Tips to Beat Your Escape Room Challenge
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.
While escape rooms are exciting and good for team-building, they can be seriously mind-boggling. For your next date with mystery, take these tips to heart:
1. Be united as a team but avoid bunching.
This is no more than basic advice but there’s a catch if you use it in an escape room. Well-designed escape adventures typically pull a fast one on players by dispersing different parts of the same puzzle 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. At the start of the game, it’s not even about the puzzle itself, but the plot you’ve found yourselves in. And when somebody calls out what they’ve seen, everyone jumps into the same boat. The most critical part of this stage is making sure that everyone is on the same track.
3. Be humble and decisive.
When people know they have a whole hour to solve the problem, they may dawdle during the earliest minutes of the game. When they realize the trouble they’re in, it’s usually too late. Therefore, get that sense of urgency started from the get-go.
Ask for hints if necessary, and no, that’s NOT CHEATING. Don’t let your pride get in the way, and ask as soon as possible, not when you have 5 minutes left. 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. 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 notes in your head and stay open to thinking backwards to make things work.
5. Think like an writer too.
Yup, a writer. Besides, what kind of escape room will have no plot? If everything is said and done and you’re still stuck, try thinking like a storyteller. Just imagine what would make sense from the perspective of a narrative. Lit majors, it’s time to shine!