Escape Room Tips: How to Escape an Escape Room
What happens in an escape room? How do I get out of an escape room? What escape room tactics should I know before going in? These are common questions you might have if you have never experienced an escape room before. We’re here to help calm your nerves and get you prepared for your first escape room by giving you the best escape room tips!
- PAY ATTENTION TO THE VIDEO
- COMMUNICATION IS KEY AND WORK AS A TEAM
- NOT EVERYTHING IS A CLUE
- USE YOUR GAME GUIDE FOR CLUES
- USE YOUR TIME WISELY
In the beginning, there were puzzles…it started with sticks and stones and now with the help of technology and our ever-evolving intellect, we are able to create experiences that challenge the mind and test the spirit. We are the Ultimate Escape Game. By definition, the best of the best, and today we are going to provide you, the gamer, with some escape room tips and tricks of the trade to help you accomplish your goal of escape.
Now if you’ve never experienced an escape game before let’s start with the basics. You and your team are “locked” in a room where you are given clues and hints to help you solve different riddles or puzzles. These answers will help you find keys, open locks, or give you new information that will help you further solve the mystery. Once you’ve solved everything you will
have the answers you need to escape the game. Easy enough right? Well, you’d be surprised at how many groups never make it out. Many get close but this isn’t horseshoes so close doesn’t count. Here are a few escape room tips that will help you along the way:
TIP #1: PAY ATTENTION TO THE VIDEO
Most escape games present an introduction video before you begin your game. Whether it’s an instructional video helping you understand locks or the theme video which includes a clue to help you get a good start, pay attention. If you’re busy yapping while the video is on and miss important information it will definitely slow you down.
TIP #2: COMMUNICATION IS KEY AND WORK AS A TEAM
Playing with your friends, family, and coworkers is a great benefit to escape games. However, if you can’t effectively communicate with your team your chances of success fade quickly. If you find something let your team know. Discuss clues with the entire group and get feedback. Do not yell over others and shoot their ideas down. Everyone thinks in different ways and solutions here are always found through teamwork. Try delegating tasks. Have one person taking notes, have a person keeping track of what’s been solved, and maybe have others searching for less obvious clues. Just like in most facets of life, everyone plays a part in completing a goal and this is no different.
TIP #3: NOT EVERYTHING IS A CLUE
We see this so many times in games where players think everything is a clue. Clues typically will be eye-catching, locked in something, or sometimes “hidden”. Now by hidden, we mean possible in a fake book or a fake clock. They will not be so covertly hidden that only a super-spy could find it. Players also need to remember since each room has a theme then we try to decorate the room based on that. So there will be pictures, furniture, and sometimes even clothes that portray the theme of the room but unless something is leading you to that object it’s 9 out of 10 times just decor. Examples would be the manufacturer’s number on a chair in the room will not be a clue or the size of a jacket won’t be a clue unless you’re specifically led there.
TIP #4: USE YOUR GAME GUIDE FOR CLUES
Every escape game offers you a certain number of clues to start the game. Everyone has a different level of competitiveness, so some prefer to use little or no clues, some use just the amount given, and some use them like infinite wishes. All are ok. We are here to assist you in escaping. We want you and your group to have a great time and what’s more fun than winning. At any time, let your guide know that you want an extra clue. We have no problem providing help because we know how challenging these games can be at times.
TIP #5: USE YOUR TIME WISELY
While at work or school an hour can seem to take forever, but in an escape game, it goes by like a minute. Keep an eye on your clock and don’t spend too much time on one puzzle. Some groups manage their clues based on time i.e. “we’ll use a clue when we have this much time left”. This works about half the time. We recommend using a clue when you’re stuck. If you’re spending 10 minutes on one puzzle and you notice there are 5 more locks in that room you’ve spent too much time. With escape games, you don’t know how many rooms you’ll be in before you find the exit so the speed is critical. Time management skills used here can easily transfer to everyday life.
These basic tips should get you escaping in no time. The last piece of advice we can give you though is practice makes perfect. Just because you didn’t escape one time doesn’t mean you won’t make it the next. Keep at it and don’t give up. Good luck escapees and we hope to see you soon.