An escape room can be a daunting and rewarding team-building experience. You have only one hour to figure out all of the puzzles, crack codes, trust people…. and it can be hard to figure out where to start. If you find yourself struggling to finish escape rooms, here are ten tips and tricks that every escape room pro should know.
Teamwork makes the dream work. You’re typically allowed up to 10 people on your team. The more people you have on your team, the more perspectives and talent you bring into the room with you. Finishing an escape room in time on your own would be near impossible. But a good team will find more clues, finish puzzles easier, and solve the escape room faster.
After you’ve built a great team, assign roles to your team members before entering the room. It’s a good idea to designate one person as a “project manager.” If anyone on the team finds a clue or solves a puzzle, they can tell the project manager and they will call it out to the rest of the team. This helps everyone stay on the same page and communicate more effectively.
3. SWEEP THE ROOM
When you first enter the room, have everyone on the team except the project manager search for clues or odd items that you think may help solve the room. Check clothing pockets, look under rugs, check under tables, gather any objects that seem out of place or interesting. Be thorough about this, but also be smart. Don’t go tearing apart lighting fixtures or opening outlet covers unless you’re sure that the puzzle is leading you in that direction. Most of the time, clues will follow the theme of the room and will not require you to do anything dangerous or anything that may damage the items in the room.
Good communication is essential to solving an escape room. If team members are finding clues and not telling each other, it will only make it harder to combine those clues to find solutions. Call out any potential clues or report them to your project manager so that everyone is aware of them. If you’re not sure if something is significant, call a team member over to examine it with you.
5. STAY ORGANIZED
As you find clues and items, collect them all in the same place. Find an empty table or corner where you can stash all of these items until you have finished sweeping the room. Having everything together will help you see the bigger picture and eliminate any red herrings. Once a clue has been used or a puzzle has been solved, remove it from this pile so that you are not trying to reuse keys or codes that have already served their purpose.
6. DON’T BE A SPECTATOR
Even though you might be curious about the solution, having seven people gathered around the same puzzle is not an efficient use of your time. Leave the puzzle to two or three people and keep searching for clues to the next puzzle. A lot of teams finish with only five or ten minutes to spare if they finish at all. Every minute matters, so don’t waste them watching other people work.
7. THINK SIMPLE
These rooms are designed for both small & large audiences. For example, if you find a clue in Morse Code, there’s probably a key hidden somewhere to help you decipher it. You shouldn’t need any expert knowledge to solve the clues.
8. TRY A NEW PERSPECTIVE
If you’re stuck on a puzzle, pass it to someone else. Don’t dig your heels in just because you’ve spent a long time on it. There may be an obvious answer that you overlooked that someone else may be able to pick up on quickly. Another useful tip is to work backward from the problem. Rather than trying to find an item or clue first, look at the lock or puzzle and figure out what it needs. If there’s a lock with a 4-digit code, look around specifically for a set of four numbers.
9. ASK FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT
Don’t be too proud to ask the game master for help if you’re really stuck. Remember you have a time constraint. If you’ve been stuck in the same place for ten minutes, you need to move on or you’re not going to finish.
10. LISTEN TO THE GAME MASTER
Make sure you are carefully listening any time the game master provides guidance. They may give you subtle clues about things that groups normally get stuck on. It’s important to pay attention to any information you can get so that you can use every second wisely in the escape room.
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Escape rooms can be challenging. But, if you stay focused, organized, and have a good team, you can be successful. Try conquering EscapeTime Escape Rooms in Severna Park and Annapolis, Maryland with a group of friends, family, or co-workers. Visit us online at www.escapetimemd.com
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Remember, your biggest asset is your team.