Frequently Asked Questions
Do we really get LOCKED in a room?
Yes, but the entrances of all escape rooms are ALWAYS unlocked. If you must exit, you simply come right back out the way you came in. The goal of the game is to proceed forward by escaping each consecutive room to the final door. If you get out of the escape room before 60 minutes elapse, you win!
Can we book a room just for our friends only?
Yes, but you must book the entire room. That means all player spots possible, otherwise others can book into the room with you. However, if you book 8 people for instance, very rarely would anyone want to book in with you…but it does happen. (As of May 2020, all bookings are now private until the end of COVID-19 concerns.)
Every escape room in town claims to be the “best” or “#1” in St. Louis. What makes St. Louis Escape so outstanding?
Easy one. All other escape rooms in St. Louis are poorly detailed. Typically you would just escape from one single room, with no electronic puzzles or special effects. Most of the local escape rooms offer a theme, but the rooms themselves do not give you the impact of that theme. When you visit our Hollywood-quality, world-class immersive rooms, you are surrounded with amazing detail, incredible special effects, complicated puzzles and much more. You will feel like you are inside a movie! Our escape rooms have been toured by escape room owners across the nation and they say we’re the best escape rooms in America. Our company not only operates escape rooms here in St. Louis, we build them for clients everywhere across the world. See for yourself, there is NO comparison between OUR escape rooms and ANY of the others in the St. Louis market.
Are weapons allowed inside the escape rooms?
NO! Do not bring any with you.
Do you offer bathrooms?
Yes, we have restrooms in our escape room lobby.
Where do you wait to play and how early can we arrive?
Each game is booked by the hour. Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled time. We have a giant lobby filled with tables, chairs and booths where you can hang out with your friends. Additionally, we have tons of board games you can play while you wait. We also features Silly Putter – an interactive Mini Golf and a retro arcade with 10 pinball games, and retro arcades like NBA Jam, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Mrs. Pac Man, Burger Time, Space Invaders and many more. Our lobby also features modern games like Big Buck Hunter and Galaga Assault.
Can you explain the parking situation?
We own the entire street in front of our building. You can park for free on the street directly in front of our building or on the side of our building. The escape rooms are located in the building directly attached to The Darkness haunted house. Parking is free and again park directly in front of our building. DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR… we provide LOCKERS. Use them to store your valuables inside the building.
There is a big game on tonight and I don’t want to miss it… do you show sports in the lobby?
Yes we do! You can watch the game in a massive party room which features a 52 inch television. Also in our main lobby, we feature another 52 inch television… And yes, we have all the sports channels. Every night we’re open the televisions are showing the hottest games. So before your escape room adventure or after, check the scores and check out the games.
Are the rooms SCARY?
The themes of our escape rooms are Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Cellar escape, Pirate’s Curse, Mummy escape, and Haunted Hotel escape. The Mummy and Pirate theme feels more like an “Indiana Jones” or “Pirate’s of the Caribbean” adventure, not scary. Spooky ghosts and strange supernatural activity await you in our Haunted Hotel. The Haunted Hotel has the feeling of a “Ghostbusters” or “Haunted Mansion” movie – spooky but not scary. Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a fun adventure suitable for the entire family. The Cellar escape features a serial killer theme and although there are some dead bodies inside, there are no actors and nothing that jumps out at you. Our newest escape Dracula is a Gothic adventure through Dracula’s castle. There is one animation that can be scary. Overall not scary.
What about children? Is there an age limit?
NO, however we do not suggest the games for anyone under the age of 12. Each player under the age of 18 must have their parents sign a waiver on their behalf. Children between the ages of 8 and 17 are permitted only with an adult. Adults must purchase the tickets and play the game with any and all minors at all times.
Must I sign a waiver form before playing?
Anyone over 18 does not need to sign a waiver…but we are NOT responsible for ANY injury. By agreeing to play the game you’re accepting all responsibility for any and all injury. You play at your OWN RISK! If for any reason you feel sick, or need medical attention simply walk out of the escape room and come back to the lobby, or have someone from your group offer you assistance. We can suspend the game and resume later. We reserve the right to have everyone sign a waiver, however you must understand that you play at your own risk. If you have any type of medical condition that might cause you problems, check with a doctor before playing. Escape Rooms can be exhausting both mentally and physically. If you suffer from any type of claustrophobia you should NOT play Escape Rooms or prone to panic attacks.
Are walk-ups welcome?
YES! All bookings are done ONLINE. However if you simply walk up you can always check to see availability. Depending on when you arrive, you could go in with no wait – even if the website shows it is fully booked (due to a cut-off time in the online reservation system). Even if you visit us at the last minute doesn’t mean you can’t still book online from your phone. Click on the BOOK TICKETS button to see what is available.
Can I book the entire facility for private parties or times not listed on your website?
Yes you can. Contact us directly at email@example.com
If we reserve the room and can’t make it, do you allow refunds?
NO, once the room is reserved for your group – it’s final. You can however transfer your booking to a different group of friends, co-workers, etc. We can also give a credit to book another day.
