Escape Room Games NYC: What is an Escape Room Like?

Have you ever wondered what an escape room game is like? If you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do in NYC, Clue Chase is the perfect choice. At over 4000 square feet, we are the largest escape room game center in New York City. Each mission is incredibly detailed, with rooms built by professional set designers and escape game designers. The only thing missing from our rooms is you, the player. Your presence and exploration bring our interactive experience to life!

Each of our escape room games is tied into a larger overarching plot, with cryptic items linking different time periods together for our repeat players to find. You’ll need to work together to solve mysteries, find hidden relics, infiltrate secret vaults and communicate with aliens. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever done before.

Although our time travel technology technically allows us to be located at many different places and times, our escape room games headquarters is located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas. Please enter through the front of the Grace Building, which can be found on 42nd Street, directly across from Bryant Park. (Between 5th and 6th Avenue). Upon arrival you will need to check in with Grace building security, prior to be allowed into our space. Anyone over 18 should come prepared with photo ID.

You do! Unfortunately because of the security process required by the Grace Building it is quite literally impossible for anyone to simply walk into our office space. (One does not simply walk into Clue Chase.)

Tickets are only $30 per person, so reserve your mission today! We recommend that reservations are made at least 24 hours in advance.

Some people have inquired about the safety of our escape games following a fire incident in an escape game in Poland. Many have also wondered what an escape room is like. The short answer is that Clue Chase is without question safe, about as safe as one can possibly get for an escape room game.

  • First, Clue Chase is in the landmark Grace Building across the street from Bryant Park. This is a Class A building with extensive staff and security and is about as safe as you can get in NYC for escape room games.

  • Second, our space has been checked by Fire Inspectors and passed with flying colors, no issues or concerns identified.

  • Third, unlike many escape rooms our entrance doors for each mission are always open, so you are never technically locked in, and always have an exit should you need one. (We trust your imagination and the other elements of our experience to provide you with the fun and immersion shared by our many thousands of customers).

  • Fourth, the safety of our patrons is of paramount concern to us, and all our designs are carefully reviewed to ensure that any risk of injury is minimized to the utmost degree, and indeed there are no aspects to our games that require physical exertion (only mental acumen). Finally, we monitor the games continually. In short, you could not be in better hands for your escape room game experience than at Clue Chase.

Clocking in at over 4,000 square feet Clue Chase is the largest escape room game venue in Manhattan. This means that we have plenty of space. Our rooms can accommodate groups peaking at 10-14 players, depending on the room. We have also hosted corporate groups in excess of 100 total players within a two-and-a-half-hour period with our mobile & portable escape room.

Clue Chase would be happy to host your child’s escape room birthday party! As one of the premiere escape room games in NYC, our rooms are a fun and hands-on way to get kids working together as a group, and they make for great fun on a birthday. Due to policies put in place by our location, the Grace Building, we can only host children’s birthdays on weekends, and you’ll need to limit your party size to ten children. There will need to be at least one adult present at all times to serve as a chaperone. If you’re interested in booking out our event space please be aware that we do not provide or order catering for you, but we would be happy to help get any food you may have delivered or brought set up in our space. Party decorations can be provided for an additional fee, or we would be happy to help you set up any decorations of your own you may have brought.

Yes! Just make sure you select the private game option while booking out the room. If you do not purchase all the available seats in a specific game time it is entirely possible that another group will book the remaining tickets and join you during the game.

Saturday 10AM–12AM
Sunday 10AM–8PM
Monday 12–9PM
Tuesday 12–9PM
Wednesday 12–9PM
Thursday 11AM–11PM
Friday 11AM–11PM

Because the Grace Building is a “landmark” building there is security posted at all the entrances. You will need to check in with them before you will be allowed to come down to our game space. Your full names are provided to building security so that they can cross-check that list with the names on your government issued ID cards. (Passports, drivers licenses…) Anyone under 18 does not need an ID, but we do still need their names.

Yep! Send an email to info@cluechase.com and we’ll be happy to help you coordinate your event with Clue Chase.

There are two 24 hour garages conveniently located on 43rd Street, right at the back of our building.

Plan on arriving 15 minutes before your scheduled start time. (If you book for 7:30 that is when your game starts, so try to arrive at 7:15). This will give everyone ample time to get through building security, use the restroom, and receive their specific instructions for the day’s time travel expedition.

Here at Clue Chase Labs we try to be as accommodating as possible. That being said, there are some limits even a time travel agency cannot bypass. If you are sharing the time bubble with other players then your game time will start at the designated time, and you may join them up to 15 minutes past the starting time. If you have booked out the entire time bubble we will hold the start until eight minutes past the designated time. You will be able to enter your time bubble at any point, but you could well do so with a severe time deficit if you are very late.

