Escape Reality Leeds: Alcatraz

By | March 20, 2019

by Escape Reality Leeds (website)

164 Armley Road, LS12 2TY


2-6 players

60 minutes

In 1934, Alcatraz transformed into a maximum high-security prison housing the most infamous and dangerous criminals. Situated in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay, no prisoner has ever successfully escaped. Alcatraz has just reached its maximum capacity for the first time in history – because of you.
You are all masters of escaping and no prison has managed to contain you. As highly skilled individuals you have been plotting your escape plan and now the time has arrived. A diversion has been caused by other inmates and the warden has sprinted off to help, leaving you in your cells unguarded. This is your prime opportunity to make your escape attempt. Can you escape before he returns and catches you?
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Overall rating

Rated between 25 and 35 out of 5

based on ratings from 11 users
combined with 4 pro reviews

Player reviews

reviewed in Glasgow
cipherdelic expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
reviewed in Edinburgh
cipherdelic expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
reviewed in Leicester
James Bloodworth expert says:

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.  

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
reviewed in Manchester
Scotus0 experienced says:

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.

Final Comments

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!

Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
reviewed in Glasgow
Aaron M says:

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!

Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
reviewed in Manchester
Arjay Henshall experienced says:

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

Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
reviewed in Glasgow
Juliette B expert says:

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. 

Rated between 15 and 15 out of 5
reviewed in Coventry
Anonymous says:

This is a tough game. We didn't get out, but it's a good type of tough.

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
reviewed in Glasgow
oiruc rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
reviewed in Birmingham
Tim Cooper experienced rated this:Rated between 15 and 15 out of 5
reviewed in Edinburgh
Mynameisntjeff says:

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!!

Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5

Reviews by escape room review sites

Alcatraz is a padlock-heavy, very linear game with a tendency towards fairly numeric puzzles. A good first impression was somewhat let down by some weaknesses of the game.
First of these was a puzzle where the clue for the answer was ambiguous, giving two possible answers only one of which would work. That's a design weakness, and was entirely avoidable here. It was compounded by the context, which involved a communication element that made the ambiguity harder to detect. (While discussing the ...
A round-up of a couple of trips through Glasgow. Mostly poor experiences with the one highlight being Escape the Past at Pollok House, a room that would stand up reasonably well even if it weren't in a heritage site.
A hard room for inexperienced teams who aren’t confident on their communication, and annoying for experienced teams who like good rooms

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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