Four students and a teacher died earlier this month in a bombing at England’s National Bank.
On Sunday, four Webster Groves High School students and a teacher were tested to the death when my fellow students and I went to a room where the only purpose was to escape. We failed. Still, it was as fun as being blown up by a bomb could be.
Before this experience, I had never heard of escape rooms and was unsure what to expect.
At Escape STL fewer than one-third of the teams succeed. This challenge is not meant to be easy. It tests critical thinking and teamwork skills.
Players are put in a room and have a time limit to escape, usually 60 minutes; the goal is to solve all of the clues and escape before the time is up.
Before entering the room, we were informed there were three methods of escape: (1) solve the puzzle and defuse the bomb, (2) fail the puzzle by not completing it in the given 60 minute time period, or (3) push the escape button and give up the puzzle. The latter has only been used once at Escape STL, according to Escape STL guide.
Though, we failed, I thought this was a fun experience, and I definitely will attempt to escape other escape rooms.
At the end of the puzzle, Escape STL gave the ECHO team a score based on how well it did. We attempted to escape the James Bomb room. The top score of all time was, 2053. Our score was a proud 480.
Escape STL has one other escape room called Mr. Dupree. Escape STL plans on to add two more rooms for a total of four.
Escape rooms are a fun, thrilling and a bit stressful adventure to do with friends, I definitely recommend them.
At Escape STL, it was $26 per person which is on par with other St. Louis escape rooms. Each team minimum is four players with a maximum is 10 players; most other escape rooms have a maximum of 12 players.
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