Tips to Beat Your Next Escape Room
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. There will be a time limit for them to unveil the secret plot that leads to their goal.
While escape rooms are exciting and good for team-building, they can be seriously mind-boggling. On your next adventure, remember the following:
1. Be a team but don’t bunch.
This is pretty basic advice but there’s a catch when you apply it to escape rooms. In a well-designed escape adventure, players usually get pulled a fast one with various parts of the same puzzle scattered inside the room. Hence, each member of your group should be looking around for clues rather than standing around a few. What usually happens is that when someone finds something, everyone rushes to it, and that’s when they start to fail.
2. Announce it.
Whatever good clue you find, shout it out for the entire team to hear. As the game begins, it’s not even the puzzle you should think about, but the plot. And whenever a team member calls out what they’ve seen, it puts everyone else in the same boat. The most crucial part at this stage is making everyone look at the same direction.
3. Be decisive and swallow your pride.
When people know they have a whole hour to solve the problem, they may dawdle during the earliest minutes of the game. And it’s usually too late by the time they see they’re in serious trouble. Hence, that sense of urgency should begin right at 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.
The best escape room games are designed by electrical, mechanical and software engineers, so think like them when you’re up against the wall. As nearly everything in an escape room is custom-built, there’s a 99.99% probability that almost everything in it will help you solve the problem. Take mental notes and be open to working backwards.
5. Think like an writer too.
You read it right, a writer. After all, what’s an escape room that has no plot? If everything is said and done and you’re still stuck, try thinking like a storyteller. Just picture out what could happen from a narrative perspective. If you’re a Lit major, it’s time to get to work.