Houdini’s Escape Room Experience Gloucester: Escape From Alcatraz

By | September 26, 2021

by Houdini's Escape Room Experience Gloucester (website)

Tenpin, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3HR

Gloucester

4-7 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

The year is 1952, you have been convicted of multiple murders that you claim you're innocent of. With only an hour to go before your execution, surely it's too late for your brother to finally prove your innocence and save your life?

​Can you escape your prison cell in the infamous Alcatraz before the guards come to take you to the electric chair?

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Overall rating

Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5

based on ratings from 22 users
combined with 5 pro reviews

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Player reviews

Joe Brown expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 3 Jan 2022 Team size: 4
pretty standard room and puzzles, just a little worn for a fairly newly built room. No frustrations apart from the game master offering up solutions a bit too quickly!
Scotus0 experienced rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 22 Jan 2022 Team size: 6 Time taken: 53:42
overpricedplainunoriginalquite difficult

The Prices Are Criminal

I came with friends as a group of 6 to Escape from Alcatraz. The instructional video at the start of the game went on far too long and basically repeated everything our host told us. Speech in the next video introducing the story was too quiet to hear.

Story

Escape your cell in Alcatraz before you’re taken to the electric chair.

Puzzles

Some of the puzzles and their solutions were far too tenuously linked: there was one in particular where I was just like…well how on earth would you know how to do [that] with [that]. None of them were particularly innovative, either. Our host, Claudia, was lively, invested in our experience and offered hints in the best way. Whenever we asked for one, questions like “Do you want to know what to do with X” or “Would you like a riddle?” were posed to us, so our team could choose how much or little assistance to receive.

Mise-en-scene

Sure, Escape from Alcatraz is a solid (but generic-themed) break-out-of-jail escape room, but £25 per person- a price that doesn’t change whether your group is a 2 or a 6- is unjustifiable. Take a good luck at the discount page before paying, as there’s lots. We got money off with Blue Light Card, but it was still £21.25 per person.

Final Comments

I may be giving a harsh critique here, but my point is that, for a room priced at £150 per play, jaws should drop, and minds should be blown. While this didn’t happen, we still had a fun time.

Tim Cooper expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Team size: 4 Time taken: 44:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivegreat hostingplain
Richard Sinden rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Peewee Stevens ッ rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
😺Lianne experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 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.

imrahil experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
PurpleB experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: Jul 2019 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
Lots of puzzle variety and a great game master made this a very enjoyable game.
🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Outcome: Successful escape!

A fun room, but we had a couple of inventory issues (after repeated crashing it opened into an area we hadn't got to yet), and a GM who was so into his character, and his well rehearsed quips, that instructions had to be repeated several times to before he heard.

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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.
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.
The theming of this room is absolutely excellent with twists and turns which we have not experienced in other rooms.

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