Tips to Beat Your Next Escape Room
Escape Room is a physical adventure game where players go into a room full of puzzles and riddles, which they have to solve with the help of hints and strategy in order to achieve the final 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. For your next date with mystery, take these tips to heart:
1. Work as 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. Thus, all members of your group should be hunting around for hints instead of standing 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. Announce it.
Every time you see a good clue, let everybody know. As the game begins, it’s not even the puzzle you should think about, but the plot. And each time someone calls out what they’ve seen, they put everyone else into the same boat. What’s most crucial at this stage of the game is having everyone look in one direction.
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.
The best escape room games are designed by electrical, mechanical and software engineers, so think like them when you’re up against the wall. 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 mental notes and be open to working backwards.
4. Also think like a writer.
Yes, a writer. Besides, what kind of escape room will have no plot? If all is said and done and you haven’t moved a bit, get in a storyteller’s mind. Just imagine what would make sense from the perspective of a narrative. Lit majors, it’s time to shine!