Frequently Asked Questions


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What is an escape room?

An escape room is a real-life puzzle game in which people are "locked" in a room and collaboratively solve puzzles and complete challenges to accomplish a goal in a limited amount of time. You don't need any special skills or knowledge to play.

What if I haven't read the book?

That's ok! Our games are designed so that you get the same thrill out of playing whether you've read the book or not. It's fun to live intense scenes from your favorite books, but having read the book won't prepare you to solve the puzzles.

What happens if I'm late?

Because our rooms are scheduled throughout the day to start at specific intervals, it's critical that you begin your game on time. Please arrive on time and ready to play!

Is this really scary?

No. Our rooms are exciting, not scary. You'll get pretty amped up trying to complete your mission before time runs out, but you won't ever feel afraid.

What's the difference between public and private rooms?

It's pretty simple: you might team up with strangers in a public room, and you'll play with only your friends in a private room. The question is really just who you want to play with.

Can I book a private room?

Yes! This is one of the things that makes Novel Escape unusual in the Austin area. To book a private room, simply book your entire group in one transaction and choose the "private event" option. (There's a small upcharge for groups of 2.) If you don't select this option, you might team up with strangers which is fun too. It's completely your choice!

Are we really locked in the room?

No, but pretend you are. It's more fun that way.

What are the age restrictions?

We ask that no one under the age of 12 participate. If you're under the age of 16, you'll need to be accompanied by an adult. Think this rule shouldn't apply to you? Give us a call to make your case.

How many players can be in a single room?

We believe that smaller rooms are better experiences for the players, so we design our rooms for 2-6 people per room. Generally we recommend 4-5 depending on your experience level. If you have more than 6 people, give us a call to discuss the best option for your group.

Can I book a room for a specific event (corporate, school, etc.)?

Yes! Give us a call to make it happen.

What are the rules for people under the influence?

We're all for having a good time, but to prevent accidents or damage to the room, we ask that you don't show up under the influence of any mind-altering substance. Our staff reserves the right to kick you out without warning for too much tomfoolery.

Is this a panic room?

This is a panic room without the panic. Our escape rooms are designed with a focus on solving the puzzle, and the adrenaline rush you'll feel at Novel Escape comes from trying to crack the code in a limited amount of time, not the fear of something jumping out at you.