Tips to Help You Beat Your Next Escape Room Adventure

Escape Room is a physical adventure game where players enter a room where there are puzzles and riddles that they have to solve using hints and strategy before they can reach the main goal, which is to escape. The idea is to unveil the secret plot that leads to their goal, but they have to do it within a set time limit.

Although escape rooms are fun and helpful in team-building, they can also be extremely challenging. For your next date with mystery, take these tips to heart:

1. Be a team but don’t bunch.

This is no more than basic advice but there’s a catch if you use it in an escape room. In a well-designed escape adventure, players usually get pulled a fast one with various parts of the same puzzle scattered inside the room. Therefore, every member of your group must be all over the place looking for different clues, instead of bunching around a few. The usual scenario is that when somebody finds something, everybody rushes to it, and at that moment, they start to fail.

2. Call it out.

Every time you see a good clue, let everybody know. Early on, it’s not even the puzzle you should be thinking of, but getting a sense of the plot. And when somebody calls out what they’ve seen, everyone jumps into the same boat. The most crucial part at this stage is making everyone look at the same direction.

3. Be humble and decisive.

When they get comfortable thinking they have an entire hour, they may dilly-dally during the first few critical minutes. And it’s usually too late by the time they see they’re in serious trouble. Therefore, get that sense of urgency started from the get-go.

Ask for hints if you need them, and don’t think that’s cheating because it’s not. Forget pride and ask as soon as possible, not when you have 5 minutes to go. Everyone wants to be a Sherlock, but those that want to win are more like Columbo – ask what you don’t know!

4. Think like an engineer.

Most escape room games are created by mechanical, software and electrical engineers, so put yourself in their heads when you’re out of ideas. With almost everything you’ll see in an escape room custom-built, you can bet that nearly everything in it will help your case. Take notes mentally, and always consider thinking backwards.

4. Also think like a writer.

Yes, a writer. After all, what’s an escape room that has no plot? If all is said and done and you haven’t moved a bit, get in a storyteller’s mind. Just picture out what could happen from a narrative perspective. When planning your next escape room adventure, get a Lit major in the team.

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