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Tips to Help You Beat Your Next Escape Room Adventure

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. They have to unveil the secret plot leading to their goal within a set time limit.

While escape rooms are exciting and good for team-building, they can be seriously mind-boggling. On your next adventure, remember the following:

1. Be a team but don’t bunch.

This is pretty basic advice but there’s a catch when you apply it to escape rooms. Most well-designed escape adventures pull a fast one of “escapees” by distributing several parts of the same puzzle in different parts of the room. Thus, all members of your group should be hunting around for hints instead of 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. Call it out.

Each time you find a good clue, announce it to everyone. As the game begins, it’s not even the puzzle you should think about, but the plot. And whenever a team member calls out what they’ve seen, it puts everyone else in the same boat. What’s most crucial at this stage of the game is having everyone look in one direction.

3. Humble yourself and be decisive.

When they get comfortable thinking they have an entire hour, they may dilly-dally during the first few critical minutes. When they realize the trouble they’re in, it’s usually too late. Thus, get that sense of urgency the minute you step inside the room.

Ask for hints if you need them, and don’t think that’s cheating because it’s not. Don’t let your pride get in the way, and ask as soon as possible, not when you have 5 minutes left. It’s good to be a Sherlock, but teams that win are actually more like Columbo – ask if it helps!

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. Because almost everything you’ll find in an escape room is custom-built, there is a 99.9% chance that everything in it will be useful at some point. Take notes mentally, and always consider thinking backwards.

5. Think like an writer too.

Yup, a writer. After all, what’s an escape room that has 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. When planning your next escape room adventure, get a Lit major in the team.

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