How much does it cost per person?
Most rooms are $28.00 per person. Wizard of Oz is $30.00 per person.
How can I pay?
We have a credit card machine and can charge anyone for a walk up.
Can we book the entire room?
Cellar Escape holds up to 12, Pirates 8, Hotel 10, Mummy 10, and Wizard of Oz 8. As of May 2020, all of our bookings are now private. This means you must have at least 4 people to play, but no one else will be placed with you.
Are the lights turned off?
Why would we want to do this with our company parties, friends or family?
This is the ultimate team building/teamwork type of experience. You’ll see that St. Louis Escape escape rooms are totally different than any others in the area. Our escape adventures are multiple room attractions (where you move from room to room to room), with incredible detail, electronic clues and puzzles. We also feature an amazing steampunk-themed lobby filled with pinball games, video games, board games and more. The rooms are NOT scary, no actors, nothing jumping out at you…just prepare to have a great time. SOON we’ll have Silly Putter Interactive Mini Golf and a bar.
How far in advance should we book?
We recommend booking as far in advance as possible. Our rooms sell out often. If you have a certain date in mind, book now. Keep in mind that you can just walk in at anytime to see if we have openings – typically we do.
If we only have two or three people in our group will we be placed with strangers?
As of May 2020, all of our bookings are now private. This means you must have at least 4 people to play, but no one else will be placed with you. Once the COVID-19 issues have gone away we’ll go back to open bookings.
Do I need to wear anything special?
Nope, wear whatever you want. However we do suggest you don’t wear heels or big looping jewelry. In fact, come casual wearing tennis shoes and a t-shirt. The Mummy adventure is filled with sand – the entire floor is nothing but sand. Remember, it is Egypt! So again come casual.
Where is the entrance? Where do we park?
Good question… do you know where The Darkness is located? The Darkness is actually in building 1525 South 8th Street and St. Louis Escape is located in the attached building at 1517. So to be exact it’s the building next door to The Darkness. You simply look for the door with the St. Louis Escape sign on it… open it and GO UPSTAIRS! Where to park? Okay… you can park directly in front of the building or any where in the street or circle of the dead end of the street. The street is a dead end road, so park along the side of the on-ramp which is directly in front of the building.
Are their any reasons someone with medical conditions shouldn’t play?
Yes. In The Cellar there is an area where you have to crawl. If you can’t crawl the Cellar isn’t the game for you. If you’re prone to seizures keep in mind that we do NOT use strobe lights however there are many lights that blink. To enter St. Louis Escape you must go up several stairs. Make sure you’re in good medical and physical condition. Some rooms may have moving floors if you’re prone to motion sickness you might not want to play Wizard of Oz. We may or may not ask you to sign a waiver. By agreeing to play the game you’re agreeing to release our business from any injury. If you suffer from any type of claustrophobia or are prone to panic attacks you should NOT play.
Are your attractions handicapped accessible?
Great question. The entire attraction is on the second floor of the building, so it is not easy to get to for anyone in a wheelchair. The building is over 100 years old and has a very steep staircase making it virtually impossible to move up a wheelchair. The only way to move up a wheelchair is through The Darkness next door but you would have to be carried up stairs to reach an old freight elevator, then through part of The Darkness which is extremely difficult. We do not suggest you come in a wheelchair.
Do we need any special puzzle solving skills to play your games?
NOPE! You just have to be willing to work as a team to solve puzzles, find things throughout the rooms and keep moving in the right direction. Your game host will also help you if you really need it.
Do you have any tips for playing the games?
Yes!!! Not everything is a clue and some items may seem to be clues but are not. Work as a team. Bring paper and a pen so you can write down notes. All of our escape rooms consists of three to five rooms each. In other words almost all other escape rooms are simply one single room, whereas our escape rooms have several you break into and discover as part of the same experience. You may get to the end, but need to locate something back in the first room to escape. In other words just because you’ve escaped the first room doesn’t mean you may or may not need to backtrack to crack the last room. No climbing. Every clue is within standing reach. Be gentle – nothing requires brute force. Have fun!
WHAT COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS ARE YOU TAKING?
We are spraying our rooms with disinfectants, cleaning and our staff are wearing face-masks. We also have tons of hand sanitizer for all guests. We have restrooms with soap and water to wash your hands before and after the games. We also have touchless temperature checks. In spite of all these preventive measures we can’t guarantee anyone’s safety. We strongly recommend all guests wear face-masks, wash their hands, and use hand sanitizer. Lastly we’ve made all rooms PRIVATE for bookings of four or more. You will NOT play a game with other guests until such time as COVID-19 is no longer a health threat.
DO YOU NEED A BOOKING FOR SILLY PUTTER?
If you visit our facility and want to play Silly Putter (opening October, 2020) you can simply walk over and buy a ticket. While open, we also accept walk-ins for escape rooms or to people wanting to play our vintage arcades and pinball machines. Just stop by and check with our hosts for availability!