You have probably heard about escape rooms. A friend might have invited you to one of these events or you might be considering an escape room package as a part of a team building activity or to celebrate something special with your friends. I have played a lot of these games and seen a lot of teams play through some fun escape scenarios. Here are the best techniques I have seen people use.
People usually ask me for a few tips before they go in the escape room. I never tell them much because I don’t want to ruin the experience for them. I think that part of the fun consists in figuring out the rules of the game. You cannot really prepare for an escape room since the best scenarios require you to think outside of the box. There are a few elements that are used to design these games and that you will recognize from one escape room to another.
Get Into The Right State Of Mind
Your attitude towards the game is important. You might approach escape rooms as a game that will test your intelligence or think that playing these games is about having a good time. You couldn’t be more wrong.
I have seen highly intelligent people go into escape rooms and not perform any better than other teams. Escape rooms are usually designed so that you can solve the puzzles and win the game even if you have never played before. You don’t need to have a college degree or to be a genius to solve the puzzles.
What you need is an enthusiastic attitude. You need to get excited about the escape room and be ready to play the game. The teams that adopt a positive attitude tend to finish the game faster. Solving each puzzle will feel rewarding if you have the right attitude and you will have a great time.
Avoid alcohol before playing an escape room game! You and your teammates will start sobering up thirty to forty minutes into the game, and everyone will become apathetic and lose interest in the game.
Look For Clues
You need to look for clues as soon as you find yourself in the room. Search every corner of the room. Lift objects, try to open things and make sure you look everywhere. You and your team need to go through the entire room. Every item in the room should be part of the game unless the staff specifically told you not to touch something. A lot of first-time players are not sure about what they should do and might hesitate to touch some items. A good escape room should be built so that everything in the room is part of the game and can be interacted with.
Communicate With Your Team
Escape rooms are fascinating for business managers and psychologists because these games show how people interact with other and communicate. Escape rooms will reveal who the leaders are and who will be able to keep the team together. People tend to follow the loud person who seems to know everything, but they might not be able to solve the puzzles. The suggestions of a quieter person might be ignored even though this person is right.
Your entire team should know about the clues that were found. Encourage everyone to shout when they find something. Don’t waste any time and put all the clues together to see if you can start figuring out what you need to do.
Have A Strategy
If you have a large team, you can split up into small groups and have everyone focus on a different task. If you have found three puzzles in the room, it is best to have a couple of players focus on each puzzle while a person supervises everything instead of having everyone focus on one puzzle before moving on to the next one.
Look For Numbers
A lot of escape rooms rely on numbers to help you figure out which puzzles need to be solved first. You should start looking for numbers as soon as you enter the room. You might see numbers in the room or have to count objects to connect a number with a clue. Some objects might represent a number, or the escape room might use another system to represent numbers.
Inspect the locks to figure out what kind of combination you will need to find to open them. Some locks have numbers while others have letters. Knowing about the kind of input that you need to find might help you look for clues. You might need to look for clues related to numbers, letters or for a way to convert clues into the kind of input you need.
Don’t Hesitate To Use Brute Force
Brute force can help you save time. If you have already found the first half of a combination, have a member of the team, try different numbers of letters to see if they can open the lock with brute force. Trying out all the possible combinations won’t take very long, and you can still have other members of the team work on solving a puzzle to find the solution or work on solving a puzzle to open another lock.
You should use brute force if you know that only a few numbers or letters are missing. If you do not have the first part of the combination or are unsure or how many letters and numbers are needed to open a lock, it is best to focus on gathering clues and solving puzzles.
Ask For Hints
There is usually a button you can push to ask for a hint. You might feel too proud to ask for help, but don’t take the risk of not finishing the game in time. Hints will help you keep progressing in the game and you should not hesitate to press the button if you have been stuck for a while.
There are a few things you can do if you are stuck. Go over all the clues again, ask yourself if clues that you dismissed might be usable and make sure you didn’t miss any clues. Go over your reasoning again and try to adopt a different approach. You might be stuck because you were overthinking and didn’t consider a simpler possibility. If you are still stuck after going through these steps, ask for a hint.
It is usually best to ask for a hint if you have made no progress after spending five minutes in the room. The first five minutes of the game will go by very quickly, which is why you need to keep an eye on the clock. Ask for a hint to avoid falling behind and not being able to finish on time.
These are just a few tips to help you have the best experience possible with an escape room game. You will be more successful and bring your team closer together if you use them. Follow a strategy, have everyone work on different tasks and don’t hesitate to ask for help.
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