We - LikeFinland team - visited this summer the fourth Prison Island of Finland, which was opened in Tampere in April 2017. Prison Island is a family adventure destination that has its roots in Sweden. Popular Prison Island has opened its prison cells already in Vantaa and Jyväskylä in 2015, and in Helsinki last fall.
Prison Island Tampere is located in Tullintori Shopping Centre. Photo: Likefinland.com
In Prison Island your goal is to collect points as a team (2-4 persons), by solving tasks in prison cells in certain time, approximately 2-5 minutes per cell. But at first you need to figure out, what are you supposed to do in every cell to gain the points.
Some of the tasks are easier than the others, and some of them are so tricky that you literally need to be as clever as Einstein to solve them. There were many of those that we didn’t solve and that makes Prison Island so interesting destination.
Amazing wall paintings of Prison Island Tampere. Photo: LikeFinland.com
Our team consisted of 2 adults and two children at the age of 6 and 10. At first we saw a video that gave us all the information we needed to start our adventure in Prison Island.
There are 23 cells in Prison Island Tampere. You can choose the order and the cells you want to enter. If the task has been solved, you see a green light and if not, the light is red. If you want to try again, you can enter the cell as many times as you want.
You need a key card to enter the prison cells. Photo: LikeFinland.com
Before going to a cell, you should look at the info table outside the cell. It tells you, how many people are needed to solve the task with full points, what is the level of the full points, and what is the stress level of the task.
Even more interesting is the question of whether it is a tactic, technology or physics needed in the cell, which is also marked at the info table!
If you think that you don’t get sweat, you are wrong! But you can choose, which kind of tasks you try first. You can leave the cell at any time, the door is not locked. And you can also try the same cell again, when the door light is green.
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Clothing is good to be sporty, not at least the finest dress from your wardrobe. In some of the tasks, the ability to crawl may be required.
A player can choose between 60, 90 or 120 minutes of adventure. We think that 60 minutes is too short, if you'll try to solve the tasks seriously. We had 120 minutes – even that time really flied!
How did we managed?
For us, Prison Island was not a whole new thing. Prison works as an adventure for families as well as for work mates or friends. Prison Island can be a little bit too demanding for children under the age of 10, but if the team consists of people of different ages, then everything works better. :)
Favorites and mysteries
The favorite of the whole family - and really addictive - was the cell called The Nest, where we tried to find a solution by visiting the cell 8 times. We were close but didn’t manage this time.
Also the Slippery Slope was one of our favorites and we achieved full 100 points from it! Points can be tracked from the light board, outside the cells, during the adventure.
We found Prison Island Tampere with its 23 cells a really nice destination for the whole family, even if the tasks were partly quite challenging. For example Tilt, Einstein, Boxes and Cliffhanger were mysterious puzzles for us. We didn’t receive any points from those.
One of the most challenging cells. Photo: Likefinland.com
The final score of our team was 578/1775. For us, Prison Island and some of the tasks were familiar and the points were fairly good. Typical total points for beginners are from 150 to 300.
Prison Island is a nice family destination, but it also offers a great experience for couples. Also Birthday parties (with party rooms) can be arranged at both Prison Island and in Megazone Laser Tag, which is also re-located destination in Tampere.
New Megazone is located right next to the Prison Island with same info desk. And you can also combine the Prison Island adventure and Megazone adventure!
Prison Island Tampere
Hammareninkatu 6, Tullintori (map)
tel. + 358 50 400 7811
Prison Island Tampere Star Destination page at LikeFinland.com
Prison Island Tampere is a Star Destination and a media customer of LikeFinland.com media.
Text: Sari Särkijärvi, Henri Elo
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