I really enjoy escape rooms. And I noticed after I visited my first one, that there were some tips that would have really helped me get the most out of that experience. Going to an escape room for the first time can feel a little like jumping into the deep end of a pool, before you’ve learned to swim! I hope these escape room tips will help you to enjoy going to your next escape room, whether it’s your first time or 100th time!
But first things, first – Do you know what an escape room is? It’s place where you go, and as a group you solve a series of puzzles, that get you out of the game room. Some escape rooms are set up with puzzles out in the open, while others are centered around a story line that you are helping to figure out – and the puzzles are woven into that theme. With the latter type of escape room – the puzzles only become obvious as clues are found around the room. In many cases, getting out of one room will only lead you to another room, with additional clues.
So what can help you approach an escape room with the right mind set? Here are a few escape room tips and tricks I’ve noticed help, when you enter an escape room game.
Escape Room Tips:
- Listen carefully to anything your Game Master says before you go into the challenge. Often the Game Master will give you helpful info on what things are part of the game, and what things you shouldn’t touch. Not looking in places that aren’t part of the game – will save you time. The Game Master may also give you a story line that will help give you an idea of the first thing you may want to look for when you enter the room. So listen to instructions carefully before entering the room.
- Be physically ready for the experience. Most escape rooms will give you from 60 to 120 minutes to solve the game. So be sure to go to the bathroom before the game starts. Don’t be hungry. And perhaps save that glass of wine until after the game. All of those things will get in the way of your concentration during the short amount of time you have to solve puzzles.
- Don’t be shy. If you find something that may be a clue, shout it out to the group! The best way to solve an escape room is for a large group to keep sharing what they are seeing and finding. If you find a key, let the group know. Maybe someone else has noticed a lock!
- Be judicious with your use of Hints. Most escape rooms will have a monitor in the room where the Game Master can communicate with your group, and give you hints as you need them. Often you will get a certain number of free hints, and hints after that number will take additional time away from you. Asking for all your hints in the first 10 minutes of the game – is likely to be problematic when you get to other puzzles down the line and need help. That said – if you are stuck for more than 10 or 15 minutes on the same puzzle – asking for a hint may be a great idea, and may allow you to move on to puzzles that are easier for you without running out the clock.
- Touch everything. Everything. Unless your Game Master has specifically told you something is NOT part of the game – assume it is part of the game. Are there books on a shelf? Open them! Are there chairs in a room, look underneath their bottoms. Is there a clock? Consider if its hands are pointing to numbers you could use? Most clues you need will not be obvious to you, if you just look at the room. Be active, and consider that anything in the room could be a clue, or could have a clue on it, or within it.
Would you like to know the best strategies for an Escape Room? I’ll give you a few ideas of the most common devices used in escape rooms in my next post.
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