

60 minutes

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 3.5 and 4 out of 5

based on ratings from 52 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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Stevie Davies expert rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 51 mins 30 secs Outcome: Successful escape!
Billa Babybel experienced rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Played: 6 Apr 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 59.00 Outcome: Successful escape!
intensepoor hostingquite difficult

Good fun room, but cant help but think we were delayed on some of the puzzles by the GM laying it on a bit thick regarding your "cellmate" in the briefing. Maybe we took this bit a little too literally... lesson learnt! Phone torches were needed as the mini ones provided are crap.

TeamHawley experienced rated this:Rated between 3 and 3 out of 5
Outcome: Successful escape!
quite difficult
Ronnie Meade experienced rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

I actually thought this was better than Titanic. The puzzles are clever and flow with the rooms and transitions. A more difficult game than Titanic which makes it more satisfying to complete. 

ratsontour expert rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 out of 5
Played: 14 Nov 2021 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivequite difficult😨creepy
Nichola Morrison experienced rated this:Rated between 3.5 and 3.5 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. 

Tim Cooper expert rated this:Rated between 3 and 3 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 44:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hostingplain
😺Lianne experienced rated this:Rated between 4 and 4 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 4.5 and 4.5 out of 5
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 5 and 5 out of 5
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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.
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.

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