Deadlock Escape – Hijacked [Review]

Hijacked is one of the best escape rooms in St. Louis. Here are our recommendations for great escape rooms in St. Louis.

Come fly the unfriendly skies.

Location:  St. Charles, MO

Date Played: January 8, 2023

Team Size: 2-6; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $26.99 per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

After playing Hijacked and Escape Annabelle (review coming soon) at Deadlock Escape, I have them on my radar as a company to watch in the St. Louis area. They’ve created fun escape rooms with varied puzzles, solid set design, and theatrical touches.

I appreciated that set design for Hijacked allowed them to fit a lot of escape room into a small space in a way that served the theme and story.

The puzzle flow started off a little rocky, with a lot of numbers and places to input them, but after we solved a few puzzles, the room flowed well. As we played, the puzzles became increasingly complex while avoiding large leaps in difficulty, which kept the game from ever becoming frustrating, and culminated in Hijacked’s best set piece and puzzles.

A seating cabin crew area in a stark white passenger plane.

Hijacked didn’t reinvent the wheel, but what it did, it did well. If you’re visiting St. Louis, add Hijacked to your list of games to play.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Best for players with at least some experience
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • Excellent set design
  • Defusing the bomb was a blast


A terrorist group had placed a bomb on our private plane. We had an hour to disarm the bomb before it would explode.


Hijacked took place in the cabin of a private plane; the set was small but extremely well designed. From the floor to the ceiling, the room looked and felt almost like the real thing.

A pair of chairs beside an exit door in a stark white passenger plane.


Deadlock’s Hijacked was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching, making connections, and solving puzzles.


➕ The set was well designed with great attention to detail. Most of the set was interactive and thoughtfully integrated into the puzzle design.

➕ The bomb defusing sequence was a real treat. The prop itself was elaborate, the puzzles varied, and the win state satisfying.

➕ /➖ Early in the game when we found information, there were too many places to input it. Once we’d solved the first few puzzles, the cluing became much better.

➖ One prop used in the game was incredibly easy to miss as it was the exact same color as the background. Even if it was spotted, it could easily be ignored, thinking it was a broken piece of the set. A different color of paint would help a lot.

❓This was a lot of escape room packed into a small space. As such, more than four people could get crowded quickly.

Tips For Visiting

  • Note that Hijacked is at the 711 Mexico Road location.
  • Parking available on-site
  • Third Wheel Brewing is nearby, with excellent burgers and beers.

Book your hour with Deadlock Escape’s Hijacked, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Deadlock Escape comped our tickets for this game.

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