Escape the Pen


Live escape games are a type of physical (not virtual) adventure game in which people are locked in a themed room with other participants. They have to use different elements within the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit. (60 mins) Participants must be observant and use their critical/lateral thinking skills to escape the room.

Event Specifics

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Our Game

In a surprising move, the Governor of West Virginia has ordered a one hour stay of execution for an inmate at the West Virginia State Penitentiary. Inmate Lefty Lafferty was scheduled to be put to death today, but in a bizarre turn of events the Governor halted the electric chair execution due to new information that was received just hours ago. Details are not available, but a source close to the administration has said that a special investigative team is being dispatched to the Penitentiary. The Governor received an anonymous tip, rumored to have been sent via fax that listed details about the crime Lefty is being charged with – our source indicated that there are details included that no one could have known. After brief consideration the execution has been halted for one hour.

Rules, Clues and Facts

Basically there are two parts to an escape room. When you are in the room, you have to look around carefully and try to find clues by moving objects, locating keys and utilizing combinations for locks. Then, you will need to match these things using logic in order to figure out how to solve the puzzles. A puzzle may connect to another puzzle….or maybe not! Some clues are meant for later stages of the game. If you are not sure how to use a clue, move on and come back to it when you have more information.

Each key fits one lock only. Some keys may not fit any lock. You cannot use a key more than once. You cannot use a code more than once.

This is an intellectual game, you will not need to use brute force, climb on objects or destroy props.

Objects that are marked with “NOT A CLUE” are out of bounds and do not contain any clues. They should not be moved. Don’t waste your time on them, your hour will go fast. (The ceiling is NOT a clue, nor does it hold clues.)

For your own safety, and the safety of others in the room, please do not bring any dangerous items into the room. You are not literally locked in, it is just a term for the game. We would also like to mention, based on our experience, guests who are claustrophobic have had NO problems at all and just have fun during the game.

Please do not bring anything flammable, explosive, or any sharp objects in the room, and certainly no firearms.

If you need to leave the room for any reason, you cannot re-enter the game.

There are cameras in the room that we are monitoring at all times for safety. There is a countdown clock showing you how much time you have left. After the first 15 minutes you will be able to receive a clue, after 30 minutes you will be able to receive a second clue, then you will receive clues after 40 and 45 minutes. After that clues will be on demand by your team, but they may cost you! Remember the object is to get out with very little help, but if you can’t solve anything, you can’t get out – so use your free clues!

BEWARE: Electronic locks will “freeze” for several minutes if you attempt multiple codes quickly in a short amount of time.


  • This is a game event where you are supposed to have fun
  • Gather items, find codes, and solve puzzles
  • Teamwork is vital
  • No electronic devices
  • The door closes at the time you’re signed up for, don’t be late.
  • If you can’t escape, we’ll still let you leave.
  • Wear comfortable clothes, and no drinks or food in the room.
  • Please do not spoil the fun for others, keep answers to puzzles to yourself.
  • An adult must accompany children under the age of 16
  • You may not play if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • You play Escape The Pen: The Execution at your own risk, we cannot be held liable.
  • The rooms are equipped with security cameras
  • Please do not take pictures, make video or audio recordings of the game rooms.
  • Escape The Pen: The Execution, will take pictures, with your consent to post online or use in advertising.
  • Please keep clues, solutions and combinations a secret, so others can enjoy the game as well.
  • Please take care of the room and the objects in the room
  • Please only use the white board on the wall to solve the problems and do not write on anything else in the room.
  • Please arrive, IN THE LOBBY, at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled time!

General Information

PLEASE ARRIVE, IN THE LOBBY, AT LEAST 20 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED TIME! You will not be admitted if you are late. This is a timed event, and we cannot stray from the scheduled times. We will not allow you to join a group that has already began, it would be too disruptive to those participants. Your tickets are non-refundable. Do NOT be late!

This game requires teamwork where the more people in the group, the better your chances of escape are! If you do not have a full group of 8, it is going to be worth your while to choose a time slot that you can help fill up!

Please call 304-845-6200 to schedule an Escape Room Game should your needed date or time not appear on the calendar. Availability of staff for your requested date will be determined at that time.

All tickets must be purchased online. We do not accept walk-ins for this event. We must ensure staff availability! Online ticket sales will end at NOON Two (2) days prior to the event date. All tickets are non-refundable.

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