“I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.” -Anakin Skywalker
Location: St. Louis, MO
Date Played: March 21, 2019
Team size: up to 10; we recommend 4-6
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $25 per player
Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
St. Louis Escape makes great sets and Curse of the Mummy was no exception. That said, this escape game had some seriously annoying gameplay.
If things had been clued properly and the tech wasn’t finicky, it could have played pretty smoothly, but it didn’t do any of that. Instead, we were left with a needlessly difficult, albeit pretty, game… I can only recommend this if you want to see a really good Egyptian tomb set and you haven’t yet played Tomb of Anubis… which was on a whole different level.
Who is this for?
- Adventure seekers
- Scenery snobs
- Best for players with at least some experience
- Strong Egyptian tomb set
While exploring an ancient Egyptian tomb, we’d happened upon a burial chamber and the obligatory curse.
Curse of the Mummy had a strong Egyptian tomb set. It included a sand-covered floor, a cobwebbed ceiling, statues, ropes, and sandstone blocks. It had a strong, deliberate aesthetic contained within a relatively compact footprint.
St. Louis Escape’s Curse of the Mummy was a standard escape room with a high level of difficulty.
Core gameplay revolved around searching, observing, making connections, and puzzling.
➕ St. Louis Escape built an impressive Egyptian tomb set for Curse of the Mummy. From floor to ceiling, it was designed, detailed, and delightful.
➖ Our introduction to Curse of the Mummy included how many rooms we’d traverse over the course of the game and information for how to solve some of the puzzles. It was a strange way to introduce the experience.
➖ Many of the puzzles in Curse of the Mummy lacked adequate clue structure. This is the reason we listed this escape room with a high level of difficulty and we recommend it for players with some experience.
➖ Curse of the Mummy relied heavily on a runbook. This was frustrating to use and detracted from our experience exploring the gorgeous set.
➖ There were a number of exceedingly frustrating puzzles. One search puzzle burned a lot of time and wasn’t fun to do. There was another riddle that was laughably clunky to resolve into a solution that would fit its corresponding lock.
➖The tolerances on some tech were unforgiving. We had to be incredibly precise to get opens to trigger. We burned a silly amount of time solving puzzles correctly… but not quite perfectly enough.
➕ Our favorite puzzles were worked into some of the more impressive set pieces… again, spanning the breadth of the space from floor to ceiling. These were really fun, interactive solves.
➖ All of the games at St. Louis Escape were built into a warehouse space with open ceilings. While the ceilings were well designed as a part of the sets, we could hear the groups screaming in the neighboring horror game, Cellar Escape, while we played Curse of the Mummy It was difficult to buy into our Egyptian adventure when we could clearly hear a neighboring team.
Tips For Visiting
- You can park for free on the street directly in front of the building or on the side of the building.
- There are stairs up to the escape room lobby and the escape rooms.
- Beware that St. Louis Escape has a habit for putting 4-digit solutions into 5-digit locks.
- The floor of this game is covered in sand. Wear appropriate footwear.
Book your hour with St. Louis Escape’s Curse of the Mummy, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: St. Louis Escape provided media discounted tickets for this game.