Escape Reality Manchester: Auron

By | July 29, 2019

by Escape Reality Manchester (website)

The Printworks, Withy Grove, M4 2BS


2-3 players

60 minutes

2 copies

It is 2035 and you are taking part in a space mission exploring Mars. An unexpected dust storm threatens the whole expedition. During the evacuation from the planet, you and some of your crew got lost and the mission commander believes you’re dead, so has made the hard decision to leave the planet without you…
This room can be played in parallel with an identical one, so two teams can compete against
each other. For this reason, every time players solve a puzzle and open a box, a light in the other room turns on. This gives feedback to each team of the level their competitors have reached in the puzzle solving process. The missions can all be solved at the same time.
Challenge your friends and race against time to see who escapes first in this unique “Challenge Escape Room”, by booking both Auron (Portal 1) and Auron (Portal 2) at the same time. Or book one room, for a chance to challenge strangers!
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Overall rating

Rated between 20 and 45 out of 5

based on ratings from 4 users
combined with 2 pro reviews

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Player reviews

Pagan Hollis experienced rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 24 Sep 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 60:00 Outcome: Failed 🙁
great hostingunoriginal
Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Played: 19/09/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: ~40:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

The Most Relaxed Escape, Ever...


Lost in space and believed to be dead, the commander has left Mars without you. Get back to Earth safely by reactivating your shuttle.


Disappointingly easy. Sure, some took a bit longer to figure out than others, but we didn't use any hints. At one point, because of the relaxing music playing, I sat down to casually work some of them out. I have never felt so laid back in an escape room.


A tiny pod with machinery along the walls and no props...a little too basic.

Final Comments

It would probably be more fun to do this room as a race against another team, since there is a replica of it next door. Otherwise, I can't say I'd recommend it.

Arjay Henshall expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 21/09/2019 Team size: 2 Time taken: 29 Outcome: Successful escape!

This game could easily have got one of two ratings. I would have either rated this a 2 or a 4... now let me explain.

Auron is their new room that comes in either Portal 1 or Portal 2 and is a challenge based game whereby you are competing against the players in the other room. I rated this game 4 stars due to the competition element, however if you are only playing one room and don't have enough players to occupy 2 rooms, then i would only rate it as a 2 star room. The competition element is what really gets the heart racing. Each time you solve a puzzle, a light comes on in the opponents room to let them know how far you are, something we found ourselves getting really into. 

As for the puzzles, i would say this is the PERFECT room for new players and beginners as it gives you several non-linear puzzles which are all common escape room tropes, educating new players into the types of puzzles they are likely to encounter. 

A very well themed room with lots of puzzles and a great sense of competition. 

Reviews by escape room review sites

A fun game but with only 8 tasks it is distinctly lacking in any real challenge. The vs factor could make it more interesting. 

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