Escape Uranus Frequently Asked Questions:

Escape Uranus is frequently asked questions about escape rooms and Escape Uranus specifically. Here we have gathered those together to help answer anything you might like to know in this FAQ about Escape Uranus.

What is an escape room?

An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. Escape rooms are inspired by “escape-the-room”–style video games.

How does the escape room work?

That you paid for. The name of the game is “Escape Room” — a literal description for a complicated endeavor. A team of people signs up to be locked in a room, and must find clues and solve puzzles to complete a given mission and find the key to escape.

What is an escape room experience?

The experience is part of a fully-immersive real-life game called, appropriately enough, an “escape room,” in which small groups of participants are given a series of riddles, puzzles and clues in order to find a way out of an actual chamber, usually within an hour.

How do you play and escape the room?

If you’re not familiar with these escape the room escape games, here’s the gist: you’re locked in a room with one of more people, and you’ve got an hour to find the key to escape the room using clues scattered about. Use the clues to solve the puzzles. Solve the puzzles to find the key. Find the key to escape the room.

Are we actually locked in a room?

Nope. The room doors are not physically locked. You are free to leave to use the bathroom or for other emergencies, but time won’t stop.

Each room has one lock, usually but not always a very big, mean, nasty-looking lock labeled Final, Final Exit or engraved “FE”. The key for that lock is usually behind an equally mean and nasty-looking boss puzzle that requires solving the entire room to release. As soon as the game master sees that lock in the process of being unlocked, they are free to complete the room.

Who determines if we win or lose?

The game masters are the sole judge of the game. Their decisions are fair and final.   

In the case where a group skipped a significant part of the puzzles by using lock picking techniques or brute force, game masters are allowed to record an otherwise successful completion as a failure.  Successful completion of the room requires completely solving every single puzzle in the room.

Can I break props, etc.?

No. Groups will be held responsible for damage beyond normal wear and tear. You’re thinking of a rage room.

Can I take home a souvenir?

If it’s a t-shirt you bought or a completion bracelet you won, yes. Otherwise, nothing is supposed to be taken out of Uranus.

Can I bring a flashlight or other tools into the rooms to use?

Flashlights are provided for the room. You only need to bring yourself into the room. Even if they are your everyday carries, no tools are required in Escape Uranus rooms. We do have lockers to store your belongings.

Can I use my cellphone in the room?

Generally no. Exceptions only for family emergencies and for soldiers reporting to base.

What’s the Leaderboard?

The fastest successful completing team for each room in the past season will go on the wall if they completed the room with three or fewer game master delivered clues. In the case of Jailbreak, two or fewer clues.

Do I get unlimited clues?

Technically yes, but after three clues, your team is not eligible for bragging rights on the leaderboard. Also, after the three clues, a minute will be deducted from your time. If your group is small or inexperienced, asking frequently for clues is a good strategy. However, asking for too many clues will take the fun out of the room. Clues point to the combination indirectly or help with the process for producing the combination.

Will people be watching us?

Only the game master. They will be listening too. The game masters closely monitor the action in Uranus, but, it’s one of the perks of the job. Monitoring groups is some of the best TV we see every week. Aside from a group photo and a brief description ….

Can I tell people the answers?

What happens in Uranus stays in Uranus. Players sign a nondisclosure agreement to keep game secrets secret. Game masters do not talk about particular groups except with other game masters.

Isn’t this like some Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, or Robert Downey Jr. movies?

Yes, sort of, no. It’s an interactive game where people find plans hidden by others and then try to unravel them.  Aha moments, oohs and ahs are all built into the rooms. There will be a publicity shot taken after the wrap party. However, you’ll only be performing for a box office of one (the game master) and they’re in Uranus.

My son/daughter is graduating from Fort Leonard Wood. Will they get dirty?

Uranus is a very clean place. We’re family friendly and dead serious about deadpan puns.  Staff clean Escape Uranus daily. Some rooms (Tesla) have everything mounted on tables so no kneeling is required while others are carpeted (Da Vinci). Facility requires a minimal amount of kneeling onto a vinyl floor, which doesn’t have to be done by the recent graduate.

Do you offer military discounts?

Because we are so close to base, our prices are already discounted from traditional pricing.  Thank you for your service.

Do you offer any discounts?

We offer a 10% discount for a large group (8 or more) when a single person handles the booking and pays in full in advance. It’s pretty much our way of saying thank you for promoting Uranus by giving the booker a practically free ticket to Escape Uranus. We also run games and contests on our Facebook page and websites where winners can win discounts.

Are the rooms dim or dark? Can I turn off or on the lights at will?

Game players have control over the lights in each room. Our chief engineer has set the initial light level for optimal mood and usability. Uranus may be a dark place, at 19 times farther from the Sun than the Earth is, but Escape Uranus isn’t.

Is Escape Uranus family friendly?

Yes. We’re family friendly and dead serious about deadpan puns. “Uranus” refers to the planet or the shopping center, never …

How many can you pack in?

Jailbreak has a limit of six because it’s small. The other rooms have a maximum of about 10 adults.

In all rooms, there must be at least one adult chaperone for every three children.   This is to prevent damage to the room.

