Types of Escape Room Puzzles and How to Crack Their Codes

What is it that makes escape rooms so intriguing? Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you have been pushed towards trying escape rooms by friends or family. You might be looking for something to do on your trip to Dallas that is out of the ordinary. Maybe you have played escape room video games, or possibly you have seen movies about them. 

The reality is that television, movies, and games get it all wrong. People that love escape rooms are often addicted to the “ah-hah!” moment that is found after solving a puzzle on your own. The process and solution of the escape room puzzle was satisfying, causing an adrenaline rush. When you are in our escape room, chances are, you will have 15-17 of those “ah-hah!” moments if you make it through an entire game in the 60 minutes. 

Top 5 Escape Room Puzzles

Escape room puzzles tell a story that makes the experience both intriguing, fun, and sometimes frustrating. That’s why we want to help you be successful. There are several types of puzzles in escape rooms that are common. We are going to talk about a few of the most common and tips on how to best solve them. 

1 – The Logic Puzzle

Logic puzzles are commonly seen with two things. First, you are given a list of facts that require you to come to a conclusion. Second, these are paired with a grid of some sort that allows you to sort and track the previous facts given to you. These grids help you determine an answer based on the information given by marking true and false in each grid box. These tend to trip people up because of the vast quantity of information that is given at one time. Don’t let that scare you, these are actually quite easy if you can break down the information into digestible pieces and then mark every true and false statement. 


2 – Number Puzzles

Number puzzles are often found in the form of basic mathematical equations or simple counting. For example, you may need to count the number of objects in a room. Sometimes, those puzzles are made more complex by adding basic equations into the mix. The best thing to do with these puzzles is to first determine an order in which the numbers should go and then work through solving each number in the equation. It is important to note that if you have a 4 digit lock, but you get a 6 digit number, it is possible that either your math is off, or you don’t have the correct lock to use the code on.


3 – Sensory

These puzzles can be a lot of fun because they can involve sight, smell, sound, or touch. Smell puzzles are becoming more common in escape rooms whether they are done with cooking spices or even essential oils, they definitely add a different and fun element to escape rooms. You may have to solve puzzles that make you feel items blindly and match them based on what you feel or you may even need to count them. You might have to listen to sounds and repeat them back. Sensory puzzles are some of my favorites in escape rooms because they force players to physically interact with the game. When playing an escape room, try and use all of your senses to help you evaluate and solve puzzles!


4 – Tactile

Some puzzles may be tactile in nature or have tactile elements. One escape room that I played in Florida had a rope strung across multiple rooms. You then had to move a key on a key ring across multiple rooms. You had to determine the correct path to get it to the right lock, unlocking a door. It created an interesting and tactile use of ordinary key locks. Some puzzles may have you tie rope knots, move blocks, or turn knobs to make a machine work. Tactile puzzles make escape rooms interesting because they make you feel involved in a storyline. When working on tactile puzzles, the best thing you can do is think through logic. If there are two pieces of metal in a room, it may make sense that you have to connect them by holding hands and touching the metal. 


5 – Physical Puzzles

Some puzzles in an escape room may be more physical. They could require you to stand on certain parts of the floor to spell a word and trigger a box to open. They may require you to unbolt a panel from the wall. They could even require you to use mirrors to bounce laser lights to a sensor. The important thing to remember is that you will never be asked to do something that seems impossible. You won’t need to run through walls, break down doors, or climb through ceilings. If it seems out of the ordinary, you can always ask your game guide if you are on the right track before proceeding. No one likes jumping down rabbit holes that waste time. 


Keep in mind that all puzzles in escape rooms are designed to be solved without the use of physical force. You will find that some puzzles open doors, some puzzles pop open boxes, and some puzzles may even make props move. Ultimately you want to work towards solving the puzzles with your mind, and not your strength. Our hope is that after sharing this brief list of puzzle types, you feel better prepared to enter an escape room! We look forward to seeing you soon.