Houdini’s Escape Room Experience York: Room 13

By | November 26, 2022

by Houdini's Escape Room Experience York (website)

clifton moor centre, York YO30 4XZ

York

2-10 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

As you drive through the night your car suddenly breaks down. With no other options, you and your friends decide to stay at a nearby hotel. The hotel is big and clean, there's just one thing. It has only one room available... that burned down 100 years ago!

Will the spirits within be friendly or are they looking for a few more permanent residents?

Escape before room 13 has you!

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Overall rating

Rated 3.5 out of 5

based on ratings from 6 users

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samsham experienced rated this:Rated between 35 and 35 out of 5
Team size: 2 Time taken: 59:40 Outcome: Successful escape!
immersivestory-driven
Tatticorn rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed ๐Ÿ™
immersivestory-driven๐Ÿ˜จcreepy
Very thematic room, however, bad lighting, should be provided a torch as it's essential for some of the dark corners you need to look in. Multiple locks of the same type mean you have to try each code in multiple places to find the correct one.
Great host, however lack of countdown clock in the room or method of sharing clues remotely is somewhat immersion breaking. 
TheCLAMS expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 20 Aug 2023 Team size: 4 Time taken: ~39mins Outcome: Successful escape!
nice decorbroken tech๐Ÿ˜จcreepy

This was the best of the 3 rooms at Swindon Houdini's and in my opinion is the only one worth doing. I really loved the decor - it does feel like you're in a hotel and it's a multi room experience which is always a winner. There was (as with all games we have played here) some broken tech so the GM game in as we tried to open the directional padlock just in case it didn't work. 

As I've described in my other reviews at Houdini's, the clue system for the games games (at least in the Swindon branch) is the GM just appearing in the room to give you hints. It's very disconcerting and completely ruins the immersion. We only had 1 hint for this room  so only saw the GM twice during the room but if I'm honest, one time is too many!

I still wouldn't really recommend doing this room - although I enjoyed it, Houndini's seems to have a lot of broken tech which takes them a long time to fix so it may not be very good on another day of the week.

StaceyF expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 6 Dec 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
funny๐Ÿ˜จcreepy
๐Ÿค˜The Pick of Destiny expert rated this:Rated between 25 and 25 out of 5
Played: 20 Mar 2023 Team size: 2
clever๐Ÿ˜จcreepy

Advice: wait a few weeks/months for the tech to be in place properly! 

It's a shame because the room and puzzles were actually really good  and immersive but the whole experience was ruined by the gamesmaster loitering in the room. 

I don't think it was the gamesmaster's fault as he was clearly told to do this by his managers so that he could give clues if a team is struggling; as they don't have their clue system set up yet. 

Overall good, solid escape room and logical fun puzzles - but the hovering gamesmaster felt extremely off-putting and awkward

Mark O'Leary rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: 13/08/2022 Team size: 5 Time taken: 36 minutes, 43 seconds Outcome: Successful escape!

We visited Houdiniโ€™s in Thurrock to play a fairly new escape room today: Haunted Hotel.  The room had the extra novelty of being situated within an actual hotel!  We got out in 36 minutes 43 seconds.  Thatโ€™s not a brag - it just seemed to be missing an extra challenge / puzzle / room and so we felt a little disappointed when we completed it in quite a quick time (unusual for us!) There could have been more in the way of context / storyline.

It was spooky but not particularly terrifying - there was a lack of jump scares which to be fair is not everyoneโ€™s cup of tea.  However, the theming and decor is brilliant and there was a general sense of unease throughout.  Jake our Game Master played his role brilliantly and was suitably creepy.

Overall, this new escape room may need a bit more added to it to really hit Houdiniโ€™s high standards, but was still a good adrenaline rush.

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