New Escape Rooms Arrive in Warehouse Arts District

There’s a new craze across the country. People across the US are lining up to LARP and put their brains to the test in escape rooms. Requiring cleverness, resourcefulness and patience, escape rooms force participants to think on their toes as they’re transported to different circumstances where an ever-present clock works against them.

Owners meticulously designed the software in the room

Nestled across the street from Brick Street Farms at 1942 2nd Avenue South, Unit F is Escape Room St. Pete by Outerlife Studios. Brothers Mark and Matt Moser have meticulously designed everything in their first room, DISARM, from microchips and circuit boards to the props on the wall.

The cryptic description of their first room places participants in apartment 117. Dizzy, unsure of how or why you’re trapped in this room, all you can recall is the threat of a bomb set to detonate in one hour. You’re only hope of escape is to disarm it. A series of clues, riddles and puzzles will guide you to freedom. Be prepared to interact with your surroundings, and for your surroundings to interact with you.

Outerlife Studios adding second escape room concept

The company is in the process of designing their second room which is tentatively titeld Detained. Locked in a room with nothing but a mute TV and the faint sound of screaming through the walls, you must break free before your captor returns to the room.

The rooms can hold up to six people with a 60 minute time limit per room. Booking costs range from $70 for a group of two, to $210 for a group of six. Visit their website to reserve your spot. One visitor, Wesley H., called the Escape Room satisfyingly difficult.

Sound design and ambient effects/special effects are similarly excellent as well as lighting. Overall, you can tell an extreme amount of thought and thorough beta testing has gone into this room and it truly shows.

This level of care is consistent with the handcrafted spirit of St. Pete. Appointments are available at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. Call 727.202.6031 for further details. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook for updates regarding new rooms and special events.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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