Our Frequently Asked Questions are here to answer any questions you may have before booking a game with us. It is important to us that you know what to expect from our games. If you have any other questions that are not written in this list, please submit a contact form and we will answer your questions as soon as possible.

WHAT IS OTHER WORLD ESCAPES?

Other World Escapes is an immersive, team-gaming experience for all (anyone under 12 years old requires a guardian to accompany them). Our game focus on playing with the senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, temperature) to fully immerse players in their experience. Together, teams must find clues, solve puzzles and complete the games ultimate objective. The objective of each game is different and follows a detailed narrative to encourage players to feel like they are not only playing a game but are assuming a character within the story.

DO YOU HAVE PARKING?

There is no parking at our East Street premises. However, there is ample parking on East Street (Pay and display 8:00 – 20:00, free from 20:00 onwards). There is a multi-storey car park to the rear of the premises and more adjacent to it as well (East Gate MSCP & Bargate Parking)

HOW DO I FIND YOU?

We are situated in the heart of the City of Southampton. We are close to local and national bus routes, a 15 minute walk from Southampton Central Station and a 15 minute drive from Southampton Airport Parkway. You can find us here.

HOW LONG BEFORE THE EXPERIENCE SHOULD I ARRIVE?

You should arrive 10 minutes prior to the time stated on your booking. This is to ensure we have enough time to prepare you for your experience as we have a short intro to each game as well as a Health & Safety brief.
If you arrive up to 20 minutes late you will have the option to play the remainder of your allotted time in the game. If you are more than 20 minutes late for your booking you will unfortunately no longer be able to enter your game. Please contact us if you are running late and we will do everything we can to accommodate you and your team.

HOW LONG IS THE EXPERIENCE?

The total experience of one game is between 80 and 90 minutes. This includes a 10-15 minute brief and introduction, 60 minutes to complete the objective in the room, and 10-15 minutes debrief and photo shoot.

IS IT SCARY?

At Other World Escapes, we pride ourselves on providing an intense and immersive experience. We are focused on delivering an experience fuelled with adrenaline and ending in a team accomplishment – not to frighten players.

ARE WE REALLY LOCKED IN?

No, you will not be locked in. You will be able to exit the room at any point during the game, should you require it.

IS IT DANGEROUS OR UNSAFE?

No. We take utmost care in creating exciting but safe environments for all. Additionally, our Game Masters are first-aid trained and on-hand during the game should any player require their assistance.

WHO CAN PLAY?

Our games are suitable for all adventurers seeking an experience unlike any other. The games are suitable for corporate team building, a unique social activity and a fun pastime for visitors exploring everything Southampton has on offer.
Under 12’s requires parental supervision, 1 adult (18+) per under 12 group, in order to play our games. 5 and under go free.

ARE THE GAMES DIFFICULT?

Each game is a challenge of intellect, stamina and guts! As each game has specific puzzles linked to the game theme and story they will vary greatly so it is difficult to determine specific difficulty levels. However, due to strength based puzzles dominating the Mayan game we would advise that you book this game if it is your first escape game/room. Nothing would make the Other World Escapes team happier than having all teams escape so the games are not at an unattainable level.

HOW MANY PLAYERS ARE BEST FOR EACH GAME?

The Mayan and 2 Vermilion rooms have a capacity of 6. It is advised that you have between 3 and 6 players per room, as only booking for 2 people will make the game much more difficult. Abyss has a capacity of 4 and you will be able to play comfortably with between 2 and 4 players.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW PLAYERS?

Always be aware of your surroundings and look everywhere. Puzzles and the rooms may not be as they first seem. It is also very important to make sure you communicate with your team mates. Those who do, progress much quicker.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Come as you are, comfortable shoes and clothing that doesn’t restrict you are advised due to the physical aspects of playing each game.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

Each game is hand crafted by us and includes varying dynamics so – expect the unexpected! In general, you should expect to assume the identity of a character of your choosing for 60 minutes, following a short introduction and briefing of the game content. Your character will be tasked with completing an objective whilst in the room and will need to work with the other players to complete it effectively. After the game, you will have a short debrief and an optional photo session. The experience will last between 75 and 90 minutes. WARNING: Our games have various elements of audio and visual effects, temperature changes, fragrances, simulated weather conditions and kinaesthetic experience. Please contact us directly before booking to discuss these elements further if you or any of your team would like further details.

WHAT SIZE IS EACH ROOM?

The rooms vary from 15 metres squared to 25 metres squared.

CAN I BRING CHILDREN?

Sure! Children under 5 go free and under 12’s require supervision of an adult (18+). Let us know during your brief if you need to be made aware of any surprising moments for the sake of potentially scaring small children.

DO YOU PROVIDE REFUNDS?

As your experience is a live event we cannot issue refunds or accept cancellations once your booking is confirmed. However, refund requests from players who have experienced extenuating circumstances will be duly reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

DO YOU HAVE DISABLED ACCESSIBILITY?

Our East Street premises is located on the first floor with no step free access. We have liaised closely with Southampton City Council about best practice for providing access to all. Although regrettable, given that the building was already existing prior to Other World Escapes occupying it, the necessary adaptations for providing disabled access would violate building control guidelines for the premises. We would be very grateful to hear from you if this is likely to have an impact on your inclusion in our games. We would like to invite you to visit our premises to assess with us if access is at all possible. Please contact us directly to arrange this.
We have a hearing loop installed, large print waivers are available upon request and we operate a “carers come free policy” with valid proof of the carers status. If the above provisions do not cover a disability you are experiencing, then please contact us directly to ensure we can accommodate you as best as we can.

CAN I BRING MY PHONE OR CAMERA IN THE GAME?

You may take your mobile phone in the game with you but would advise leaving it on vibrate so as not to distract from your game. No photos of any kind are permitted inside any of our rooms so the games remain secret for future players. We welcome you to use your phone or camera in the reception area.

CAN WE BRING IN DRINK OR FOOD?

No food or drink is to be consumed within the game room. You can leave the room at any point during the game and can have a snack or drink outside of the room if required.

CAN I COME INEBRIATED?

No. If you are visibly under the influence, we reserve the right to ask you to leave the premises without a refund. We would like to keep you, your team and our staff as safe as possible and cannot claim to be doing so if any of the above-named parties are intoxicated or under the influence.
Also, if you are offensive or threatening towards any of our staff you will also be asked to leave the premises without a refund.

CAN I BOOK FOR LARGE GROUPS?

Yes. The Vermilion game can take up to 12 players, but if you have more than this, please contact us to arrange. Costs per person may increase due to the need to plan a rota of players or allocate more rooms to the party. If you require more than one room, you will be asked for a downpayment of 25% of the total booking in order to reserve the rooms.

CAN I PAY IN CASH?

No. We only currently accept bookings online via the Bookify booking engine and Stripe payment gateway. This system accepts all major credit and debit cards, however the charges may vary according to the card used.

WHERE DO I BOOK?

You can book your experience here. We look forward to welcoming you and your team!

CAN I BUY GIFT VOUCHERS?

Gift vouchers can be purchased from our booking engine, once it is live, for your own team or emailed to someone else as a gift. You will be able to redeem your gift vouchers at any time following the purchase through the booking engine. Spaces for games upon redemption is subject to availability.