Is there an age limit?

All rooms may be played by all ages except Facility. Facility is a parental guidance 13 room.

Extremely young children might not have the patience for the longer rooms. For parents with young children in tow, we recommend the 10 minute Jailbreak. All persons going into a room except babies are charged admission.

What is a typical winning team like?

A typical winning team consists of four to six adults and/or young adults with diverse interests, good time management, communication skills, and the ability to divide and conquer. They ask for clues on a semi-regular basis. The teams keep track of the combinations they find and use. Often, they may have one or more members with prior escape room experience (even if that’s from the phone games).

I have no clue what I can do to help. What should I do in the room?

At the very least, you can go over the room with a fine tooth comb for stuff out of place and try combinations people shout out on the various locks. If you’re having fun in Uranus, you’re doing something right.

How should I use the dry erase board?

Any way you want. Usually, players use it for figuring out problems and recording used combinations.

How much time does it take?

You should allow approximately 80 minutes for Da Vinci or Facility (60 minute rooms). Allow 45 minutes for Tesla (30 minute room). For Jailbreak, allow 20 minutes (10 minute room). This extra time is to handle waivers, payments, rules videos and exit photos. You can help minimize this time by signing waivers for each person and paying in advance on our website.

But shouldn’t Tesla be an hour room?

Tesla was designed and tested for a 30 minute average run by four adults who divide into two smaller teams. Running the room in parallel is important. Even the introduction strongly suggests that teams should divide up because failure to do so will result in failure at worst or a photo finish at best.

Many teams say that if they only had five more minutes for that last puzzle, they would have completed the room successfully. There’s enough cool, high tech, science based stuff in that room where even if a team failed, they still have had a great time exploring Uranus.

Do I have to read the book/see the movie/have prior knowledge?

No.  Prior knowledge may help, but you can pull it all out of the clues found in Uranus. A general love of puzzles, escape games, escape rooms, and cryptography helps. Being observant and KISS (Keeping It Stupid Simple) often help more than anything.

Do you take credit cards?  Do you take cash?

For security and the safety of our employees, Escape Uranus is a “cashless” facility; strongly preferring debit and credit cards.

Do I have to book online?

Booking online is convenient, easy, and guarantees your slots. You may also book over the phone or in person.

Are deposits required?

Yes! Our minimal deposit is the room minimum, which is currently two slots. Deposits hold the room for you. Without a deposit, Escape Uranus cannot hold anything.  

What if I don’t know how many people are coming with me?

Book the maximum number expected with the minimum confirmed deposit. We can always have addition players pay when they arrive.

If a room is in progress, how long will it be before I can play it?

Statistically speaking, about 20-40 minutes (about half the run time plus 5-10 minutes to reset the room).

How will we will know if we won/failed?

The TV screen in each room will play a video or audio announcement. You will also find your completion bracelets in the final box or chest.

Will I have to play with strangers?

Generally no. If your team has booked all the slots for the room at that time, then definitely no.

Escape Uranus game masters may maximize utilization of available capacity during peak times.   Teams wanting to play the same room at the same time will have to choose between combining into one larger team or waiting. It is strongly encouraged to combine forces because larger groups (to a point) have a higher probability of success. Uranus may be very large, but Escape Uranus only has finite capacity.

I have a very large group that I want to bring in for team building. Can you fit them all in Uranus?

Most rooms can hold 8-10 people comfortable.  We have successfully handled groups of 25 simultaneously with capacity to spare.

As of March 2019, Tesla has a special extension to run it as a 60 minute room.  This extension is available only by booking in advance over the phone. It was created for when a very large group wanted to simultaneously run Da Vinci, Facility, Tomb of Doom and Tesla.  Escape Uranus can simultaneously entertain a bus load of people as a part of the guided, booked in advance Taste of Uranus program for large groups.

Aren’t you closed on Monday and Tuesday during the winter?

Yes!  We are closed to walk-ins on Mondays and Tuesdays from early November to mid March, but you can book a room online at Escape Uranus subject to a minimum 2 hour advance notice booking.

Can we just walk right on into Escape Uranus and book a room?

Yes! We recommend booking online during family day and graduation because we tend to get very packed. However, we also understand the spur of the moment, flying by the seat of your pants, nature of Uranus, Missouri. Walk-ins are welcome when our open sign is on.

Why should I choose Escape Uranus over the other escape rooms within 50 miles?

Location: We are five minutes from the main gate of Fort Leonard Wood and most hotels in the area. We are part of a larger entertainment complex that has a wide selection of engaging family experiences. Less time wasted driving means more time having fun with family when you pick Uranus.

We’re on the Historic Route 66 alignment near several scenic sights including the Devil’s Elbow bridge and the 1940s era Hooker road cut (the deepest road cut at the time).

Our puzzlemaster has a 100% success record.

The escape rooms are thoroughly tested before they are opened.

Escape Uranus’ chief engineer makes regular inspections of the rooms.

Our game masters are some of the friendliest and most proficient in the region.

Your inner 12 year old sense of humor won’t be happy skipping Uranus. You know you want to explore Uranus and get some fudge. The volume of puns and jokes in Uranus is unfathomable.