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Tips to Beat Your Next Escape Room

Escape Room is a physical adventure game where players enter a room where there are puzzles and riddles that they have to solve using hints and strategy before they can reach the main goal, which is to escape. There will be a time limit for them to unveil the secret plot that leads to their goal.

Escape rooms are fun and great for team-building, but they are also serious mind-busters. On your next adventure, remember the following:

1. Be united as a team but avoid bunching.

This is no more than basic advice but there’s a catch if you use it in an escape room. Well-designed escape adventures typically pull a fast one on players by dispersing different parts of the same puzzle inside 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. 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. By the time they realize you’re in trouble, it’s often too late to catch up with the piled up clues. Thus, get that sense of urgency the minute you step inside the room.

Ask for hints if you must, and no, THAT’S NOT CALLED CHEATING. Forget pride and ask as soon as possible, not when you have 5 minutes to go. Who doesn’t want to be a Sherlock, but if you also want to win, be more like Columbo – ask questions!.

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. Think like an writer as well.

You read it right, a writer. Besides, what kind of escape room will have 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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