Your time in the room will last exactly one hour. You should expect a total time of one and a half hours spent at Clue Chase between arrival, gametime, and post game debriefing/photos.

Like most things in life, escaping is never a guarantee, and some of our rooms are designed to be quite difficult. There’s no penalty for losing, and ultimately the goal is to have fun trying your best to solve puzzles as a group! Winning isn’t the fun, the game is the fun. Well – winning is pretty fun, but we guarantee you’ll remember playing the game more than winning the game.

We will offer clues as you play, but we won’t go to the point of offering solutions for you. (That wouldn’t be fun!) Fear not, we won’t leave you hanging. If at the end of your game some things remain unsolved, your game master will be happy to walk you through the solutions.

Have you ever played an escape game? It turns out time travel is a lot like playing an escape room game. Think of a time bubble as a room. A room that is unstable on a quantum level. So, a very exciting, potentially dangerous room. (Nothing’s actually dangerous. That’s a time travel joke about quantum instability.)

We’re so proud of our prop and set design that we feature them prominently on our website. The photographs featured at the bottom of each room page are all from the actual sets you will be playing in.

As one of the premiere escape room games in NYC, Clue Chase is unique in that we take a highly collaborative, iterative approach to our designs. Rooms and puzzles are adjusted on the fly based on customer feedback and employee experience. Everyone wears the hats of puzzle designer, set decorator and maintenance from time to time. Our sets are primarily built by a very talented man who worked on the sets of Boardwalk Empire with HBO, among many other credits. Our puzzles are largely designed by our founder, our creative director, and our lab techs (the little underlings you see scampering about in lab coats). All our rooms are unique to us, you will not find these rooms anywhere else in the world.

None of our games are designed to scare you with sudden motion or sounds. Some themes, such as the Egyptian Tomb, may be unsettling to younger players – but even that room is very well lit so it’s unlikely.

Yep! We have some of the largest escape room games in NYC, and you’re never truly locked in.

Kids are some of our most curious customers and are always wondering what escape rooms are like. Kids are great, and plenty of them are great at puzzles. However, due to the difficult nature of our rooms we do not recommend them for players under the age of eight. All children under 18 must play with adult supervision, because they’re destructive monsters. No unaccompanied minors will be permitted entrance to the Grace Building or Clue Chase. Due to Grace building policy we cannot admit groups with more than three young children (13 or under) Monday through Friday.

Nope! None of our escape room games require any strength, and in fact, you should never apply strength or force to puzzles or items in our rooms. Our rooms are designed so that anyone, from the height of a child on up, can get to everything they’ll need to access in order to complete the game.

All sales are final. (Not even if your cat has managed to steal and drive off in your car. Although, we will be very impressed with your cat. Can we have your cat? For science?)

You can. That doesn’t mean you should. But you can.

We do have Wifi. But not for you. Our time travel equipment is very sensitive to fluctuations in the available bandwidth so bogging it down with extra devices isn’t something we can safely do. In the event of an internet emergency we can provide you with a passkey.

We do have restrooms. They’re very spacious and handicap accessible.

Yes! Our entire space is easily accessible to people at all levels of mobility. Some rooms (Egypt and Heist) have a relatively small available floor area and so may not be the best fit for a wheelchair or any large mobility devices.

All of our games are monitored remotely by a dedicated time travel technician. The technician will provide clues at their discretion. This means that while you are free to ask them for a clue, they are also free to ignore you. Fear not, our technicians are trained to be very friendly, and no one wants to see you stuck on one puzzle for an hour, so they’ll help. (Watching someone try to solve one thing for one hour is very boring. Our help is entirely selfish.)

No, food and drinks are not allowed inside the escape game rooms. If you are looking to pair this activity with a restaurant/bar/catering in our event space, shoot us an email at info@cluechase.com and we’d be happy to send you a list of options. 

No. In order to not be in violation of fire safety laws we leave the first door to every room unlocked. That means if you need to run to the bathroom, answer an important call, or just catch your breath, we won’t stop you.

Whatever you feel comfortable in! As long as you feel comfortable in clothes. Wear clothes. Please.

Sorry, but that’s a no. We need to make sure the solutions to our puzzles don’t end up online. There will be an opportunity for a photo in the room once your game has ended.

Yes! We have now expanded into two locations each with their own unique games. One location is our original Bryant Park escape room housed in the Grace Building. Our newest location is our Harold Square escape room games. Be sure to follow us on social media to stay tuned for additional updates. We can be found at Facebook.com/cluechasegame and on Twitter: @ClueChase